Best Men's Rock Climbing Shoes

Updated February 2019
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BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

Climbing shoes differ from other sport shoes in a few important ways. Firstly, as you might expect, the outer rubber soles are somewhat sticky (think Spiderman). Also, they are designed to fit snugly, since you don’t want a shoe slipping and sliding when you are halfway up a cliff face. The thickness of the sole depends on the type of climbing you do — whether it’s slab or crack climbs, and the level of difficulty. The aggressive climber will want more of a downturned toe (camber) while a more neutral shoe will provide all-day comfort for less challenging routes. Whichever style you need, you can choose from your preference of laces, straps and linings, and there are a wide variety of sporty colors.

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