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How to Buy Women's Rock Climbing Shoes

The most important aspect of choosing a climbing shoe is fit. If you have a narrow foot, a women's shoe can be a good choice, female or male. If your foot is wide, shop men's shoes. Every climbing shoe fits differently, so try shoes across several brands and styles to learn which shoes best fit your foot. When you find a climbing shoe that fits and improves your footwork, stick with it.

Shapes vary based on the type of climbing. Shoes with an aggressively downturned shape offer enhanced foot dexterity, and are often preferred for hard bouldering and sport climbing. A flatter shape is ideal for technical face climbing and standing on small edges. Related Content Sending Essentials: Pick a Climbing Shoe
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. Shop Hook and Loop Closure Climbing Shoes Shop Lace Closure Climbing Shoes
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.
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