What Climbing Shoe is Best?

This question is easiest answered by "It depends." With climbing shoes becoming more technical and the designs narrowing their focus for certain nuances of climbing, the beginner climber progressing through the ranks quickly learns that different shoes suit different situations and climbing styles. Here are a few recommendations from some LGO fans and fellow climbing addicts:

La Sportiva Muira
Great for: technical face climbing
Route: Bloody Fingers, Bread Loaves- City of Rocks (ID)
Feedback: Phil uses these as his go-to technical all around shoe

Evolv Pontas

Great for: all around technical climbs
Route: Caveat Emptor, Death Canyon- Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Feedback: Our Friend Nate used his Pontas a ton on a recent trip to Patagonia with NOLS

Five Ten Anasazi
Great for: technical face climbing
Route: Cornflake Crack, The North End of Looking Glass (NC)
Feedback: The Anasazi Velcro remains the signature shoe for 5.10. These shoes are comfortable enough to shove in a crack here and there, yet keep performing when a route becomes slabby or the holds become minute. Our friend Peter wore these last weekend, sending hard routes at Hawksbill.

La Sportiva Muira VS

Great for: steep sport climbing & bouldering, sandstone pockets, precise edging
Route: Solstice, South Clear Creek- The Obed (TN)
Feedback: Jessica (above photo bouldering at Rumbling Bald) calls these shoes her "Secret Weapon." What else should we say?

Evolv Quest AF
Great For: multi pitch and crack climbing
Route: Central Pillar of Frenzy, Middle Cathedral- Yosemite (CA)
Feedback: These Evolv lace ups have been flying out the door with trad climbers & crack lovers!

Feel free to send us your thoughts on what climbing shoes are best or come on in the shop to pick out the climbing shoe that best suits your needs.

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