Rock Climbing Shoes

Special shoes for rock climbing differ from mountaineering and hiking boots in many important aspects. Many types and styles of rock climbing shoes are available and are listed below with their features.

Breakdown and explanation of the sections of the rock climbing shoe

Rock Climbing Shoe SectionsThere are different features that would make a style or brand better suited for the different forms of rock found in mountaineering, and the different types of climbing.

1. Rubber. All rock climbing shoes have sticky rubber on the sole and rand. The qualities of rubber vary. The difference in rubber characteristics is minor. Hard rubber will perform better for edging and small ledges. Soft sticky rubber performs better on face climbs.
2. Sole. The sole of the shoe is several millimeters thick. The thickness varies to provide firmness or flexibility.
3. Midsole. This section is composed of a thin layer of material between the sole and the upper section . The rock climbing shoe gets its stiffness from the midsole.
4. Heel Rand. A thick piece of rubber that extends from the sole to the top of the heel. The heel rand is used during heel-hooking. It provides protection to the shoe and traction on the rock.
5. Heel. The shoe's heel should cup your heel. Some don't cover the sides of the heel with rubber. This generally provides a better fit, but makes heel hooking a little more difficult.
6. Heel Loop. A rock climbing shoe should fit tight. To get tight shoes on your feet, you will need a loop on the heel.
7. Lining. The inside of the shoe may be padded or bare. Padding makes the shoe feel more comfortable but adds a little weight.
8. Material. The side leather or cloth should breathe. This will allow moisture from your foot to escape and keep your foot securely in place.
9. Lacing. Both lace up and slippers are popular, and perform equally well. It is a matter of preference whether you get a lace up or slipper style rock climbing shoe. The real test is if your foot feels comfortable, tight at the toes, but not painful.
10. Curvature. The curvature is the shape of the "last". This is the basic shape of the shoe. The shape of the last provides advantages for different types of climbing. A down turned toe gives the rock climber support for edging and technical climbing. A "last" that shapes to the foot is more comfortable and performs better for longer climbs.

La Sportiva Men's TarantuLace Performance Rock Climbing Shoe
La Sportiva Women's TarantuLace Performance Rock Climbing Shoe
Mad Rock Men's Drifter Climbing Shoe
Evolv Men's Defy
La Sportiva Oxygym Climbing Shoe
Climb X Rave Strap Climbing Shoe 2018
Options: $29.95 - $59.95
Evolv Raven Climbing Shoe - Women's
Options: $31.01 - $99.00
Mad Rock Men's Flash 2.0 Climbing Shoe
Black Diamond Momentum Lace Climbing Shoe - Men's
Evolv Elektra Climbing Shoe - Women's
Options: $88.95 - $89.95
Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoe - Women's
Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoe - Men's
SAGUARO Kids Hiking Climbing Sneakers Mesh Breathable Running Shoes Mutifunctional Aqua Water Shoes(Toddler/Big Girls/Little Boys)
Options: $17.99 - $69.00
Butora Endeavor Wide Fit Climbing Shoe
La Sportiva Women's Solution Performance Rock Climbing Shoe
Options: $138.60 - $336.34
Butora Brava Climbing Shoe - Kids'
Options: $45.00 - $52.93
Mad Rock Mad Monkey Kids Climbing Shoe with FREE Sickle M-16 Climbing Brush (Kids 5, Blue/Yellow)
Butora Endeavor Tight Fit Climbing Shoe - Women's
Evolv Men's Royale Climbing Shoe
Options: $27.88 - $89.00
Mad Rock Lotus Climbing Shoes - Women's
Options: $118.95 - $160.00
Climb X Technician Strap Climbing Shoe
La Sportiva Mythos Climbing Shoe - Men's
Mad Rock Mens Remora Climbing Shoe
Climb X Technician Strap Climbing Shoe
Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoe - Kid's
La Sportiva Miura VS Climbing Shoes - Men's
Options: $149.95 - $332.54
Mad Rock Flash 2018 Climbing Shoes
Options: $88.95 - $89.00
Mad Rock Pulse Climbing Shoe
Mad Rock Mad Monkey Kids Climbing Shoe with FREE Sickle M-16 Climbing Brush (Kids 2, Blue/Yellow)
Butora Acro Wide Fit Climbing Shoe - Men's
Options: $123.20 - $154.00
SCARPA Women's Origin Wmn Climbing Shoe
Options: $88.95 - $95.00
Climb X Kinder Kids Climbing Shoe (2018 Model)
Mad Rock Mad Monkey Kids Climbing Shoe with FREE Sickle M-16 Climbing Brush (Kids 4, Blue/Yellow)
Mad Rock Lyra Climbing Shoes - Women's
La Sportiva Men's TC Pro Climbing Shoe
Options: $159.95 - $350.40
Five Ten Men's Gym Master Neutral Rock Climbing Shoes
Brita Hard Sided Water Filter Bottle, 34-Ounce
EHM Alkaline Hydrogen Portable Water Ionizer Stick. Great Tasting Alkaline Water
prAna La Viva Trucker
Options: $14.83 - $44.95
prAna Men's Sediment Shorts
Options: $19.99 - $65.00
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