13 best kids' trainers

Whether they need them for PE lessons or for everyday use, we've got hardy pairs that'll last long after they grow out of them

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There can hardly be more practical footwear for kids than trainers. Whether you want a pair specifically for sport – or even more specifically for running or skateboarding – or a pair that’s suitable for everyday wear, our round-up has it all.

1. Adven Go Jnr: from £34, clarks.co.uk



These sporty trainers weigh practically nothing and they are an easy fit, with half-sizes and different widths available. There’s a special lining to eliminate bacteria and they’re practical, comfy and long-lasting. Made for both genders, there are blue and pink versions.

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2. Leather Riptape Trainers: from £22, marksandspencer.com



If you want a smarter look, this leather pair will pass as stylish footwear for smart-casual events, as well as being practical for more outdoorsy, sporty activities, so you only have to buy one pair. Youngsters will love the super-soft feel and the yellow eyelet detail is a nice touch.

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3. NX Sport Trainers: from £17, next.co.uk



If you need a pair of trainers to keep in their PE bag at school, these are a great buy that will keep little feet well supported, with a firm grip on the sole. They’ll do equally well for out of school sports, of course. In fact, you may well find yourself buying these again and again as their feet grow.

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4. Polar Cap Casual Trainers: £42, bobux.co.uk



Bobux shoes are fabulous for tiny tots. Designed to feel like they’re going barefoot, the idea is to allow natural movement and flexibility, which ultimately means they won’t have a tantrum when you go to put their shoes on. Their trainers, of which these are our favourite, are made from top-notch leather.

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5. Ultra Boost: £120, adidas.co.uk


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These cost a bomb, but they’re the best running shoes we’ve found for older kids – lightweight, with a stretchy upper and a patented footbed for a comfy fit, as well as incredibly grippy soles. Romeo Beckham wore them for the London Marathon, so they have the cool factor, too.

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6. White Butterfly Hi-Top Trainers: from £14, bhs.co.uk



Who says you can’t mix sparkles with sport? These glitzy hi-tops, which are available up to size 13, have a pretty butterfly and flower design on the side panel and the toes are covered in pink glitter. The elastic laces and velco strap make them easy to get on and off, as well as to tighten.

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7. Bright Trainers: £10, asda.com



This pair is a steal at a mere tenner. Granted, they probably won’t last as hand-me-downs, and they are only available for younger boys, but if you want a pair of no-nonsense sporty looking trainers for littluns with fast-growing feet, these are great value.

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8. Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars Street Trainers: £31.99, surfdome.com



Converse are as popular as ever and, while their laced plimsoles remain their ultimate bestseller, these non-slip branded trainers are comfy, long-lasting and have plenty of support for young feet. Designed with skateboarding in mind, it’s no wonder they look cool, too.

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9. Gel Cumulus 16 GS: £45, asics.co.uk



These have loads of nifty features that make them a superb sports shoe for youngsters. Of particular note is the rear foot gel that cushions the heel on landing and provides additional stability around the arch. Anxious parents will also like the reflectivity for nighttime safety.

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10. New Balance Lace Trainers: £34.99, surfdome.com


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Despite the fact that these look fantastic, you’re not just paying for looks and a logo. The suede and mesh upper are made to last and they are nice and breathable, too. The grip is good and, unlike many kids’ trainers, they are supremely comfy, with no rubbing anywhere.

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11. Lightweight Trainers: £12, mothercare.com



Not only do these add a splash of colour to littluns’ feet, but they are also practical, thanks to the non-slip sole, stretchy laces and lightweight design. They are good value for money and are also available in bright pink. Our only niggle is that they are prone to scuffing.

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12. Adidas Originals ZX 700: from £32, very.co.uk


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Here’s a jazzy trainer with a retro style that’s inspired by runners in the 1980s. They look good, so are great with jeans for everyday wear, but also perform well for sports. They’re easy to clean, comfortable and good on all surfaces, thanks to the flexible sole with good traction.

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13. Suede Boots: from £26.60, boden.co.uk



Another pair that will do for smarter events as well as more sporty pursuits, these are easy to slip on and off, thanks to the Velcro straps, and the top quality leather and attention to detail means they fit beautifully and last well.

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Clarks Adven Go Jnr are the clear winner for a good all-round pair of kids’ trainers, while Bobux Polar Cap Casual Trainers are a fabulous buy for tiny tots.


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