My boys have always had really sweaty feet, and my younger is a Skechers fanatic. He has wide feet and a wide heel and it has always been difficult to fit him in any other brand of shoe.
When I saw the Airators and their claim of cooling the feet with an air pump, I admit, I was skeptical, but I was quickly proved that they work and that they are a GREAT invention.
What happens is that there is a little squeeze rubber bladder (much like that on a bike horn) that is under the heel. With each step, as the child puts down their heel, and then moves their foot down the rest of the way, air is blown through the toe area and allowed to circulate inside the shoe, cooling the foot.
The bladder then reinflates on its own, allowing more air for the next step.
The shoes have elastic laces, so there is no tying, which was nice for getting them on quickly, even though my son can tie his shoes. There is also velcro at the top, so even if your child manages to stretch the elastic getting them on and off, the velcro will ensure the shoe will stay on.
The sole of the shoe is very knobby and has great traction for running and walking on about any terrain.
The top is very attractive and I was worried it would get ruined early, but over a year after we purchased my son's first pair (we had to upgrade his size this year), they still look almost brand new, even though he has begun to wear out the soles.
They come in sizes 11-6 (toddlers/youth).
My only disappointment is that they do not make Airators for adults. My husband, my older son, and myself would all love to have them.