“Boreal’s Ballet Gold Climbing Shoe dances up cracks and edges on multi-pitches as long as El Cap’s Nose. In a classic high top with a full-length insole and midsole, the Ballet Gold provides plenty of support for foot-jamming as high as the sky. Boreal built the Ballet Gold on a board last similar to a trekking shoe, and that combined with Boreal’s sticky FS-Quattro rubber sole gives excellent edging on more technical, crimpy pitches. This shoe also features a split leather upper with anti-stretch stitching, and there’s a full canvas lining for breathability and durability.” — Backcountry
“The Katana is undoubtedly one of La Sportiva’s many classic shoes due to its combination of all-day comfort and technical prowess, and the Otaki’s aggressive attitude tackles some of the toughest climbs out there. But where do you turn when you need a comfier shoe to climb long, tough routes like the last few pitches on Moonlight Buttress or basically every sport climb in Greece and Spain? The Women’s Kataki Climbing Shoe balances the Katana’s comfort with the Otaki’s aggression so you can jam into tight cracks, project overhangs, and spend a day at the boulder fields without ever taking the shoe off. It features La Sportiva’s tried-and-true P3 construction for long-lasting aggression, and the new S-Heel optimizes the fit so you can heel hook everything. The Vibram XS Grip2 sole has a stiffer feel than the Otaki, and it lasts a lot longer for climbers on a budget―which is basically every dedicated climber out there.” — BC
“Consider the Scarpa Women’s Vapor Climbing Shoe a sharp investment towards your dedication to progress in the vertical world. Once you don this shoe, you’ll immediately notice an immense amount of power directed to your toe thanks to the shoe’s bi-tension randing system. Paired with Vibram’s XS Edge rubber sole, this system allows intense edging on micros so you can work slabby boulder problems with the utmost precision. The Vapor’s aggressive downturn helps you grip footholds on overhung routes that seem to keep you upside down for hours.” — BC
“When it comes to gravity in climbing gyms, most people either fight it or defy it. Those who fight it look like bears thrashing their ways up trees and destroying anything in their paths, while those who defy gravity look like dancers who reach the same destination as the bear, but without all the physical grunting. You’ll generally decide whether you’re going to climb like a bear or a dancer when you learn how to climb. If you want to dance, Evolv’s Defy Climbing Shoe boasts the comfort required to help you learn how to defy gravity, instead of fight it.” — BC
“Powerfully pink, the Five Ten Women’s Hiangle Climbing Shoe is aggressively downturned to optimize your performance on overhung boulders and demanding routes. Despite its aggression, the Hiangle is a slightly comfier option than most downturned shoes. Its leather upper is unlined to allow customized stretching, and a single-strand hook-and-loop strap gives that quick-and-secure on-and-off that boulderers look for. This climbing shoe features Five Ten’s original Stealth C4 rubber covering a moderately stiff platform that allows a technical performance on vertical, crimpy routes as well as overhangs.” — BC
“Think of the Red Chili Men’s Charger Climbing Shoe more as a running shoe that charges up multi-pitches with comfortable ease. In fact, it’s so comfy that beginners would have an excellent time learning how to climbing in the gym, too. Two hook-and-loop straps hug the padded tongue and soft leather across your foot, and the leather stretches ever so slightly, so expect to size just slightly lower than you usually would. The supportive heel last keeps multi-pitchers on the run, so you can be sure to stay well-footed as your instructor goes over the basics.” — BC
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