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There are more climbing-shoe companies out there than ever before

The Momentum is one of our favorite beginner shoes, but it also excels on long outdoor multipitch routes or as an intermediate gym shoe. The relaxed fit is ideal for those who want more toe space, and the breathable knit upper helps keep your feet from overheating.

We caught up with Scarpa's climbing shoe category manager Heinz Mariacher to talk about what's next

We love the Boulder X’s classic leather build, super cushioned sole, and grippy Vibram rubber outsole. Contributor Jakob Schiller fully endorsed it in his article about the best approach shoes. “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight,” he wrote.

It might be sooner than you think

The goal: test Decathlon's budget-friendly beginner climbing gear

Whether you're bouldering, sport climbing, or jamming splitters, choosing the right shoes is about more than fit. These are the best models.

With ultra-sticky rubber outsoles and leather uppers, these sport shoes are perfect for finding the edge on granite faces, climbing in the gym, or, if you’re like this guy, scaling 663-foot skyscrapers.

Our gear editor praised these approach shoes: “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight through my first couple of photojournalism jobs because the thick all-leather build and highly cushioned soles put up with everything I faced daily—from muddy rodeo fields to long, boring press…

It sounds like a great idea. Churches have high ceilings, are centrally located, and, recently, have been falling vacant. But redesigning them to accommodate climbing routes? Not so easy.

Professional climber Kai Lightner recommends this shoe for beginner climbers “because they’re comfortable (as far as climbing shoes go), have an easy hook-and-loop strap system, and sport a vegan-friendly synthetic upper.” This all-arounder also features an odor-resistant lining to keep the funk at bay.

Black Diamond gave us the lowdown on its brand-new line of approach shoes, which includes two technical and two lifestyle models

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