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While most shoe manufacturers produce running shoes with 'scaled-down technology' in children's sizes, Asics is the first brand to release a child-specific shoe: the GT-2160 GS (£45, asics.co.uk, available in UK sizes 13-5.5).
"We did some research on the biomechanics of children's particular running styles and found two main differences between kids and adults," explains Kenta Moriyasu from the Asics Institute of Sport Science.
"Firstly, children tend to make contact with the ground with the lateral edge of their heel, and with the foot in greater external rotation [when the foot rolls outwards] and dorsiflexion [when the foot bends upwards at the ankle]."
Secondly, as Moriyasu explains, because children have less strength in their feet to flex the shoe, the GT-2160 GS is designed with greater forefoot flexibility.
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