Shoes used for climbing small rock formations. They usually have features for edging and hooking. See bouldering shoes
Shoes used for climbing slabs. They are usually constructed to allow good smearing. See slab climbing shoes
Shoes used for sport climbing. They are usually downturned and have features for edging. See sport climbing shoes
Shoes used for trad climbing. They usually have components and durability that allow the foot to jam into cracks. See trad climbing shoes
Shoes for tackling cracks. Constructed with features that give comfort and allow jamming. See crack climbing shoes
Shoes for climbing overhangs. They have features that allow hooking and edging. See overhang climbing shoes
Shoes for face climbing. They have components for edging and smearing. See face climbing shoes
Shoes that can tackle different kinds of climbing. See all around climbing shoes
Also called flat climbing shoes. The sole of these shoes are flat. The sole is usually thick and stiff. Great for beginners. Comfy all day. See neutral climbing shoes
These shoes are slightly downturned. They're known as the all-around climbing shoes. See moderate climbing shoes
These are the aggressively arched climbing shoes. They are the grippiest and most sensitive type. High-performance. See aggressive climbing shoes
The bottom end of the lacing system is close to the toe rand of the shoe; it goes beyond the lower end of the instep. See Lace-to-toe climbing shoes.
Mostly leather or part leather climbing shoes. See leather climbing shoes
Mostly synthetic or part synthetic climbing shoes. See synthetic climbing shoes
Climbing shoes that are devoid of animal substance. See vegan climbing shoes
Climbing shoes that use a Vibram outsole. See Vibram climbing shoes
A fit that sacrifices comfort in favor of performance. The shoe feels tighter. See the best performance fit climbing shoes
A fit that favors comfort over performance. See the best comfort fit climbing shoes
Good to know
Manufacturers combine a performance and comfort fit for all-around performance.
Can easily bend, remain hooked on holds and perform toe hooks. Its flexible design is great for short technical climbs and short boulder routes. See soft climbing shoes
Has enough the stiffness for edging and ample flexibility for technical climbs. Usually delivers all-around performance. See medium stiff climbing shoes
Recommended for edging and long climbs. They lessen the fatique experienced by the foot and calf. See stiff climbing shoes
The foot feels closer to the rock with a no-edge rock shoe. See *the best no-edge climbing shoes*
A climbing shoe with a midsole, whether full or partial, offers additional support underfoot. Check out with midsole climbing shoes.
These are climbing shoes that underscore flexibility and promote sensitivity. Check out without midsole climbing shoes.
These particular kicks double down on support and lasting comfort. They are rigid enough for edge-stype surfaces. Check out full midsole climbing shoes.
A rock climbing shoe with a partial midsole bridges the gap between flexibility and supportiveness. Check out partial midsole climbing shoes.
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