If you're trying to buy shoes for a young or small child, expect to spend a lot of time looking: Most brands don't offer anything smaller than a toddler's 11. One exception is La Sportiva, whose Stick-Its come in sizes as small as an 8/9. Far from the performance fit that most adults prefer, these shoes are comfortable enough for kids to keep on all day. Even sized up, they enabled Canaan to use smaller footholds—and have more fun—than he would have been able to in street shoes.
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