Best Kids’ Running Shoes

Best Kids’ Running Shoes

There’s never a bad time to upgrade your kicks game. Whether you’ve run your current shoes into the ground or just looking for some more comfort when you run around, Eastbay has your back with a wide selection of the top running shoes for kids. Take a peek at our guide to some of the best shoes we have from the top brands.

Nike Air Zoom Tempo Flyknit

Whether you’re already hitting the track or just racing your friends down the street, the Nike Air Zoom Tempo is the perfect shoe. Their patented Zoom Air technology uses pressurized Air and tensile fiber to give you that springy sensation with each step. The translucent Flyknit upper makes sure you’re locked in without squeezing your style.

Saucony Ride 13

Run in comfort when you’re rocking the Saucony Ride 13. With a compression molded EVA midsole and a contoured FORMFIT footbed protecting your legs from getting sore you’ll be on your feet longer. A rubber outsole and lugs will help your shoes last longer and ensure no slip ups. It even comes in a bold color scheme to help you really make a statement.

Asics GT-1000 9

These were built for the future track star in you. They feature all the same tech as the adult version, such as Flytfoam, GEL, and DuoMoax. These will keep you light on feet, offer supreme cushioning, and provide max shock absorption so that you can hit the track earlier and stay later. The synthetic fiber upper allows your feet to breathe so you can run harder and play longer.

adidas Ultraboost 20

The Ultraboost has become one of the most popular shoes over the past several years thanks to its sleek design and impressive cushioning system. The sock-like fit and flexible support are all thanks to the four-way stretch mesh that makes it one of the most comfortable shoes available. It’s also one of the smartest shoes. It features FORMOTION that adapts to the ground, ensuring a smooth run, and miCoach provides technical feedback after each run.

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 3

Fly around the track and yard in the HOVR Sonic 3. Lightweight and perfectly cushioned, these shoes are perfect for everyday wear. HOVR foam and ENERGY WEB compression mesh work together to provide a responsive feel with each step. The Microthread upper gives you a snug fit and is also designed to dry quickly in case they get wet.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

Nike always comes through with the best combination of tech, comfort, and design of their shoes, and the Pegasus 37 is no exception. Zoom Air tech uses pressurized Air to give you bounce in each step, and their soft foam adds lightweight cushioning for a more comfortable fit. The sleek, clean design looks good no matter how you wear it and is sure to snag some compliments.

Back to School Bag Guide

Back to School Bag Guide

 

After a long and crazy summer, the new school year seems like a welcome treat, a first step back to the normal grind of everyday life. And as you pick up your supply list and start shopping for the best deals, remember that Eastbay is here for all your sport and style needs.

Whether you’re headed to the field for practice or strutting the halls to class, you need a bag to hold your stuff without clashing with your style. But with so many types of bags online, how do you find the perfect one for you? Easy! First find the type of bag that fits your needs, then shop for the brand and color you like, then personalize it to match your style.

 

 

BACKPACK

Obviously, when it comes to school, the most popular type of bag is the classic backpack, but there are so many varieties within this category from basic to decked out. We’ve listed some common features that you’ll find on many backpacks so that you can identify the technology and know exactly what you’re getting.

 

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POPULAR TECH FEATURES
  • Water Bottle Pocket
    It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day so that when you get to practice after school, you’re ready to sweat! This pocket keeps your water bottle within arm’s reach while keeping it away from inside items in case of leaks.
  • Small Accessory Pocket
    These keep valuable items (like your phone and wallet) from falling out, but close at hand for easy access.
  • Laptop Sleeve
    Sometimes there will be a separate zipper compartment, other times there will be a divider in the main compartment. Either way, this is important if you have a laptop or table that you want to protect from jostling or scratches. Backpack sizes change depending on style, so make sure you know how large your laptop is to ensure it fits.
  • Support Straps
    If you carry a full bag of books to and from school, you’ll want to make sure there’s extra support straps across the chest, waist, or hips. These adjustable buckles make sure the backpack fits snug on your back.
  • Water Resistant/Repellant Fabric
    Sometimes this will be the entire backpack and other times it’ll just be on the bottom, either way water-resistant fabric can protect your belongings from water damage.
  • Ball Pocket
    Nothing says athlete more than a backpack that can hold your soccer ball or basketball.
  • Shoes/Clothes Storage
    This may not be a feature you even think about, especially if you’re used to carrying both a gym back and a backpack. But if you shop smart, you can have one bag to do it all. Your books and laptop can go in the top and gym shoes or an extra set of clothes can fit in the bottom.
 
