HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR KIDS' TENNIS SHOES?

Durability or support? Better cushioning for more intensive play? Your choice of junior shoes is important as it will follow your child as he or she practices the sport. Allow us to guide you as you seek to choose the best tennis shoes for your child!

Did you know?

The feet of children and adults are not the same. Obviously they are similar, but they do not work the same way and they have very different needs. In adults, the foot is used to more pressure from shoes and needs protection against violent injuries (sprains or torn ligaments). Children, on the other hand, need protection against chronic injuries (stretched ligaments, inflammations). With Artengo, we have developed a shoe specifically for children and a shoe specifically for adults. Let's see below what are the important factors for choosing your kids' shoes!

Laces or Velcro strips?

The easier and faster it is for kids to learn how to put on and fasten their own shoes, the better. Putting shoes on must be fun, not a chore. 

Velcro strips are easier to use but also tend to wear away much quicker than laces; While laces can adjust shoes fit and fix toes much better than velcro strips.

Size

Decathlon recommends starting with the size of casual shoes your child wears. The heel should hold in shoes and not to shuffle during the run.

When your kid has played for a longer time, you might need to buy half a size / a size bigger shoes.

Durability

Kids’ shoes are put through their paces like no others when it comes to scraping, sliding, skidding and scuffing. Kids are overflowing with energy and their shoes must enable them to do all their daily activities for as long as possible in total safety. The ideal children’s shoes are made up of three different parts that guarantee their durability:

- abrasion-resistant rubber outsoles that overlap the front of the foot.
- a second seamless bonded rubber reinforcement in the forefoot (the most vulnerable area).
- attractive uppers that provide good foot support.

Good foot support and comfort

Kids are constantly growing and their joints are continuously moving, so they need good foot support during tennis.

Comfort is another important factor, and cushioning leads to better comfort. A pair of good kids tennis shoes can reduce repeated shockwaves mainly in the heal to avoid injury as kids grow.

For different surfaces

Generally there are 3 types of surfaces: grass, clay and hard courts, and different features are needed for different surfaces. The courts in HK are mainly hard courts and the grass and clay courts are private only.

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Hard court

- Durable outsoles are needed because of the largest abrasion

- Good heel cushioning to reduce pressure on feet especially on heels

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Grass court

- Grip which prevent slips

- Flat and thicker outsole

- Flexible and durable to withstand short runs

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Clay court

- grip on outsole to help slide

- increase angle support

What makes our kids' tennis shoes the best?

Technical benefits: how do you know what you are looking for?

Your children's shoes offer many technical benefits, but it is easy to get lost amongst all of the explanations. Let's go through the features of our junior shoes!

GOOD FOOT SUPPORT

Children's feet are different to adults'. If you want to look after their feet, go for shoes offering good support. This is provided by the support at the heels.

ABILITY TO WITHSTAND ANY TEST

In order to stand up to daily use on account of the the continual demand placed on your children, durability is an important asset in a junior tennis shoe. You should therefore opt for a rubber shoe that is reinforced to the front of the foot - where the most is asked of the shoe.

SIGHTS SET ON COMFORT

If your children's shoes barely ever leave their feet, it is essential that they feel comfortable. Good cushioning will therefore be crucial to ensure that your child feels comfortable in his or her shoes.

Your kids' playing level

We offers three types of shoes depending on your child's playing level.

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For Occasional Use

If your child uses his or her shoes for sport at school or even to start tennis, he or she will need very durable shoes. The 100, 130 and 160 Beginner Series will meet his or her needs very well.

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For Regular Use

In the case of regular use beyond playing tennis as a school sport, your child will need durability but also cushioning to protect his or her joints. These benefits can be found in the 560 intermediate series junior shoes.

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For Intensive Use

If you child plays tennis intensively, his or her requirements will also be more extensive. For intensive play, three assets are essential: cushioning, durability and support. You will find these three features in the 990 Advanced Series junior tennis shoes.

The wise choice: the non-marking sole!

Required increasingly by clubs and for playing sports at school, the non-marking sole will be an undeniable asset for your child's shoe.

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