Best kids' shoes that light up 2023 for boys and girls

Guaranteed to keep kids entertained and keep them moving, the best shoes that light-up are playful and practical.

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Is there anything more fun than a light-up shoe? Sure to keep kids entertained and on the go, these are the best kids' shoes that light up - and they're both playful and practical.

Whether you're looking for the best trainers for kids or the best kids' wellies there is a vast amount of styles to choose from with inbuilt LED technology, including smarter options they can wear to light up the classroom and school playground.

The best kids' shoes that light up may be super fun but they also have a host of technical elements too, such as flexible soles, breathable fabrics and comfortable cushioning. So you can rest assured that your little one’s feet are supported in the best light up shoes - something that’s key when it comes to choosing the best shoes for toddlers.

The best kids' shoes that light up

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If you want to add some sparkle and an extra spring to their step, we’ve hunted down the best kids' shoes that light up. Trust us, they won't want to take these off.

Light-Up School Shoes

For shoes with all the fun of the flash, that won't break uniform rules. These are our favourites:


Kid’s Freshfeet™ Light-Up School Shoes, £31-£35 - Marks & Spencer

Size: 8 Infant - 2 (in 3 width fittings)

 These are sensible school footwear, with three subtle lights on the outer edge of each shoe for added fun. Available in standard, narrow and wide fittings, they have non-scuff soles and comfortable foam padding with Freshfeet™ technology - which means they won't be stinky before the end of their first term of wear- winner!


Black Light Up Rocket Trainers, £15 - George at Asda

Size: 8 Infant - 2

These easy-on shoes have an appealing appliquéd rocket design which lights up. The reflective strip on the tongue, and gripped sole - complete with rocket design - will keep your little one safe while they're walking to school on dingy winter mornings.


ToeZone Mary Jane Leather Lights School Shoe, from £28 - Very

Size: 8 Infant - 2

These smart, shiny, patent shoes features star motifs covering the toe area, as well as a reflective panel - for safety- and a lightweight memory foam insock, so your little one will be comfortable in their shoes all day as well as being stylish in the playground.


Spark Beam Kid Black Leather, from £48 - Clarks

Size: 7 Infant - 4

These practical school shoes come in two widths for a secure adjustable fit. Their GLO MOVE lights flash from within the transparent soles with every step, but they also have an off switch for the moments when the lights are not so appropriate.


ToeZone Dinosaur Lights Leather School Shoe, from £28 - Very

Size: 8 Infant - 2

Dinosaurs, lights, reflective trims and memory foam insocks- these shoes have it all. These, as with other Very school shoes, also have a 'visual fit' guide on the soles of the shoes, to help you easily figure out when you need to buy a new pair, in just seconds. Superb.

Light-Up Trainers

For running free, and discovering all the joy that life has to offer- with all the added appeal of flashing footwear, these trainers are bound to be popular with owners of little feet:


Ryan's World: Flex-Glow - Flash-Fun, £65 - Skechers

Size: 10 Infant - 2

These bright and bold coloured trainers, complete with Ryan's World graphic. If your little ones are Ryan fans, they'll for sure love these, but we think they are great even if your child isn't an avid fan of his, since the trainers are so fun. They have red and purple flashing soles and stretch laces, so your kids will be able to get them on and off by themselves too. 


Flare Fly Toddler Purple, from £46 - Clarks

Size: 4 Infant - 12.5

To make sure that the littlest of siblings are not left out, these adorable purple comet trainers come in the smallest of sizes, so they can join in the flashing shoe fun as soon as they can walk. The translucent soles flash green and red with each step, so will encourage even the smallest walker to get going on their adventures.


Kids' Freshfeet™ Riptape Light-up Trainers, £26 - Marks & Spencer

Size: 4 Infant - 13

These bold trainers are cheerful and budget-friendly, as well as being vegan. They are mostly red in colour, with a rainbow gradient on the upper and, most importantly, red light up soles.


Pod Kids' Mio Light Up Trainers, £26-£28 - John Lewis

Size: 5.5 Infant - 12.5

These camo-shark trainers are a very snappy choice for any discerning light-up-trainer-wearer. Their elasticated laces and ripstop strap mean they'll be on and flashing in an instant as your little one struts down the street.

Light-Up Boots & Hi-tops

To tuck in those ankles on colder days, or provide more support for growing feet and legs, here are our favourite hi-tops and boots:


Marvel Grayjay Junior, £60-£65 - Geox

Size: 7 Infant - 5

Little Spiderman fans will think these jazzy hi-tops are MARVEL-lous. Bright, printed leather-effect material and fabric combine with a transparent outsole and twinkling lights for the full superhero effect - and because they are made by Geox, you can trust that the trainers are also excellent for maintaining healthy little toes.


