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Climbing Shoes Ratings Summary

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Score Product Price Our Take
90
$195
Editors' Choice Award
This high performance model is the ultimate balance of support and sensitivity.
88
$180
A tried and true modern classic, this model excels while steep and technical climbing.
88
$170
Top Pick Award
These are our go-to shoe for difficult granite crack climbs.
86
$185
An incredibly sensitive and comfortable shoe that excels at edging.
86
$185
An awesome shoe for long climbs requiring a variety of crack climbing and edging techniques.
82
$154
Best Buy Award
A worthy option for sport climbing at all angles, from steep to slabby.
82
$165
Top Pick Award
This shoe edges well and fits narrow feet like a glove.
82
$165
An affordable shoe that is perfect for difficult sport and trad climbs.
80
$200
These soft shoes excel at steep climbing, but aren't a good choice for techy edging.
80
$185
With this shoe, you can climb pitch after pitch without pain.
76
$165
On granite cracks or in the gym, this versatile shoe is a good choice for new climbers.
76
$165
Used by many big names in climbing, it excels at both sport climbs and long trad routes.
76
$140
Sensitive and covered in sticky rubber, these shoes are ready for steep gymnastic boulder problems.
74
$175
This model edges like a dream but lacks the sensitivity of our favorite models.
74
$175
Super stiff, this shoe eats micro-edges for breakfast.
72
$165
A great tool for thin cracks and multi-pitch outings.
72
$175
This purely sport-climbing shoe is one of the lightest shoes on the market and excels at steep routes.
72
$145
A classic and comfortable shoe that is great for long, easy alpine routes or all-day cragging.
70
$175
A great shoe for smearing on granite, but isn't the most comfortable and can be difficult to put on and take off.
68
$185
Top Pick Award
These shoes are great for all day multi-pitch missions.
66
$90
Best Buy Award
A decent and comfortable all-around shoe for beginners.
66
$125
These comfy kicks will take you straight to hand crack heaven, but aren't a good choice for edging.
66
$99
These shoes are a narrower fitting low-volume, lower priced alternative to the popular Moccasyms.
66
$180
An uncomfortable, expensive shoe that's mostly intended for micro edging on steep boulders or sport routes.
66
$130
A popular choice for beginners or all-day multi-pitch assaults
62
$160
Most at home on steep terrain but underperforms on techy slabs and faces.
58
$89
This super comfy shoe is perfect for folks who are just starting to climb.
56
$90
These shoes aren't the highest performers in our review, but they're a bargain for someone looking to train in the gym.