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Comfy rock shoe group test  © UKC Gear

Group Test 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

Dartmoor granite is a rough rock type that benefits both from an ability to edge on the feldspar and smear on the faces  © UKC Gear

Tenaya Mastia

The Mastia is a good all-round performance rock shoe with a varied focus, says Rob Greenwood, ranging from overhanging sport to bouldering on rock types which require that little bit of extra sensitivity.

Crawe 1  © UKC Gear
Crawe 1  © UKC Gear

Five Ten Crawe - a performance all-rounder

The Crawe manages to blend excellent technical performance on edges with good all-round use and comfort, reckons Theo Moore. It's rare that a climbing shoe gets this right, and as a result the Crawe is brilliant for both routes and bouldering.

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...

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...

Ace montage  © UKC Gear
Ace montage  © UKC Gear

Boreal Ace

In a market saturated with soft downturned rock shoes, the stiff and supportive Ace will be a breath of fresh air for trad climbers, says Rob...

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Group Test Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

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 pr...

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 on tiny holds, but also one which provided unrivalled responsiveness in all situations. More powerful, more responsive, this is the essence...

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 few years. Straight out of California, their attention to detail, rubber innovation and performance remains a total obsession for the...

Hiangle  © Five Ten
Hiangle  © Five Ten

The New Five Ten Hiangle - an update of a classic

Built on the same last as the previous Hiangle, these shoes are built for high-precision...

Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear
Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is - in the words of Scarpa Designer Nathan Hoette - "all about the precision". It took 87 prototypes to get...

Action shot  © Red Chili
Action shot  © Red Chili

Red Chili 2020 climbing shoe range

Red Chili have been making high-quality climbing shoes since 1996. Throughout this time we have continued to push...

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined...


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