In every sport, the choice of the right technical equipment is fundamental to obtain the best results. In climbing, the choice of shoes is crucial, as it represents the most important point of contact with the wall and will allow you to reach the most difficult peaks: it will be your partner and you will have to trust her 100%.
Each athlete has his own foot shape, which often differs from one foot to another. It is therefore important to choose your climbing shoes with care and attention.
The correct size has always been a point of discussion among climbers as some suggest to choose shoes even 2 sizes smaller than their size to improve performance. We suggest you to choose a comfortable shoe, not too tight, that offers the right compromise between sensitivity and comfort.
For those who take their first steps on the wall, it is worth remembering that the first objective of climbing is fun, so it should not be ruined with unnecessary suffering. Prefer less technical models with a not particularly narrow shape in order to avoid cramps and pains. Always try the shoes on both feet and choose the model that fits you like a glove. Wearing the shoe you will feel your foot bandaged, with the toes pressing slightly at the bottom of the shoe. Keep in mind that some models with natural leather upper tend to widen slightly with use while models with uppers and synthetic inserts give less.
So start trying your normal size by dropping half a size at a time until you feel the sensations described above.
Climbing shoes can be made with elastic closure, such as the dancers La Sportiva Cobra, Velcro like Katana La Sportiva or Anasazi VCS Five Ten, or with laces like the historic La Sportiva Mythos.
The soles can be more or less flexible depending on the type of use; the more the difficulties increase the more the sole must necessarily be soft and flexible to ensure grip and sensitivity even on the smallest support. The shoes for long ways instead, are more rigid to give support and support to the foot but decreases the sensitivity that offer
Even the shape often changes depending on the technical level of the climber and the type of use. Those with a particularly asymmetrical shape and a more arched sole guarantee excellent grip and maximum precision on demanding walls, even overhanging ones, those with a more conventional shape and a flatter sole are suitable for climbing on routes with several pitches and long stays on the wall.
One last tip: after use, the shoes should be cleaned and dried away from heat sources, while the sole can be brushed with an iron toothbrush, taking care to always brush in one direction, and cleaned with a cloth dampened with water or alcohol to maintain the grip.
Now you’re ready to choose the model that suits you best. Choose it from our extensive assortment signed La Sportiva and Five Ten.
For more information contact our technicians who will support you in choosing the climbing shoe that best suits your needs.