When pushed to the edge of your ability on a difficult climbing route, the quality and design of your shoe can mean the difference between success and a red-faced descent. Finding that shoe depends on your climbing style, the type of lines you take, and the rock you climb. A downturned toe angle can add hooking strength on small holds and increase your ability to grip with the inside edge of your foot; it can also amplify toe burn and may not be optimal for all-day bouldering sessions. And while a stiff midsole increases gripping power, and extra padding can increase comfort, both come at the risk of reduced sensitivity on the wall. Here are 10 shoes with specific strengths — for every kind of climber.
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