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Pikaa


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Hello, friends!

I'm new to bouldering, but I am looking forward to picking it up over the winter. I really enjoy bouldering, but unfortunately most rock gyms don't have shoes small enough for my feet.

I'd be fine climbing barefoot but at indoor gyms that seems to be a no-no. Which I understand, I guess.

Anyway, I have size 4 shoes in women's...and it seems that childrens shoes are my only option. Does anybody who has experience with kids shoes know if they hold up as well ie are just as sturdy as adult shoes?

It's pretty silly, but climbing in shoes two sizes too big is a pain in the rump!


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consider yourself lucky... smaller=cheaper

http://www.backcountry.com/...;007=Search&008=


Pikaa


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Gracias, scottek!

It was getting pretty frustrating to climb in shoes that were too big!


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5.10 makes (adult) shoes that small too. Wink
(although, I personally think the monkey is pretty cool Cool)


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but if you dont like kids shoes

http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-mythos-vibram-xs-grip2-climbing-shoe-womens

they go dow to a 33 = womens 3.


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http://store.madrockclimbing.com/hookerzip.aspx these are available in a mens 3 and for 19 bucks thats a steal lucky you


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Lots of choices. For a first pair of shoes I'd get the cheaper ones but overall fit is most important. The kids shoes are okay but are made for climbers who haven't really developed their technique much (similar to a beginner) so they will probably work for a while but you won't want to resole them which is the economical way to support a climbing shoe habit. They also don't have a very refined fit.

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/165532/N/1206

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/218673/N/1206

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/111242/N/1206

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/210198/N/1206

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/223732/N/1206

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/209845/N/1206

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/218420/N/1206

http://www.mountaingear.com/...G/item/203515/N/1206


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Nov 28, 2011, 4:24 AM
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Pikaa wrote:
I'd be fine climbing barefoot
Ack, no! Climbing barefoot is fracking horrendous.


Pikaa


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Thanks Shockabuku! I'll just try my luck and see what works! It'll probably take me a long while before refined fit becomes a problem. As for resoling shoes I guess I'll just have to be resigned to purchasing new ones.

Sungam, what kind of rocks have you been climbing? I've never had a problem as far as pain goes. Then again, when I climb barefoot it's probably more like scrambling Laugh


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Pikaa wrote:
Hello, friends!

I'm new to bouldering, but I am looking forward to picking it up over the winter. I really enjoy bouldering, but unfortunately most rock gyms don't have shoes small enough for my feet.

I'd be fine climbing barefoot but at indoor gyms that seems to be a no-no. Which I understand, I guess.

Anyway, I have size 4 shoes in women's...and it seems that childrens shoes are my only option. Does anybody who has experience with kids shoes know if they hold up as well ie are just as sturdy as adult shoes?

It's pretty silly, but climbing in shoes two sizes too big is a pain in the rump!

If your user name was Pica, it would explain alot! Sly


sween345


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 Pikaa,

If you shop Evolv, check their closeouts page for your size in the model you want. (You'll need to contact them to check their inventory) http://www.evolvesports.com/closeout.htm


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Pfft. Damienclimber, that's true I guess. My UN came from my Dad's childhood nickname for me, which was Pikachu because I was apparently very interested in sticking my tiny baby fingers in wall outlets. Go figure!

Sween345, thanks! I had heard evolv was where it's at, but they weren't in my price range. But now they are because you showed me they have a close out section!

I just hope that they have shoes in my size.


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Pikaa wrote:
Hello, friends!

I'm new to bouldering, but I am looking forward to picking it up over the winter. I really enjoy bouldering, but unfortunately most rock gyms don't have shoes small enough for my feet.

I'd be fine climbing barefoot but at indoor gyms that seems to be a no-no. Which I understand, I guess.

Anyway, I have size 4 shoes in women's...and it seems that childrens shoes are my only option. Does anybody who has experience with kids shoes know if they hold up as well ie are just as sturdy as adult shoes?

It's pretty silly, but climbing in shoes two sizes too big is a pain in the rump!

Sierra Trading Post generally has quite a few shoes on sale in smaller sizes at a good price.
Click here.


sungam


Nov 30, 2011, 1:44 AM
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Pikaa wrote:
Sungam, what kind of rocks have you been climbing? I've never had a problem as far as pain goes. Then again, when I climb barefoot it's probably more like scrambling Laugh
Not just cuz it is uncomfortable, but also cuz there is a massive drop in my ability to use small foot holds, to smear, and a big drop in my ability to use any other foot holds. It's just not as good.


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