Going Rock Climbing Indoors? Here’s How to Pick Appropriate Shoes

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Rock climbing is one of the most fun activities you could possibly do indoors this fall and winter. If you’re not sure what kind of shoes you should wear at the climbing gym, this brief guide will help you make the right choice.

Regular Trainers

If you’re going rock climbing for the first time ever, there’s nothing wrong with wearing regular trainers, as long as they’re clean. They may not be as effective as climbing shoes, but you’ll be climbing at the beginner level anyway. The main point of the first season is to give rock climbing a go and see if it’s for you, so feel free to wear your regular shoes.

Shoes for Hire

Most climbing gyms offer climbing shoes for hire, so you don’t have to buy your own pair even if you don’t feel like climbing in your trainers. They may not be so great because they’ve already been worn multiple times, but they’re a good place to start.

Climbing Shoes

If you’re not new to rock climbing and enjoy doing it on a regular basis, investing in rock climbing shoes is probably a good idea. They’re more precise and give you more control and a stronger grip. Buying them is definitely a must if you’re climbing often because you won’t have to waste money on rental shoes.