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Blakej

shoe, toe issue

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So I spent a full day climbing in my usual shoes last week taking off the shoes after every pitch and letting the dogs rest but by the end of the first day climbing in them was agony. Now I'm looking at losing both toe nails. I put some holes in the nails and drained them last night but it doesn't look like it will help much. Any suggestions on some good shoes for preventing this in the future. Somthing that probobly handles cracks well and relatively comfortable to spend time on longer multi pitch stuff. Perhaps the La Sportiva Focus or Vega both are significantly discounted now..

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No the shoes are great for bouldering or at the gym but for longer stuff it turns out they suck.

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Yeah I have a pair like that. I take them off at belays too. But I have to admit that mine are a half-size too small...

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I have gym shoes that cram the feet but offer great control. Same brand alpine shoes that fit a pair of thin socks for outside. I bring the gym shoes for crags but wouldn't do the walk-off in them.

 

In the book "How to Climb 5.12" I believe they recommend having your toenails removed... tongue.gif

 

-b

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I have 2 pairs of shoes 1/2 size apart. Larger size for long alpine climbs (with or without socks) and smaller size for cragging.

 

Be careful, if you lose your toenails too many times, they won't grow back. I'm pretty sure both my big toenails are dead as they haven't grown in about a year. On the plus side, no more ingrown toenails!

 

Greg

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