Things to Look for in Climbing Shoes (part 2)



3. Closure: Laces, Slipper, or Velcro

They are considered deal breakers for some, yet not for all. It is primarily regarding what you feel comfortable with. The three closure types are slipper, lace, and Velcro, yet some of the newer units will combine various closures for helping with security and comfort.

– Velcro

They are super simple to take off and on; thus, they are often preferred by people in need of getting in and out of the footwear regularly. Bouldering, sport climbing, as well as indoor climbing are where you will be most likely to see these closures. Still, Velcro is expected to fail as well as coming apart while climbing. Plus, it may hinder you when you are toe hooking.

– Laces

Will you do repetitive jamming? Then, be sure you go with one lace closure. They are usually used by climbers putting their footwear on and keeping them on for some while. They let a fantastic fit to the individual foot.

– Slipper

If convenience and comfort are what you want, then the closure is for you. While they are useful in cracks as well as on friction slabs, they surely stretch over time, and you cannot fix them once it turns into a problem.

4. Upper: Synthetic vs. Leather 

Uppers rest on top of the feet and the sides. They are also made from either a synthetic substitute or leather. Synthetic uppers will keep the original dimensions remain intact even after the footwear is well broken in. Meanwhile, leather ones will stretch as time goes by, adjust to the feet, and get more comfortable.

5. Sizing and Fit 

There are a couple of different ways that one climbing footwear may fit you. As they try on shoes, many people may ask the first question as to how tight their climbing shoes should be.