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Here at Bergzeit you can find nearly all types of climbing shoes available on the market - be they lace-up climbing shoes, velcro climbing shoes, or slip-on climbing shoes.

Climbing Shoe Fit

Since every foot is different, we carry a large range of climbing shoes from various climbing shoe manufacturers in our shop - ensuring that individual needs are met. Those looking for comfortable climbing shoes for wide feet should consider testing Scarpa climbing shoes or Evolv climbing shoes. Both manufacturers make wider than average climbing shoes.

For climbers with a higher tolerance for pain - and high ambitions for climbing - we recommend climbing shoes by Andrea Boldrini, La Sportiva climbing shoes, Red Chili climbing shoes or Five Ten climbing shoes.

Tenaya, largely an insider brand, offers a small selection of high-end climbing shoes that stand out due to their longevity and excellent workmanship.

Climbing Shoe Deals

Are you looking for affordable climbing shoes? Then don't forget to regularly look through our climbing shoe outlet. You may find select sizes up to 50% off! You can of course also order new climbing shoe models at affordable prices from our online shop.

Climbing Shoe Reviews

The Bergzeit climbing team regularly puts climbing shoes to the test; you can browse the detailed climbing shoe test reports online on the Bergzeit blog.

Buy Climbing Shoes

Whether you are looking for affordable novice climbing shoes, comfortable climbing shoes for multi-pitch alpine climbs or competition climbing shoes with an aggressive downturn - you are sure to find the right climbing shoes at Bergzeit. Check out our Climbing Shoe Buyer's Guide online for further information on climbing shoes, to be sure that you find the right climbing shoes for you! Out team of experts is available to answer any questions you may have via phone of the online live chat. At Bergzeit we will do our best to ensure you have the best shopping experience possible when buying climbing shoes.

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Climbing Shoes

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OxyGym Climbing Shoe La Sportiva

OxyGym Climbing Shoe

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Indoor climbing shoe for beginners with washable upper

£75.95 Reg. £84.95
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carbon-sulphur
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OxyGym Women's Climbing Shoe La Sportiva

OxyGym Women's Climbing Shoe

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Women's Indoor climbing shoe for beginners with washable upper

£75.95 Reg. £84.95
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Tarantula Climbing Shoe Women La Sportiva

Tarantula Climbing Shoe Women

Very comfortable ladies' climbing shoe for endurance training and climbing newbies

£64.95 Reg. £71.95
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Kataki Climbing Shoe La Sportiva

Kataki Climbing Shoe

Very versatile ladies' climbing shoe with great stability for narrower foot positioning and hooks

£116.95 Reg. £129.95
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Kataki Climbing Shoe La Sportiva

Kataki Climbing Shoe

Very versatile ladies' climbing shoe with great stability for narrower foot positioning and hooks

£116.95 Reg. £129.95
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Miura VS W's climbing shoe La Sportiva

Miura VS W's climbing shoe

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Climbing shoe for tough ladies in technical routes with micro edges

£88.95 Reg. £124.95
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Mythos Eco Climbing Shoe La Sportiva

Mythos Eco Climbing Shoe

A comfortable climbing shoe classic made from sustainable materials and suitable for sport climbing and alpine rock routes

£115.95 Reg. £115.95
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Tarantula Climbing Shoe La Sportiva

Tarantula Climbing Shoe

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Comfortable climbing shoe for endurance training and novice climbers

£64.95 Reg. £71.95
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Miura XX La Sportiva

Miura XX

Signature edition of a tried and tested climbing shoe for technical, tricky missions

£133.95 Reg. £133.95
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OxyGym Climbing Shoe La Sportiva

OxyGym Climbing Shoe

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Indoor climbing shoe for beginners with washable upper

£75.95 Reg. £84.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
blue-red
40.5 38
carbon-sulphur
42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45
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Instinct Scarpa

