Choosing a solid pair of running shoes is especially important when it comes to shopping for growing and developing feet. You’ll want to opt for a lightweight style with ample cushioning, support and ease of access to keep your tot happy and healthy during play or practice.
Since there are tons of running shoe styles to choose from, we’ve curated some of our favorites for little boys so you can narrow down your search. Some are even available in adult sizes so you can match with your mini me, too. Shop them all ahead from top athletic brands like Asics, Adidas and more.
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1. Asics Kids Gel-Venture 6 Gs
This model is built for trail running, so is super grippy on all sorts of surfaces. It also includes rearfoot gel padding to absorb shock.
Pros: These feature one-pull laces that stay secure and make it easy for kids to take the shoes on and off. These also come in eight bright colorways for a fun touch to outfits. They're available in sizes designed for kids ages four to 12.
Cons: Some users may find these shoes don't run true to size.
2. Adidas Kids Altarun Running Shoe
Adidas kids' Altarun features a perforated upper that allows feet to breathe and the brand's special ADIFIT technology made to mold to the shape of the wearer's foot.
Pros: These also include an EVA midsole and plush, eco-friendly sockliner for added comfort. Meanwhile, a one-pull lacing system offers ease of access. These colorblock styles come in a dozen bright to muted iterations and sizes for toddlers to kids aged 12.
Cons: The perforations in the upper may cause sand and dirt to easily enter the shoe.
3. Nike Kids' Revolution 4
This no-fuss style features a velcro front strap that keeps feet securely in place while helping kids get out the door in a flash.
Pros: It's also equipped with soft yet responsive cushioning as well as a mesh upper for added breathability. Meanwhile, the rubber outsole is designed to offer solid traction. These come in four colorways and sizes for toddlers to kids up to age eight. You can also shop them in wide width sizes.
Cons: These tend to run small.
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