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The 7 Best Sports Shoes For Children – Guidebook

The right sports shoes for children are important so that they can optimally perform sports activities in their free time or in sports lessons. Therefore, the shoe should fit perfectly and not be too tight or too wide. To ensure this, you should consider in advance whether, for example, a Velcro closure or a lace is appropriate for your child’s sports shoe.

To help you decide , we have compiled a checklist for you, which will provide you with sufficient information. In our product recommendations you will also find initial examples.

Checklist For Children Sports Shoes

Shoe Size
  • A sports shoe for children should offer firm support, but still enough freedom of movement.
  • You can determine the right shoe size by measuring the length and width of the child’s foot before buying.
  • A children’s sports shoe fits perfectly when the big toe does not touch the front. The shoe should therefore be at least 12 mm and at most 17 mm longer than the child’s foot.
  • It is best to draw a template at home. For this purpose, your child stands with his feet on a sheet of paper or a piece of cardboard and you draw the outline. Then add 12 to 17 mm to the front. Cut out the template and take it with you to the shoe store.
  • Very narrow children’s feet do not find the optimal support in many sport’s shoes. In this case, insoles can help.
Closure
  • Children’s sports shoes are available with laces and Velcro fasteners.
  • Velcro fasteners are usually easier for young children to handle. Shoelaces can also come loose during sports and lead to accidents.
  • An alternative are laces with drawstrings, which do not have to be tied and accordingly cannot open.
Material
  • Sports shoes for children should be as light as possible, breathable and easy to clean.
  • Many manufacturers use synthetic fibers or synthetic leather. These materials are easy to clean.
  • The sole should be made of non-slip material and equipped with shock absorption to protect bones and muscles.
Sports
  • Not every children’s sneaker is suitable for every sport.
  • Indoor sports require indoor shoes with extra slip and abrasion resistant soles.
  • For children’s outdoor sports shoes, the choice is greater. For outdoor sports, ordinary casual shoes or runningshoes are suitable.
  • In addition, there are children’s sports shoes specially designed for individual sports, for example soccer shoes, tennis shoes, jogging shoes and more. Here you also have the choice between indoor and outdoor shoes.

Tip: Learn more about the most popular Nike shoes for kids.

The Best Sellers Of Sports Shoes For Kids

In this bestseller list we have compiled the most popular sports shoes for kids for you.

