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.
- 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.