I make no secret of the fact that I’m hooked on workout shoes. Between going to the gym as much as I do, and working jobs where I’m able to wear running shoes, I’ve built up quite the collection. However they can get quite expensive! Especially if you’re like me and have a penchant for Nikes. Recently I was at Sport Chek, and had a realization: I can wear children’s shoes! And I don’t even have tiny feet.
If you wear a women’s size 9 or smaller, you can buy kids shoes too!
I had always known this was a thing, but assumed it was only for the lucky few women who had like size 5 feet, but turns out I was wrong! Thanks to this discovery, I’ve saved literally hundreds of dollars on workout shoes, and have built up a bit of a collection.
The ones I have found the most similar to adult shoes have been the Nike Free’s. The ones I have are a boys size 7 (women’s 39) and they fit me exactly the same as my women’s size 8. The fit feels exactly the same and have held up just as well. They cost $74.99, compared to the women’s pair at $164.99. Talk about a savings!
The Under Armour kids shoes I have had a bit more trouble with. I find the fit varies hugely from shoe to shoe, even in comparison to the adult version, although they’re all size 7/39. My pink pair is the exact same as the adult shoe fit, whereas my purple ones took quite a bit of getting used to. The base of the shoe is quite a bit wider than the size of the actual foot, so it took me a bit of time to get used to walking in them without tripping. They also seem quite a bit roomier in the toe. However they have proved to be excellent weight lifting shoes, as the extra wide base means awesome stability! So it really depends on what you’re looking for.
My best recommendation is always to try on the shoes in the store to compare the fit. This may not work for you if you’re used to one specific style of a shoe, but if you’re more flexible, this may help you to save some money! It also may not work if you’re a big fan of Brooks or Ascics shoes, as they seem to make far fewer children’s shoes than other brands.
Have you ever bought children’s shoes instead of adult? Would you?