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How to Buy Men's Rock Climbing Shoes

Good Climbing Starts at Your Feet

Great footwork is one skill all of the world’s most talented rock climbers have in common, and having the right climbing shoe is an essential prerequisite to developing it. While the shape and style of shoe you choose will be influenced by whether you’re going to boulder, sport climb, or climb traditional routes, the most important aspect of a climbing shoe is the way it fits your unique foot shape. Because every climbing shoe fits differently, it’s a good idea to try shoes across several brands, styles, and sizes, to get an idea of which shoes best fit your foot. When you find a climbing shoe that fits well and improves your footwork, stick with it.


Shapes vary based on the type of climbing. A shoe with an aggressively downturned shape offer enhanced foot dexterity, and is often preferred for hard bouldering and sport climbing. A flatter shape is ideal for technical face climbing and standing on small edges.


There are three types of closure systems: laces, hook-and-loop straps, and slippers. Laces adjust the entire length of the shoe for the most precise fit, hook-and-loop straps strike a balance of fit precision and easy on and off, and the stretchy upper of a slipper offers the fastest on and off, but sacrifices a little in the way of security.


For climbing shoes to work properly, they need to be fit tight. If you’re new to climbing, you will likely experience some discomfort in the beginning. Sizing varies from brand to brand, but typically you’ll want to choose a climbing shoe one to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size. Also consider stretch— unlined shoes will stretch up to a full size over time while lined shoes will stretch very little.