Kids Tennis Shoes : How To Find The Perfect Fit

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Kids Tennis ShoesKids tennis shoes are often also branded under running shoes, and you have a whole plethora of options to choose from on the market.

Getting the right tennis shoes for kids is important for the health of your child’s feet.

The wrong kind of shoe can lead to minor injuries like blisters, but because children have relatively soft bones in their feet, the wrong shoe can also lead to foot deformities as the bones lack the appropriate support to grow in the correct fashion. How should you go about buying kids tennis shoes?

Well, there are some buying guidelines that you should keep in mind when buying kids tennis shoes.

Determining the Fit For Your Kid’s Tennis Shoes

Kids Shoes SizesThere are several ways to determine that the shoe fits properly.

Always try sports shoes on towards the end of the day, as feet are slightly larger then. Measurements should be taken of both feet whilst the child is standing, not sitting.

If your child is going to be playing tennis in these shoes, then make sure you have a pair of tennis socks handy to try on with the shoes.

Re-lace the shoe completely as the child puts it on, making sure that it’s laced up tight.

Once your child stands up in the shoe, they should be able to wiggle their toes, meaning that there’s enough room at the front of the shoe. Carefully check to make sure that the heel of the shoe fits snugly and that there’s no slippage that could cause blisters.

Finally, ask your child if the shoe is comfortable. Sports shoes in general should have no breaking in period, they should be comfortable from the get go.

It’s All About Sole

Adidas Tennis ShoeWhilst running in general, but particularly on the tennis court, it’s important that the shoe you choose has an appropriate sole.

Fast turns, stops and starts as well as sprinting mean that kids tennis shoes should have a rubber sole to prevent slipping and therefore injury.

Something like this Adidas kids tennis shoe is a good choice, since it has a thick and durable rubber sole.

Be aware of the fact that different court surfaces do require different kinds of soles, and it’s best to consult with your child’s tennis couch to determine if there are special requirements for your child such as non marking soles.

Different courts also occasionally require different sole patterns that increase or decrease friction, so inquire about this also.

Keeping The Tennis Shoes On Your Kid’s Feet

Nadal Tennis ShoesKids shoes in general use Velcro strips to fasten the shoes to kid’s feet. However, this is not highly recommended for when shopping for kids tennis shoes as the strip easily becomes worn or the Velcro becomes dirty, increasing the chance that the shoe won’t close properly.

Look instead for solid lace up models such as these ones that Raffa Nadal wears.

Notice that the shoe laces all the way to the top, with additional holes at the very peak of the upper to provide extra support if necessary.

You want to make sure that the shoe is fitted tightly and the foot has little room to move inside the shoe to prevent injury, and laces are simply a more convenient way of ensuring a close fit than Velcro is.

Other Concerns When Buying Kids Tennis Shoes

Tennis shoes are generally a flatter style of shoe than other sports shoes.

This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the flat sole gives more surface contact, and therefore more control, and secondly because tennis shoes don’t require as much impact prevention as other sports shoes do.

Kids tennis shoes in particular tend to be extremely durable, and they well be heavily worn on the court. Keep an eye out for more breathable materials in the upper of the shoe. This is a matter of comfort as well as to prevent fungal infections that thrive in damp athletic shoes.

Tennis shoes for kids are one of the most important pieces of equipment that you can buy, of equal importance to the kids tennis racket that you end up going for.

Above all else, do make sure that shoes are comfortable and fit well, and be sure to check for restrictions on sole material and pattern with the court where your child normally plays.

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