# Preview Product
1 adidas unisex child Racer Tr 2.0 Running Shoe, Black/Grey/Royal Blue, 5 Little Kid US adidas unisex child Racer Tr 2.0 Running Shoe, Black/Grey/Royal Blue, 5 Little Kid US
2 PERSOUL Air Shoes for Boys Girls Kids Children Tennis Sports Athletic Gym Running Sneakers (Violet Size 3 Child) PERSOUL Air Shoes for Boys Girls Kids Children Tennis Sports Athletic Gym Running Sneakers (Violet...
3 adidas x Lego Sport Juniors Grade School Big Kids Limited Collector Edition Collab Shoes (EQT Yellow/Core Black/Red, Numeric_2) adidas x Lego Sport Juniors Grade School Big Kids Limited Collector Edition Collab Shoes (EQT...
4 adidas Goletto VIII Firm Ground Soccer Shoe, Core Black/Team Shock Pink/Core Black, 13 US Unisex Little Kid adidas Goletto VIII Firm Ground Soccer Shoe, Core Black/Team Shock Pink/Core Black, 13 US Unisex...
5 Under Armour unisex child Grade School Assert 8 Sneaker, Black (001 Pitch Gray, 5.5 Big Kid US Under Armour unisex child Grade School Assert 8 Sneaker, Black (001 Pitch Gray, 5.5 Big Kid US
6 Nike Unisex-Kid's Team Hustle D 9 Pre School Basketball Shoe, Black/Metallic Gold-White, 3Y Regular US Little Kid Nike Unisex-Kid's Team Hustle D 9 Pre School Basketball Shoe, Black/Metallic Gold-White, 3Y Regular...
7 New Balance Kid's 680 V6 Lace-Up Running Shoe, Rain Cloud/Pale Blue Chill/Light Mango, 5 M US Big Kid (8-12 Years) New Balance Kid's 680 V6 Lace-Up Running Shoe, Rain Cloud/Pale Blue Chill/Light Mango, 5 M US Big...
8 DREAM PAIRS Boys Athletic Sports Sneakers Tennis Running Shoes Royal Blue Neon Size 13 Little Kid Zp19003k DREAM PAIRS Boys Athletic Sports Sneakers Tennis Running Shoes Royal Blue Neon Size 13 Little Kid...
9 Girls Sneakers, Kids Running Shoes Girls Breathable Sports Tennis Lightweight Sneakers Size 13 Purple Girls Sneakers, Kids Running Shoes Girls Breathable Sports Tennis Lightweight Sneakers Size 13...
10 Caitin Kids Running Tennis Shoes Lightweight Casual Walking Sneakers for Toddler Little Big Boys and Girls Caitin Kids Running Tennis Shoes Lightweight Casual Walking Sneakers for Toddler Little Big Boys and...
11 VITUOFLY Kids Basketball Shoes Boys Air Cushion Sneakers Girls Mid Top School Training Shoes Non-Slip Outdoor Sports Shoes Comfortable Boys Running Shoes Durable Little Kid/Big Kid VITUOFLY Kids Basketball Shoes Boys Air Cushion Sneakers Girls Mid Top School Training Shoes...
12 adidas Unisex-Child EQ21 Running Shoe, Purple/Pulse Aqua/Sonic Aqua, 4.5 adidas Unisex-Child EQ21 Running Shoe, Purple/Pulse Aqua/Sonic Aqua, 4.5
13 Troadlop Boys Shoes Breathable Lace-up Ahletic Shoes Kids Black Size 6 M US Big Kid Troadlop Boys Shoes Breathable Lace-up Ahletic Shoes Kids Black Size 6 M US Big Kid
14 Wilson KAOS Junior Tennis shoes, White/Pearl Blue/Dazzling Blue, 1.5 Wilson KAOS Junior Tennis shoes, White/Pearl Blue/Dazzling Blue, 1.5
15 adidas Fortarun Elastic Running Shoe, Grey/White/Shock Pink, 1 US Unisex Little Kid adidas Fortarun Elastic Running Shoe, Grey/White/Shock Pink, 1 US Unisex Little Kid
16 CIOR Boys & Girls Water Shoes Sports Aqua Athletic Sneakers Lightweight Sport Shoes(Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid) U1ELJSX011-Blue.green-31 CIOR Boys & Girls Water Shoes Sports Aqua Athletic Sneakers Lightweight Sport Shoes(Toddler/Little...
17 CROVA Kids Water Sports Shoes Ultra Light Totally Drainage Quick-Dry Aqua Socks Barefoot Slip-on for Boys Girls Toddler CROVA Kids Water Sports Shoes Ultra Light Totally Drainage Quick-Dry Aqua Socks Barefoot Slip-on for...
18 Boy Shoes Athletic Girls Sneakers Kids Running Sport Shoes Lightweight Breathable Little Kid Size 11 Boy Shoes Athletic Girls Sneakers Kids Running Sport Shoes Lightweight Breathable Little Kid Size 11
19 DREAM PAIRS Boys Athletic Sports Sneakers Slip on Tennis Running Shoes Black Grey Royal Size 6 Big Kid Luca DREAM PAIRS Boys Athletic Sports Sneakers Slip on Tennis Running Shoes Black Grey Royal Size 6 Big...
20 Vielone_Lumi Toddler Kids Boys Girls Cartoon Bunny LED Ankle Boots Waterproof Sneakers Light up Tennis Shoes Luminous Walking Shoes Flashing Hiking Booties for Outdoor Sports Vielone_Lumi Toddler Kids Boys Girls Cartoon Bunny LED Ankle Boots Waterproof Sneakers Light up...

Tip: In this article you can learn more about the most popular running shoes.

Current Offers Of Sports Shoes For Kids

Here you will find a collection of the latest offers on sports shoes for kids.

