Proper Running Shoes For Little Feet

Just do it... so they say. Bombarded by countless ads promising speed, agility, and power? As parents and consumers, we are over-flooded with information and promises of greatness if we buy their product. How much of it is true? I’m not here to bash all the different brands of running shoes. I’m writing today to educate you on the differences between a cross trainer and a running shoe, so that as a consumer, you can make an educated purchase that best suits your child’s needs.

Now, if your children are anything like mine, they are reaching for the brightest, most colourful, newest style out there. That’s fine if it’s for everyday use. But if it’s for serious training, it’s time to dissect the best shoe for your child’s little feet.

Cross Trainers vs Running Shoes
Cross trainers are great for aerobic classes, exercising in a gym, and doing quick feet drills. Cross trainers offer a wider pad in front of the shoe allowing the foot to easily pivot during drills and for lateral movements. Cross trainers tend to be slightly heavier than a running shoe, but not by much. If you flip the shoe over the soles, it offers a deeper tread for grip and are not as flexible as a traditional runner.

Running Shoes
The name kind of says it all. It’s a running shoe meant for running not training. The shoe itself is constructed with the heel toe motion in mind. Striking at the right point offers the runner comfort at the heel and toe. The running shoe itself tends to be narrower and lighter in weight allowing runners ease and comfort at every strike. The sole of the shoe is usually smooth so there is no real traction. Kid’s arches form between the ages of 7-12 so opt for a running shoe with arch support during those years.

Parents, buy your shoes according to the activity your child will be participating in. Yes, colour and style play a major role to our kids but encourage comfort and function.

Happy shopping... Stay fit - stay healthy!

About the Author: Sue Forberg is the Director at H2T Elite Dryland Training Inc. H2T is a multi-faceted state of the art dryland facility specializing in children the ages 5-16. A gym for kids you say... absolutely. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for young people through exercise and proper nutrition. H2T has created a fun age appropriate dryland program that gives every child what he/she needs from a developmental standpoint. Find out more at

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