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Learn About Climbing Shoe Closure Types

Slip-on: Slip-on shoes are the easiest to get on and off, and their minimalist design helps strengthen your feet during training. Some climbers prefer them for thin cracks, but they’re generally not favored for difficult face or slab climbs.

Hook-and-loop: Hook-and-loop shoes also come off quickly, which is great when you’ve chosen a tight, aggressive fit for hard boulder problems and short, steep routes.

Lace-up: Lace-up shoes take the most time to get on and off, but they offer a more customizable fit. This is especially nice on long routes and for feet that tend to swell.