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Best Basketball Shoes for Kids

15 July 2023

‘A craftsman is only as good as their tools’ is how the saying goes. While that’s definitely over-simplifying things when it comes to basketball, there is something to be said for making sure your child is kitted up with a good pair of trainers. They can make the difference, both in how well your kid succeeds and how much they come to enjoy the game. A good pair of basketball shoes can give them the confidence to get stuck in and develop themselves as players. What’s more, a good pair of shoes needn’t break the bank. Look around and there are plenty of solid, well-made basketball shoes at an affordable price. The shoes in this list come in a variety of sizes, prices and colours, for both girls and boys.

Nike LeBron 19 Older Kids GS

The name itself will inspire children to hit the court and get moving. These trainers - designed for older children - feature Nike’s trademark Zoom Air unit which will help give a bouncy, responsive feel. But the thing that sets these trainers apart is the way they support the feet with the twists and turns that are a staple of the game, and the rubber sole means they’re suited to any court surface. They’re on the more pricey end of the things, but they’re worth it.

Jordan Zion 1 ‘Bred’ Younger Kids (PS)

These ones are made for toddlers’ feet, though they look just as slick and pro as an adult pair! The padded collar and tongue mean the shoes won’t slip off and the soft foam cushioning helps keep feet comfortable. The bright, loud colours are super cool. Your child will love showing these off on the court.

Tarmak Kids’ Basketball Shoes Easy X

These have been designed specifically for children who play regularly and come highly rated from several sources. Tarmak is a team of basketball players who design and develop shoes just as they’d like them to be. These shoes feature a bespoke tightening system which will help children to tighten them and adjust them by themselves whenever they need to. What’s more, all Tarmak shoes are made from recycled materials, so they’re great for the planet, too.

Tarmak Kids’ Beginner Basketball Shoes SS100

A fantastic beginner’s shoe, these come at a really low price yet still deliver the same high-quality design and manufacture of other Tarmak-branded shoes. They’re designed specifically for beginners, featuring a strong rubber soul that provides maximum grip and comfort. These come in a range of sizes, catering for beginner basketball players of all ages.

Adidas 2.0 Mid Kids Basketball Shoe

This shoe has been a standard go to for many years. It comes in a large range of sizes, catering for young toddlers to the teen years. The shoe is durable, practical, and always well-reviewed. The bold, stylish look is popular and modern, making this a fashionable choice as well as a practical one.

Nike Air Zoom Crossover

Named after a popular basketball move, Nike claims this trainer is “inspired by ladies of the league but made for all young hoopers to dominate their game”. These shoes are designed to accommodate growing feet, with room in the toes and a tight heel to make sure they stay comfortable for as long as they fit.

Are you looking for the best basketball hoops to buy for your kids or toddlers? Or looking for a basketball club for your child to join?

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