Instinct

Bouldering and gym-climbing shoe with very good performance thanks to sensitivity, fit and edge stability

£112.95 Reg. £125.95
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Ninja Jr. Climbing Shoe Boreal

Ninja Jr. Climbing Shoe

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High-quality children's climbing shoe with heel adjustment strap

£48.95 Reg. £48.95
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Hiangle Climbing Shoes Five Ten

Hiangle Climbing Shoes

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Climbing shoe with a good combination of comfort, performance and price-to-quality

£111.95 Reg. £111.95
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Stonemaster Climbing Shoe Five Ten

Stonemaster Climbing Shoe

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Comfortable climbing shoe with decent performance for relaxed feet on longer routes

£71.95 Reg. £71.95
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Classic Lace Climbing Shoe Bergzeit

Classic Lace Climbing Shoe

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All-round climbing shoe with lace closure

£43.95 Reg. £71.95
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Zen climbing shoe blue Boreal

Zen climbing shoe blue

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The legendary Boreal Zen climbing shoe in an exclusive colour

£61.95 Reg. £98.95
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marron
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Drago Climbing Shoe Scarpa

Drago Climbing Shoe

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Light and precise climbing shoe

£120.95 Reg. £134.95
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Apache light Plus Climbing Shoe Andrea Boldrini

Apache light Plus Climbing Shoe

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Precise climbing shoe with Vibram® sole

£120.95 Reg. £120.95
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Otaki W's Climbing shoe La Sportiva

Otaki W's Climbing shoe

Strong and sensible climbing shoe for high performance

£111.95 Reg. £124.95
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Sloth Climbing Shoe Andrea Boldrini

Sloth Climbing Shoe

Top quality climbing shoe for alpine multi-pitch routes. Comfortable!

£65.95 Reg. £89.95
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 Climbing Shoe Buyer's Guide

Climbing Shoe Buyer's Guide

In the following overview you will find everything you need to know about climbing shoes, but felt uncomfortable asking those intimidatingly fit guys at your local rock about.

In contrast to hiking boots, climbing shoes have a smooth, tread-less sole. This design creates more friction and allows the climber to feel minor details in the rock's surface, making precise foot placement on small footholds possible.

Climbing shoes feature varying midsoles and rubber mixtures depending on the manufacturer and what kind of climbing the shoes are designed for. Soft rubber for example is best when climbing on downward sloping footholds and for slab climbing, since the shoes can grip the rock better to create more friction.

Soles made of harder rubber on the other hand are better suited for edging on small ledges and toeholds, since they provide more support to the toes and feet. Climbing shoes with stiffer soles and harder rubber mixtures are often worn in areas where the average foot- and handholds are especially small.

Affordable climbing shoes online at Bergzeit

An additional advantage of this latter type of climbing shoe is that it does not wear out as quickly when used on rough rocks. A good analogy is to imagine a piece of sandpaper and an eraser; a soft eraser provides lots of friction, but is also quickly worn down when dragged along the sandpaper's surface. Of course this is a somewhat drastic metaphor, but it explains the principle well. The cleaner you climb, i.e. the more precisely you place your feet instead of dragging them around looking for a foothold, the longer a pair of climbing shoes will last.  Training precise foot placement and spending lots of time wearing your climbing shoes pays off! Like most shoes, climbing shoes also fit best once they have been broken in.

TIP: The first pair
Since most climbing careers tend to start in the climbing gym these days, there are two things that make sense when buying your first pair of climbing shoes. 1. Buy the cheapest climbing shoes you can find (since you won't care as much if they are wrecked after training for six months), and 2. look for a pair of climbing shoes with extra rubber on the soles and running around the edges, since these are the most durable.

Rubber edges

Rubber edges on climbing shoes

Nearly all climbing shoes have rubber running around the entire outer edge above the sole. This feature helps the climbing shoe maintain its shape over time, with more or less downturn depending on the model. Even the most precise climbers are bound to drag their shoes along the wall from time to time, especially in challenging sections. The rubber edge provides protection for the shoes' upper material, making it last longer.

