just wondering how long people's shoes normally last? im trying to figure out if i have poor footwork and my shoes seem to wear out quite quickly over the big toe area but i climb on grit about twice a week and on plastic once a week, is this normal or bad footwork? doesnt feel like im dragging my feet along but you never know....
cheers for any help
I think it's mostly down to bad footwork, but some brands of shoe do wear out faster. I always have the same problem with my shoes when I climb indoors, where I tend to drag my feet more instead of placing them accurately. I've found Red Chili shoes to be particularly rubbish in this area and have had a pair wear out in less than 3 months, with only about 20 odd trips to the wall.
> just wondering how long people's shoes normally last? im trying to figure out if i have poor footwork and my shoes seem to wear out quite quickly over the big toe area but i climb on grit about twice a week and on plastic once a week, is this normal or bad footwork? doesnt feel like im dragging my feet along but you never know....
> cheers for any help
not sure that follows - I doubt my footwork is great, and my shoes seem to last for ages (as in *years*). That said, I'm currently in a phase of only climbing once a week, which might have a lot to do with their longevity.
In reply to al123: Apart from a few big boot routes I have done all my rock climbing in a pair of Boreal Spyders which I've had for five and a half years. They're still going strong but I'm going to treat myself to a new pair this year!
hum... it depends how good your footwork is and how hard you climb. My first climbing shoe lasted 2 years. However, I was not climbing very hard and neither very often (about 1 to 2 times a week).
Now I am climbing harder and consequently need climbing shoes that are more precise. In average my top climbing shoes last between 6 months to a year. However, for easier climbs they can be used for almost 2 years. I use some old climbing shoes for easier/warm up routes and new climbing shoes for harder climbs.
Wow, I wish my climbing shoes lasted as long as you guys!! My indoor shoes rarely last longer than 3 or 4 months before going through in the big toe and my outdoor ones dont last that much more. I think La Sportivas that I happen to like are known for it, but I also do tend to rotate on my big toes a lot between moves as I climb.
In reply to al123:
Is it the actual front bit of the toe which wears out? Or the bottom of the shoe (under the big toe)? I'm pretty sure that if it's the front then that only occurs from bumping your toe against the wall. How long have you had the shoes for? Improving your footwork will do your climbing a world of good though if it's poor now.