The sole is very thin and flexible, as one would expect from a ‘barefoot’ shoe. You can really feel the detail of the ground beneath you, and I am comforted in the knowledge that my growing boy’s running gait is not being affected by the stiff, clumpy and unforgiving shoes that every other kid seems to wear. These come with a removable foamy insole which can be used for additional comfort and/or insulation from the cold, but more importantly for the kids’ range, they can used to ‘pad out’ the shoes while their feet grow into them and can be removed when the feet have grown a bit (top tip for economising on the number of shoes that kids get through!). The outsole is a soft rubber compound with a moderately rugged tread, affording him reliable traction on most of the surfaces he races around on. The uppers are a thin, light and airy material, allowing the little feet to keep cool. This does mean that they soak through quickly, in the rain, wet grass and deep puddles, but they don’t gain a lot of weight when wet, and they also dry very quickly. They come with elastic ‘quick laces’ which can be pulled tight and secured with the spring fastener,. Once fitted, there is enough give in them to just slip on and off without having to loosen and retighten. A huge benefit where kids are concerned. My son loves these as much as I do mine. They are his new favourite shoes. They’re bare, light, comfy, wide, and if you ask me, every child should have a pair.
Freet Connect 2 for kids