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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.

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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.

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Mad Monkey 2.0 Climbing Shoe - Kids

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The Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 is an upgrade of Mad Rock's ever popular Mad Monkey with two rear closure straps for even more adjustability. Mad Rock's new dual closure system prevents straps from scratching delicate ankles when cinching down for a tighter fit. Constructed with their stretch SynFlex...

Mad Badger Climbing Shoe - Kids

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The Mad Rock Mad Badger is an excellent beginning shoe for your son or daughter. With 3D Toe Cap technology, these shoes will last significantly longer than your usual shoe.

Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 Rock Shoes - Kids'

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Introduce your kids to the sport of rock climbing with the comfortable Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 rock shoes.

Venga Kid's Climbing Shoe

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The Venga unisex kids shoe sports a modern look and comfortable fit and a size adjusting heel strap for growing kids.

Stickit Climbing Shoe - Kid's

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La Sportiva designed the Stickit to adjust to the growing foot of those monkey powered crimping machines we call kids. The lacing system allows the heel of the shoe to adjust so kids can get the best fit possible and you have to buy fewer pairs of shoes. The lace that wraps around the heel can be easily...

Evolv Talon G2 Climbing Shoe

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For the edge you need to send that problem, lace up the Evolv Talon G2. When you're white-knuckling a sliver of crimper, the highly adhesive TRAX XT-5 high friction rubber adheres to the rock while the aggressive toe and edge profile allows you to tiny-toe even the smallest nubs of foothold. When...

Mad Rock Men's Drifter Climbing Shoe

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Don't let this shoe's looks fool you. Having climbed grades up to V15, the Drifter proves an astonishingly great value. By steering clear of some of Mad Rock's more technical features, this wallet friendly classic puts competition on it's wake.

Evolv Bandit Climbing Shoe

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From dime-sized edges to splitter cracks to high-angle jug hauls, the Evolv Bandit Climbing Shoe can do it all. The Bandit features a full-length speed lace that gives you a precise fit with a single pull. Webbed side panels help reduce excessive stretch and provide added lateral support.

La Sportiva Tarantulace Shoe - Women's

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva Women's Tarantulace Shoe Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fit Durable FriXion RS rubber compound for great grip and durability Lined tongue for moisture management SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Women's Tarantulace Shoe Weight: 7.69 oz /...

La Sportiva Tarantula Climbing Shoe - Men's

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva Tarantula Shoe Comfortable unlined leather upper provides all day comfort Long lasting sticky FriXion rubber sticks to plastic and rock equally as well Multi-position closure system adapts to various foot types Asymmetrical shape helps beginning climbers push the grades at...

Evolv Royale Climbing Shoe

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Whether you're cranking your first lead or looking for an all-day shoe for multi-pitch routes, the Evolv Royale Climbing Shoe gives you a super-comfortable fit without breaking the bank. The unlined leather upper stretches slightly over time to mold to your foot, and the double toe rand withstands...

La Sportiva Nago Rock Shoes - Men's

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Go from the climbing gym to the crag with the all-around La Sportiva Nago rock shoes.

La Sportiva Mythos Rock Shoes

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One of the most popular climbing shoes around, the venerable La Sportiva Mythos rock shoes are adored by both beginners and pros.

Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe

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Evolv's mad scientists melted down lightning bolts, kryptonite, pure attitude, and locks of Chris Sharma's hair to create the mold for the Shaman Climbing Shoe. At a top secret unveiling, several people were carried away on stretchers after fainting at the sight of the Shaman's revolutionary...

Five Ten Men's Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe

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Five Ten, the Brand of the Brave, is a leader in performance, high-friction footwear. From downhill mountain bike racing to rock climbing, from wing suit flying to kayaking, Five Ten makes footwear for the world's most dangerous sports. The Redlands, California-based company has been producing cutting-edge...

La Sportiva TC Pro Rock Shoes

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Designed for edging and crack climbing, the La Sportiva TC Pro rock shoes get you through sections of smearing on dime edges and jamming your feet in finger cracks.

La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fit Durable FriXion RS rubber compound for great grip and durability Lined tongue for moisture management SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe Weight: 9.3 oz / 260 g Upper:...

Scarpa Men's Instinct VS Climbing Shoe

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Just a tad softer than the instinct, we tune up the slipper design with a single strap and vibramĀ® xs edge rubber to resist deformation when standing on micro-flakes and edges. The instinct vs spans the performance arc from slabby boulder problems to overhanging gym routes. Sensitivity, with just enough...

CLIMB X Rockmaster Climbing Shoe with FREE Climbing DVD ($30 Value)

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The Rockmaster is the perfect all-around lace up climbing shoe and the perfect go-to shoe when you need multi-pitch comfort and talon-like grip. Designed to have the perfect balance of comfort and perfomance, the Rockmaster offers a lace closure for a more precise fit. The Rockmaster is the perfect weapon...

Climb X Kinder Kids Climbing Shoe with FREE Climbing DVD ($30 Value)

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A consistent bestseller, the Climb X Kinder kids climbing shoe is a favorite of parents and their kids alike thanks to its smart design and excellent performance. The Kinder utilizes a new heel filler adjustment system that makes the shoe expandable ensuring a long life span and possible hand-me-down...
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