If you’ve ever been to a climbing gym and looked around at the climbers out there, you’ll know that there are many different types of shoes used for cracking. Many people wear all black, like Michael Franti, Jason Kruk or Kip Litton and others use pink or purple shoes.
Different Types Of Crack Climbing Shoes
Today’s crack climbing shoes are different. Most climbers are used to wearing shoes that are white, brown, or green, but in order to crack the hardest routes, you need to be a little more adventurous. This isn’t to say that pink shoes are bad, but if you plan on using your shoes in crags with fixed anchors, then your shoes need to be sturdier.
Your footwear needs to be waterproof, as they’ll be getting wet. It also needs to be capable of protecting your feet from dry, hot conditions, like the ones in a desert.
So, how do you choose the right shoes? Well, first you need to know your purpose. If you’re just looking for the most comfortable footwear, then go for pink shoes.
When it comes to the most comfortable choice, however, there is no better option than the hard-wearing, well-cushioned sole of a soft foam sole. These shoes also have the added bonus of being lighter, thus helping you climb longer and climb harder. They’re also incredibly quiet, so you can listen to your iPod, play your favorite guitar, and not wake up everyone else in the studio.
When you’re planning to crack climbing in the summertime, you will want a pair of shoes that allow you to stay warm on the coldest days. If you’re not able to run, then your soft sole will keep your feet extremely comfortable when you climb, even on some of the toughest pitches.
Go For Lightweight And Extremely Comfortable Shoes
Soft sole shoes are not only lightweight but extremely comfortable. You can wear them anywhere – indoors or outdoors – and still feel great. They are also very affordable.
They also have a little bit of padding on the bottom, and a layer of hard skin shoes, which allow you to climb rock without taking off your shoes. These skins act as a cushion for your feet, and as an added benefit, also protect your feet from damp conditions.
You can find many different brands of shoes, but we recommend Alpine, Black Diamond, Snowpeak, and Superga to crack climbing. Alpine makes a line of climbing shoes that fit the majority of the variety of foot types, while Black Diamond has made some great equipment. The manufacture of a specific pair of shoes is important, so it’s worth finding the brand that makes the best quality.
Another thing to keep in mind is that many climbers have designed their own shoes, as a result of their individual needs. Rather than simply buying a pair of shoes that you like, you’ll find that there are many companies that specialize in shoes, making customized shoes.
Choose Shoes Made Only For Crack Climbing
Some specialty companies make almost everything to crack climbing including shoes, grips, chalk, pants, helmets, etc. All these products are made especially for crack climbing, and most are made to last through years of use and abuse.
Cracks are more difficult and dangerous to climb than indoor climbing. You have to have the right equipment, or else you’ll be wasting your time and your energy, just trying to climb. Because of this, it’s important to look into shoes that are specifically made for cracks and can help you move up more quickly and safely.