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The Best Running Shoes For Kids – Allow Your Kids’ To ZOOM In Their Shoes

The Best Running Shoes For Children

Did you know that children’s feet and legs undergo a great deal of abuse? As your child gets older and begins engaging in more competitive sports, it may be time to provide them with a good pair of running shoes! Even if they are not into playing sports, physical education classes at school become more intense as children get older.

As children grow, they run faster and jump higher, and their feet and legs receive more impact and abuse than ever before! Wearing the right type of shoes provides your children with the support and cushioning that they need to perform their everyday activities while taking care of their feet and legs.

The average child takes 20,000 steps a day! That is a lot of walking and running! Running shoes for kids are engineered to provide your child with the support, cushioning, and motion control that they need to run around all day, while preventing foot and leg injuries associated with each particular activity. However, there are certain running shoes for children that provide more support than others, and it is important for you to know which ones they are!

Keep in mind that getting a good, supportive shoe for your child is not the only thing that will keep his feet and legs healthy. You MUST also make sure that you are providing him shoes in the the correct size. It doesn’t matter how supportive the shoes are, if they are not the right shoe size, your child WON’T benefit from any of the features the shoe provides!

I assure you that as your child gets older and begins engaging in activities such as track or running on a regular basis, they will need a good pair of running shoes to keep their feet and legs healthy! Sturdy shoes with ankle support are also important to prevent turned ankles and other foot and leg problems.

Start by reading a post that describes how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. The post is called:

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

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Minimalist Or Supportive Shoes For Your Kid? – Learn The Facts!

Did you know that kids shoes should simulate the same features that adult shoes do? It is true that when children are first learning how to walk, the softer the shoe, the better it is for them to learn! However, this strictly applies to children who are learning how to walk. When the child is already walking and stable enough to run, then they will need more substantial type of shoes to support their feet and legs!

Yes, I know some parents believe that children should wear shoes with minimal support and there is a lot of hype going around about minimalist shoes (well, actually every year shoe companies are making fewer and fewer minimalist shoes for kids, simply because of the lack of demand), but their popularity is actually going down!

I don’t recommend minimalist shoes for children, and I actually wrote a post describing why I believe they are not good for our kids’ feet. You can find that post here:

Minimalist Shoes For Kids – It’s Time To Straight Up Some Rumors

Kids live a much more active lifestyle than adults, so if your adult shoes need arch support, shock absorbency soles and heel cushioning, why wouldn’t your child’s shoes provide the same features? Some parents would point out that their child’s feet are still developing. I would agree, but point out that because children’s feet continue to develop past their teenage years, that is all the more reason that we need take care of their feet by providing them with good, supportive shoes!

Children need arch support, heel cushioning and shock absorbency in their running shoes. But you are probably asking yourself where you can find these type of shoes. I will show you which the best running shoes for children the shoes that come in different shoe widths.

I always recommend parents that take their children to a local kids’ shoe store that they trust to have their shoe properly fitted. However, several parents have told me that they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust. Taking your children to big retailers for shoes is a waste of money and time, since kids always  end up wearing the wrong shoe size!

If you don’t have a children’s shoe store that you trust in your area and you must get your kids’ shoes online, here you can learn about the best place to buy your kids’ shoes online:

Kids Shoes On Amazon – Is Amazon The Best Place To Buy Your Kids’ Shoes?

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Running Shoes For Kids’ – How Much Should I Spend?

While it depends in the style of shoe that you are looking for, you can end up paying anywhere from 40 to 70 dollars for a good, supportive running shoe. I have seen 45 dollar running shoes that provide the same support as 70 dollar shoes, so don’t think that paying more for a shoe automatically translates to more value to your kids’ feet!

Economizing is part of everyone’s life, but when it comes to our kids’ feet, you will end up saving a lot of money in the long run by providing them with shoes that will take care of their feet and legs!

What Are The Best Running Shoes For Kids?

In order to provide our kids’ with the best running shoes, the shoes must provide the following features: 

  • A firm heel counter (This is what provides lateral support and it keeps our ankles healthy).
  • A thick sole with good arch support (This will reduce the impact every time your child’s feet hit the ground).
  • A flexible toe-box (This will prevent your kids’ feet from feeling tired when wearing the shoes for a long period of time).

The Best Children Running Shoes

Shoes that have these features will keep your child’s legs and feet healthy! Now, there are hundreds of options when it comes to choosing your kids’ running shoes, but from all the options available, I can guarantee that only a small number of them will fit your child’s feet properly.

While there may be a lot of shoes available for kids’, the majority of them don’t provide the support your child needs. I have been fitting children shoes for over 6 years now, and I know the most supportive, well-made shoes for children. I know which shoes come in narrow, wide, and extra wide widths!

REMEMBER: the shoes must fit the shape of your child’s foot for your child to get the benefits that the shoe provides.

Below you can find a selection of the most supportive running shoes for kids that come in medium, wide, and extra wide widths!

The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).

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

The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Those are the best running shoes for kids that have medium, wide, or extra wide feet. All of these shoes come in different widths, so if your child has a medium width foot, simply order the medium width, and if your child needs wide or extra wide width shoes, you will order him those widths accordingly!

Some children, instead of having wide or extra wide feet, have very narrow feet, which in my experience, are some of the hardest feet to fit! The reason is because shoe companies don’t make children running shoes in narrow widths. However, I have fitted several children with narrow feet and I know which shoe styles fit narrower than others.

