Microfibre sole for better contact with the floor and apparatus.
Mesh upper for ventilation and perspiration wicking.
Which of the three models is right for you?
For use on cold, hard floors during school sports or low-impact gymnastics, opt for canvas shoes with insulating soles. Artistic gymnastics shoes are ideal for extra comfort.
For artistic gymnastics, you need to be able to feel the floor or apparatus underneath your feet. This is why gym shoes with a supple microfibre sole are best.
For rhythmic gymnastics, toe shoes are the best option.
Why wear artistic gymnastics shoes?
Many gymnasts practise artistic gymnastics in bare feet to be more comfortable and feel the floor more easily.
However, it is a good idea to get used to wearing gym shoes from a young age. Hygiene is the number one reason for this.
Grip is another: gym shoes will not slip, unlike socks.
Gym shoes will also prevent your child from developing Sever's disease, which occurs as children are growing.
What is Sever's disease?
Because gymnasts’ feet suffer repeated impacts with no cushioning, micro injuries can form in the heel, leading to pain that prevents them from training.
This issue appears as children are growing, but it is not serious and will go away if they rest.
The best way to prevent Sever's disease is to wear gym shoes with a heel protector that will cushion landings and prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.