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

Basketball Shoes For Kids

Did you know that the risk for injury is higher in sports with more jumping, such as basketball, or sports with quick direction changes, such as soccer or football? 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.

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.

Besides causing pain and discomfort that can affect athletic performance, the wrong size shoes can result in foot problems and cause further injuries down the road. When your child is playing basketball or engaging in a competitive sport that requires running at a faster speed, the risk of injuries on the field increase.

Wearing the correct pair of basketball shoes will minimize the chance of injuries in the field. Sport related shoes play a huge role in keeping our kids feet and legs healthy. I will describe the best basketball shoes for kids in term of support and structure, but I will also show you which basketball shoes will fit a wide, or an extra wide foot.

Prevent Your Kid From Getting Injured – Get The Right Type Of Shoe!

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. In addition to having the appropriate support and structure, the shoes must also fit properly.

Basketball Shoes For Kids

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

  • If shoes are fitted too long, they will have a direct impact on your child’s stability and make him or her more prone to falling down, especially when playing basketball where you have to run fast and engage in quick direction changes. The other consequence of the shoes being too long is it will most likely mean that there is too much extra space around the ankles, which may cause the ankles to roll, twist, or turn in an awkward way.
  • 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 but the it will cramp the toes, causing all sort of problems such as bunions, calluses, corns, and ingrown nails.

Will The Wrong Shoe Affect Your Child’s Performance When Playing Basketball?

The answer is YES! Obviously, no basketball shoe is going to make your child a better player, but they are important for your child to perform at his or her best. Basketball-specific shoes can allow any player to run, jump, and move with confidence! The incorrect shoe size will affect your child’s performance when playing basketball, since a shoe that is too small, too long, too narrow, or too wide, will affect your child’s stability.

Would you, the parent, be able to run with confidence in shoes that don’t fit properly? TRUST ME when I tell you that you wouldn’t! You wouldn’t want your child to run around and play in shoes that don’t fit, right? If you are unsure whether your child is wearing the correct shoe size or not, I wrote a post where I explain how to make sure your kids’ are wearing the right shoe size. The post is called: 

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

What Basketball Shoe Should You Get For Your Child?

There are three basic styles of basketball shoes:

  1. The high-cut style will help your child since it offers maximum ankle and foot support, but the main disadvantage is that it is the heaviest style.
  2. The mid-cut style is the most popular among beginners and professional players. It offers appropriate ankle support, but not as much as the high-cut style.
  3. The low-cut style is the lightest to wear among the three styles and it allows easy movement, but it has the main disadvantage of a lack of ankle support.

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.

Even though is essential that you provide your child with the right pair of basketball shoes, it does not in any way mean that you must spend a lot of money on shoes. I want to emphasize this because shoes that are more expensive are not always better. That is the reason why I created a review of the best quality and reasonable price basketball shoes for your child.

Lacing Basketball Shoes

How Important Is Traction In Basketball Shoes?

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. Improved traction will help strengthen basketball performance.

Did you know that getting the correct sock size is just as important as getting the correct shoe size? There are specific basketball socks that provide great cushioning and breath-ability  when your child is playing basketball. I wrote a post where I describe the best basketball socks for kids’. The post is called:

Basketball Socks For Kids – Protect Them From Getting Blisters

The Best Way To Lace Basketball Shoes – The Secret Revealed!

Do not EVER underestimate the importance of properly tied shoe laces. Shoe laces 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 child does not know how to tie shoelaces yet, make sure you double knot them before he or she goes into the field to play.

There is a pair of shoe laces that I recommend that are thicker and come with bumps, and they usually stay tied longer. Double knotting the shoe laces might also be a good idea so your child only has to focus on the game, and not the laces! I wrote a post where I describe the best way to tie your kids’ shoes, and what are the best shoe laces that tend to stay much better than the rest. The post is called:

 How To Teach A Child To Tie His Shoes – Follow These Easy Steps

Is Your Child Experiencing Leg Pain During Or After The Basketball Game?

Children’s leg pain might occur as they engage in physical activity. I am going to start this section by explaining this 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 in his/her basketball shoes.

Prevent Basketball Injuries

Did you know that there is a type of insert for sports such as basketball and soccer to reduce, or completely eliminate the foot and leg pain your child might be experiencing? This type of insole has been proven to reduce and in some cases eliminate the foot and leg pain your child was experiencing.

Super Feet insoles 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 wrote a post where I explain exactly how they work. The post is called:

Insoles For Flat Feet – Say Goodbye To Foot Pain

What Are The Best Basketball Shoes For Kids’?

A basketball shoes must have two features in order to provide your child with the appropriate support:

  • A very firm heel counter (this is what provides ankle support and protects the feet every time your child is landing after jumping).
  • Good arch support.
  • Must have shoe laces.

I always recommend parents to take their kids to their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter will be able to properly measure his or her feet. However, several parents have contacted me and have told me that they don’t have a children’s shoe store in their area that they trust. IF you don’t have a local shoe store in your area, below you can find a selection of the best basketball shoes for kids below!

These first basketball shoe styles (Adidas) will fit a child with a medium, wide, or an extra wide foot (choose the ones available in wide widths).

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.

The basketball shoe styles below will fit a child with a narrow or a medium width foot ONLY.

All of these shoe styles 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.

Is your child going to start playing basketball? Are you having a hard time finding an appropriate pair of basketball shoes? Does your child have wide or extra wide feet and can’t seem to find basketball shoes that are wide enough? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!


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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,

      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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