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The Best Basketball Shoes For Kids- Avoid Damaging Their Feet And Knees

Basketball Shoes For Kids

Are you looking for a pair of supportive basketball shoes for your children? Did you know that there are certain basketball shoes that provide extra support and cushion to targeted areas of the feet? This will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.

The risk for injury is higher in sports with more jumping and quick direction changes such as basketball. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world for all ages, and a way of life for millions of American children. It is great form of exercise for them and they have fun playing it, but it is also a contact sport, and injuries occur frequently.

I know which basketball shoe styles are better for children from having fitted them before. I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoesand orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

In children, most toe, foot, or ankle injuries occur during sports, play, or falls. Sport-specific shoes are engineered to provide the support, motion control, and cushioning that minimize foot injuries associated with a particular activity.

Wearing the correct pair of basketball shoes will minimize the chance of injuries on the field. Sport related shoes play a huge role in keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy.

I am going to provide you with a selection of the best basketball shoes for children in terms of support and comfort, but please keep in mind that if your children don’t wear the correct shoe size, they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. For example, there are a lot of children out there with wide or extra wide feet, and if you provide them with a pair of shoes that are too narrow, you will end up creating all sort of issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

I will describe the best basketball shoes for kids in term of support and structure, but I will also show you  the only basketball shoe style that will fit the shape of a child with wide, or extra wide feet.

Cool Basketball Socks

Basketball Shoes for Kids – The 4 Most Important Features!

Sprained ankles are one of the most common basketball injuries. In order to prevent injuries parents should provide their children with shoes that are specifically made for basketball.  These types of shoes are designed to provide maximum ankle support and excellent traction when playing. Buying basketball-specific shoes will be a much cheaper investment in the long run as a form of preventative medicine.

There are 4 important features that your kids’ basketball shoes must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy:

  • Firm heel counter: This feature will cushion, support, and protect your kids’ heels every time they come in contact with the ground. A basketball shoe that provides firm heel counter will also reduce the chances of sprained ankles ❤️
  • Substantial Sole: This feature will also minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs every time they come in contact with the ground ❤️
  • Shoelaces over Velcro Closure: Shoelaces will provide more support and stability to you child’s feet. They will also push your kids’ heels back, protecting, supporting and securing them against the back of the shoes ❤️
  • Traction: There are a lot of sudden stops and movements that involve quick direction changes in basketball. Shoes with good traction will allow your children to make this movement without hurting themselves ❤️

Lacing Basketball Shoes

 In addition to having the appropriate support and structure, the shoes must also fit the shape of your chid’s feet perfectly.

When shoes are not fitted properly, they directly contribute to foot injuries. A shoe that is fitted too long has the same negative impact as a shoe that is fitted too short. Let me show you two examples below:

  • If shoes are fitted too long, they will compromise your children’s stability and make them more prone to falling down, especially when playing basketball where they have to run fast and engage in quick direction changes. Shoes that are too long will allow too much extra space around the ankles, which may cause the ankles to roll, twist, or turn in an awkward way. lastly, if there is too much room inside the shoes your child’s feet will end up moving too much inside the shoes, and that constant movement and friction might lead to foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
  • Shoes that are fitted too short may have a negative impact on your child’s foot as well. Basketball players makes sudden stops all the time. If the shoe is fitted too short, it might not only make your child more prone to falling down but the it will cramp the toes, causing all sort of problems such as bunions, calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails.

This bring me to this next question: Are you 100% sure that you know your child’s exact foot size?

I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.

I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Now that you know what features these basketball shoes will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best basketball shoes for kids.

The Best Basketball Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of sandals that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

Here you can find a selection of the best basketball shoes for kids. These shoe styles will fit a child with a narrow,  medium, and certain wide feet (depending on how high the instep of your child’s feet are)


All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

If your child happens to have wide or extra wide feet, you can find below the only basketball kids’ shoe style available in wide widths. This shoe style will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet:

Wide Basketball Shoes For Kids

This shoe style fit “short”, which means that you need a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

These Shoe Styles Provide the Best Traction ❤️

In order to avoid common pitfalls, the basketball shoes must have excellent thread at the bottom of the shoe. Proper and adequate traction will allow your child to adjust to quick direction changes and sudden stops, which are common in basketball. As a matter of fact, in most instances, the speed a player is able to make a direction change or a sudden stop will be determined by the level of thread in the shoe.

In order for your child to get all the benefits that the basketball shoes have to offer, they must pull their shoelaces tightly comfortable.

Shoelaces are the main players that provide your child with stability, and they also keep their ankles locked, protecting them from injuries. Make sure you use all the eyelets (holes) of the shoes for maximum support and stability. If your children don’t know how to tie their shoelaces yet, make sure you double knot them before they start playing.

