Fans of fashionable shoes can help their kids make a statement by hooking them up too, as Foot Locker carries many of the most popular grown-up styles in kids sizes as well. Kids sizes include the following, from bigger to smaller:
• Grade School (3.5-7)
• Preschool (1-13.5)
• Toddler (2-10)
• Infant (1-3)
That includes basketball sneakers, retro/throwback styles, and running shoes.
The hottest players on the court these days not only inspire awe in grown-ups but capture the imaginations of kids too. Signature models include those of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose. Larger (Grade School) sizes feature much of the same technology as their grown-up counterparts, and all reflect the same styling.
Michael Jordan may have retired in 2003, but his legacy remains strong even among the young’uns. They may not have seen him play, but that’s where you come in; to educate the younger set on who came before. Models such as the Jordan Son of Mars contain elements of several Jordan retros, shoes that hearken back to the era of original Air Jordans.
Many of the available colorways hook nicely to shorts, uniform-style tops, jackets, and also come in girls colors.
Basketball and training shoes lie at the heart of available retro/throwback styles in kids sizes. That includes the classic Air Force 1, which debuted as a basketball shoe in 1982 and has been re-released in countless styles and colorways since. So help your little one rock a classic look with a color scheme that’s all theirs.
Another popular takedown of a grown-up classic is the line of Nike training shoes inspired by former MLB star Ken Griffey Jr. He retired after the 2010 season, but his legacy of a broad smile and sweet swing can live on with a model – originally released in 1996 – that features a blend of synthetic overlays on the upper, and a full-length visible Air-Sole unit in the midsole.
adidas Originals offers a look back at what was a popular training shoe first released in the 1980s, the Samoa. It’s available in a variety of colorways, from all-white to classic black, with a number of color hits in between to help reflect school colors or personal style.
One of Nike’s most popular running designs in recent years, the Free series, originally was designed to minimize the amount of material underfoot in order to help runners return to a more natural feel on their runs. This resulted in shoe names that correspond to a 0-10 scale indicating how much, or how little, cushioning a Nike Free shoe has. The Nike Free 5.0, for example, is about halfway between a true barefoot experience (0), and Nike’s most cushioned running shoes (10).
Throwbacks make their way into this genre as well, as Nike’s Air Max classics – the Air Max 90, for example – can help your kid rock a classic style in what once was a popular running shoe.
ASICS gets into the picture among running styles as well, as the GEL-Noosa Tri series offers up attention-getting color splatters – particularly popular among girls – that go with everything yet enable an independent look.