Shoes that light up have always been cool. Since they were invented in 1992, they’ve kept coming back into kids’ fashion. There’s just something exciting about a shoe that lights up every time your feet hit the floor. If you’re looking to buy your kids a gift, light up shoes are a guaranteed success. Back in the early days, there were only a couple of companies that made them but now almost every major shoe brand makes a pair. In this article, we’ve found the best light up kids shoes on the market.
The Best Light Up Kids Shoe
Our Best Choice product was an easy decision on this list. Skechers was one of the first major brands to start making LED shoes and they’ve been improving them ever since. Which leads us to Skechers Kids’ Energy Lights Sneaker, one of their flagship kids’ trainers. We had to choose them for their style and sheer quality, which sets them apart from every other shoe on this list.
They’re made from a mixture of leather and synthetic and have a thick rubber sole, which means they can withstand whatever your young one throws at them. And, of course, the main attraction is the LED lights. Unlike old light up trainers, these LEDs stay on at all times and they’re super powerful. Instead of using batteries, you just plug these into a power socket using a USB cable. You’ll be able to pick them out from a mile away with these high tops on.
Leather & synthetic
2 color options
- Weight12 ounces
The materials are high-quality.
LED lights are very bright and change color.
Easy to recharge, no batteries required.
Some reports of lights failing after a month – make sure you check the warranty.
If we had to pick our favorite based on style only, it would be the Skechers Kids’ Litebeams-Gleam N’dream Sneaker. In our opinion, this is how flashing trainers should look. They’re not just a boring old sneaker with some lights in the sole, every part of this shoe looks fun. The upper part of the shoe is made from textile and is covered in bright colors and glittery decals. There are four different color options but the ‘black/multi’ is our favorite.
It has a synthetic sole, which has bright LEDs all along the outside. Instead of being constantly on, they light up when your feet touch the floor. The only complaint about these trainers is that the lights sometimes don’t light up consistently, but we’re sure your kids won’t notice.
4 colour options
- Weight12 ounces
The design of the shoe is amazing.
Perfect style for active kids.
Sometimes LEDs don’t light up consistently.
Here’s our second pair of Skechers trainers. This pair is more geared towards playtime than anything else, and you can tell that from the fun styling. There are three different style options, so you can pick your child’s favorite color. And, they have easy Velcro straps, so they won’t need any help putting them on.
One of our favorite things about Skechers Hypno Flash Z Strap Light-Up Sneaker is the synthetic mesh top. This is something we’re used to seeing in gym and Cross training shoes, so it’s great to see the technology moving into kids’ shoes. It basically means they will have more air going to their feet, which will make them more comfortable and less smelly! Like all Skechers LED sneakers, the lights are super powerful. They are set throughout the rubber sole and flash different colors when they hit the ground.
Textile & synthetic
3 color options
- Weight12 ounces
LEDs are powerful and flash different colors.
The mesh material makes them comfortable on hot days.
Mesh isn’t as hardwearing as some materials.
The strap isn’t very durable.
When we saw the PUMA Speed Lightup Power V Kids Sneaker, we knew they had to have a place on our list. There’s nothing cuter than seeing your toddler in a pair of tiny trainers that look like the real thing. And it’s even cuter if they light up. Probably the best thing about these trainers is that they have the same build quality as a real pair of Pumas. The upper part of the shoe is made from a synthetic rubber material and it has a thick rubber sole. We also really like the fact that the sole has tiny rubber studs that make them super grippy – it should stop your kid falling over as much.
3 color options
Removable child-fit sock liner
- Weight3 pounds
They look and feel like real Pumas!
The sock liner makes them comfortable.
The lights aren’t as bright as other options.
When you’ve got kids, you get pretty used to helping them on and off with their shoes. It can be a pretty tiring job when you’ve got multiple kids. That’s why we love these Crocs Kids’ Boys and Girls Shark Light-Up Clogs. Instead of having to mess around with laces or straps, your kids can just slip into these and get outside.
Like all Crocs, they’re really comfortable and durable. They’re made from a synthetic rubber-like material, which protects your feet just as much as a normal pair of trainers would. Plus, the best thing about these Crocs is that they have awesome shark graphics with light up eyes. They’re not the best light up kid shoes, but they’re perfect for holidays, as house shoes, or for messing around in the garden.
100% man made
Shark graphic with light up eyes
- Weight 3.04 ounces
Easy for kids to slip on.
Kids love the light up eyes.
Comfortable and protective.
Only good in summer.
Too wide for some feet.
If your kids are into superheroes (and why wouldn’t they be?) you should check out these DC Comics Toddler Boys’ Batman Sneakers. They’re high-quality, light up trainers that are really supportive and comfortable. But, most importantly, they are covered with Batman decals and LED lights.
