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Buying Shoes for Track

By JulieD

If your child is or wants to run track, buying the right shoes is obviously extremely important. When purchasing running shoes for your child, there are a few key characteristics to look for:

  • Cushioning. Cushioning, especially in the mid-sole and heel, is the most important part of a running shoe. If a running shoe doesn't provide adequate cushioning, your child runs a much higher risk of suffering an overuse injury, running shoes should be replaced every 350 to 500 miles of running, even if the bottoms show no signs of obvious wear.

  • Weight. The weight of the shoe is very important as well; the shoe should be light and flexible, yet also have a degree of stiffness for support and durability.

There are cheap running shoes out there but it is worth it to invest in as good a shoe as you can reasonably afford to minimize the risk that your child will suffer shin splints or another form of overuse injury, which are very common in track.  When it comes to buying shoes for track, it really is an instance where you don't want to be penny-wise and pound foolish.

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