Rock climbing shoes are one of the most important pieces of kit for any keen rock climber. In fact, after a good climbing rope, rock climbing shoes should be near the top of your list and if you’re just planning to go bouldering then they should definitely be your number one purchase.
Like a good pair of hiking boots or a decent pair of cycling shoes, good climbing shoes can really improve your climbing. They offer better traction than regular shoes, helping you stick to the rock or climbing holds of your choice. Rock climbing shoe designs give you sharp edges, extra support and shape to your foot so that you can make the most out of even the tiniest grips on the mountain. Good shoes are also designed to be both comfortable and tough, with reinforced soles which protect your feet and can survive the intense wear and tear of climbing.
Rock climbing shoes are a very personal item. While experience will help you figure out what is the most comfortable and works best for you, it always helps to have somewhere to start. Most shoes are designed for a particular type of climbing or have features that will make it easier to tackle certain climbing styles.