Speedcross J Trail Running Shoe

The Speedcross J is the ultimate athletic shoe for kids that are always on the go. The shoes have incredible grip even on rough and rugged terrain.

Utilizing Contagrip technology, the well-designed tread will keep even the most courageous kid well grounded. Plus, the no slip soles are geared up for super-fast fun and action packed activities.

Plus, the easy to slip on model has a quick-lace design making shoe fastening a breeze when rushed for time. Action kids will love the one-pull tightening.

The Speedcross J also has a Sensifit system that delivers a comfortable and exact fit. The structure is designed to gently embrace the feet from the midsole to the lacing, offering a safe, comfy, and practically customized fit. In fact, your kids will claim that their feet are being cradled with every step.


  • A precise fit
  • Aggressive tread
  • The perfect hiking shoe


  • Narrow width
  • Minimal arch support
  • Laces wears out quickly

Salomon Kids Speedcross Trail Running Shoes, Black/Graphite/Hawaiian Surf, 5 US Unisex Big
  • 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.

Last update on 2023-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Chaco Kids Outcross 2

What kid doesn’t like to jump and splash in puddles? The Chaco Kids Outcross 2 is designed with kids in mind.

It is the ideal kid’s water shoe for all types of water play and outdoor activities. With the hydrophobic woven upper and synthetic toe cap it holds up to about any water activity your kids enjoy.

Plus the toe cap protects small toes from rocks and other hard surfaces.

When it comes to support, the LUVSEAT PU footbed and foam midsole can’t be matched. Kids will never know that these shoes are “good for their feet”.

Plus the EcoTread rubber outsole with 2mm lugs provides traction and firm footing when they need it. It is the perfect shoe for kids who love to go from river to trail and back.


  • A light, comfortable hiking water shoe
  • Non-marking Eco Tread 25% recycled rubber
  • Long-lasting LUVSEAT PU footbed and foam midsole


  • A little snug
  • Runs small in size
Chaco Girls' Outcross 2 Water Shoe, Mint, 5 M US Big Kid
  • Mesh-lined upper with protective synthetic toe cap
  • Lace keeper and webbing pull tabs for easy on/off
  • Cord lacing with injection-molded plastic quick lock
  • Durable luvseat pu footbed with antimicrobial application for odor control
  • Non-marking ecotread 25% recycled rubber outsole with 2mm lug depth and siped "z' lugs

Last update on 2023-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Kids Breeze III UltraDry Hiking Boot

The Kids Breeze III UltraDry Hiking Boot is a comfortable smaller version of the most popular adult boot. It is skillfully constructed of mesh and waterproof suede leather so that feet can breathe easily and stay dry.

Intended for the day hiker and explorer, heel bumpers and rubber toes add extra protection and durability for active lifestyles.

This shoe was planned for kids on the go; the speed lace arrangement offers a fast fit adjustment. As well, the innovative design has a lock ankle hook for a positive secure fit.

And for added measure, there are reflective accents for better visibility in low light conditions. And when it comes to the sole, the Vasque Breeze III is specially designed for ultra-trail traction and toughness.

The sole actually is molded with a trail traction compound to ensure superior footing. And for all day hiking comfort, the hiking boot provides an anatomical compressed molded EVA footbed.


  • Breathable membrane lining
  • Constructed of waterproof suede leather
  • Excellent traction for all types of terrain


  • Higher priced
  • Not available in wide widths
Vasque Kids Breeze III Ultra-Dry Waterproof Hiking Boot, Blue, Size 4 M
  • Supple suede leather uppers with nylon inserts keep boots light and highly breathable in warm temperatures
  • Ultradry Waterproof, breathable nylon linings keep feet dry during wet days by keeping water out and wicking moisture away
  • Protective Toe bumpers Shield toes and uppers from abrasion
  • Contoured, lightweight EVA footbeds and midsoles ensure comfortable cushioning and support
  • Average weight per Pair: 1 lb. 6 oz

Last update on 2023-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boot

Whether your kid is a novice or young expert, the Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boot is the perfect boots for hiking. It supports all types of outdoor activities including long day hikes, puddle jumping, treks by the river and more.

Constructed with waterproof coated leather, these mid-cut styled boots offer long lasting dryness so that all ages can enjoy splashing in puddles, running through streams and jumping into a pile of wet leaves.

As well, these hikers are renowned for supporting non-stop active feet. And for a secure grip on rugged terrain, the non-marking Omni-GRIP outsoles live up to their name.

This hiking boot is part of the Youth Dirt Time collection. It also has a waterproof seam-sealed membrane bootie structure with a speed lace system.

Compared to cumbersome hikers, this boot is unmatched with its TECHLITE lightweight midsole for long-lasting comfort.


