The Kinvara 2 opens the door to minimalism for children in the same way it was brought to its adult line: by offering cushioning and a great fit without anything extra. The upper is stripped down without giving up the touches of comfort where needed. The airmesh and minimal overlays make these shoes light and all the better for running fast. The midsole is responsive and durable ProGrid Lite EVA, proven for its great cushioning, with a slight drop from heel to forefoot of only 4 millimeters. The outersole is arranged in triangle-shaped lugs for traction with carbon rubber only in the high-wear areas to keep the weight down. The combination of light weight, excellent cushioning, and responsiveness earned the Kinvara 2 honors as our Best Youth Running Shoe.

$55 ($90 Adult)

Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feel with neutral biomechanics

Shape: semi-curved   Construction: Strobel slip-lasted  

Sizes: children 10.5–13; youth 1–7 (M width)