How To Choose The Right Climbing Shoes?

Choosing the right model of climbing shoe can be extremely complicated with the dozens of shoes out there, especially if you are new to them. There are indeed a number of essential criteria to consider in order to hope to make a sustainable and quality choice, which will meet all your needs, and which will allow you to achieve good performance. Do you want to know them? So read on!

The type of closure, essential for choosing the right climbing shoe?

The type of closure is one of the most important parameters to take into account when choosing the right climbing shoe. Traditionally there are two types: the ballerina (the slipper is only held by an elastic) and the lace. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and it is important to take these into account when deciding which type of closure is best for your feet.

  1. Ballerina-style closures slip on easily and are practical for the block; moreover, they often do not cost too much. However, the support they provide may be limited and the fit to the foot is generally imprecise. 
  2. The lace-type closures offer a very precise tightening allowing the slippers to adjust well to your feet, but on the other hand, lace-up shoes are slow to put on and take off. So it’s up to you to decide which model will offer you the best compromise! To make a good choice, it is just as important to take into account the stiffness of the climbing shoe.

Rigidity: what do you need to know concretely about this criterion?

Far from being a matter of taste, rigidity is also and above all a matter of practice. Rigid liners will have the ability to be extremely efficient on small holds and are in fact more recommended on cliffs. You can also opt for flexible liners, which are more efficient on round holds, on large volumes in this case.
It is important to remember that the stiffness of the pair of shoes will undoubtedly have a certain impact on the sensations perceived. The more flexible your climbing shoe, the better the sensations will be during the climb. Conversely, if the boots are too rigid, you will have the impression of climbing with ski boots!
The stiffness of the shoe also depends on the protection it will offer you. If you are a fan of rough, rocky, or rocky terrain, you have a great interest in betting on models equipped with a really effective protection device.

Other criteria to consider in order to make the right choice?

For a good selection of the right climbing shoe, don’t forget to consider the camber. Far from being an obligation or a guarantee of performance, it finds all its usefulness in overhanging profiles, because it facilitates the installation of the feet, this thanks to a claw effect that it exerts. At the same time, it brings extra power to your toes. Indeed, as soon as you load afoot, the liner deforms and becomes flat, and at the same time, it performs compression on your toes to give them more strength.