I had a quick look through the forum but couldn't see anything and was wondering if anyone could help.
I am spending a lot of time climbing with some friends who are just getting into the sport; so doing a lot of climbs with them at the lower end of the grades. I am trashing my spare shoes and they are all a little bit two aggressive and uncomfortable for all day and easier climbs.
i was wondering if anyone could recommend a good pair of all day shoes I should look at getting. I'm guessing most beginner shoe have a more comfortable feel but I seem to remember Scarpa making a specialist shoe which almost looked like an approach shoe..
In reply to tonto169:
I tend to second people on grit in my innov8 approach shoes, makes seconding very fun! They're a bit loose and falling apart but there's a good picture of my doing a drop knee in them somewhere haha
I use evolv bandits more for long periods of time and they're a little too small, worth noting when I first had them I had to take them off straight away after a short single pitch climb, now I use them mutli-pitch.
I have both 5.10 Newtons and Spires, both are very comfortable. The Newton is a fair bit stiffer though so the fit is more crucial. The Spires are less comfortable to climb in (as they're rather bendy), but for sitting around belaying in, I just forget they're there.
I also wear thin trainer liner style socks, which massively improves things.
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> It's worth noting by the way that I'm 15 stone so the stiffness of the Newtons feels normal, whereas someone lighter might find them a little too stiff.
> Anyway, I'd recommend the Spires for definite.
Don't worry about stiffness in Newtons - I'm just a "normal" sort of 12 stone and am on my third pair of Newtons - I swear by them; the stiffness when new wears off as the fairly thick sole thins and they mould to your foot shape really well.
I can also endorse Muel's advice about Spires - I'm on my third pair of those as well!
By the way, despite being from the same manufacturer there's a World of difference in sizing. I take a 42 or 42.5 in street shoes and the same in Spires, but 43/43.5 in Newtons.
Come to think of it I have too many shoes - if you can use a Spire in 42.5 I've a very little used pair we could negotiate a price for?