Find the answers to the most common questions about Rock Climbing and Rock Climbing Shoes!
What's the best Rock Climbing Shoe for me?
Here are a few things to think about when choosing your next Climbing Shoe:
Laced Rock Climbing Shoes
Laces are versatile and give you a better fit because you can tighten or loosen where you need to but those same laces might get in the way during your climb.
Velcro Climbing Shoes
Velcro is great to get your shoes on and off quickly but you won’t get that snug fit like with laces. Then you have the slip on shoe.
This shoe doesn’t need any adjustments, just pop them on and off you go.
Of course this means there is no space to customise so you want to make sure you’ve got the right size to get a good fit.
Slippers are comfortable and a great low profile option for cracks.
So you know what closure you want but what about the type of rock climbing shoe?
Neutral, moderate, or aggressive?
Each serve a purpose and can help or hinder your climb.
A neutral shoe is a great option for beginners or for all day climbing.
As you move along to the moderate shoe, you will find this is suited to more technical climbs while still allowing for a certain level of comfort.
Then you have the aggressive shoe type.
This shoe has an obvious downturned toe that puts you in position for single pitch or gym climbs where you will be reaching for smaller footholds.
See some reviews on different types of Climbing Shoes here.
Read some of our Top Lists here to help you make the right choice.
Unlined Leather Climbing Shoes
Unlined leather is going to give you the most stretch – sometimes up to a full shoe size after a day of climbing, they are breathable and a comfortable fit.
Lined leather shoes
These shoes are slightly more rigid and will stretch to about half a size up and will be less breathable than their unlined cousin.
Synthetic shoes Rock Climbing Shoes
Synthetic shoes have the least overall stretch factor and least breathability.
Some synthetic shoes will have wicking features that will draw the sweat away but otherwise these shoes can get pretty uncomfortable and stinky!
Hope this helps you make the right decision.