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jaydoc


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I'm looking to buy my first set of shoes. I need a good all-purpose shoe that's stiff enough I'm not going to rip my feet to shreds until they get stronger. It needs to have good feel to it also.

Any recommendations?



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Hey Jim,

Check the link below, it's in reference to the 5.10 Spire, you'll see a lot of comments on that, and you can also do a search (in the upper right-hand corner) for "Shoes" and check out some of the other beta that's been put out there. Might help you find information more quickly.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=2864&forum=40

Here are some other good threads on shoes. Don't forget to check out the Articles section on buying shoes, should help educate you so you know what you're looking for.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=3911&forum=40

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=1927&forum=20

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=3195&forum=23

You can also check out the forum on "Check Out These Websites" for some good places to find great deals on gear including shoes.

Hope this helps.

Mick


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It depends on a lot of personal factors....price, comfort, brand and so forth as well as what your going to be doing....bouldering, crack climbing, but here are some good all around entry-level shoes:

La Sportiva Mythos about $137
5.10 Spires about $100
Boreal Diablos about $109


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Old school 5.10 Huecos were the best.


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Try on a pair of Scarpa Reflex. They are the first shoe in a long time that has fit my feet. If they are comfortable on you, they will be a good all around shoe. I just got a pair a few weeks ago and they have been great so far. I've climbed some desert towers in them, climbed cracks in Indian Creek and slabs in Little Cottonwood, and they are the best shoes I've had in a long time.

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I started with the 5.10 spire, they are a great all around shoe for about $100
The hueco's are more of an expensive approach shoe


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 It depends on how much climbing you are gonna do also. The spire is a good beginner shoe. I started out with it, but it was only a couple of months later that i switched to the anasazi velcro. Most of my friends switched from the spires also after a while too. My suggestionm is try on a whole bunch of different brands, some people have brand preferences that may or may not work well for you. A friend of mine swears by the boreal aces to start off with, and my other friend cant even get his foot into the boreals. It all about what fits your foot individually, not what other people say. : )


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I think it's shown up in other shoe forums, already, but here it is again: http://www.barrabes.com (english or spanish version, your choice): 4 pages of shoes; Mythos for $65 -$80 for example.

And http://www.sportextreme.com: Anasazi velcro for about $90, including shipping.

Both have MUCH cheaper prices on the shoes mentioned, and others, too. The cheaper prices include shipping, so take a look. In addition to selecting what language for barrabes.com, you can select the monetary system you'll be paying in for both sites.

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I agree with Shadow4 about the mythos also. If they fit your foot, the mythos are really good all around shoes, so definately give them a try also.

Ben


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I had a pair of 5.10 Spires. After about three months I wanted more performance. If I fitted them a bit tighter I would have probably still used them longer. The hardest thing about your first set of shoes is understanding how climbing shoes are supposed to fit. It seems that everybody tells you something different. Currently I use LaSportiva Miura's. I tried tons of shoes on until I found the Miura. You might have to try on a bunch to find the magic shoe.


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Thanks for all the great info so quickly. I know that everyone is going to have different opinions on what is a good shoe to start with but it helps narrow down a very wide field.

Thanks, jds, for the tip on Barrabes. Their prices are like half of other web sites.

Of course I'm going to go try these shoes on at a store and then come back online to buy them.


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I just started and I got the boreal diablos. For me they fit very well but I can't seem to edge as nicely as I would like.


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borreal diablos, around $110.


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