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Hi guys

Just wondered if anyone knows about kids running shoes? My 8 year old son is doing the sport relief mile this weekend with me and has decided he really quite likes running :d although have drawn the line at his request to buy him his own Garmin :rolleyes:

He comes out with me 1-2 times per week and we do up to 2 miles running, with walk breaks when he needs them. At the moment he is running in a pair of cheapo trainers and I just wondered if the same things applied to kids feet as adults? ie should he get some *proper* running shoes and can you even buy such things? Or are kids a bit more robust and less injury prone, so it's not as important.

Any advice/experience anyone has on this would be welcome!
 

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GoSlow said:
Hi guys

Just wondered if anyone knows about kids running shoes? My 8 year old son is doing the sport relief mile this weekend with me and has decided he really quite likes running :d although have drawn the line at his request to buy him his own Garmin :rolleyes:

He comes out with me 1-2 times per week and we do up to 2 miles running, with walk breaks when he needs them. At the moment he is running in a pair of cheapo trainers and I just wondered if the same things applied to kids feet as adults? ie should he get some *proper* running shoes and can you even buy such things? Or are kids a bit more robust and less injury prone, so it's not as important.

Any advice/experience anyone has on this would be welcome!
It's a personal opinion but that is one item i would never skimp on

Bear in mind that your young'n is going to have to get around on his feet for the next .goodness only knows how long .

It really is a small investment in his future well being to have the best you can afford .
I fully understand financial constraints and like i said it's a personal opinion !
whether it be day or running shoes;) :)



Good luck doing the mile

ALL THE BEST

Cheriton
 

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Most major running brands do scaled down versions of their most popular shoes, and they tend not to be that expensive.
As you suspect, kids are generally fairly robust and can wear most things. My personal opinion is not to put them into a 'support' shoe unless absolutely necessary, as you should let them grow naturally without trying to support or control their footstrike. Just my opinion though so doesn't mean it's correct!!!
 

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Thanks for the advice. Seems like the general thought is that it is best to have a specific running shoe, but not a "support" one?

Does a couple of miles sound like a reasonable distance to stick with for boy this age do you think?
 

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I suppose there are a couple of schools of thought the fact that his bones are still developing you should be careful if as you say your'e doing a run walk thing it should be fine .Iwould imagine that a variety of sports might be better at this stage so as he can devlope all his muscle groups more effectivley .

Exercise needs to be a s much fun as possible to keep them interested !

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I remember reading something about running for longer distances not being good for kids due to the repetitive nature of it. I reckon 2 miles would've been okay though? I'm sure my dad used to take me out around that far when I was around that age.
 

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Iwould imagine that a variety of sports might be better at this stage so as he can devlope all his muscle groups more effectivley .
He does do football every Saturday as well - imagine that is potentially much more likely to result in injury! But even running with his mum can't compete with the glory of scoring a goal I am guessing :cool:
 

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He does do football every Saturday as well - imagine that is potentially much more likely to result in injury! But even running with his mum can't compete with the glory of scoring a goal I am guessing :cool:
Running with his mum may may not compete with scoring a goal ,but running with your son is special!!
 

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@GoSlow: Make sure to try to get your son "proper" adult shoes as soon as he can and make sure that he won't run too long distances just yet. Whilst some running shoes for kids might be all right, they never have the same quality as a proper adult running shoe. I know what I speak about because at the rgand old age of 42 I still have to buy my shoes in the children's department or in specialist shops as I only have a size 2 (34). In running shoes I can get away with a small size 3 but that is difficult to come by. I once got a pair of kids' running shoes by New Balance which seemed all right at first, but long-term they were not as comfortable as adult models.

There is a reason why I am Littlefoot on here! ;-)
 

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i'd be steering away from running shoes really. I don't think they need them. Something flatter that works as a tennis shoe is what my 7 year old has, she did have some running shoes at first but they are just too clumpy, they end up nearly tripping over themselves. Kids have better running style than us grown ups very often, i'm not inclined to have them running in something that encourages reliance on the shoe instead of them doing "what comes natural" in a flatter shoe. My daughter has some clarks shoes she wears for tennis and runs a little bit in them too, and they suit her much better at this age.
 

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Thin pair of plimsoles and teaching a nice technique that won't smash in the delicate bits is the best idea

We used to run in Dunlop green flash when I was a kid
 

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just a heads up mate for me the best running shoes for my daughter is the geox although it's quite expensive but it really last long and the shoes helps the physical well being of my daughter because i see that she is athletic and she needs a trainer shoes. If you guys want to see and check the pricing just visit: Shoes Online

They have variety of shoes just for kids and they also have designer shoes, hope this can be a reference for you guys. Cheers! please take care and make your child healthy and smart :)
 

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JW sports do a good range of kids running shoes, that don't break the bank, and they make sure they fit properly, thick I paid £40 for my daughters
 
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