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Comfy rock shoe group test  © UKC Gear

Comfy All-Day Rock Shoes

For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a downturned peformance shoe. Here we check out seven rock shoes built for comfort.  


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Using the Addsfit Portable Massage Gun as an aid to warming-up at the wall  © UKC Gear

Addsfit Portable Massage Gun

Walk into any climbing wall and you'll probably see people using an assortment of therabands, foam rollers, and massage balls. This massage gun brings something different to the mix - but is it better than the existing cheaper options for warmi...

TN Pro montage  © Nick Brown
TN Pro montage  © Nick Brown

Unparallel TN (Tomoa Narasaki) Pro

In a market saturated with soft and specialised performance shoes, the TN Pro is something different, says Nick Brown - a downturned and stiff performance shoe that can hold its own both indoors and out.

The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear
The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster has similar sensitivity to Scarpa's other soft shoes like the Furia Air, Furia S and Drago, says Rob Greenwood, but with the added benefit of some modest edging ability. Shame about the heel.

It's become my go-to rope for mountaineering and working with clients  © Tom Ripley
It's become my go-to rope for mountaineering and working with clients  © Tom Ripley

Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry Triple-Rated Rope

It's not only triple rated, but the Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry is also claimed to be more cut resistant than...

The Lowe Alpine Misfit is perfect for bouldering or solo circuits, where you don't need to carry too much kit  © UKC Gear
The Lowe Alpine Misfit is perfect for bouldering or solo circuits, where you don't need to carry too much kit  © UKC Gear

Lowe Alpine Misfit 27 Pack

The smallest of the three models in Lowe Alpine's Rock Range, the Misfit might be primarily aimed at boulderers, but its sturdy...

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La...

Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear
Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

South Wales Rock  © Climbers' Club

South Wales Rock

From the Brecon Beacons through The Valleys and onto the Coast, this guide contains 1500 of the best routes in South Wales. This guidebook is the first joint venture by the Climbers' Club after 110 years of guidebook publishing; working with th...

FATMAP Phone Display  © FATMAP
FATMAP Phone Display  © FATMAP

UKClimbing crags now available on FATMAP

We've partnered with FATMAP to add 16,000 crags to their high-resolution 3D map. You can now see crags pins on FATMAP which are linked to the individual crag pages on UKC.

Hiangle Pro 3x2  © Five Ten
Hiangle Pro 3x2  © Five Ten

Five Ten Hiangle Pro

Made for the demands of modern bouldering competitions, these climbing shoes are built on the same last and with the same materials as the classic Hiangle. The moulded Stealth® C4 outsole wraps up the inside of the foot to become the rand to provide consistent,...

Climbing Technology - New Harnesses & Quickdraws

Climbing Technology have updated their range of harnesses this year with 3 new models, the...

Mastia  © Tenaya
Mastia  © Tenaya

Tenaya Mastia

When we conceived the new Mastia we wanted not only to create an aggressively curved shoe that delivered maximum power for standing...

U27 Membership  © BMC
U27 Membership  © BMC

Support the BMC for £1 / month

The BMC has launched a brand-new digital-only membership for the U27s. This new membership not only supports the...

UP Lace LV  © Unparallel
UP Lace LV  © Unparallel

Unparallel Climbing Shoe Range

Unparallel has taken the climbing world by storm as one of the most exciting new climbing shoes brands in the past...


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