Best trainers for kids – including Nike, Adidas sneakers and running shoes

Want to know what the best trainers for kids are? We've found the pairs to shop for all styles, sizes and budgets.
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  • If your little one’s toes are starting to push on the ends of their trainers, it’s time for a new pair. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the very best kids trainers, to make shoe shopping a doddle.

    We’ve made it our mission to find the kicks that the kids will actually be glad to put on, with no tears or tantrums. Think comfy inners, springy soles and plenty of bright colours. From classic branded pairs from the likes of Vans and Adidas, to nostalgic styles from Converse and Puma, there’s something to suit all budgets, needs and styles. 

    Scroll on for our carefully curated edit of the best children’s trainers to suit all ages, styles and budgets. Happy shopping!

    How to choose the best trainers for kids

    To find the best trainers for kids, first consider your needs (and wants!) in terms of function, style and budget.

    Early walkers and toddlers will benefit from details such as velcro straps for easy dressing, and cushioned innersoles to help keep their feet in place. Older kids may prefer a more grown-up take, with lace-up or slip-on styles from recognisable brands such as Nike and Adidas. If they are opting for laces, make sure they’re tied securely to prevent their feet from sliding around. 

    It’s also important to ensure the trainers are being used for the right purpose. So specific sports styles for exercise and PE, and more trend-led pairs from high-street and supermarket brands for everyday wear. The former are likely to be the most expensive, and the later a little more purse-friendly. 

    Are trainers bad for children’s feet?

    Out of all the shoes children can wear, trainers are one of the most foot-friendly styles. This is of course as long as you get the right size. You can measure your child’s feet at home with a printable online guide (Startrite have a good one) or by using a tape measure. Alternatively, pop into a specialist store such as Clarks to take advantage of their free foot measuring service. If your child is in-between sizes, seek out brands that offer half sizes for a more precise fit. And make sure you replace shoes as soon as your tot has grown out of them to avoid any scrunched up toes.

    It’s also worth noting that sneakers can quickly become smelly if worn a lot, so it’s best to keep trainers as clean as possible. Regularly wiping down the outside will help keep them at their just-bought best, while a shoe deodoriser will come in handy for keeping any unpleasant whiffs at bay. We all know that clothes and shoes can easily pile up, so it could also be a good time to organize your kids closet.

    Best kids trainers to buy now

    1. Veja Esplar Infant Trainers 

    Veja Esplar Infant Trainers 

    If you’re on the lookout for sustainable options then Veja is a go-to. Ethically driven and ecologically grounded, they create trainers made from organic cotton and recyclable materials. 

    VIEW NOW – £59.99 | Office

    2. Adidas Gazelle Shoes 

    Adidas Gazelle Shoes 

    Same as adult trainer styles, you can’t beat a classic. The Gazelle are one of Adidas most-loved trainers – and you can see why. 

    VIEW NOW – £38 | Adidas 

    3. Converse 2V Glitter Infant Trainers

    Converse 2V Glitter Infant Trainers

    Add some sparkle into your little ones wardrobe with the help of these fab-u-lous glitter Converse. Every little girl will love to show off these beauties. 

    VIEW NOW – £35 | Next 

    4. New Balance 574 Varsity Sport 

    New Balance 574 Varsity Sport 

    An iconic trainer doesn’t have to just be for adults. This sporty pair of kicks is a winner for those little adventurers.

    VIEW NOW – £38 | New Balance 

    5. Nike Air Force 1 Infant 

    Nike Air Force 1 Infant 

    Nike’s Air Force 1 trainers are popular with all ages. This mini-me pair is the unisex style that’ll add edge to any outfit. 

    VIEW NOW – £37.99 | Office

    6. Clarks Ath Flux Toddler Trainer

    Clarks Ath Flux Toddler Trainer

    You can always rely on Clarks to have a big selection of footwear that fits to perfection. This lightweight trainer is available in half and full sizes and 9 different colours.

    VIEW NOW – £32 | Clarks 

    7. Axel Arigato Clean 90 black embroidered trainers

    a pair of black Axel Arigato kid's trainers

    Credit: Harvey Nichols

    We’re obsessed with the bright bird embroidery on these gorgeous black leather trainers by luxe Swedish brand Axel Arigato. And we’re pretty sure your kid will be too. These stylish sneakers will prove pretty versatile in your tot’s wardrobe, whilst also making life a little bit easier thanks to the double velcro straps.

    VIEW NOW – £90 | Harvey Nichols

    8. Skechers Microspec Children’s Trainers 

    Sketchers Microspec Children’s Trainers 

    Skechers are known for offering ultimate comfort for all. This children’s pair has a cushioned insole, padded ankle collar and foam midsole.

    VIEW NOW – £34.99 | Skechers

    9. Vans Old Skool Toddler Trainers 

    Vans Old Skool Toddler Trainers 

    These little Vans for toddlers are the nostalgic touch they’ll be too young to appreciate, but adults will. What the little ones will like is the easy to walk in velcro style.

    VIEW NOW – £33 | Schuh 

    10. Boden Glitter Elastic Lace High Tops

    Boden Glitter Elastic Lace High Tops

    These glitzy high-tops offer extra support around the ankle thanks to the taller shape and additional padding. 

    VIEW NOW – £40 | Boden 

    11. M&S Light As Air Kids Knitted Riptape Trainers 

    M&S Light As Air Kids Knitted Riptape Trainers 

    Not only is this woven fabric vegan-friendly, lightweight and fully breathable, it’s machine washable too. Squidgy insoles offer extra comfort. 

    VIEW NOW – £21 | M&S

    12. George at Asda First Walkers Peppa Pig White 2 Strap Trainers

    George at Asda First Walkers Peppa Pig White 2 Strap Trainers

    Peppa Pig fans will go gaga for these pumps. The lightly gripped sole will help lessen the chance of new walkers talking a tumble. 

    VIEW NOW – £14 | Asda

    13. Boden Leather Low Tops

    Boden Leather Low Tops

    Fancier than your average pair of sneakers, these are crafted from buttery soft leather, with a fabric lining. Choose between blue with printed-on bugs or plain white with a statement Union Jack sole. 

    VIEW NOW – £40 | Boden 

    14. M&S Kids’ Rainbow Bright Chunky Trainers

    M&S Kids’ Rainbow Bright Chunky Trainers

    This chunky design has been dreamt up with tiny feet in mind, offering all the support they need. Even better, M&S’s FreshFeet technology keeps stinky tootsies at bay. 

    VIEW NOW – £23 | M&S

    15. Tu Clothing Pink Twin Strap Canvas Trainers

    Tu Clothing Pink Twin Strap Canvas Trainers

    A great choice for warmer days, these coral canvas beauties feature not one, but two, velcro straps to keep little feet snug. 

    VIEW NOW – from £9 | Sainsbury’s 

    16. Puma Mirage Tech Youth Trainers 

    Puma Mirage Tech Youth Trainers 

    A pair for the seriously sporty, these have been inspired by Puma’s 1970’s running shoe – delivering on both tech and style. 

    VIEW NOW – £60 | Puma 

    17. White Chuck Taylor Platform Converse

    kids white chuck taylor all star platform trainer

    Quality and coolness are guaranteed with these classic white chuck all star converse trainers. Available in sizes 1-3.

    VIEW NOW – £45 | Ssense