My first climbing shoes squished my feet and crunched my toes in throbbing misery. I quickly learned that crushing toe pain isn't exactly compatible with fun or motivation—and climbed a lot less as a result. My mistake? I went shopping with the misguided belief that climbing shoes should fit as tightly as possible for maximum strength and feel against the rock. Though this isn't entirely false, most people—especially beginners—will benefit much more from a comfortable fit in a durable, all-purpose climbing shoe. Here's what to look for...
This column originally appeared in the June online edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here.
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.
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