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Small Sprinters: The 9 Best Running Shoes for Kids

* Durable shoes to protect your little one’s feet
* From running shoes to light-up sneakers, there are options to suit any style
* Stylish, comfortable, and affordable

There are an endless amounts of running shoes for kids on the market. Available in every style and color option, choosing just one can be tricky. We have done some research and found 9 great running shoe options that are sturdy, comfortable and most importantly, affordable. Since your little one’s feet grow at an exponential rate in the early years, there is no need to spend a fortune when buying their first or even third pair of sneakers. Continue reading for some fun options that won’t break the bank.

1. Cross Trainer

The Gusto Cross Trainer by Champion is a lightweight, fabric-covered shoe with a memory foam insole for ultimate comfort. The cool geometric print and range of color options will make this pair your toddler’s favorite trainer.


2. Light-Up Shoes

SLEVEL’s LED Light-Up Shoes have a rubber sole with a total of 11 different kinds of LED lighting patterns that can be changed to your color preference. These unisex sneakers can be charged with any USB port, and come in 15 different colors. They can even be worn in the rain.


3. Energy Lights Sneaker

Similar to the ones mentioned above,

for boys are designed with a leather upper and feature color-changing capabilities. A rechargeable battery in the shoe is charged with a dual-charge USB cable, which is included with the shoe. They also come with a sequence changing switch that allows you to turn the energy lights on and off.

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4. Running Shoe

The New Balance KV720 Running Shoe is a great basic sneaker from a reliable brand. They’re designed with a cloud-like midsole and a deconstructed upper for 360 degrees of extra comfort during active play, and a lightweight rubber outsole that will feel soft under their little feet.


5. Running Shoe

PUMA’s ST Runner is what we have come to expect from this global athletic brand – functional design with an on-trend graphic inspired by the splatter of paint. This pair has a velcro closure which makes it easy for toddlers to put on their own shoes and is a godsend for busy parents.


6. Running Shoe

Nike Kids Free 5.0 sneaker is a mesh import with a synthetic, lightly padded sole. This is a hybrid sneaker featuring “Dynamic Flywire” at the mid-foot to ensure a snug, sock-like fit for your child. This shoe can be worn with or without socks due to the tight fit, and is offered in over 20 color options which will please even the pickiest kid.


7. Lace Up Boot

The Outdoor Terex AX2 Lace-Up boot is definitely a more rugged choice, specially made for little runners or hikers. This highly rated shoe has a secure comfort closure and an elastic midfoot lace for easy removal. If hiking is your child’s activity of choice, these shoes are fully equipped with a reflective logo for enhanced visibility and safety. They also feature a traction outsole for maximum grip in all directions.


8. Classic Sneakers

Reebok’s Classic Vera Pump Sneakers are retro wonders for your toddler. With the vibrant red and turquoise colorways, novelty pump and iconic silhouette, these shoes will be a standout for any trendy kid.

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9. Basketball Shoes

Under Armour’s Jet 2017 Basketball Shoes are our last sneaker pick. These boy’s sneakers feature a leather upper with molded quarter panels for breathable, yet structured support that comfortably locks in the foot. This shoe comes fully stocked with engineered perforations to increase overall ventilation, and an EVA sock liner with an antimicrobial top cloth to minimize odors.