Hoka has launched kid-sized versions of some of its most popular road and trail running shoes, with the same tech and design features found in the adult models.
The range includes a smaller version of the Speedgoat 5 trail shoe, with a breathable woven mesh upper made using recycled materials, and midsole foam partially made from sugarcane to reduce reliance on petrochemicals.
The Hoka Speedgoat 5 Youth has tough, durable lugs on the outsole for grip in wet and slippery conditions, plus a quick toggle lacing system that makes it easy to pull on and off (even when it's muddy). It's available in UK shoe sizes 3.5Y-7Y and has a list price of £95.
Just like the adult Clifton 9 that launched earlier this year, the Hoka Clifton 9 Youth is a light road shoe for everyday running. It doesn't have the extra-thick midsole foam or exaggerated rocker shape of some Hoka shoes, but is still well cushioned for shock absorption and energy transfer.
The tongue is gusseted to hold it in place and help prevent dirt workings its way into the shoe on loose surfaces.
Like the Speedgoat 5 Youth, its upper is made using a percentage of recycled fibers, while the midsole foam is partially made from sugarcane. The Clifton 9 Youth comes in UK sizes 3.5Y-7Y, and has a list price of £90.
Finally, for when the running is over, the Hoka Ora Slide 3 Youth is a soft slip-on shoe designed for comfort and grip.
The midsole and topsole are made using 20% sugarcane foam, with softer foam directly under the foot's pressure points. This is paired with a rubberized EVA outsole for extra grip on smooth surfaces. It's available in UK whole sizes 4-7Y, with a list price of £40.
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Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.