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Breaking in Rock Climbing Shoes
When buying your climbing shoes, you want to make sure you’re getting the right size, fit, and type for the sort of climbing you do.
With the right shoe for your foot, there should be minimal discomfort but alas, unless you have your shoes custom made to your exact sizing, then you’re probably going to go through some resistance as you break them in.
Just like going out and taking your new shoes for a climb will heat them up and give you a little relief, so too can a hot shower…for your shoes.
Pop your shoes on as you usually would and then climb right into the shower.
A nice hot shower will help loosen the materials which will let your feet stretch them out a little.
Once they’ve gotten to the point of being thoroughly soaked, hop out of the shower and let your climbing shoes dry a little before stuffing them with newspaper to continue the stretching process.
If that’s all a bit much, you might prefer a cooler option.
A similar effect can be achieved by stuffing your shoes with a bit of ice and popping them in the freezer overnight.
Although this works well, it will be a much gentler method so you might need to repeat it a few times to get the same result as a blast under the shower.
Now, a lot of old school climbers will probably say "breaking in climbing shoes is part of the journey and just toughen up and get climbing" ......but the struggle is real and if you do the above, hopefully you will have less discomfort.
If you have any tips or trick you use, please let us know, we'd love to hear them!