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Topic - What grade do shoes make a difference at?

Taurig - on 17 Sep 2013
I've been using a pair of Simond slippers from Decathlon for a while, and for the price I've got no complaints. However, they have a very flexible sole, which is great for smearing, but it's giving my feet a proper work out on some routes I've done recently.

I've been climbing with a better climber this year, and my max grade has gone from top roping S to seconding VS 4c. I've just felt that on some climbs with a lot of edging on small holds, my feet are getting properly worked over as I try to keep them rigid to stop them creeping off holds. What I'm wondering is, is this a good 'training' thing that will make me a better, stronger climber, or, given that I really don't have any great climbing aspirations in terms of grade, I should just buy myself a second stiffer pair to make edging routes easier?

I'm expecting half the responses to be along the lines of 'I/my mate/Johnny Dawes can climb E5 in winklepickers, don't be so soft' and the other half to be 'shoe choice is crucial from Diff upwards', but I thought I'd ask for some feedback.

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