June 27, 2022 2:13 pm

The best kids’ running shoes

Whether they’re charging around the playground, taking on a junior parkrun or carving up the mud in a school cross-country race, there’s nothing like seeing your child enjoy the freedom and satisfaction that running brings.

On top of the mental health benefits, such as decreased anxiety and improved self-esteem, studies show that running as a child improves cardiovascular health and reduces the chance of weight-related problems such as type 2 diabetes. Plus, it’s been shown to improve bone density in later life. In short, there’s a lot to love about your child catching the running bug!

With an active kid on your hands, you’ll need a pair of well-fitting kids’ running shoes. Not only to help maintain their enjoyment of running but also to prevent blisters and more serious injuries while retaining your child’s foot health into adulthood.

So what to look for? Kids’ running shoes should feel Skechers Outlets lightweight and flexible and include cushioning for comfort and impact absorption. Breathable uppers help prevent hot and sweaty feet, while durable outsole materials ensure their shoes stand up to everything your active child throws at them.

If in doubt, many running shoe brands offer ‘mini me’ versions of their adult performance running shoes, complete with trickle-down tech. Above all, though, when it comes to kids’ running shoes, comfort is king. As every parent knows, a comfortable kid is (generally) a happy one!

Here’s our pick of the of the best kids’ running shoes – from Nike and Asics kids’ running shoes to kids’ trail running shoes from the likes of Adidas and Merrell.

1.Decathlon Kalenji At 500 Kiprun Fast Kids Athletics Shoes

At 500 Kiprun Fast Kids Athletics Shoes
Kiprundecathlon.co.uk

£24.99

Sizes: UK 13K to UK 6.5

Decathlon is every parent’s go-to for great value sports kit, so it’s no surprise that it’s come up trumps with the Kalenji At 500 Kiprun, a versatile, comfy shoe for active kids who dabble in a range of after-school sports. Its lightweight design is made for athletics, has a kid-specific fit and includes a seamless forefoot construction for added comfort (no blister-related incidents). Ideal for PE, track and road running, the cushioned foam absorbs impact forces from running and jumping, while the non-marking rubber half-sole provides grip even on the wet track.

2. ASICS GT 1000 11 Kids’ Support Running Shoe

GT-100 11 PS Junior Running Shoes
Asicssportsshoes.com

£41.59

Sizes: UK 13K to UK 6

ASICS is the master of stability running shoes, so if your child has low arches or flat feet and a propensity for overpronating, you’re in safe hands. The Litetruss support system in the midsole helps keep young feet stable through their stride, while overlays in the Hey Dudes mid-foot add structure and support. Built on a kid-specific last, it includes a combo of EVA cushioning and Gel technology for a lightweight, flexible and soft ride during pavement (and playground) pounding. Made to last, it includes a solid rubber sole and toe rubber stitching for durability.

3. Saucony Big Kid’s Ride 14 Running Shoe

Big Kid’s Ride 14 Sneaker
Sauconysaucony.com

£40.00

Sizes: UK 13K to UK 6

Your mini-me will love this kids’ version of Saucony’s flagship neutral adult running shoe. Ideal for budding athletes who clock up several runs a week, its bouncy EVA midsole cushions growing bones from impact and offers a comfy, responsive ride. The one-piece upper is lightweight, breathable and completely seamless, reducing the chance of blisters and rubbing. Junior running shoes should be flexible, and this one includes a grippy Tri-Flex rubber outsole which flexes with the foot for smooth transitions. There’s a reinforced toe cap for durability, and parents everywhere will appreciate Saucony’s ‘anti-stink’ shoe lining!

4. Under Armour Grade School UA Charged Rogue 3 Kids’ Running Shoe

Grade School UA Charged Rogue 3 Running Shoes
Under Armourunderarmour.co.uk

£50.00

SHOP – BOY’S

SHOP – GIRL’S

Sizes: UK 3 to 6

Boasting the most trickle-down tech from Under Armour’s adult performance shoes, the Charged Rogue 3 is ideal for speedy road runs and after-school sports. UA’s Charged Cushioning midsole gets the thumbs up for comfort and impact absorption while offering snappy responsiveness that young runners will appreciate. The plush sockliner provides a comfy fit and includes anti-odour technology, and there’s an external heel counter to keep young feet stable. It’s also a safe bet for durability with a solid rubber sole and strategically placed pods in high-abrasion areas.

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