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Topic - Shoe soles worn out?

Simos on 13 Nov 2013
Apologies for the noob question but wondering whether the time has come to replace my climbing shoes.

It's an entry level La Sportiva model of some description of other and I've used them for the past 2-3 years. They've been used exclusively indoors and mainly for bouldering.

While I'd consider them in good condition (at least the top part), the last few weeks they have been feeling particularly slippery. Initially I though it was just the holds covered in too much chalk but the sole does feel really smooth and 'shiny' (if that makes sense), it's as if the rubber has lost its grip.

I don't know enough about the way climbing shoes are manufactured to know whether there are different layers in the sole so it'd be good to hear how others 'know' that it's time for new shoes.

Not keen to buy news shoes at the moment if I can help it so any tips that might help at all are appreciated. Also, is it generally considered a bad idea to climb with worn out shoes? (I am thinking mainly for technique...)

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