Find the right climbing shoe for your exact needs. We have a large selection of top-quality climbing shoes from several different suppliers here:
Climbing shoes for new climbers, bouldering and lead climbing
There are many things to consider when you as a climber need new climbing shoes, especially as a new climber. When you need new shoes, you should consider shoe form, closure system, material, sole type and sole thickness. It can quickly get complicated, even if you have tried it before. Exactly what type of shoes you should get depends, of course, on the shape of your foot, but also on the type of climbing you need to use them for.
There are also sometimes female models with a slightly different shape which are also worth looking at.
Climbing shoes – Type, shape, size, etc.
The shape of a climbing shoe most often refers to how banana-shaped the shoe is, aka how aggressive it is. Climbing shoes can be anything from completely flat to very banana-shaped.
A flat or neutral shoe shape is often very comfortable, with a thick stiff sole so you can wear it all day. The thicker and stiffer sole, on the other hand, also means that it is difficult to stand on small holds, as the shoe is less sensitive. A flat shoe is also not so good for climbing on overhang.
An aggressive shoe gives the foot a strong shape, which is an advantage for overhang climbing and indoor climbing in general. The stronger shape also means that the sole can be thinner, which makes the shoe more sensitive. On the other hand, the shape is less comfortable over a longer period of time, and a thinner sole wears down faster.
For most climbers, the perfect shoe will be somewhere between a flat and very aggressive shoe.
Closing systems are typically one of these three, laces, velcro and slipper/slip-on.
A climbing shoe with laces can be tightened tighter and more precisely than velcro and slip-on shoes, but it also takes a little longer to put them on and take them off. They are good if you have to wear the shoes for a long time
A velcro shoe is easy and quick to close but they can not be adjusted quite as precisely as shoes with laces.
Slipper / slip-on shoes have neither laces nor velcro, but hold on to the foot with elastic fabric. This means that the shoe is super quick to put on and take off. It's pretty neat if you want to take the shoe off between each attempt on a boulder.
Much of the material in a climbing shoe is the rubber in the sole, but the upper is most often made of lined leather, unlined leather or synthetic leather.
Synthetic leather gets a little softer as it is used, but it does not stretch and does not adapt as much to the foot.
Leather stretches as the shoe is used, lined leather stretches about half a size and unlined leather stretches about 1 size, this means that the shoe adapts to the shape of the foot. On the other hand, choose a shoe that is a little too small to start with, so it will be perfect when it has stretches.
The sole can be made of several different types of rubber, which vary in abrasion resistance and friction, often better friction comes at the expense of abrasion resistance and vice versa. The thickness of the sole also varies, a thicker sole is more material that can be worn away, on the other hand you have a better feeling for what you are standing on with a thinner sole, especially on smaller holds like chips.
The size of the climbing shoe you need can vary a lot from brand to brand. If you buy a shoe from the brand Butora, you can see that they recommend that you buy the same size as your everyday shoe. That recommendation is for experienced climbers who are used to climbing shoe sitting tightly. If you as a new climber buy a Butora shoe, we recommend that you go approx. 1.5 sizes up from your normal everyday shoe.
Climbing shoes for beginners
The first climbing shoes should fit tightly, but not be uncomfortable. It should be fun and a pleasure to climb. It is a matter of finding the right balance between comfort and performance. The tighter the shoes are, the better opportunity you have to stand on even very small footsteps. If the climbing shoe becomes too large, the front will bend when you step on something small, and you will slip off.
It can be hard on the foot if you start out with an aggressive shoe, as the foot is not used to being squeezed. As a new climber, you will also more quickly wear out the shoe.
We therefore recommend that as a new climber you buy a relatively flat shoe with a thicker durable sole.
You can find climbing shoes for new climbers HERE!
Climbing shoes for bouldering
If you are mostly into bouldering, you can buy a shoe that fits a little tighter than shoes for climbing with ropes, as you do not have to wear it for as long at a time. Often you go half a number down in size for bouldering compared with shoes for rope climbing. Before getting on the boulder, put on your climbing shoes, and when you get off the wall again, you can pull the heel cap down. Therefore, many people prefer velcro or slip-on shoes for bouldering, as they are quick to put on and take off. If you climb a lot of overhanging boulder, you can also choose a more aggressive shoe.
You can find climbing shoes for bouldering HERE!
Climbing shoes for rope climbing
If rope climbing is more for you, you should have a pair of shoes where comfort is in slightly greater focus than when bouldering, especially if you are climbing long routes or multipitch. Typically, you will also choose a shoe with a slightly thicker and stiffer sole, so it is not quite as hard for the foot to have to stand on tiptoes for a long time. The better "fit" from shoes with laces is also an advantage when you do not have to put the shoe on and take them off as often. Whether you should have an aggressive or flat shoe still depends on whether you climb a lot of overhang or not, but you never go completely wrong with a moderately aggressive shoe.
You can find climbing shoes for rope climbing HERE!
Climbing shoes for children
We are often asked if climbing shoes for children is a "nice to have" or a "need to have". For a start, small children can easily climb in bare toes, socks or sports shoes, but if he/she is bitten by climbing on the climbing wall in the climbing gym, it makes the climbing experience much better to wear the right footwear.
We have several different climbing shoes for children that you can find HERE!
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