Your Guide To Choosing Climbing Shoes

Looking for climbing shoes in New Zealand? We think we can help! We have a wonderful range for indoor and outdoor climbing that encompasses several pages on our website. That’s a sure indication that you will have a lot to choose from. But the last thing we want you to do is to make a selection just like that. Many people do just that because they like a certain style, or colour, or a great looking price. The problem is, these superficial judgements often mean ill-fitting shoes. 

We don’t want you to make the mistake. Like everything else we sell, we want you to be perfectly happy with your choice. There is much to consider when you’re purchasing climbing shoes so we thought we’d put together this handy little guide for you.

The first thing to know is that climbing shoes will fit differently than any other shoes you wear. The best-fitting shoes will support your foot but will still allow for plenty of sensitivity and stickability on surfaces without skidding off. That should be top of mind when deciding on a pair of shoes but there are also some general pointers to keep in mind:

  • Climbing shoes should fit snugly. This fit is often described as being more like a firm handshake rather than a knuckle-cracking and painful squeeze.
  • Stiffer, flatter shoes are usually better suited for beginners, crack climbers and those on long routes. 
  • Meanwhile, sport climbers and boulderers usually opt for softer and more curved climbing shoes.
  • If you’re likely to be doing all-day routes, then consider lace-up shoes as they can be micro-adjusted for a nice fit. 
  • Shoes with Velcro closures can be taken off quickly when bouldering or cragging.
  • Women’s climbing shoes are usually narrower, with a higher arch and instep.
  • Shoes that are too short should be avoided. While the upper might stretch, the shoes won’t get any longer as you break them in.
  • One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to choosing climbing shoes. Each brand has their own sizing so get in touch with us for some expert advice on the differences between brands. 
  • Take your time! With so many climbing shoes to choose from, there will be something that suits you better than others but by not going through as much of the range as possible, you might miss it. 

We’re always here should you need a hand selecting your climbing shoes, so don’t be afraid to seek our expert advice.