31 Aug '15, 11pm

The Lowdown on Little Running Shoes

The Lowdown on Little Running Shoes

More and more footwear companies are releasing shoes for kids based off the adult versions of the same model. Is this a marketing ploy, appealing to running parents who think it’s cute to have a “Mini-Me?” Or are these shoes worth the sticker price? It’s the latter. While materials are often durable to withstand the rigors of being a kid, mini versions of adult shoes assure you that your children aren’t wrecking their feet when they run. Shoes for kids up to age 5 should be completely flexible (think sock-like) to allow constant growth and strengthening. “But as kids enter school and begin sports and higher-level activities, there’s a necessity for protection,” says Eric Rohr, Brooks Running’s senior biomechanical engineer. However, that doesn’t mean kids should be put in combat boots, or even stability shoes. Kids’ feet grow and change in length, width, girth and arch sha...

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