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Mar 12, 2012, 1:15 PM

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Re: [Azated] Shoes too small
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Shoes are a very personal thing but I tend to agree with csproul about sizing. I learned the hard way when I first started many years ago that, for me personally, I prefer a shoe that feels like a tight second skin. I remove my shoes when I'm not actually climbing (eg. belaying, chilling out, etc.). I recently returned a pair of shoes that I thought were the right size after one month of climbing. They stretched out too much. They felt too comfortable and I found that they almost seemed to lack that stiffness that I like when standing on small edges. So I returned them, exchanged for a different model of the same manufacturer (more specific to my climbing style) and now I'm happier than a pig in shit.

Learning can be an expensive undertaking. Buy a pair that fits you best so that you'll look forward to getting on the wall. Everybody has their preferences. Some climbers like it tight, some like 'em snug. As long as they don't feel like you're in clown shoes, you should pick 'em depending on what you will be doing. Let the gear drive the mission. Big wall trad climbers will wear their shoes for an extended period of time in comparison to a single pitch sport climber.

(This post was edited by GeckoBat on Mar 12, 2012, 3:28 PM)

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