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Toddler (4yr old boy) Hiking boots (mid-top) or hiking/ trail running shoes?
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May 13, 2013

I've have been taking my 4yr old boy (size 10 tollder shoe) to the crags more and more, and he is starting to scramble around on rocks a lot these days. Currently, he is wearing a pair of keen sneakers, but seems to slip/slide more than I would expect. Our son is on the autistic spectrum, so his gross motor skills are a 'little behind.'

So, I'm curious and hoping if anyone has input on what type of hiking shoe is best? Would you recommend a hiking boot, mid-top not high top, or a normal hiking / trail running shoe?

I don't know if the weight on a mid/top boot may be too much, or if the trail running shoe wouldn't give him the better ankle support when he's scrambling around on low angle rock as much as a mid-top would?

Any information and advice much appreciated!

Here is one at REI I am looking at.
Chris Cavallaro
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May 14, 2013
When I was at a gear shop the Vasque Breeze was really popular in the children's sizes. willeslinger
From Golden, Colorado
Joined Jul 20, 2010
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May 14, 2013
My kids absolutely love these (4&6). They're light, comfortable, and great for scrambling:
Joined Sep 14, 2010
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May 14, 2013
I would stop by the local thrift stores. You would be amazed at what you can find and the money you will save. My perspective is that $60 or $75 is way too much to spend for a kids shoe that will be too small in a few months. At that age I don't think he will tell the difference between boots or trail runners. Just get a shoe that fits.

Whatever you decide, good luck with your purchase.
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