The following children's shoes are given our 'top' recommendation for both functionality and comfort:
ASICS America Corporation
Young runners and athletes will receive superior cushioning and durability in the performance oriented Asics line of athletic shoes. Features of Asics athletic shoes include GEL® Cushioning System, the lightweight stability of the Trusstic System®, airmesh upper, and durable reinforced stitched toe caps.
Our Recommendations: Gel-Nimbus 12 GS, Gel-1160 GS, Gel-Cumulus 12 GS, Gel-Trabuco 13 GS, Gel-160 TR GS, GT-2150 GS
Pediped™ Footwear: All lines especially the Originals and Flex.
Officially recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association as contributing to better foot health, Pediped™ footwear is a smart choice for parents concerned with the long-term development of children's feet. Pediped™ has been awarded the prestigious APMA seal of acceptance for both it's Originals and Flex lines in support of their many beneficial attributes that promote quality foot health including soft cushioned leather soles, a wide toe box and soft leather uppers.
Pediped™ Adrian - Pictured above
These Reebok athletic shoes have low-cut designs for increased stability, synthetic/mesh uppers for comfort, support and breathability, forefoot flexibility and air cushioning for comfort.
Brooks offers neutral shoes for very small children and more supportive shoes for kids who overpronate.
Little Kid/Big Kid Defyance Sneaker, Kids Adrenaline GTS, Kids Ghost Defyance Kids Sneaker
At New Balance not all shoes are created equal! New youth sizing accommodates all kids' sizes from toddler to teen and they have shoes specifically designed for infants, pre-school and Grade school.
Supernova Glide X XTD - Pictured above
Robeez by Stride-Rite - Baby Shoes
The best shoe mimics bare feet, by supporting - not constricting tiny growing feet. Robeez footwear flex and bend with every step. They promote good balance and unrestricted growth, while protecting little feet from the world. They stay on too, with elasticized ankles to ensure a perfectly snug fit. From crawling to cruising, walking to running, for indoors and out, Robeez makes different shoes for newborns to four-year-olds.
The advantages to See Kai Run shoes are many! While podiatrists and pediatricians now agree that barefoot is best for proper foot and muscular development, it is not always practical. Flexible soles are recommended because they are protective for indoor and outdoor wear, yet not restrictive. The soles of See Kai Run Smaller booties are made from soft suede, with non-slip rubber pads for traction. 'See Kai Run' shoes incorporate a very flexible, yet durable rubber for the soles of first walkers. Both allow plenty of freedom for developing little feet.
Here are two great companies for Kids insoles and socks!
Today’s active kids need foot support and cushioning that’s designed for growing feet. After the age of five, when the bones, muscles and ligaments of the foot begin to fully develop, Spenco Kids® Insoles (along with quality shoes and pediatric care) are an important part of a kid’s foot future.
SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Socks
SmartKnit Kids Socks are completely free of seams providing comfort and relief to children who struggle with “bumps & lumps” in their socks. They also feature a non-binding Halo Top™ that fits comfortably without slipping down the leg. Regular socks often have elastic bands at the tops of the sock that can often pinch, bind or be a source of irritation. Lastly, high-tech ﬁbers wick moisture away helping ensure a drier sock and help prevent “stinky feet”.
Dr. Thomas F. Vail, DPM