If your child is or wants to run track, cross-country, marathons, or triathons, 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. Note: because the mid-sole eventually loses its ability to provide your child's foot with adequate support or cushioning, 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 a shoe that costs a little bit more because it will provide more cushioning to absorb shock as well as more support.
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