Kids may grow out of their shoes quickly, but having a comfortable, practical pair in the wardrobe is essential, especially if they run or take part in triathlon. The best kids’ running shoes are not only grippy, flexible and easy to put on, they also properly support the foot for hours on end.
Here at 220 Triathlon, we know how important it is to find the right kit, whether it’s simple items like socks and headbands, or gear for running in the dark. So, we’ve done the hard work and found the best kids’ running shoes available now.
All the options listed below have been collated based on knowledge of the industry and user reviews. Keep scrolling to discover our favourite shoes on the market right now.
Best kids’ running shoes to buy
Under Armour Unisex Kids Surge 2 Road Running
For enhanced comfort combined with fun styling, try these running shoes from Under Armour. They’re said to be lightweight and breathable, but also come with a few extra features to support children’s performance on the track.
Buy these and you’ll get a rubber sole with a cushioned EVA midsole and full-length EVA sockliner, which are designed for comfort and shock-absorption. The heel also comes with a TPU overlay, so it should be reasonably hardwearing, and you’ll find extra padding around the ankle too.
Choose from a range of stylish colour options, including grey, red and lime green.
Kalenji At Easy Unisex Kids’ Athletics
These running shoes put a focus on retaining natural movements, thanks to their ‘zero drop’ sole. There’s no difference between the heights of the forefoot and heel, which allows kids to stride as they would if they were barefoot. This process is said to support positive muscle growth.
There’s an inner strap to keep the foot secure, as well as reinforced elements around the upper for extra support. The Velcro strap and non-marking sole make this shoe a convenient option for everyday use.
Salomon Unisex Xa Pro 3d K
Designed to perform well on all terrains, these shoes are ideal for cross-country runs or outings when the weather is less than perfect. They’re made with durability in mind and we’d expect the grippy sole to keep children upright on uneven ground.
Included in the design is Salomon’s Sensifit technology, which supports the foot while providing a snug fit.
As a finishing touch, the ‘Quicklace system’ removes the hassle of traditional shoelaces. Elasticated string and a Velcro closure tab make it easy for children to take the shoes on and off independently.
Browse the adult versions at SportsShoes.
Adidas Unisex FortaRun Lace Running
The 50% recycled upper helps these running shoes stand out from the crowd. They’re made with Primegreen, a mix of repurposed yet reportedly high-performing materials.
‘Cloudfoam’ cushioning in the sole is said to create plenty of support for the foot, while an OrthoLite sockliner adds to the comfort.
These running shoes come with laces and a non-marking sole to avoid leaving streaks on indoor flooring.
Adidas Unisex Tensaur Kids
The convenient Velcro tabs and sleek monochrome design with its iconic Adidas stripes make these running shoes a popular choice.
The plush soles feature ultra-light EVA technology to reduce impact on the foot when running and the tread pattern is designed to improve grip and reduce the chances of slipping.
Plus, the upper is said to have a breathable mesh construction with synthetic detailing for extra comfort.
Puma Unisex Anzarun Lite Jr
Puma is a respected brand when it comes to sports shoes and this is one of its options for kids. It’s designed with a ‘low boot’ silhouette style with a synthetic rubber midsole and is fastened with laces.
Both the inner and outer of the shoe is said to be made with durable fabrics, which should make it both comfortable comfortable to wear and hardwearing.
You can buy these Puma running shoes in various colours including, red, pink and blue.
Find the adult version on the Puma website.
Kalenji AT 500 Kiprun Unisex
The Kalenji AT 500 Kiprun comes with an impressive list of technical specs. It has a 6mm drop between heel and toe to allow for natural movement, while a Kalensole foam sole is said to deliver 25% more propulsion when running.
Decathlon says this is a lightweight running shoe, with a size 2.5 coming in at just 150g. Meanwhile, the rubber half-sole provides extra grip and is said to not leave smudges on floors.
Salomon Unisex Sense Climasalomon Waterproof
- Buy now from Salomon (£60.00)
These running shoes from Salomon are a versatile choice that are suitable for everyday activities. They’re made to withstand the elements, so are a good choice if keeping your children’s feet warm and dry is a priority.
The Contagrip sole comes with an aggressive tread pattern to help children avoid slips and trips while running or walking off-road. Plus, the underside of the shoe has been designed with plenty of flexibility, allowing children to achieve natural movement.
These athletics shoes are a versatile option, which is perhaps why they’ve become an Amazon bestseller. Not only are they said to be ideal for running, thanks to their lightweight design and shock-absorbing soles, but you can also wear them for PE lessons and activity clubs.
In fact, the designers have created these shoes for ‘universal use’, so you won’t need to buy other pairs for different activities.
The brand says the other benefits of these kids’ running shoes are their soft, anti-skid soles and breathable upper. Plus, the laces are made with elastic rope to help children put the shoes on and take them off without difficulty.
Kids can choose their favourite design for this shoe, as it comes in a selection of striking colours.
Kyopp has a selection of sports shoes available on Amazon. Browse the brand’s women’s running shoes in various colours.