The most important factor when buying athletic footwear for children is comfort and injury prevention.
When children participate in a sport, they should wear shoes designed specifically for the demands of that particular sport. While in the store, remember the basics of a good fit. There should be a thumbs width from the tip of the child's toe to the end of the shoe. This way, the toes have room to wiggle freely. The heel of the shoe should not slip off the foot as the child walks or runs. Always keep an eye out for good quality athletic shoes that have good support as well as ample cushioning.