Rainbow Glitter Light-Up Boots, £32-£36 - Next

Size: 3 Infant - 12

With rainbow, glitter, a furry lining and their light-up soles, these boots are the epitome of happy shoes. The laces look fab, but thankfully there are inside zips to make putting these boots on a much quicker process, and getting them off- that is if you can persuade the little wearer to remove them!


Warm-lined flashing hi-tops, £19.99 - H&M

Size: 7 Infant - 2

These hi-tops were far too cool for us not to include them, but they will definitely keep little feet warm and cosy with their padded soft velboa lining and elasticated laces. Need we say more?


White Unicorn Light-Up High Top Trainers, £25-£28 - Next

Size: 3 Infant - 3

Rainbow accents and an adorable unicorn make this pair pure magic. They have a cushioned footbed for extra support and touch fastening straps for an easy fit. Lighting up with every step, kids will be mesmerised by this playful pair and won't want to take them off.


Pawnee Boy Black & Orange Hi-Tops, from £52.50 - Geox

Size: 7 Infant - 5

These trendy hi-tops are slightly more understated, so would be ideal for a little person who prefers a more subtle look to their footwear. Nonetheless, the transparent outsoles which flash on movement, and the star aesthetic, in a complementing orange colour, make these a great choice. Plus, they have a breathable waterproof membrane, making them suitable for all weathers.


Kids Light up Shoes, £33.99 - Amazon

Size: 12.5 - 7.5 

These hi-tops are designed to wow, and we don't think they disappoint! The soles light-up in 7 different colours and have 4 dynamic colour modes too. The lights' batteries charge via USB, which then gives 7 hours of flashy fun. As if gold trainers weren't impressive enough, these trainers are also available in silver, metallic pink, black and white.

Light-Up Wellies

For when the lure of splashing in puddles isn't quite enough, these flashing boots will have your little ones wanting to go out in the rain in no time at all:


Kids Glitter Wellies, £24.99 - Mountain Warehouse

Size: 6 Infant - 12

These seem like a practical footwear option for any fan of a certain winter princess! With silver glitter scattered across the entire light blue surface, and translucent soles- so the lights can be well seen, these are a fun pair of weatherproof wellies.


Kids Disney Toy Story Light Up Wellies, £13 - Matalan

Size: 4 Infant - 12

Little legs will be able to go "To infinity and beyond" with these snazzy boots on. Emblazoned with a Toy Story favourite characters print and a Woody and Buzz emblem on  each boot, these wellies light up red on the soles as your child walks, runs or jumps.


Kids' Fairweather Shine Brite Light Wellies, £23.95 - Regatta

Size: 9 Infant - 6

These are wellies ready for any adventure, and while they don't light up in the same way as some of the other shoes we've included in this round up, they do feature a torchlight embedded in each boot- which we think is pretty epic. As well as being fully waterproof, these practical boots will keep your little one safe as they adventure in the dark, or at least stop them from walking in something unmentionable! Also available in dark pimento peony pink, if navy isn't their favourite colour.


Navy Rocket Wellies, Mountain Warehouse, £24 - Next

Size: 6 Infant - 13

These cute boots are out of this world- well, space themed at least. Featuring planets, moons, and- of course- rockets and a transparent sole, so the lights can be seen as they strut down the street in the rain.


Glitter Ombre Light Up Wellies, £6 - Nutmeg at Morrisons

Size: 6 Infant - 2

These glittery, light-up, rainbow boots will brighten up any rainy day and are our favourite budget find. They also have helpful handles for carrying and taking the boots off after an adventure- if your little one will let you, that is!

Light-Up Sandals

Once accustomed to trainers and boots which light up, you may need some options for flashing summer footwear, these are our favourite finds:


Foamies: Guzman - Flash, £40 - Skechers

Size: 9.5 Infant - 4

The reason we love these is that they are perhaps the most versatile shoe you can buy for a child. A slip-on style, with a collapsible heel and a flexible traction outsole means they are great indoors as slippers, for sliding on to run into the garden or with heel up as a shoe on any adventure from the beach to the playground- and, of course, they feature light-up soles. 


Kids' Fun Lab Darth Vader Lights Clog, £44.99 - Crocs

Size: Infant 11 - 3

We all know how practical Crocs are, albeit not always the most attractive of shoes - but these won't disappoint. They bring all the usual features of a pair of clogs, plus Star Wars theming and powerful LEDs. 


Pod Children's Alyssa Light Up Mermaid Sandals, Pink, £20 - John Lewis

Size: 5 Infant - 10

These bright pink mermaid sandals are superbly sturdy and will definitely appeal to small fans of all things pink! They have adjustable ankle and toe straps and lights in the sole, making them extra sparkly!


S Lights: Hypno-Splash - Sun Breaks, £45 - Skechers

Size: 10 Infant - 2

These sporty blue camouflage sandals have adjustable straps and a flexible traction outsole. With the multi-light midsole they are also playful enough to make your little one want to wear shoes in the summer- and anything that means your kids' will actually protect their precious feet outside in the warmer months is a hit with us!

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