wall20If you are a beginner in indoor climbing, then you have a lot to learn about the type of shoes you need to wear as you attempt a climb. There are different types of shoes that are used on the indoor climbing walls, but what is common in all of them is a degree of flexibility. Climbing shoes need to be made out of a flexible material that will offer as much comfort as possible yet be fairly stiff on the soles.

Beginners’ Shoes

Beginner level shoes are a free size type of wear and cost anywhere from $14 to $155 US. This means that the wearer does not have to worry a lot about a tight fit for a shoe for climbing. The shoe has to have laces so that they can be tightened and loosened according to the comfort of the climber. It is common for shoes to need to be loosened after a few climbs as everyone’s feet swell to a certain degree. The sole of the shoe has to be continuous from the toe to the heel, and this makes the shoe stiff. This stiffness is what will enable you as to hold the grip in the foot holds during the climb.

Intermediate Climbers

Intermediate level shoes are a bit gender specific. For women’s shoes, the toe box tends to be a bit narrower than in men shoes. The heel of women’s shoes is lower than the heels on men’s climbing shoes. Being at an intermediate level does not mean that a climber is an expert in climbing but that they are aware of what is expected of them in climbing the course. The sole of intermediate level shoes is continuous from the toe to the heel to guarantee support but also the much-needed flexibility. These shoes cost approximately $20 to $165 US.

Advanced intermediary level shoes are much more aggressive than the regular shoes because they are designed specifically to manoeuvre climbing holes. The shoes are fitted because they are made of rubber material that holds onto the foot tightly. With this kind of shoes, a climber can manage steeper terrains without feeling strained and without the fear of slipping.

Going Pro

Advanced level shoes have a shape and colour that resembles rock. They are carved awkwardly at the toe to allow for climbing steep slopes without losing grip with the feet. With an additional layer of rubber at the toe position, these shoes allow climbing by active use of the feet. These shoes cost between $40 and $200 US, depending on the designer.

Some climbing shoes can be worn by any skill level of climber because what is important is the skill of the climber. For the beginner level, you may not want to buy designer shoes that are more specialized as the cost is higher. Lower priced shoes will serve you well until you feel you are ready for high level competitions.