How to Choose Climbing Shoes (Graphic)

HOW TO PICK CLIMBING SHOES:

THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CLIMBING SHOES SOLD AT TUFAS

SizingClimbing shoes should be snug but not too tight – soccer cleats.

 

 

Most brands will sell a high-volume and low-volume version of the same shoe – sizing varies!Be flexible! Sizes are unique to brands – and no two feet are alike! Try as many shoes as possible

 

Shape

 

Aggressive, Moderate, or Neutral: how downturned a shoe is dictates how effective it is on the overhang.Aggressive shoes are perfect for boulderers who can take them off between attempts, but might be way too painful for day-long multi-pitch route, or long stretches at the gymSlab, Vert, Overhang:

A full, stiff midsole thrives on slab.

A more flexible midsole, or a total lack of one, might be the better option for steep overhangs.

FeaturesSlippers for easy on/off.

Velcro for easy on/off and security.

Laces for max security.

Unlined leather – full size stretch

 

Lined leather – half size

 

Synthetic – no stretch

 

Downturn: how much weight the shape of the shoe puts on the big toe.

 

TipsToes touching the front of the shoe – no deadspace! No room to wiggle!

 

Try them without socks for a closer fit! It doesn’t hurt to have a few diverse pairs for diverse styles of climbing.Make sure your heel fits comfortably – no pinching the Achilles tendon!
Evolv

Defy

$89

Velcro

Neutral

High-Volume

Synthetic

Good For:

Beginners, All-rounder.

 

Evolv

Elektra

$89

Velcro

Neutral

Low-Volume

Synthetic

Good For:

Beginners, All-rounder.

 

Evolv

Shaman

$165

Velcro

Aggressive

High-Volume

Synthetic

Good For:

Intermediate, Advanced, Bouldering.

 

La Sportiva

Tarantula

$89

Velcro

Neutral

High-Volume

Unlined Leather

 

Good For:

Beginners,

All-rounder.

La Sportiva

Finale

$110

Lace

Moderate

Low-Volume

Unlined Leather

Good For:

Beginners,

All-rounder.

La Sportiva

Kataki

$170

Lace

Aggressive

Low-Volume

Lined Leather

Good For:

Intermediate, Advanced, Bouldering.

 

La Sportiva

Skwama

$175

Velcro

Aggressive

High-Volume

Synthetic

Good For:

Intermediate, Advanced, Bouldering.