The right shoes for your next trad climbing project or alpine adventure
Whether you’re gearing up for a sesh at your local climbing gym or trudging up an alpine route, having a solid pair of shoes on your feet will go a long way. Not all shoes made for climbing are created equal, however.
Here you’ll find rock shoes to carry you up anything from boulder problems to big walls, approach shoes to support your feet while you scoot up to the crag and heavy-duty mountaineering boots to keep your feet comfy and dry when you’re scaling walls of ice. (You can also add crampons for that extra grip).
It can be tricky to choose the right shoes for you, and that’s especially true for the ultra-specific fit of climbing shoes. That’s why we’ve compiled a handy little guide on how to choose climbing shoes so you can find shoes that hug your feet just right and hit the wall with confidence. For mountaineering and ice climbing-specific info, check out our article on ice climbing basics.
No matter where you want your climbing escapades to take you, there’s a pair that will get you there. Scroll through options from climbing mainstays like La Sportiva, Scarpa and Black Diamond to get your feet some new companions for the crag.