Please keep in mind that shoes with shoe laces make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in terms of fit when it comes to fitting a narrow foot. They hug the feet much better, and prevent feet from moving too much inside the shoe!

Below you can find a selection of the best running shoes for kids who have narrow feet:

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

The shoes that I recommend above are not only good, supportive shoes for your child’s everyday activities, but they are also breathable and durable! Breathable shoes prevent your kids’ feet from sweating too much, keeping your kids’ feet dry and healthy.

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While most parents and children prefer velcro sneakers over shoe laces (I get it, it makes things so much easier for both of you), a pair of sneakers with shoe laces will always provide more support and more stability than a pair of velcro sneakers. If your child has stability issues or needs shoes to provide the most support, you should STRONGLY consider getting pair of shoes with shoe laces!

Parents ask me all the time how long their kids’ shoes will last. I tell them that children should ALWAYS outgrow their shoes before anything happens to them. If you want to have a better idea of how fast children’s feet grow based on the age of the child, I wrote a post about it that is called:

How Fast Do Kids Feet Grow?

Now that you know the key role that good, supportive running shoes play in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your kids, and the most supportive kids’ running shoes, you are ready to make the most informated decision! REMEMBER: Once children start running on a regular basis, they need quality shoes to keep their feet healthy. Sturdy, supportive shoes with a firm heel counter for ankle support will also PREVENT foot injuries such as twisted ankles, among many others!

Wearing the right type of shoes will enhance your child’s performance. Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having a hard time finding the correct shoe size for your child.

Does your child already own a pair of running shoes? Are their daily activities and sport classes becoming more challenging and intense? Share your experiences or any recommendations you might have about the importance of good running shoes for children.


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12 Comments on The Best Running Shoes For Kids – Allow Your Kids’ To ZOOM In Their Shoes

  1. Hi Juan,

    Awesome information! I have been looking for running shoes for my kids’ (they are older now and they run like crazy). My older is complaining about foot pain and when I took him to the doctor he said that the shoes were too flimsy and non-supportive. He was wearing a pair of converse shoes which he loves, but I told him we need to find a better pair. I ordered a pair of Asics from the shoes you recommend, and boom! It worked! No more pain! Thank you!!!

    • I am glad you got it all figured it out! Keep an eye on his feet and make sure the pain doesn’t come back!

      Converse shoes are great and stylish, but they are more fashion oriented than anything else. Asics are top of the line when it comes to support and structure. Let me know anytime you have questions about your kids’ feet.

  2. One of my big complaints about schools is that they insist on kids wearing plimsols for PE lessons. They need to realise that its 2017 and that plimsols are very poorly designed for any form of physical activity let alone sports! I just bought my 7-year old son a pair of New Balance (373s) and he just loves them. They are very comfortable and look great. Are they one of your recommended trainers for kids?

    • Hello Kristian,

      That is crazy! Is that the school policy or the physical education teacher is recommending those shoes? Plimsolls are meant to wear as casual shoes, when kids’ go to the shopping mall or for short periods of walking, but they don’t provide any support or stability.

      The pair of sneakers you got your child is much better than plimsolls since it has better structure, a much firmer heel counter, and will provide your child with more stability. It is not one of the shoes I recommend for running simply because the sole of the shoe is not as substantial as I would like.

  3. Wow! I have been trying to find good information about kids shoes for a while! My kids’are starting to engage in sports with hige levels of competition, and it’s time to provide them with good running shoes. I found some websites where people review and comment about the shoes but I wanted to be sure I was providing my kids’with the best type of running shoes. I am confident after reading your post since you seem to have so much experience and been fitting kids’shoes for a long time. Thank you thank you!!!

    • I am glad that you found the post informative. Let me know anytime you have a specific question about your kids’ feet and shoes.

  4. Hello Juan,

    I got a real education on your website today, until today I had no idea there was such a thing as kids running shoes.

    What is the purpose of the kids running shoes, are they just for active kids into sports or are they a good choice of shoe for any kid who loves to play outdoors? My kids are always running around and I want to provide them with the best shoe support. What are the most supportive shoes for a child with wide feet?

    • Kids’ running shoes are for children who engage in more intense activities but also good as their everyday shoes. I always recommend parents to get a running shoe for their kid so they can wear for their everyday activities! Please read the post carefully, I explain there and show you a selection of the most supportive running shoes that come in wide and extra wide widths.

  5. You know, I never considered getting my kids a good pair of running shoes. I knew I needed a pair for myself, I guess I never considered the impact on their legs and feet. I agree that shoes that come with shoe laces are best when running. Do you know where I can get women’s shoes for myself? Do you recommend any particular style and which online store offers the best price?

    • Hello Anita,

      What is the shoe size that you wear? If you wear a women shoe size 8 ½ or smaller you can get the kids’ version of the shoe and pay half of the price. I am talking about the same support and structure, but at a much more affordable price. Most parents don’t even know about the shoe size conversion, but I have fitted hundreds of mother’s who come to the store and learn how they can be fitted for kids’ shoes.

      Read my post: Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes

      I explain there in more detail how this shoe size conversion works!

    • Hello Sarah,

      That particular shoe style offers good support and structure, so it will work great for your child who needs orthotics/medical inserts. It is also available in wide widths (keep in mind that orthotics take a lot of room inside the shoe). The lace version of this sneakers will provide more support and more stability for your child!

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