It can be overwhelming knowing where to shop for the best running shoes for kids.
That's why we've done the hard work so that you don't have to. We've researched the best running shoes for different ages, needs, and running capabilities so that you can rest assured your kids are hitting the trail, track, or tarmac with the right support for them. Trainers are important to get right, so that little feet and joints get the support they need from their shoes whilst they're growing.
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Kidadl's Top Pick
1. Gel-Cumulus 21 GS - Asics
These are seriously high-performing shoes for active children. They're a highly-regarded and well-loved running shoe for kids of all ages and abilities and are made to last. They have a full-length EVA midsole and rearfoot GEL technology for excellent shock absorption and cushioning - plus a sockliner for additional comfort. Young feet should feel stable but supported with the Guidance Line technology from which the shoe is built, and the highly resistant rubber outsole makes the shoe extremely durable, no matter what your kids throw at it. An internal heel counter holds their feet in position so that there's a reduced risk of twisting, and the shoe is lightweight but breathable with its mesh upper. A good pair of running shoes for kids who want to get out and get active.
- Price: £48
- Ages: 11+
- Mesh upper for breathability
- EVA midsole for support
- Internal heel counter holds foot in place
- Cushioning technology for extra comfort
- GEL technology for shock absorption, protecting young joints
- Highly resistant rubber outsole
Best For Families On A Budget
2. Duma Junior Running Shoes - Karrimor
These shoes are still supreme quality for little feet, coming from the brand Karrimor, but are a great price, too. They have a waffle grip outsole for greater flexibility, and a mesh upper that ensures the shoe is breathable. A padded ankle collar provides cushioning alongside an Ortholite insole for stability and support, and the lace up front offers a secure but comfortable fit.
- Price: £19
- Ages: 11+
- Ortholite insole for stability and support
- Breathable mesh upper
- Waffle grip outsole for flexibility
- Secure lace up
- Flashy design
- Well-priced shoes
Best For Early Years
3. Hook and Loop 574 - New Balance
These New Balance shoes are sleek but secure, with a hook and loop closure for ease pulling them on and off. They have a durable leather upper and lightweight EVA foam cushioning in the midsole and heel for extra comfort. The rubber outsole is grippy and will provide great traction for explorative babies.
- Price: £30.40
- Ages: 0-16 months.
- Sleek, colourful design
- Grippy rubber outsole
- Hook and loop closure for ease of adjustment and entrance
- Leather upper
- Lightweight EVA cushioning in the midsole and heel
Best For Littler Kids
4. Kinvara 11 Sneaker - Saucony
The Kinvara 11 is one of Saucony's best loved adult trainers, so they decided to adapt it so that children could benefit from the style. It's a great pair of shoes for growing feet; the knit upper is lightweight and breathable, and there is a supportive memory foam footbed to cushion and take the impact out of adventurous play. There's extra rubber at the heel and toes for protection, and antibacterial properties in the lining to help reduce any smells. Plus, they're non-marking rubber soles.
- Price: £45
- Ages: 4+
- Antibacterial properties in the lining
- Contoured Formfit performance memory foam footbed
- Knit upper making the shoe lightweight and breathable
- Non-marking rubber sole
- Extra rubber at the toes and heel
Best For Under 10s
5. Jolt 2 PS - Asics
These are great running shoes for girls or boys: they're high quality but affordable. They have a high cushioned EVA midsole for extra stability and comfort, and the mesh upper allows for airflow to encourage breathability. There's also toe cap stitching for extra durability, a rubber sole, and reflective details on the shoe's body.
- Price: £28
- Ages: 4+
- EVA midsole and insole for cushioning
- Rubber sole
- Stitched toe cap
- Breathable mesh
- Reflective details
Best Nike Kids' Running Shoes
6. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 - Nike
An ever-popular brand, these Nike running shoes for kids are built for runners of all abilities. They're secure but breathable and lightweight, and made with Nike's Zoom Air technology, so that the shoe feels soft but bouncy when your kids run. There's extra padding around the heel and ankle for comfort, and grooves on the sole for grip and flexibility.
- Price: £54.95
- Ages: 8+
- Made for runners of all abilities
- Sleek black design makes them evergreen
- Zoom Air cushioning for bounce
- Grooved sole for flexibility and grip
- Padding around ankle and heel
- Lightweight and breathable
Best Running Shoes For Kids Who Overpronate
7. GT-1000 9 GS - Asics
Overpronation is when the arches of kids' feet roll too far inwards when they run. If your kids overpronate, they need a running shoe that isn't too rigid, because they're still growing, but is able to correct this movement. These do just that. They're versatile but comfortable, with rearfoot GEL technology that provides premium cushioning and shock absorption, meaning less pressure on young joints. They have a wrap-up outsole that ensures stability for overpronating feet, so that your child's gait is neutralised.
- Price: £45
- Ages: 9+
- Designed to support and stabilise overpronating gait in kids
- Rearfoot GEL technology for premium cushioning and shock absorption
- Versatile but comfortable
- Great design
Best Neutral Running Shoes For Kids
8. Ride ISO 2 Sneaker - Saucony
Kids with a neutral gait need a running shoe that moves in a way that's natural to them. These do that, incorporating many design features of the well-loved adult running shoe by the same name. Your kid's feet will be cushioned and protected from impact thanks to a Powergrid heel insert, and compression moulded EVA helps take the stress away from young joints even when running on harder surfaces. There's a flexible, non-marking rubber sole that's built for durability and traction, too.
- Price: £35
- Ages: 8+
- Neutral shoe
- EVA provides cushioning and comfort
- Powergrid heel insert shields feet from impact
- Flexible, high-grip, non-marking rubber outsole
Best Road Running Shoes
9. Fresh Foam Roav - New Balance
These are a seriously sleek pair of shoes that would work both in the playground, in school, and on the concrete. They have Fresh Foam midsole cushioning for a cushioned but lightweight foot feel, and the Ultra Heel design combines with the 'bootie' construction for a snug but supported fit. The rubber outsole is durable, the mesh upper is breathable, and the shoe has an adjustable lace closure.
- Price: £45
- Ages: 11+
- Modern silhouette
- Fresh Foam midsole cushioning
- Lightweight but breathable
- Snug but supportive
- Adjustable lace closure
Best Trail Running Shoes
10. Peregrine 10 Shield A/C Sneaker - Saucony
A premium kids' trail running shoes, these are the ideal option if your child enjoys trail or cross country running when they'll need more grip to keep from slipping and sliding. These kids' shoes adapt to the ground they face, with Run Shield technology that makes them water-resistant, an anti-microbial lining, compression moulded EVA insole and a non-marking rubber outsole. They provide the most traction and grip possible so that your kid can hit the trail and get as muddy as they like with no problems.
- Price: £24
- Ages: 5+
- Run Shield water-repellant technology
- Anti-microbial lining
- Compression moulded EVA for cushioning
- Non-marking rubber sole
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