/ Kids rock shoes question

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rug - on 04 May 2013
My 9 year old is starting to get interested in climbing. So far I have been hiring boots and harness for his first couple of visits to the wall, but as he seems keen I am thinking of investing rather than hiring.

Does anyone have experience of kids rock shoes ? Do they get outgrown before they wear out ? If so, is there a market for second hand shoes ? ( Money is tight).

Owning shoes rather than hiring also means I can take him out to Windgather and similar beginner-friendly crags.

Any advice to share ?


UrbanRocker on 04 May 2013
In reply to rug: there is a market for kids shoes, they often outgrow them first.

Try buying secondhand through your local wall?

siobhan66 - on 04 May 2013
In reply to rug: Ebay....our 13 yr old has had every pair since the age of 3/4 from ebay . He is a size 8/9 now so getting more expensive but feet grow fast so getting kids sizes usually always means getting stickies in good nick and relatively cheaply. Good luck
Andrew Lodge - on 04 May 2013
In reply to rug: Buy secondhand, sell secondhand, either on here or on ebay.
I currently have a pair of Boreal Diablo's size 37 (UK 4) but actually a bit smaller than that which my 10 year old has outgrown on ebay for £15 posted.
Whoever buys them can use them until outgrown and then sell them on for a tenner.
Kids very rarely use them enough to wear them out.
rug - on 05 May 2013
Thanks for all replies.

I had looked at the For Sale/Wanted forum, but not checked ebay. As you say, there are lots. Sorted now !

winhill - on 05 May 2013
In reply to rug:

The sizing on rock shoes is all over the place, even the kids stuff, ebay is a bit of a gamble.

I've even found that the sizing differs between different pairs of the same shoes.

If you buy big at least they can grow into them, but if you can get them at the wall to try them first so much the better.

Keen kids tend to go through the toes quite quickly, as they find the easiest way round reachy moves they can't make is a double handed pull accompanied with frantic toe smearing, depends on the surface and how often they climb as to how soon they go through them.

Once you try to get them small adult shoes rather than the bulky toed kids shoes it gets even worse.

It's difficult to persuade kids to use lace ups and if they're too young it's a pain to tie them yourself but you can reduce the volume with laces that you can't do with velcro. If you can persuade them to wear laces they can edge better and their footwork improves.

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