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How often should you replace your kids’ sports shoes?

How often should you replace your kids’ sports shoes?

Kids run and play hard, which means they need supportive, well-fitted shoes. We look at when you should be replacing your kids’ shoes … and it’s earlier than you might think.

By Margot Manning, podiatrist, runner and intraining junior athletics coach

In the rush of modern-day life, it’s easy to forget to check the wear and tear of your kids’ shoes. Many parents wait until their kids’ feet have grown right to the end of their shoes before replacing them. This can be a problem—by that time the shoe has usually worn out and is no longer providing the right cushioning or support for your active kids, which can lead to heel, foot or knee pain.

Kids are constantly on the go and they also experience rapid growth spurts at different times, which can really put a strain on their bodies. It’s important to keep their shoes up-to-date, in step with their changing needs. This can help reduce their growing pains and ensure they can keep enjoying their favourite sports and activities.

What to look for with your kids’ sports shoes

Finding the right sports shoe to fit your child can be a difficult task. You need to think about their specific sport and activities, what type of support they need and growing room. It’s a good idea to break up the process of shoe selection into four categories:




Have you checked the condition of your kids’ sports shoes lately? It’s that time of the year when your child’s shoes might have worn out.  Drop in to the intraining Running Centre—we have a wide range of kids running shoes (including black, if it is a school requirement). Our team will help you select and fit the perfect shoe.

If you think your child may be suffering from foot, heel or knee pain, come in to the intraining Running Injury Clinic and see one of our podiatrists or physiotherapists who can help ensure that niggle doesn’t turn into an injury.


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