The best shoe depends a lot on the shape of your footsome shoes work best on narrow feet while others are more suited for grizzly paws. There's not a lot of room for error in rock climbing: Your successor failurewill depend a lot on how well your feet can feel the rock.
I like La Sportiva because it started making footwear at the base of Italy's Dolomites 80 years ago. By now the company knows that the secret to a happy customer is to use a variety of lasts (the form around which a shoe is molded), so that their shoes will fit a wider variety of feet.
After 20 years of producing the highly popular Guide Tennie ($105, fiveten.com) in a boy's-only model, 5.10 has finally come to its senses to bring us one for the girls. The shoe has great fit and arch support, a roomy (but not too wide) toe box, and gummy traction. And its dark suede upper gives it a nice street aesthetic. Here's to knocking off the Grand Teton with a little more ease!
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