  • Fast lace-up design for busy kids
  • Durability coupled with lightweight comfort
  • Waterproof seams and PU coated leather upper


  • Runs small
  • Higher priced
Columbia Youth Unisex Newton Ridge, Cordovan/Golden Yellow, 5
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Our Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Leather Boot features a waterproof PU leather upper construction, combined with our TECHLITE lightweight midsole, for long-lasting comfort with superior cushioning and high energy return.
  • DURABLE HIKING BOOT: This youth boot is inspired by classic mountaineering style. A durable mid cut waterproof hiker that provides great traction and comfort. This is a boot that will deliver reliable and comfortable service.
  • ALL TERRAIN TRACTION: Our signature Omni-GRIP non-marking traction rubber outsole provides high grip across a wide variety of terrain, and versatile three season use.
  • HANDY FEATURES: His treacherous days out on the trail will be comfortable and carefree with this waterproof hiking boots combination of supportive leather construction and superior cushioning midsole.
  • REINFORCED TOE AND HEEL CONSTRUCTION: Designed for extended seasons of use, we’ve reinforced the toe and heel barriers, and extended the outsole toe overwrap to guard these key wear points.

Last update on 2023-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Columbia Kids’ Conspiracy Shoe

The Columbia Kids’ Conspiracy Shoe offers a connection to the outdoors with ample protection for trail blazers without feeling weighed down. These shoes allow feet to breathe on long hikes while keeping your feet dry and protected. The upper is a combination of synthetic leather and textile for outdoor protection.

The lightweight midsoles are composed of Techlite for lasting comfort and excellent cushioning so that extra energy is directed to hiking the trail. And for outsole, these hikers have an Omini-Grip non-marking traction rubber for all your trekking needs.

Kids also love the asymmetrical lacing system where they can slip into their shoes and run without forethought.

The comfort and durability is also ideal for kids who love to hike. The Conspiracy III is worth considering with its all-weather capabilities and decent amount of suppleness for hiking.


  • Reasonably priced
  • Good agility for hiking
  • Lightweight with ample protection


  • Slight slippage inside the shoe on steep descents
  • A low hiker; not recommended for extreme wet conditions
Columbia Boy's Youth Conspiracy Waterproof Shoe, Dark Grey, Heatwave, 1 Regular US Little Kid
  • Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber.
  • Techlite lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return.
  • Combination textile and synthetic leather upper.
  • Omni-Tech waterproof breathable seam-sealed membrane bootie construction.
  • Hook and loop strap and gore faux laces allow for adjustable fit and easy entry.

Last update on 2023-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

How to Find The Best Hiking Shoes for Your Kid

When searching for the ideal hiking shoe for kids, there are many features to consider. Young walkers and hikers need to have a shoe that is in tune with their body such as flexible with a lot of ground feel so that they feel confident.

The flexible material should also support natural body movements. The best “ground feel” shoe is the Speedcross J Trail Running Shoe and the Columbia Kids’ Conspiracy Shoe.

Hiking boots should never feel cumbersome. They should have a lightweight design that offers protection from rocks and other objects.

Some of the best protective lightweight hiking shoes is the Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boot. For protection, the Vasque Breeze III UltraDry Hiking Boots – Kids’ is a good choice.

A little ones feet may be small but it still needs room to breathe. Without proper ventilation, the feet become sweaty and invite fungus growth.

Also, make sure the shoes fit properly and there is plenty of foot room. One of the best options for hiking boots that breathe is the Vasque Breeze III UltraDry Hiking Boots for Kids’.

The combination of mesh and waterproof suede leather is the perfect material for preventing foot problems.

Grip and traction is also important. A good grip prevents a child from falling and also promotes confidence in hiking outdoors.

Some of the best soles with outstanding traction are Chaco Kids Outcross 2 with the EcoTread rubber outsole and the Vasque Breeze III UltraDry Hiking Boots for Kids’ with trail traction compound for good footing.

For kids who love water, the Vasque Breeze III UltraDry Hiking Boots – Kids’ is an excellent shoe. The waterproof suede leather is long lasting and will provide hours of fun time trekking in the wet outdoors.

Another good choice is the Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boot (Little Kid/Big Kid) with its Waterproof seams and PU coated leather upper.

For quality, the Salomon Kid’s Speedcross J Trail Running Shoe and the Columbia Kids’ Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boots are superb. For the best price, Columbia Kids’ Conspiracy Shoe has a great offer as well as Chaco Kids Outcross 2 when on sale.

Just remember, when selecting the ideal hiking shoe for your little one look for features that include a flexible insole for balance, lightweight construction for easy treks and roomy fitting shoes that won’t hurt the feet.