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Kids Climbing Shoes

The time to transition your child to climbing shoes is when they begin to develop the ability to place their toe on a specific spot and begin to improve footwork. When kids first start climbing, they use big jugs and specially made kids climbing holds. These large holds are big enough to support a large portion of the kids' foot. Kids climbing shoes are not really needed at this level of climbing. When a child begins to climb slightly more difficult routes and you see the tennis shoes slipping off the smaller foot holds, then it is time to move into a kids climbing shoe.

Fitting a Kids Climbing Shoe

A child may find a climbing shoe uncomfortable. To a kid, comfort is more important than sticking. The best compromise is to get a slightly larger shoe. If there is a lot of extra room, wearing socks may help fill up some space. This strategy will allow you to buy a shoe big enough to let them grow into the shoe and give you a year or more good use. For kids, a little room for comfort and growth is better than too tight. When trying on kids climbing shoes, be sensitive not to force your child's feet into a tight fit. A child does not have the same control of foot placement. As a result, a tightly fitting climbing shoe will not significantly improve their climbing ability. Painful footwear will only discourage them from climbing. Look for a soft feeling shoe with room in the toe box. The toes should be able to wiggle, but not slip side to side.

Kids Climbing Shoe too Tight?

There are several signs a child is uncomfortable in their climbing shoe. One indicator is if they take off the shoes immediately after climbing. While this may be copy behavior, it also may also be a sign it is too tight. For adults, technical rock shoes should fit tight. Adults have the discipline to accept a small amount of discomfort in exchange for improved performance. This is not true with kids. An uncomfortable climbing shoe will only make the child less enthusiastic about climbing. Check your kid's feet for redness, or even blisters.

The Best Type of Climbing Shoe for Kids and Children

The old style of climbing shoes had high tops. The purpose was to protect the ankles and provide support. Modern climbing shoes are low cut for dexterity and freedom of movement. This is also true for kids climbing shoes. There are no modern high-top climbing shoes for children. However, there are high top kids shoes for approach and hiking.

Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 Climbing Shoe - Kids'

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Get your future world champ started early in the Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2. 0 Climbing Shoe. Mad Rock filled out this tried-and-true design with two rear closure straps for more adjustability. The dual closure system helps avoid scratchy straps from injuring sensitive feet, so your little climber's...

Mad Badger Climbing Shoe - Kids

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The Mad Rock Mad Badger is an excellent beginning shoe for your son or daughter. With 3D Toe Cap technology, these shoes will last significantly longer than your usual shoe.

Evolv Venga Climbing Shoe - Kids'

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If your youngster likes to pretend he's a monkey and has already mastered the art of climbing trees and jungle gyms, you should consider letting him take out his rambunctious energy on rock faces and walls. The Evolv Kids' Venga Climbing Shoe is a great first rock climbing shoe for your child...

Mad Monkey 2.0 Climbing Shoe - Kids

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The Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 is an upgrade of Mad Rock's ever popular Mad Monkey with two rear closure straps for even more adjustability. Mad Rock's new dual closure system prevents straps from scratching delicate ankles when cinching down for a tighter fit. Constructed with their stretch SynFlex...

Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 Rock Shoes - Kids'

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Introduce your kids to the sport of rock climbing with the comfortable Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 rock shoes.

La Sportiva Stickit FriXion RS Climbing Shoe - Kids'

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Your little monkey can already climb, but with the La Sportiva Kids' Stickit Climbing Shoe the next level will be tomorrow. This easy slip-on shoe has an adjustable heel and lacing system so your little climber can get the most out of them as his or her feet grow throughout the years.

Evolv climbing shoes Venga lime/purple yellow/black

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Climbing shoe: Category: leisure shoe Type bands: children Applications: Beginners children’s climbing Climbing shoe material: Outer material: Synthratek (Synthetic) Sole: TRAX Sole strength: 4.2 mm Midsole: half-length sensitive 1 mm MX-P Lining: nylon Climbing shoe equipment: Bands: asymmetrical...

Venga Kid's Climbing Shoe

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The Venga unisex kids shoe sports a modern look and comfortable fit and a size adjusting heel strap for growing kids.

Stickit Climbing Shoe - Kid's

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La Sportiva designed the Stickit to adjust to the growing foot of those monkey powered crimping machines we call kids. The lacing system allows the heel of the shoe to adjust so kids can get the best fit possible and you have to buy fewer pairs of shoes. The lace that wraps around the heel can be easily...

LA SPORTIVA Kids' Stickit Climbing Shoes, Green/Yellow

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Designed for monkey-powered kids, La Sportiva's Stickit Climbing Shoes adjust to growing feet with a hook-and-loop closure and lacing system at the heel for the best fit possible.

Five Ten Mini Mocc Climbing Shoe - Kids'

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Kids take to climbing like a fish takes to water, so it only makes sense that you'd outfit your monkey with the Five Ten Kids' Mini Mocc Climbing Shoe. The single extra-wide hook-and-loop strap makes on and off a simple operation while the soft midsole and legendary Stealth rubber provide the...

Livie & Luca Marchita Clock Button Boot (Toddler/Little Kid)

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Soft suede upper, Manmade sole, Side zipper for easy on and off, Decorative buttons adds flair to the versatile style, Soft leather and whimsical design,, sure to win your child's heart, Made in Mexico

Mad Rock Men's Phoenix Lace Climber

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Classic, traditional, high quality, and a great performer. Mad Rock's do-everything shoe has been around since day one, and while it has enjoyed improvements and subtle changes over the years, the Phoenix is still a great value in a traditional shoe, and remains one of Mad Rock's most popular...

pediped Flex Highlander Casual

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Suede leather upper with nubuck overlay. Two adjustable hook-and-loop closures for easy on and off. Padded tongue and collar for added comfort. Breathable textile lining and cushioned insole. Flex Fit Systemâ"¢ provides additional insoles that can be inserted for a snug fit. Durable nonmarking...

Nina Sarena Z-Strap Shoe (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)

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Adjustable hook-andloop ankle strap for easy on and off. Textile lining. Cushion comfort insole. Pancake heel. Nonskid, nonmarking outsole for convenience and durability. Imported.

La Sportiva Women's Oxygym Rock Climbing Shoe -

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva Women's Oxygym Shoe 3 layer WashTex external fabric keeps the shoe clean and hygienic Internal breathable fabric allows for moisture wicking Super comfortable for extended use Patented hook and loop closure system allows personalized fit SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva...

Climb X Kinder Kids Climbing Shoe with FREE Climbing DVD ($30 Value)

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A consistent bestseller, the Climb X Kinder kids climbing shoe is a favorite of parents and their kids alike thanks to its smart design and excellent performance. The Kinder utilizes a new heel filler adjustment system that makes the shoe expandable ensuring a long life span and possible hand-me-down...

Nina Rebecca Mary Jane(Toddler/Little Kid)

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Livie & Luca Blossom Climbing Shoe (Toddler/Little Kid)

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Livie & Luca Blossom Climbing Shoe (Toddler/Little Kid)
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