There are few things more personal than a shoe fit and that goes double for climbing shoes. Our guide to the different styles, materials and the dos and don'ts of choosing your rock shoes could save you hours of pinched, hurty feet and see you smashing your personal best next time you're out on the rock (which will be all down to you and not the shoes, naturally).
Choosing the right rock shoes
Getting the right rock shoe is essential. You can leave behind your harness, chalk bag, belay device or even your rope - you'll probably still get some climbing done. Forget your rock shoes (previously called 'rock boots') and you'll be scrabbling around in misery.