MINI BACKPACK

If you want the school aesthetic but a little more stylized, try a mini backpack. These look like regular backpacks, but as the title implies, they’re smaller so you won’t find as many tech features on them and you won’t be able to fit as much inside. So, if you normally carry all your textbooks to and from school, this pry isn’t the one you want.

 

 

GYMSACK

Gymsacks are as simple as bags get. They’re super lightweight and easy to throw on, but they rarely have pockets or any other tech. Usually, it’s just a single pull string compartment to put everything in. If you like minimalist style and carry very few items, this could be an option for you. They’re bigger than a mini backpack, so you could probably fit a small laptop or tablet in it, but, because of the simplicity of design and material, you’ll want to make sure you put your electronics in a padded case before putting it in the bag.

 
TOTE BAG

The most purse-like fashion option is a tote bag. They’re big enough to fit everything you need and feature a few separate sections like a small accessory pocket and laptop sleeve. The biggest difference with this bag is that it’s not quite as hands-free. Since it doesn’t have dual shoulder straps, you can either put it on one shoulder or just carry it in your hand.

 
DUFFEL BAG

A small duffel bag can be a great option for student athletes. Most come with a long strap that you can wear crossbody to keep your hands free. When people picture duffels, they often think of big, bulky bags, but they actually come in many smaller sizes that can be perfect for athletes that don’t want to carry multiple bags. With a duffel, you’ll have enough room to store your school items as well as your gear for practice.

Pro Tip:

If you find yourself hunched over to ease the weight of your bag, consider lightening your load. Kids younger than 13 shouldn’t carry more than 10% of their body weight, while kids 13 and older are okay carrying up to 25% of their body weight.

 

Once you’ve bought the bag that fits your needs, you can personalize it. Whether that’s adding keychains on the zippers, ironing on patches, or pinning on buttons. Or, if you’re really artsy, find some fabric markers at your local craft store and create your own masterpiece. Personalizing your bag is fun, but also can be helpful – when your bag is one of a kind, it’s easier to identify.

 


 

Looking for a fresh pair of kicks to start school off right? Check out our top picks and make this year the best one yet!

Top Kids’ Track Spikes

Top Kids’ Track Spikes

Spring is practically here, which means outdoor track season. It’s almost time to get out there and set some new PRs, but first check your gear. Last year’s spikes probably don’t fit anymore, so check out our top three recommendations below and then hit the track to begin training.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or you’re shopping for a kid, the first thing you need to know is the basics of track spikes and how they should fit. If you’re already familiar with buying spikes, you can keep scrolling, but if you’re new to the sport, take a quick look at our fit guide before you start shopping.

Nike Zoom Rival S 9

A Nike Zoom Rival S 9 track spike in the laser crimson/white/black/university red colorway lying on the track.

First up is the Nike Zoom Rival S 9, designed for events from the 60m to 400m, including hurdles and long jump. With an aggressive traction pattern on the outsole and an updated eight-spike plate that digs into the track, these sprint spikes will propel you to victory.

adidas Sprintstar

An adidas Sprintstar track spike in the glory blue/signal green/core black colorway lying on the track.

Explode out of the blocks with the adidas Sprintstar, designed for technical athletes racing in events up to 400m. The upper features Celermesh, a super thin mesh with an inner grid for a lightweight lockdown feel. A Pebax® plate in the outsole provides optimal energy return to launch you across the finish line.

New Balance MD500 V7

A New Balance MD500 V7 track spike in the white/black colorway lying on the track.

