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With non-US products, we have statically converted the price to US dollars.
This static conversion also means it's possible that there will be some misleading figures at times. The original price and currency will be noted on the individual product pages.
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Specifically designed for men. Typically wider and higher volume than women-specific models.
Specifically designed for women. Typically narrower and/or lower volume than men-specific models.
Manufacturer specifically states it's a kids shoe and it's available in tiny sizes!
If the manufacturer states it's unisex or does not list a gender, we consider it unisex. Unisex shoes are predominantly men's shapes and sizing. However, some brands are moving toward low volume/high volume unisex models knowing that some men have have narrow feet and some women have wide feet.
The only type of shoe to have a lacing system. This allows for a more customized fit as you can tighten some areas and loosen others. Lace-ups are generally designed for more comfort (flatter lasted and more symmetric) because they're intended to be kept on longer than an easily removed slipper or velcro shoe.
There is no separate tongue and the top of the shoe is a stretchy material. Nice for bouldering because they're fast to put on and take off between burns. Some crack climbers also like them because it creates a smoother top surface with less bulk for jamming. Since the only adjustability is the stretchiness of the elastic material, it's extra important the shoe fits well from the start.
Also fast to take off and put on, but with some extra adjustability. The velcro straps secure the foot which helps to keep the heel in it's place. The most popular shoe type thanks to their versatility.
A recent hybrid: When the top of the shoe is stretchy like a slipper (no tongue) and also includes a velcro strap. This allows a more customized fit than a traditional slipper as the velcro helps secured the heel and arch. These are usually very downturned, performance oriented shoes.
Note: Lined leather shoes stretch less but are also less breathable compared to unlined leather.
Can be a nice compromise of performance and comfort: easier to size with minimal stretching but still conforms to the uniqueness of your foot. Of course this all depends on the placement and ratio of leather to synthetic materials.
The downturned nature of the last shape is best seen from a side profile.
The more downturn in a last the more power is driven to the toe and heel, assisting with standing on small edges and heel hooking.
Virtually no downturn; the shoe would rest flat on a table. These comfort shoes are designed for beginners and/or (all-day) trad climbers. Great for any climber who doesn't want to take their shoes off between each climb.
A mild downturn; there would be a small/medium gap when rested on a table. Arched shoes are often considered intermediate shoes as they balance comfort and performance.
An aggressive downturn; there would be a large gap if the shoe tried to rest on a table. Downturned shoes are most popular for climbing steep overhanging terrain and aggressive bouldering as the downturned nose allows the shoe to "hook" onto edges. This is the least comfortable style and these shoes are often removed when not being climbed in.
Shoe asymmetry reflects how much the toe of the shoe is in line with the heel. It is best seen from a bird's eye view of the shoe sole. The tradeoff is comfort vs performance.
Low asymmetry is usually less than a 20 degree difference. The toe and the heel are almost in-line with each other. This is the most comfortable position for the foot as the forward pressure is spread over a majority of the toe box. This natural foot position makes it ideal for all-day trad climbing.
New climbers most often choose this style as it will be the most comfortable. Although there aren't specific performance gains with this style, one could still climb 5.11+ in low asymmetric shoes.
Medium asymmetry usually has 20-30 degree difference as the toe is no longer in-line with the heel. The majority of climbers will enjoy this style as it balances comfort and performance. Most beneficial for 5.10+ climbers.
High asymmetry is when there is a 30+ degree difference from the toe and the heel. This directs all the power of the foot to the big toe for balancing on very small edges. Shoe manufacturers are working hard to make this configuration more comfortable. Most benefit gained from 5.11+ climbers.
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We do our very best to find and display every technical spec for every piece of climbing gear in the world. But sometimes we just can’t dig up a spec or two (usually it's the official price and weight). Sadly, this means not every product is available for filtering and sorting :(
If we allowed products that are missing key specs to display in the results above, these incomplete products would need to appear no matter what filters you chose. This would make the filtered results cluttered and misleading. So instead of leaving out these incomplete products entirely, we're listing them below: