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    My son is 12, growing seemingly an inch a day and rides a lot. Rather than him riding in running shoes I was going to get him some decent shoes to ride in.

    So I don't want to spend too much on shoes because they can only be used for a while until he grows out of them, but need something grippy and flat soled.

    I have seen 5:10 make a junior shoe but he may be too big for that. Are there any skate shoes that would be suitable, BMX shoes etc and any recommendations where one could grab them in Sydney? Looking at maybe $100 or so.
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    5.10 Dirtbags if you can get them.
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    Yarra Valley Cycles have 5:10s in all the kids sizes. They're good too. About $120. Cool as fuck. Worth the dough.

    Distributor wasn't very helpful in tracking kids sizes down. Suggest you look up who sells them and then ring around yourself.
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    What about Dunlop Volleys? Surely good enough for a young kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scblack View Post
    What about Dunlop Volleys? Surely good enough for a young kid.
    Done the volleys and they are okish for grip but are too soft. My son has gone past that level now.

    Might go looking for the five ten dirtbags and similar, its just very hard to dig these up and get sizing right if ordering online.
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    Etnies were my go to shoe for years. Would swap between DH, dirtjumping, park and skateboarding and held up great. Softer sole shoes sucked coming up short on the dirtjumper so tended towards the stiffer variety.

    I didn't particularly like the super sticky shoes, felt like a little too much grip (weird that is possible).

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    Got the young bloke some freeriders from Evans a couple of weeks back $ 105 shipped ($10 newsletter sign up discount code used) very happy with them. My young bloke wears Nike cross trainers and the sizing was identical. If in doubt add another 1/2.

    https://www.evanscycles.com/en-au/fi...-shoe-EV205111
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    My 11 yo uses his Vans seem to work pretty well.

    Can get them reasonably priced.

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    Our little ones dig DC shoes.... They started on Vans, but the Vans seem to be too soft in the middle with a rigid rim round the out side. DC are alot more like 510s, firmer soles and flatter more consistent sole pattern. I've got a pair of DCs just waiting for my 510s to wear out. Mind you our little ones are too small for 510.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUMBER5 View Post
    Our little ones dig DC shoes.... They started on Vans, but the Vans seem to be too soft in the middle with a rigid rim round the out side. DC are alot more like 510s, firmer soles and flatter more consistent sole pattern. I've got a pair of DCs just waiting for my 510s to wear out. Mind you our little ones are too small for 510.
    Number5 which model DC's?
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