Upper material

The upper material of climbing shoes consists of natural or synthetic leather. Choosing one or the other remains a matter of preference. The synthetic materials dry more quickly and retain their shape better, while leather adapts more precisely to your foot's shape and is more breathable. How well a climbing shoe fits is largely dependent on your individual foot shape, which should be taken into account just as when you were buying other shoes.

Heel loops

Once one has worn climbing shoes a few times it quickly becomes apparent how important the small loops at the heel are. Since climbing shoes are generally tight-fitting for optimum performance, pulling on the loops makes putting the shoes on significantly easier and prevents bruised fingers. It is worth taking a closer look at these inconspicuous little pieces of fabric when buying climbing shoes, to make sure they are robustly sewn to the shoe.

Lining

A climbing shoe's lining is not designed to keep your foot warm, unless you are buying specialized climbing shoes for winter and expedition use. Instead, its main purpose is to make the shoe more comfortable and keep your feet from becoming too sweaty.

Fit and shape

The various climbing shoe manufacturers produce shoes with a different fit, contributing to a wide selection that is sure to include a model which will precisely fit the shape of your foot. A good climbing gear shop should not merely carry the most expensive climbing shoes, but more importantly offer a varied selection of shoes by different brands. La Sportiva, Five Ten, Scarpa, Edelrid and Evolv are some of the top climbing shoe brands that are represented in reputable climbing shops, since they cover nearly all foot shapes. The shoes' shapes differ in the following ways:

Toe box shapes

Certain toe box shapes are well-suited for certain uses and less so for others. If the front of the shoe is pointy it will work well for rocks with small holes as footholds; if the sole has distinct edges it is best for edging on small ledges and micro-protrusions. Individual foot shape is however just as important to consider as the shoe's primary use.

Climbing shoe lasts

A last is a kind of model foot (often made of wood) that shoemakers use to shape the shoes they make. You can get an idea of the kind of last used for a specific pair of climbing shoes by viewing them from above.

Climbing shoe asymmetry Asymmetry of shoe lasts

Climbing shoes are differentiated in part by how asymmetrical they are. Symmetrical climbing shoes are more comfortable, since their lasts are relatively similar to those used for shaping casual shoes. Asymmetrical climbing shoes on the other hand push your foot into a position that makes finding purchase on small footholds easier.

TIP: Fitting climbing shoes
One may dream about climbing highly technical routes, but when starting out it is best to buy climbing shoes that will not force your foot into an overly uncomfortable or unnatural position. Such technical shoes are not necessary at the beginning, and will most likely take a fair bit of the fun out of climbing - not a great way to start. It also makes little sense to go with a certain brand just because all your buddies swear by their shoes, since it could very well be that their shoes do not fit the shape of your feet.

It takes some time to attain a level of proficiency where you can begin to appreciate the benefits of asymmetrical climbing shoes. At the beginning, symmetrical climbing shoes will make climbing considerably more enjoyable.

Camber and downturn

You can tell how aggressive a shoe's camber is by viewing it from the side. It may be necessary to bend the heel and toes downward until the shoe is open enough that it looks like you could fit your foot inside. Now it should be apparent how aggressive the shoe's camber is (more pronounced banana-shape equals more aggressive camber). A shoe with lots of camber puts tension on your foot and bends it in a downward direction, making it easier to load the toes and thus making it possible to use smaller footholds. A shoe's downturn should not be mistaken for its camber. Climbing shoes with an aggressive downturn are curved as well, but are bent and remain curved in their natural state without tension.

Climbing shoes with an aggressive camber

Climbing shoe camberClimbing shoes with an aggressive camber are best for extremely technical routes in vertical and slightly overhanging terrain. They are however less suited for severe overhangs, since the camber inhibits toe hooking. For novice climbers the rule of thumb is: Less is more.

