/ shoe advice
big thank nick
Dont be fooled into thinking you need tight shoes, ok you may do for super technical stuff, but generally and especially multipitch just get shoes that feel comfortable in the shop (and velcro). I'm not sure they make them anymore but five ten ascents are great for comfort multi pitch.
^ This. At least half your time is spent on belays so it makes a massive difference. (As long as your shoes are comfortable enough for one pitch at a time. If not, you need better fitting shoes.)
sportiva TC pros are just for this. comfortable but retaining some aspects of a hard climbing shoe.
just bloody expensive for some reason.
Better to get some comfortable shoes rather than take them off on belays. I know one person, that had to finish the climbs with one shoe when a bit of rope flicked his shoe off while he was stepping over it.
Golden rule is shop for shoes later in the day, and keep them on in the shop for as long as it takes for you to be sure they are the ones you want.
After being pressured into getting small shoes that didn't fit, and being in agony for hours, I am happy to say I found a pair that fit my feet like gloves. They aren't too big or too small, don't over compress my toes but don't feel loose either. They are Red Chilli Spirit VCR, but find a pair that fit your feet, don't buy on people's recommendation!
I'm so glad I looked further as I was starting to dread climbing.
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