How to Choose Athletic Shoes for Kids

How to Choose Athletic Shoes for Kids
Understanding how to choose athletic shoes for kids doesn't have to be complicated. However, there are many brands and models on the market, and it might seem overwhelming if you're not sure exactly what your child needs. Take a moment to assess the details, and you'll have a much more successful experience.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ruler
Step 1
Measure the child's shoe size. It's important to get a shoe that fits properly to make sure the child is comfortable, especially if the shoe is going to be used in an athletic context where lots of friction and movement come into play. If you don't have a professional shoe-sizing device like the ones at the shoe store, you can measure your child's foot at home with a ruler. Then use the conversion chart at to find the appropriate size. It's often a good idea to get a half-size bigger than your child's current size if he is going through a growth spurt.
Step 2
Consider functionality. What will the child's shoes primary be used for? She might need everyday athletic shoes for school and gym class, or she might require shoes for a specific sport or activity. Choose the style of shoe that matches your child's needs.

For instance, look for high-top sneakers if your kid plays basketball to provide more ankle support. Active kids who love to run around the playground or the yard might do better with lightweight jogging shoes that have superior arch support. Do you take lots of family hiking trips? Think about getting a pair of cross-trainers with rugged soles for rough terrain. You might also need to get cleats for kids who play soccer or football.
Step 3
Find a pair of shoes that the child likes. He can either come along to the store, look with you online or tell you about his preferences before you handle the shopping. Think about what her favorite colors and designs are. He might be keen on a certain style or brand that all his friends are wearing, or he might be set on a specific feature such as the athletic shoes with air in the heel. Kids can be very picky when it comes to what they wear, so try to pick out shoes that meet her needs both in terms of functionality and aesthetics.

Tips & Warnings

The best way to be sure about a pair of shoes is to try them on. Taking your kids to the store so she can try the shoes on and see how they feel is a good way to identify the perfect pair.
Always keep the receipt after you buy your child shoes. The shoes might not fit properly or cause discomfort, in which case you might still be able to return them and get your money back.

Article Written By David Thyberg

David Thyberg began his writing career in 2007. He is a professional writer, editor and translator. Thyberg has been published in various newspapers, websites and magazines. He enjoys writing about social issues, travel, music and sports. Thyberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a certificate in Spanish and Latin American studies.

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