The Realflex franchise has been adapted for smaller feet, making the same flexible ride and performance available to younger runners. Like the adult version, the children’s features fit and flexibility, thanks to Reebok’s shoemaking experience.
The Faas shoes have influenced Puma’s entire running line, so it’s not surprising that the Faas 300 is the first to be extended into the youth range. The upper is both aesthetically and functionally familiar: closed mesh and synthetic overlays for good midfoot support with freedom and flexibility where the foot needs it.
The Pegasus is Nike’s longest-lived running style and its best success story. This update closely duplicates the features of the adult model, reproducing its running performance for the younger set. The upper is an engineered mesh for breathability and support with a small synthetic saddle and heel overlay providing adequate reinforcement.
The Minimus line has been dropped into the youth/kids/children size range. The Kids KT20, the Minimus 20 Trail for children, is visually similiar to the adult shoe. It has a large synthetic matrix with a small mesh over the rear two thirds of the upper, open mesh over the toes, and some additional overlays to improve durability.
The Pure Project has broadened Brooks’ focus on running shoes and the Kids’ PureFlow is the adaptation of the Pure series to the maturing foot. Here the upper is much the same as the adult version with slight tweaks to the overlays and a reinforced toecap.