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Panu Lehti's picture
Aug 4th 2015
E.g. WildClimb has started to produce washable performance shoes, so that you don't need to compromise between performance and washability.

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 3rd 2015
Hi Louise, This might sound like we are trying to pull your leg but the best method by far is to spit on your shoes. If you rub in the spit with the palm of your hand you should have clean soles in no time. No joke... Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 28th 2015
Hi Shannon, Absolutely not! But you should be careful not to get anything too uncomfortable if you are still just starting out. The a-symmetric shape of extremely aggressive climbing shoes can be very painful and potentially harmful to untrained feet. Shoes like the Sportiva Katana or Scarpa Vapour V are great halfway shoes that perform extremely well but are still comfortable to wear. We always recommend you try climbing shoes on before you decide to buy, and ask the shop assistant for any advice he or she can offer. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Jul 28th 2015
Hi Camella, The biggest advantage of lace up shoes is that they have a much more adjustable fit. It's not a rule but we find that the lower profile of lace up shoes can also help them to perform slightly better on crack climbs than their velcro counterparts. However, the drawbacks of laces are the extra time it takes to put them on/take the off and having to replace laces when they wear out. If you're unsure what type of shoe is best for you we recommend you go into your local store and try some on. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Jul 28th 2015
Hi Louise, There are a few manufactures that make climbing shoes for children at the moment. Some of the better designs have adjustable heels to accommodate fast growing feet. It's been a while since any of us in the office have worn children's climbing shoes but if we could still fit them we would probably grab a pair of the La Sportiva Stickits. Hope that helps, Dave

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