10 Best Kids Trail Shoes

Updated on: October 2021

Best Kids Trail Shoes in 2021


Merrell Boys' Trail Chaser Sneaker, Black/Blue, 7 Wide US Big Kid

Merrell Boys' Trail Chaser Sneaker, Black/Blue, 7 Wide US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

New Balance Boys' Arishi Trail V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, Light Aluminum/Stone Blue, 1 M US Little Kid

New Balance Boys' Arishi Trail V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, Light Aluminum/Stone Blue, 1 M US Little Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Fresh Foam midsole cushioning is precision engineered to deliver an ultra-cushioned, lightweight ride
  • Rubber Outsole
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper
  • Toe Protect technology helps protect feet from rocks, roots and debris
  • Upper features no-sew construction for a sleek fit and feel

Salomon Kids' Speedcross J Trail Running Shoes, Black/Graphite/Hawaiian Surf, 6 Child US

Salomon Kids' Speedcross J Trail Running Shoes, Black/Graphite/Hawaiian Surf, 6 Child US
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • KIDS TRAIL RUNNING SHOES: Give your kids the full advantage with this junior version of the iconic Speedcross. Built with extra grip for young feet that are ready to move fast & follow you on any terrain.
  • NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER: With an aggressive grip, stability, & protection the iconic Salomon Speedcross line of shoes is perfect for hiking, backpacking, or trail running on every type of terrain.
  • GO THE DISTANCE: Whether you love daily road running in your neighborhood, an escape to a local trail, or something more rugged, Salomon makes shoes that ensure you have a smooth ride on any & all terrain.
  • TIME TO PLAY: Whether you are into trail running, hiking, backpacking, or mountaineering, Salomon has shoes & gear for kids, men & women to help you conquer a new distance, personal record, or event!
  • SINCE 1947 Salomon has used our passion for outdoor sports & innovation to create progressive gear. Our road & trail running shoes, hiking sneakers, boots, & water shoes help make any path your own.

Merrell Kids' Unisex M-Trail Chaser Sneaker, Gunsmoke/Orange, 4.5 M US Big Kid

Merrell Kids' Unisex M-Trail Chaser Sneaker, Gunsmoke/Orange, 4.5 M US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Non-marking rubber outsole M Select GRIP
  • EVA removable footbed
  • Hook and look closure provides precise and secure fit
  • Suede and mesh upper

ASICS Gel-Venture 7 GS Girls' Youth Running, Metropolis/Black, 2.5 Little Kid

ASICS Gel-Venture 7 GS Girls' Youth Running, Metropolis/Black, 2.5 Little Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Lace-up design for a secure, custom fit. Rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System minimizes shock during impact and provides a smooth transition to midstance. Reinforced stitched toe cap increases durability for toe drag. Rugged Trail-Specific outsole has reversed lugs that provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain. Imported. Measurements: Weight: 8 oz Product measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size. Weigh
  • Keep your little ones looking sporty with the ASICS® Kids GEL-Venture 7.
  • Predecessor: Gel-Venture® 6.
  • Breathable mesh upper.
  • Padded tongue and collar for added comfort.

adidas outdoor Terrex AX2R Kids Hiking Shoe Boot, Cyan/Black/Shock Yellow, 4.5 Child US Big

adidas outdoor Terrex AX2R Kids Hiking Shoe Boot, Cyan/Black/Shock Yellow, 4.5 Child US Big
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Low-cut shoes for young hikers
  • Textile upper with synthetic overlays for protection and added support; rubberized print on heel and toe
  • Breathable mesh collar Lining
  • Lightweight EVA midsole for long-term cushioning
  • Reflective details

New Balance Girls' Arishi Trail V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, Black/Bali Blue/Ginger Pink, 7 M US Big Kid