A new season means another chance to set records, and with the New Balance MD500 V7 those chances just got a little better. The lightweight mesh upper keeps your feet dry and fresh, and the six removable spikes lets you customize your run for the course.


Now that you’re set with new spikes, what about the rest of your track gear? Eastbay.com offers elite apparel and equipment from the best brands, so you can have your fastest season yet!

And did you know Eastbay has a Test Run Program? You can try out your new spikes to make sure they work for you. And if they don’t perform as you’d hoped, return them free of charge within 30 days of purchase. For more details, click this link.

Sneaker Valentines

Sneaker Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re a shoe lover wanting to give unique valentines, or you’re looking to impress a certain sneakerhead at school, you’ll LOVE our Eastbay sneaker valentines! View them below, and then click the “Download” button to print and share them with your friends.

Best Sports Gifts for Kids

Best Sports Gifts for Kids

There’s no age restriction on style, so we’ve complied a list of our favorite kids’ items from today’s top brands, made for tomorrow’s superstars. Browse through our Best Sports Gifts for Kids below to find all of this season’s hottest looks and performance gear.

Nike Therma Fleece Camo Pullover Hoodie – Boys’

Bring on the winter weather! The Nike Therma Fleece Camo Pullover Hoodie is made with Dri-FIT performance fleece, including a brushed fleece interior, to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the seasons.

Nike Air GX Pullover Hoodie – Girls’

Shine bright this holiday season. The Nike Air GX Pullover Hoodie features a shimmering metallic Nike logo and is made with soft French terry fabric for unmatched coziness.

Nike Air Force 1 Low – Girls’

Pay homage to a classic look that’s always fresh – the  Nike Air Force 1 shoes are a solid choice for almost any outfit. Made with a stitched rubber cupsole and leather upper, these sneakers provide premium comfort and durability. (Coming soon)

Nike Air Max Plus – Boys’

Treat your feet to a walk on the clouds. Now dubbed as somewhat of a cult classic look, the Nike Air Max Plus shoes offer an innovative cushioning system that provides comfort with every stride. (Coming soon)

Timberland 6” Waterproof Boots – Boys’

Protect your kids’ feet with the Timberland 6” Waterproof Boots. Whether it’s jumping through puddles, stomping in the mud, or just handling everyday wear and tear, these boots are designed with the same top-quality leather and sturdy construction that Timberland’s adult products are famous for.

Air Jordan 1 Mid SE

From the playground to the court, grade school never looked so good. The Air Jordan 1 Mid is the original statement-making sneaker and combines the classic “Wings” logo on the ankle with Nike’s iconic side swooshes to create the hottest retro look. Also available in girls’ sizes.

adidas Originals Adicolor Big Trefoil Hoodie – Boys’

Sometimes bigger is better. The adidas Originals Adicolor Big Trefoil Hoodie features an enlarged print of the classic trefoil logo and is made with comfy French terry material for a relaxed fit.

adidas Originals NMD R1 – Boys’

Rooted in three-stripe heritage, the adidas Originals NMD shoes are fashionable and functional. They seamlessly blend adidas heritage with the latest innovation in lightweight cushioning, so your feet can look good and feel even better.

Nike Futura Club Hoodie – Boys’

You can’t go wrong with a classic hoodie. The Nike Futura Club Hoodie is engineered with super soft fleece fabric to keep you cozy and fresh.

Nike Tanjun Backpack

Named after the Japanese word for “simplicity”, the Nike Tanjun Backpack makes storage easy. This backpack has padded shoulder straps for comfort and all the zippered compartments you need to stash your valuables securely.

Nike Dri-FIT Just Do It T-shirt – Girls’

Get the sporty style you want for gym class or practice with the Nike Dri-FIT Just Do It T-shirt. Featuring sweat-wicking technology and a loose fit for full-range mobility, this shirt is a must-have for any active kid. Don’t think twice about scooping up the T-shirt – Just Do It!

Shopping for other sports or styles? Check out our full list of gift guides here.