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Topic - When do you know if your rock shoes are too small?

adstapleton - on 03 Sep 2012
We all know that you should ideally get climbing shoes that are pretty tight fitting. And we all know that shoes tend to stretch a bit with repeated use, as such you tend to buy small.. Therefore you'd expect the first few wears of the new shoes to be perhaps a little gruesome, maybe even bordering on torture if the shoe geometry is not something you're used to (5.10 Teams, anyone?!).

You'd expect breaking in to take a few sessions, but when do you bite the bullet, admit you've gone too small and stop physically punishing yourself and take the financial punishment buying the next size up, fully aware that there's no chane of a refund for the shoes you thought were the right size since they've been obviously climbed in?

Interested to hear what punishment people have put themselves through in the name of breaking in new shoes, and any techniques for accelerating the process?
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