New Balance Girls' Arishi Trail V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, Black/Bali Blue/Ginger Pink, 7 M US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Fresh Foam midsole cushioning is precision engineered to deliver an ultra-cushioned, lightweight ride
  • Rubber Outsole
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper
  • Toe Protect technology helps protect feet from rocks, roots and debris
  • Upper features no-sew construction for a sleek fit and feel

New Balance Girls' Craig V1 Running Shoe, rain Cloud/Summer Sky/Light Peony, 3 W US Little Kid

New Balance Girls' Craig V1 Running Shoe, rain Cloud/Summer Sky/Light Peony, 3 W US Little Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Synthetic/ Mesh
  • Tbd

Merrell Kids' Unisex M-Moab 2 Low Lace Hiking Shoe, Bark Brown, 6.5 W US Big Kid

Merrell Kids' Unisex M-Moab 2 Low Lace Hiking Shoe, Bark Brown, 6.5 W US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • suede and mesh upper for breathability and durability
  • traditional lace closure
  • non-marking outsole with M Select GRIP for superior traction
  • take down pattern

adidas outdoor Kids' Terrex AX2R CP Hiking Shoe Boot, ash Grey/Carbon/Clear Mint, 2.5 Child US Big Kid

adidas outdoor Kids' Terrex AX2R CP Hiking Shoe Boot, ash Grey/Carbon/Clear Mint, 2.5 Child US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Multifunctional hiking shoes that keep feet dry
  • Waterproof climaproof keeps your feet dry and comfortable
  • Textile upper with synthetic overlays for protection and added support; rubberized print on heel and toe
  • Breathable mesh collar Lining
  • Lightweight EVA midsole for long-term cushioning

Is Trekking Pole Fitness Exaggerated?

Proponents of trekking poles for hiking swear that these devices are a better way to move about on mountain trails. I say otherwise, not just because I’m a certified personal trainer, but because I’m an avid hiker and trail runner.

Proponents of trekking poles for hiking swear that these devices are a better way to move about on mountain trails. I say otherwise, not just because I'm a certified personal trainer, but because I'm an avid hiker and trail runner.

There is a particular group of foothills where I used to do a lot of hiking. I never used any trekking poles. It was "all me."

I like the idea of ambulating in the wilderness on all sorts of exciting terrain without relying on an external agent to get me around.

Trekking pole enthusiasts might argue I'm foolish for not using these devices, but my perspective is that trekking poles are crutches and will prevent the growth of agility and neuromuscular coordination.

About that particular group of foothills, there is one giant foothill that's a pretty steep climb of lumpy tundra. After getting to the top the first time, I hiked well beyond it on a number of trails, then returned and proceeded to descend the steep tundra.

There was a slight problem. The way I ambulate downhill is to lower my center of gravity and lead with a foot, so that I'm not facing forward (which increases the chances of pitching forward and falling).

Instead my knees are pretty bent and I'm facing three-quarters rather than straight ahead down the hill. I started out with my left foot leading and everything was second nature.

I then switched to my right foot and immediately detected that the neuromuscular coordination of my right foot and leg didn't match that of my left.

Had I decided to tackle the issue by relying upon trekking poles, my right side would have remained in that state: not matched to my left side.

Not that I was a klutz, but this was a situation in which a trekking pole user would have put some weight-bearing on the stick to create more stability.

I decided to descend the remainder of the foothill withmostly my "weaker" side. This would stimulate it to grow more neural connections. Next week I climbed the same foothill, did my running on the flatter trails at the top, then returned to descend.

I didn't have trekking poles, because my plan was to descend, once again, with mostly my "weaker" side. When I proceeded on this side, I immediately noticed an improvement from last week. The body responds marvelously to a new training stimulus.

The third time, a week later, descending on my right side felt nearly the same as the left side. And a week after that, voila! My right side matched my left side!

Using trekking poles would have outright prevented this improvement. By not relying upon an external agent, I forced my nervous system to adapt.

This is a prime example of how trekking poles create a barrier to developing or improving coordination and optimal strengthening of joints, connective tissue and nervous system signaling.

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