Best Running Shoes for Grade School Kids

Elementary-age kids are notorious for tearing up running shoes — from play dates to recess to sports practice, finding a strong, stylish pair of running shoes for kids can be tough. The best kids shoes have durable soles, breathable fabric and lightweight design for hours of comfortable wear. Here are some of the best youth running shoes options from retailers like Kids' Foot Locker, Kohl's, Nike and more.

Best Running Shoes for Kids Under Armour Slingride 2 Boys Running Shoes photo

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Under Armour Slingride 2 Boys Running Shoes

Kids running shoes should be breathable and flexible with a durable rubber sole — and these Under Armour Slingride 2 boys' shoes from Footlocker fit the bill. The fully knit upper body of the shoe gives kids a cool, comfortable fit and the sole is designed to be sturdy but lightweight. ($75; footlocker.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids Adidas Running Legend Vapour Metallic Girls Shoes Amazon photo

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Adidas Running Legend Vapour Metallic Girls Shoes

The design for these kids shoes are inspired by trail-running shoes, made to move seamlessly, quickly and comfortably over uneven surfaces. The mesh upper body gives breathability, the cloudfoam insole offers comfortable cushioning and the rubber outsole provides traction. ($55; amazon.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids QANSI Boys Lightweight Athletic Shoe Amazon photo

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QANSI Boys Lightweight Athletic Shoe

These stylish, lightweight boys running shoes are a great everyday athletic shoe for grade school kids. From recess to running errands with the family, these comfy, trendy shoes with a slip-proof sole are an easy choice for parents and children. ($31; amazon.com)

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Best Kids Running Shoes Nike Revolution 4 Girls Running Shoes photo

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Nike Revolution 4 Girls Running Shoes

The minimalist design on these Nike kids' shoes amplify speed and create a streamlined look that will fit seamlessly in your little girl's wardrobe. This pretty pink running shoe has lightweight cushioning for maximum comfort during hours of wear. ($58; nike.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids C9 Champion Focus 3 Performance Athletic Shoes Target photo

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C9 Champion Focus 3 Performance Athletic Shoes

These kids running shoes from Target's C9 Champion line have a subtle, sophisticated look that even the pickiest elementary age boys will appreciate. These casual running shoes have a flexible body, sturdy sole and wipe clean easily. ($25; target.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids Feetmat Comfortable Lace Up Athletic Shoes for Girls Amazon photo

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Feetmat Comfortable Lace Up Athletic Shoes for Girls

Amazon is one of the best places to buy kids shoes from brands you won't find elsewhere. These stylish, affordable girls' running shoes get rave reviews and have a flexible, breathable build that makes running around fun and easy. ($30; amazon.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids Adidas Originals Boys Running Shoes Foot Locker photo

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Adidas Originals Boys Running Shoes

This casual and cool running shoe for boys from the kids' line at Foot Locker has a flexible, lightweight body and a heel tab to make it easier for kids to get their shoes on by themselves. The durable rubber sole has a strong grip to prevent slips and falls. ($110; footlocker.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids Adidas Originals Running Shoes for Girls Amazon photo

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Adidas Originals Running Shoes for Girls

This sturdy and stylish running shoe for girls (and boys!) comes in multiple trendy colors. The soft, breathable sock-like upper material helps shoes get a more natural fit and the outsole is designed to stabilize movement. This is a great, unisex kids sneaker choice. ($51; amazon.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids Nike Future Speed Big Kids' Running Shoe photo

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Nike Future Speed Big Kids' Running Shoe

This boys running shoe is the perfect pick for grade-school sneakerheads. The unique design and trendy pastel colors add a fun, fashion-forward feel to these durable, lightweight and flexible Nike kids' shoes. ($85; nike.com)

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Best Running Shoes for Kids Under Armour Infinity Running Shoes for Girls Kohls photo

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Under Armour Infinity Running Shoes for Girls

She'll blind the competition with these sleek, shiny blush and rose gold running shoes from Under Armour. The mesh upper body has a snug sock-like fit with a breathable fabric lining and a sturdy, non-marking sole. ($58; kohls.com)

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