START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

How to Buy Children’s Shoes (video)

Tips for Buying Children’s Athletic Footwear

A child’s basketball shoe:

  • should have a thick, stiff sole that helps give support while running and landing from jumps to the basket;
  • incorporate high ankle construction that supports the ankle during quick changes in direction; and
  • have the strongest support on either side of the ankle.

A child’s court shoe:

  • should support both sides of the foot, due to the quick lateral movements and weight shifts in court sports; and
  • provide a flexible sole for fast changes of direction.

A child’s running shoe:

  • should provide maximum shock absorption to help runners avoid ailments such as shin splints and knee pain; and
  • control the way your child’s heel strikes the ground, so the rest of the foot can fall correctly.

Athletic socks:

  • should be made of a natural/synthetic blend, as this helps “wick” away moisture best; and
  • not contain any large seams that can cause blisters or irritation.



Read more: Children, Conscious Consumer, Family, Fitness, General Health, Health, Teens, , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love


+ add your own
5:21AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:52PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011


4:00PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

I took my daughter to Striderite for all her shoe fittings...,,now we have apps!! Man..I'm getting old!!!

8:39AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011


4:03AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011


7:42PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Thank you.

6:05PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Kids hooves are always growing. You get them the right size today and tomorrow they're bleating on about. 'My shoes are too tight!' So I've always got to get him shoes at least 2 sizes too big so now he's walking round looking like he's Krusty the clown and his best friend Max seems to have the same problem with his parents and he looks like he's wearing pumped up short skis. Hand me downs! I'm waiting for some hand me ups! They're coming up to my size in a few months, surely with the amount of footwear they consume, soon I'll be able to go down to the gym in style. ..or at least walk on water..

5:53PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

At 28 & 36 my kids buy their own, (thank you lord!) but I do have a new grandaughter, so I may as well learn the latest, as o'm a bit rusty to say the least.
But when I first saw the article it brought back memories of my mom and I at Buster Browns or Striderite, and how I went the same route with my own daughter when she was young.
Boy, I must have really justed dated myself!
Is BB even still around?
Thanks for the article..

2:16PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

you can measure kids feet using this free iphone app called ShoeSizR...

12:51PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

great article thanks!!

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

The only bugs I want in my food are the ones intentionally put there like cricket flour ;O) TYFS

I was thinking of taking all the Vicodin at once and my stress would go away-but gardening.What a gr…

I'm feeding mine right, according to this article...... her food is measured, she never gulps her fo…

Thank you.


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!