When it comes to climbing footwear, comfort and performance are top priority. And it certainly doesn’t hurt when the design is attractive, too. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our top three picks to help you excel on your next climbing adventure.
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1. Evolv Elektra Climbing Shoe
The flat profile offers the comfort you need while learning to climb. Meanwhile, a sensitive midsole and grippy rubber outsole work together to help you achieve precise edging on both mellow and more advanced climbs.
Pros: These also features a stretch-resistant upper for a more secure fit. From past models, they've been updated with anti-microbial mesh lining to eliminate odor and an eye-catching teal/mint green finish.
Cons: These tend to run small, so you may want to order a whole size up for added comfort.
2. Climb X Rave Strap Climbing Shoe 2019
Climb X's Rave is a solid low-volume option that doesn't contort the shape of the foot. Its stiff sole also provides plenty of support on longer climbs.
Pros: For added comfort, the style come with padding on the tongue and collar, breathable mesh technology and a hemp footbed to keeping your feet smelling fresh around the clock. These shoes come in three colorways to suit different wardrobes.
Cons: Some customers may find it slightly difficult to determine their exact size.
3. Five Ten Rogue VCS Climbing Shoe
These shoes offers a supportive heel and a unique split-grain leather finish for ultimate comfort while stepping up on a jib or smearing over slabs.
Pros: The upper conforms to your foot over time. Active Arch Technology prevents your feet from sliding around in the shoe, so your toes don't get squished at the front or your foot falls too far back in the shoe. Meanwhile, a super-grippy Stealth C4 rubber outsole is made to cling to greasy surfaces. These shoes can also be resoled.
Cons: They tend to run small.
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