The Best Basketball Socks for Kids – Extra Cushion and Support!

Getting the right type of basketball socks for your child are in the same level ofimportance as getting the correct type of basketball shoes when it comes to keeping your kid’s feet healthy. Did you know that wearing the wrong type of socks can create a myriad of problems such as ingrown toenails, bunions, blisters, infections, and many other conditions?

The physical nature of basketball relies not only on a solid pair of basketball shoes, but also on basketball socks that will keep the feet supported and protected each time they land on the hard floor. They also come with benefits such as preventing the feet from sweating excessively and reducing friction between the feet and the shoes!

While I can’t get into too much detail about which are the best basketball socks for kids in this article, you should take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the best basketball socks for kids. Go to the link below:

Basketball Socks For Kids – Protect Them From Getting Blisters

Kids Basketball Socks

Is Your Child Experiencing Foot or Leg Pain During Basketball?

Children’s foot and leg pain might occur as they engage in high impact activities and sports. I am going to start this section by explaining  how your child’s foot and leg pain can be simply due to your child not stretching enough before and after the game or practice. If your child does stretch regularly and the pain persists, then it may be a sign that your child needs extra support inside their shoes.

Did you know that there is a type of sport insert that has proven to significantly reduce, or completely eliminate foot and leg pain?

This insole is made by the company Superfeet and will fit inside your child’s basketball shoes and provide them with extra arch and ankle support. Be aware that these insoles will only work for shoes that have a removable insole. I created an article where I explain exactly how these insoles work for soccer  cleats but they can be used for basketball shoes as well. Please go to the link below:

The Best Insoles for Soccer Cleats – Let’s Significantly Reduce or Fully Eliminate Your Kids’ Foot Pain

Not wearing the appropriate sport shoes will lead not only to foot and ankle problems, but leg, hip, and back pain as well. Keep in mind that alignment begins with your feet and moves up to influence the rest of your body.  Remember that the use of a basketball shoes will be the best way of protecting your child’s ankles and feet from getting injured.

I want to emphasize  more expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better for your child..

Is there any other basketball shoe style that you can recommend for kids? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LET’S START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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11 Comments on The Best Basketball Shoes For Kids- Avoid Damaging Their Feet And Knees

  1. Hi Juan,

    I really enjoyed your post. My son is going to start playing basketball and now I know what shoes to get him. Where I live there is not a shoe store where I can take him. Is Amazon the cheapest place to buy them? What type of socks will you recommend for him? Thank you!

    Charma

    • Charma,

      Amazon is the cheapest place you can buy the shoes I describe. Socks are extremely important and they will make the whole difference of the shoe being comfortable or uncomfortable. I will be creating a review of the best basketball socks shortly.

  2. This was a very interesting post considering that I understand the importance of well fitted shoes and the impact these can have if not fitted properly.

    I really like the way you specified the different designs available. At least a parent can be able to identify their child’s preference and focus on the appropriate shoe for their child.

    • I am trying to help the parent make the most informative decision. I have seen the negative impact of wearing shoes that are not supportive or that are not fitted properly. It will lead to back and leg pain, and it won’t allow children t perform at their best when playing a particular sport.

  3. Liked reading your content and enjoyed learning about how you can prevent your child from getting hurt. I have two children so the information is very relevant.

    I love the basketball shoes from Amazon. I love how you provide a review of the best basketball shoes, since that makes it really easy.. I would be getting them a pair from your top recommendations. Thank you!

    • Jenny,

      I write the reviews so parents can see the difference between each shoes and choose the one that fits the need of what they are looking for. Every single shoes that I review I have previously fitted and I am familiar with the quality and the way the fit.

  4. There sure are many choices in shoes and there are so many different activities that demand a specialized shoe. I always debate when it is good to buy the best shoes for kids since they outgrow shoes so quickly and they often change interests quickly as well. Indeed basketball requires good shoes as the sport is demanding on feet. thanks for the info and now I will pay more attention to the right shoes for the right activity.

    • Jason,

      The best shoes for kids don’t have to be expensive. They surely need their shoes replaced often, and that is why we must be price conscious. I do believe shoes have to be well made and have good support, since your children will benefit greatly from them now, and in the future.

  5. I’m refering this to my friends and family.
    I can’t make much use of this as of now more than they can other than knowing what to buy their kids.

    Its awesome to know the differences about fitting shoes. I’m sure they’ll take a lot from your reviews.

    Thanks and good luck!

    • Fleyva,

      I hope they will find the website helpful. I try to cover everything that relates to children shoes and the importance of wearing the right pair. I also explain the importance of wearing socks, sport shoes, and orthotics.

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