BACK TO SCHOOL: SNEAKER SHOPPING GUIDE

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger ​

It’s that time of year for a shoe shopping trip! Whether you need a new pair of shoes for gym class, team sports, or playground games, knowing where to begin can be tedious.  We’ve rounded out the top 8 sneakers for kids this school year.

Best sneakers for kids 4-8

Nike Huarache Extreme Sneaker 

For kids at this age these sneakers are a winner! They are easy to slip on and off and Velcro closures make it easy for kids.  They have two elastic straps that hold the shoe in place. The adult version is very popular, but the kids’ model comes in more fun colorways.

New Balance Kids KJCRZv2P Knit 

For kids with wide feet, this New Balance offers well-made shoes in a variety of widths. It’s a grown-up looking knit sneaker and is nearly identical to the adult version for some mommy daughter or father son twinning.

Puma Kids Spirit TT 

This sneaker is perfect for kids starting to play sports on turf fields. Compared to regular cleats designed for playing on grass, the nubs on turf shoes — like this Puma pair — are lower profile and clustered closer together. These turf shoes produce less torque so there’s less chance of twisting your knee or ankle. It’s worth the investment to prevent future injuries.

Nike Kids Revolution 4 (Little Kid)

Nike sneakers are a crowd favorite! These sneakers keep your child’s foot secure and in place. It has kid-friendly, easy-to-close Velcro fastener, and it is a good option that’ll stay put throughout the school day!

Best sneakers for kids 9-12

Asics Kids Gel-Contend 4 GS (Big Kid) 

As kids enter middle school and pick up sports that involve running, they’ll need a more specialized shoe to help prevent stress fractures and calluses. With the same cushioning technology found in the brand’s adult shoes, Asics shoes are a good choice for active kids in this age group.

Puma Kids Uprise Knit 

These sneakers are “really trendy” among older kids because of the sock-like fit. The pull-on, fitted style requires in this shoe requires a little more arm power that smaller kids can’t handle on their own. Definitely recommended for kids 8 and up.

Nike KD 8 

These shoes have Nike’s trademark Phylon material and Flyweave construction that provide lightweight, yet supportive, cushioning to the feet. The shoes have a snug, yet comfortable fit from toes to heel so your child will feel confident to move well on the court.  The snug fit also ensures that the shoes will stay on, even during complex training days, and the shoes respond well to sudden starts and stops.

Adidas Swift Run J Sneaker

If your kid is like mine, they prioritize aesthetics in their sneakers!  These Adidas are breathable while also stylish. I always tell my son as long as the shoe fits correctly and is functional, it’s fine to pick a pair based on looks and these fit the bill!

Shop these retailers for kids’ sneakers:

  • BELK
  • CHAMPS SPORTS
  • FOOTLOCKER
  • FOOTACTION SUPERSTORE
  • JOURNEYS
  • JOURNEYS KIDZ
  • KIDS’ FOOT LOCKER
  • LADY FOOT LOCKER
  • MACY’S
  • RACK ROOM SHOES
  • SKECHERS
  • VANS