SaleBestseller Nr. 1
adidas unisex child Racer Tr 2.0 Running Shoe, Black/Grey/Royal Blue, 5 Little Kid US
adidas unisex child Racer Tr 2.0 Running Shoe, Black/Grey/Royal Blue, 5 Little Kid US
Kids' running-inspired shoes; Regular fit; Soft feel; Lightweight textile upper provides durability
$55.00 −27%
SaleBestseller Nr. 2
adidas Goletto VIII Firm Ground Soccer Shoe, Core Black/Team Shock Pink/Core Black, 13 US Unisex Little Kid
adidas Goletto VIII Firm Ground Soccer Shoe, Core Black/Team Shock Pink/Core Black, 13 US Unisex Little Kid
Juniors' soccer cleats for traction and speed; SYNTHETIC UPPER: Synthetic upper for lightweight comfort
$35.00 −14%
SaleBestseller Nr. 3
Under Armour unisex child Grade School Assert 8 Sneaker, Black (001 Pitch Gray, 5.5 Big Kid US
Under Armour unisex child Grade School Assert 8 Sneaker, Black (001 Pitch Gray, 5.5 Big Kid US
Lightweight mesh upper with 3-color digital print delivers complete breathability; Durable leather overlays for stability & that locks in your midfoot
$55.00 −20%
SaleBestseller Nr. 4
adidas Unisex-Child EQ21 Running Shoe, Purple/Pulse Aqua/Sonic Aqua, 4.5
adidas Unisex-Child EQ21 Running Shoe, Purple/Pulse Aqua/Sonic Aqua, 4.5
Kids' sneakers designed for the best fit and feel; Regular fit; Textile upper and lining offer lightweight comfort
$60.00 −17%
SaleBestseller Nr. 5
Wilson KAOS Junior Tennis shoes, White/Pearl Blue/Dazzling Blue, 1.5
Wilson KAOS Junior Tennis shoes, White/Pearl Blue/Dazzling Blue, 1.5
FS delivers explositivity to competitive players; R-dst augmented cushioning and rebound form comfort and responsiveness
$55.00 −55%

FAQ For Sports Shoes For Kids

What are sports shoes for kids?

These shoes are specially designed for children and therefore often have playful designs in bright colors. The closures are also often child-friendly, so your child can put the shoes on and take them off relatively quickly. They are often worn during school sports or recreational activities.

How should a sports shoe for children fit?

Your child must have a good grip in the children’s shoe. Therefore, it should neither be too tight nor too wide. In addition, it should not rub or cause unpleasant blisters even after prolonged wear. Therefore, it can be useful to order two sizes first. This way, your child can try on both and then determine which shoe fits better in terms of size. If the shoe is still too big, suitable insoles can also help.

How big should a sports shoe for children be?

The sports shoe should always be adjusted to the shoe size of your child. Therefore, it makes sense to measure the foot first, since many children have feet of different sizes during the growth phase. Here it is not only the length, but also the width of the foot to consider. To ensure that your child has a good grip, the toe should not bump against the front of the shoe. You can follow the guideline that the shoe should be 12 mm and a maximum of 17 mm longer than your child’s foot.

What kind of closure should a sports shoe for children have?

Basically, there are sports shoes for children with Velcro closures or laces. In the beginning, your child will probably do better with a Velcro closure. With laces, the risk of injury also increases, as they often come loose and your child could stumble. However, if your child is already a little older, you should think about sports shoes with laces. The tying of such trains the motor skills of your child and should be learned from a certain age. Alternatively, you can initially choose laces with drawstring, which do not need to be tied.

How much does a sports shoe for children cost?

This is quite different and depends, among other things, on what quality and brand you ultimately choose. However, a high-quality shoe can cost up to 40 euros or more.

What kind of material does a sports shoe for children have?

A sports shoe is usually made of synthetic leather or synthetic fibers. It should also be breathable, so that your child does not sweat excessively over a long period of time. In addition, the shoe should be slip-resistant so that your child does not injure himself. Shock absorption ensures that the bones and joints are not overloaded.

Which sports shoe is suitable for which sport?

Basically, a distinction is made between indoor and outdoor shoes. Indoor shoes should have a good abrasion, so that the shoes last long. Therefore, consider beforehand for which activities your child needs the sports shoes. For example, there are special tennis or jogging shoes.

When is a sports shoe suitable for children?

Sports shoes for children are suitable as soon as your child wants to perform sports activities. At the latest from the school time the acquisition of such is therefore surely meaningful.

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Wolfgang lives with his family in Stuttgart. He has a twelve-year-old daughter and five-year-old twins. When he's not writing product guides for Elternkompass and sharing his experiences with you, he likes to go on bike tours, play Monopoly or read novels.