5 Ways to Make Climbing Shoes Last Longer

Rock climbing shoes have gotten expensive over the years, and you can end up spending a lot of money if you replace your shoes every couple of years. Unfortunately, shoes aren’t an expense that climbers can skip out on. Early climbers may have done it in boots, and our ancestors may have done it barefoot, but these days we need firm, sticky rubber and specifically designed climbing shoes. Stretching the life of your shoes is a good way to help save money and make sure you get the most mileage out of your footwear. Here are 5 ways to make climbing shoes last longer.

Only wear them when climbing

Avoid wearing climbing shoes except when you’re climbing. This is good advice for the outdoors and in climbing gyms, but it’s especially important outside. Don’t wear them on the approach, don’t stand in them, and don’t walk in them as these things can wear down rubber, weaken materials, and wear on gluing and stitching. Carry a comfortable pair of slip-on shoes to wear in between climbs.

Inspect and maintain

Take care of your gear. Check shoes before and after climbing trips. Remove excess dirt, mud, etc. If you notice part of your shoes separating, repair immediately. Also, you can put newspaper in to absorb sweat and moisture and use dryer sheets or foot powder help eliminate odors.

Work on your footwork

You can’t use your climbing shoes and keep them in mint condition, but the way you climb has directly affects the rate of wear on your shoes. Flailing, scrambling, dragging your toes, and sloppy footwork in general is a sure fire way to burn through your shoes prematurely. The better your footwork and technique, the longer your climbing shoes will last.

Get them resoled

This is the best way to save money and get the mos tout of your climbing shoes. The process isn’t cheap, but it’s way more economical than buying a new pair of shoes. A number of businesses will resole your climbing shoes if you put them in the mail, but check with your local shoe repair shop to see if they can resole your shoes in town.

Pick the right shoes

As with any other outdoor gear, quality matters when it comes to climbing shoes. Higher quality means a longer lasting climbing shoe. If you buy low quality rock climbing shoes, expect to see holes form and uppers separate. Also make sure your shoes fit properly in a store. Shoes that are too tight or too loose will wear out prematurely, costing you more money in the long run.

Looking for rock climbing shoes in Northwest Arkansas? Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters to check out our selection of climbing shoes and rock climbing gear!

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