Have you been looking for the perfect pair of athletic shoes for your child? Do you find yourself staring at a wall of shoes that somehow all seem identical and very different at the same time?
Athletic shoes are shoes that are primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise, but they are now also widely used for everyday wear. Whether your child is starting a new sport or needs gym shoes for school, the correct pair of athletic shoes will keep your child’s feet and legs healthy.
There are several different types of athletic shoes, but only a small selection of them provide the correct amount of support and shock absorption. When children engage in sports or physical activity, they are stressing out their feet and legs at a whole different level. This is the reason why it’s so important to provide your child with the correct pair of shoes, to reduce the impact that their feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
The shoes that you choose for your child play a key role in keeping your child’s feet and legs healthy.
Nowadays there is a particular shoe style for almost all activities and sports. However, there are certain kids’ shoe styles that your child will be able to use for multiple activities.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for athletic shoes and the best styles among those brands.
Athletic shoes are designed to support and protect the front part of your kids’ feet as well as their heels. The correct type of athletic shoes will prevent shin splints, stress fractures, tendinitis, and general foot and leg pain.
If your children are involved in a particular sport that they play more than twice a week, I recommend wearing a shoe that is specifically made for that sport.
In addition to being supportive and comfortable, your children’s athletic shoes must fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly. This means getting the correct shoe length as well as the correct shoe width. I am always emphasizing to parents how it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide their children’s feet are, there is a particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
The shoes that I will recommend shortly are available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. Another feature that these shoes will provide is extra depth, meaning that your child’s feet will fit deeply inside the shoes (in case your child has a high instep). This will prevent the top part of your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
If your child needs a specific athletic shoe for sports, then take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the best sport shoes for children. Go to the link below:
If your child needs a specific athletic shoe for physical educational class or doing some serious running, then keep on reading since I will describe those shoe styles shortly.
Providing your child with the correct athletic shoe will improve comfort and performance, and most importantly it will keep your kids’ feet healthy by preventing injuries.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best athletic shoes for kids, I want to first show you the 5 most important features that these shoes will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Athletic Shoes for Kids – The 5 Most Important Features!
There are 5 key features that your kids’ athletic shoes must provide:
✅ Substantial Sole: When your kids’ feet come in contact with the pavement, this feature will provide support and cushion to your kids’ feet and minimize the impact on the feet and legs take by providing shock absorption.
✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature will provide ankle and heel support to your kids’ feet by minimizing the impact on your kids’ heels.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: While we need the shoes to provide good support, we need them to be lightweight and flexible at the same time in order to prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired.
✅ Traction: Your kids athletic shoes must provide good traction in order to prevent your child from slipping and falling down. This will prevent your child from getting hurt and avoid injuries at the same time.
✅ Extra Depth: Shoes that provide extra depth allow the child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, providing an overall better fit. This feature will also allow you to fit an orthotic inside the shoes in case your child needs one for extra support.
If we find an athletic shoe that provides all of these features, we will be keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy. However, if you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer, and you might even end up creating several foot issues such as blisters, calluses and corns. I aways recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store, but the issue is that most specialized children’s shoe stores have been closing down.
If you don’t have a specialized children’s shoe store in your area, start by taking a look at a map of the US that displays the best children’s fitting shoe stores by state. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a good fitting children’s shoe stores in your area, then take a look at an article along with a video that I created which will show you the simplest and most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Your child’s foot size won’t automatically translate into your child’s correct shoe size, since shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
All of the shoe styles that I will describe below run “true to size”, which means that you will need to provide your child with a half a size longer of the size that your child measured at the foot measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Now that you know what features your kids’ athletic shoes must provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best athletic shoes for kids.
The Best Athletic Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have fitted all of these shoe styles before, that is the only reason why I know how well-made they are, they amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
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Here you can find a selection of the best athletic shoes for kids. The first selection is for children who have narrow or medium width feet.
This second selection is for children who have medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, meaning that you need to provide your child with a half a size longer of the size that your child measured at the foot measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
All of these shoe styles are available in different widths, so please make sure that you choose the correct shoe width:
- Medium (“M”)
- Wide (“W)
- Extra Wide (“XW”)
These shoe styles are also extremely durable, meaning that is highly likely that your children will outgrow these shoes before they destroy them.
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are unsure whether the shoes that you got for your child are fitting the shape of their feet correctly: firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to athletic shoes, I always recommend shoes that come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure, since shoelaces will provide better support and stability to your child’s feet. It’s important that your child ties the shoes properly in order to feel more stable when running.
Have you tried any of the athletic shoe styles that I recommend? Have you found another style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.