When kids start climbing for the first time, they will grab hold of large holds which are big enough to support a large portion of the kids' foot. At this stage, no climbing shoes are needed. They can wear regular shoes. However, when a kid 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! Here are some helpful pointers.

  • Pain sucks for anyone. If kids are not used to climbing shoes, as a rule of thumb, it's better to find a snug fit, otherwise climbing would feel miserable. At this point, comfort is more important than sticking.
  • Kids' feet are still growing! A little room for comfort and growth is better than too tight.
  • 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.
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