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 (who recently created a sensory shoe for people with autism) 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!
Best kids trainers to buy now
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Sketchers Microspec Children’s Trainers
Sketchers are known for offering ultimate comfort for all. This children’s pair has a cushioned insole, padded ankle collar and foam midsole.
8. 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.
9. Boden Glitter Elastic Lace High Tops
These glitzy high-tops offer extra support around the ankle thanks to the taller shape and additional padding.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
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.
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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.