Sizing climbing shoes

Climbing shoe sizing is an endless topic of discussion among climbers, and has become downright scientific in some gearhead circles. Let us spare you the suspense; there is no generally applicable formula. The sizes of climbing shoes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and can always change, e.g. when a new last is used. There is simply no alternative to trying on the pair you are interested in and finding out for yourself. Sizing is also dependant on your skill level and what you intend to use the shoes for. If you are planning to tackle a series of monkey-arm projects with miniscule protruding hand- and footholds (or rather: toeholds), it is advisable to choose a pair of shoes that are tight enough to make you scrunch your toes. Such tight shoes are not comfortable and would make any podiatrist cringe, but enable you to place more weight your toes to find purchase on even the smallest of toe holds. Once you have found climbing shoes with the exact fit you want, it is time to celebrate - the task is by no means easy.

Laces, velcro, or slip-ons?

The various ways of fastening climbing shoes each offer their own advantages.

  • Lace-ups: Climbing shoes with laces have the advantage that they can be fine-tuned for the perfect fit. The shoes not only become more comfortable, but also provide a better feel and power transfer. Tight, asymmetrical shoes with an aggressive camber pretty much make it possible to find footholds in drywall. Such shoes however tend to become rather uncomfortable rather quickly, and the time it takes you to undo the laces and get them off your aching feet may seem like an eternity.
  • Velcro:Velcro climbing shoes Velcro climbing shoes enable you to get in and out of them quickly, perfect for attempting ultra-technical boulders and short sport routes. Though giving your feet a break is easier, the downside of velcro climbing shoes is that they cannot fastened as tightly or precisely as lace-up shoes. Many sport climbers still opt for velcro shoes however, and compensate for the little bit of extra wiggle room by choosing a slightly smaller size.
  • Slip-ons: Since there are no fasteners at all, it may seem that slip-on climbing shoes would be the easiest to get in and out ouf. This is true to some extent, but the shoes tend to have a tighter fit to compensate for the lack of fixation. Since slip-on climbing shoes cannot be loosened, taking them off often necessitates wiggling and hard tugging - by no means the same as putting on your slippers at home.
TIP: Sizing and fastener types

When it comes to climbing shoes, too tight is just as bad as too roomy. Climbing shoes should not feel like a medieval torture device, but also not be as comfy as that pair of flip flops you've had for ten years. When starting out, it is best to size your climbing shoes so that your toes touch the front of the shoe but are not jammed up against it.

Many beginners prefer lace-up climbing shoes, since they usually do not have to take off their shoes that often (the same goes for big-wall and multi-pitch climbing). Laces also allow you a fair amount of performance out of a shoe that is not ridiculously tight. For those doing a lot of bouldering or who are going to be frequently taking their shoes on and off, velcro climbing shoes may be better. Note: Most velcro shoes are a bit softer and thus wear quickly, especially when used on artificial climbing walls. Slip-on climbing shoes do not make a lot of sense for beginners.

Climbing shoe care

After spending a large amount of time reading up on the various differences among climbing shoes and finding the right pair for you, it makes sense to take care of the shoes. A few helpful tips:

  • Dry climbing shoes after use.
  • Do not place climbing shoes directly on a heater.
  • Climbing shoes tend to become pretty rank; drying them with moisture-absorbing and scented shoe pads can help.
  • If you notice people keeping a conspicuously large distance to you and your shoes, bacterial disinfectant might a good idea (use sparingly).
  • Hand-washing the shoes is also an option, but caution: it can damage the glue and change the shoes' shape.
  • Do not abuse chalk to dry your shoes. If you decid to do it anyway, do not use the same chalk ball you use for chalking your hands. Otherwise you will end up spreading the residue all over the handholds unsuspecting climbers wish to use after you.  Gross, dude.
  • Clean dirty soles with water and a brush.

By Markus S., Footwear Product Manager at Bergzeit

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