They have a hook and loop strap system for tightening up the trainers, and this has ‘Batman’ written in large yellow letters. Then, on the side of the shoe is a picture of Batman and his famous logo. Admittedly, the LED lights aren’t that impressive, but they still light up when they touch the ground. These sneakers are a must-have for any DC comic fan.
Light up heel
Hook and loop closure
- BrandDC Comics
Make your kid feel like a superhero.
Supportive and comfortable.
LED lights aren’t that powerful.
Spiderman is huge at the minute. Countless films, cartoons, games, and comics have been released in the last few years. So, we’d be surprised if your kid wasn’t a fan. Aside from a full-blown Spider-man costume, these Marvel Toddler Boys Spider-Man Light-Up Sneakers are probably the best present you can get them. Kids absolutely love these shoes because of the huge Spider-Man Velcro strap and the decals all around the shoe.
Like the Batman shoes we just featured, these aren’t the best trainers for LED lights. They light up, but they’re not going to light up the whole street. Still, kids love them and that’s all that matters. For older generations, check out our guide to the best shoes for the elderly.
Faux leather upper
Hook and loop strap
- BrandACI International
Kids absolutely love them.
The faux leather is easy to clean.
Not the most durable shoes.
Lights aren’t very powerful.
As our Best Value product, we had to choose these Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Lighted Runners. If you’re not familiar with Paw Patrol, it’s a hugely popular kids’ show on Nickelodeon that features dog firemen and policemen. To be honest, if your kids don’t watch it, you’re probably not going to be interested in these trainers.
If you are a fan though, these trainers are great value. At just over $20, they cost about the same as a pair of kids’ trainers that don’t light up. Like old-school flashing trainers, they light up when you stomp on the ground, which is a great game for toddlers to play. They’ll be eager to show them off to anyone who shows interest.
Paw Patrol decals
- BrandNickelodeon Shoes
- Weight12 ounces
Perfect for kids that love Paw Patrol.
Durable and comfortable for kids.
LED lights aren’t very powerful.
Most of the light up kids shoes we’ve featured on this list have been sneakers. That’s why we thought, for our last entry, we’d show you the OshKosh B’Gosh Unisex-kids Zap Light-up Athletic Sandals. Any parent will know how much more convenient a pair of sandals can be for kids. You don’t have to spend ages putting them on and taking them off. They don’t get full of sand and dirt. And, they generally last longer. But, one of the main problems with sandals is they don’t provide as much protection for your kid’s feet. Fortunately, this company has thought of that and made the toe of the sandal out of thick rubber.
Of course, the thing that your kids will like best about these sandals is that they light up. The entire back part of the rubber sole lights up with impressive LEDs. The other great thing about these sandals is how durable they are. Every part of them is made to last, which is essential when you have active kids. If you are a fan of sandals for grown-ups too, check out our selection of the best walking sandals for women.
Light up sole
- BrandOshKosh B’Gosh
- Weight5 ounces
Very comfortable and durable.
Impressive LED lights in the sole.
Bump-toe does a great job of protecting feet.
Only suitable for good weather.
Light Up Kids Shoes Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of Light Up Kids Shoes
Reviews – When you’re buying a new pair of shoes for your kids, you want to make sure they’re good. The last thing you want is for them to break or be uncomfortable. That’s why customer reviews are such a good resource. You can read the opinion of hundreds of other parents that have bought the same product. When we write these buying guides, the first thing we do is check out the Amazon reviews. After that, we also read plenty of expert opinions to see if we’ve missed anything in our own reviews.
Brand – Your kids probably won’t care about the brand, they’re more likely to care about the bright LEDs that light up. But you as a parent will take more notice. There are thousands of different shoe brands on the market, but only a handful of them have ventured into making light up kids shoes. We’ve carefully selected the light up shoes on this list to ensure they’re all from great brands that you can trust.
Price – Every parent has a different budget, and we understand that. When your kids are growing so fast, you don’t necessarily want to buy them the most expensive clothes available. That’s why we try to include a wide range of different priced items. Check out our Best Value product for a budget option and our Premium Product for the most expensive.
Features To Look For In Light Up Kids Shoe
Lights – This is the main attraction of light up shoes. LED lights are usually placed in the sole of the shoe and are activated with each step. Some light up shoes just have lights that are on all the time.
Recharging – Some light up shoes are rechargeable. This is normally achieved using a USB cable. Make sure you check the battery life and charging times before buying.
Material – It’s important that light up kids’ shoes are still supportive and comfortable. Look for a thick rubber sole and a soft synthetic material on top.
Activation – In most light up kids’ shoes, the lights are activated with each step.