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Ready For Play: Kids’ Athletic Shoes & Tennis Shoes

They’re always on their feet—and they need a shoe that can keep pace with them. Get your budding athlete ready for the playing field with kids’ running shoes from DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Check out the latest colors, designs and footwear features that keep them looking and feeling their best. Expect lightweight uppers, ultra-durable outsoles and the foot support they need,

From the playground to the playing field, they’ll love shoes from your favorite brands, like Nike®, Under Armour®, New Balance® and adidas®. For more, browse all kids' shoes from DICK'S Sporting Goods.

The midsole of your child’s running shoe offers strategic cushion and shock absorption.

EVA is a commonly used midsole material. This soft, responsive foam delivers cushion on every step. Other materials, including polyurethane and TPU, offer a denser, stiffer feel, which supports foot stability. Built-in shoe planks and shanks are also sometimes included in the midsole of a running shoe. These features help shore up support within footwear.

Always choose kids’ running shoes that feature an inner sock liner. Sock liners enhance fit and comfort while reducing irritation. Many liners are composed of innovative microfibers to wick perspiration away from skin, keeping kids dry and fresh as they play.

Expert Advice

The right kids’ running shoes should be totally ready for play—designed for a comfortable, lightweight fit as they run, jump and explore. Specialized features help your child make the most of their new shoes—so keep these details in mind when making your purchase:

  • Flexible grooves along the outsole of kids’ running shoes promote natural movement through the gait cycle.
  • For breathability and comfort, look for shoes with mesh overlays or panels along the upper. If your child is taking on the great outdoors, try a shoe with leather or synthetic leather uppers for durability, abrasion-resistance and protection.
  • Many shoes come with outsoles that are maximized for traction. Dense rubber outsoles are highly durably. For gym class, choose kids’ running shoes with non-marking rubber.
  • A variety of closure methods are available. For little ones, you’ll love he easy on-off of Velcro® sneakers. Older kids can get the lockdown fit of laces, available in a spectrum of fun hues.