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Top 5 Beginner Climbing Shoes

I searched for the best overall beginner shoe on the market. All of these shoes are what you would want if you just started and are looking for the top shoe to increase your skill faster. These shoes are graded on comfort, affordability, and performance ability.

5: Black Diamond Momentum

New in 2019, these shoes came with a lot of hype, expecting this shoe to be, "One of the best low budget shoes on the market." The momentum did just that. At around $90, this shoe is perfect for a beginner budget. It is a comfort oriented, flat shoe, expected for someone just starting out. This shoe is known to be incredibly breathable, despite it not being made from leather. It can do pretty well on all types of walls, but not exceptional. This shoe also has to fit well to perform well. These set backs rank the shoe at 5, but Black Diamond should be able to excel at making higher quality shoes in the future.

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4: Mad Rock Flash 2018

This is regarded as the best beginner bouldering shoe. While this shoe does sacrifice some comfort, it gives it back in performance. It is slightly more aggressive than the momentum, giving the tow more power for those boulder routes. This shoe is also a great price. At around $75, it is even cheaper than the black diamond momentums. While it is not suggested you wear this shoe on a top rope route, it will do if this is your only shoe.

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3: La Sportiva Tarantulace

Within in my past review for these shoes, I have already stated the excellence this shoe brings for the price. At around $95, it is still in budget for most beginner climbers. It is one of the most comfortable shoes out there. This shoe molds to your foot very well, making it comfortable for hours of climbing. The Tarantulace is an all around performer. This shoe may not shine in any specific category, but it can do it all. For a lot of climbers, they did not like the lace system this shoe originally had, but the more updated version (shown on the left) comes with velcro, a much more suitable choice for climbers.

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2: Mad Rock Drifter

The Mad Rock Drifter is also a strong all around shoe. This is shoe is one the most sensitive beginner shoes, which is great for getting the feel of the rock. It is priced at around $75, definitely on the cheaper side. But this shoe does not perform that way. Despite it not being quite as comfy as the Tarantulace, it does perform slightly better at pretty much everything, giving it the number two spot on the list.

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1: La Sportiva Finale

This shoe is by far the simplest design: a leather shoe with a simple lace closure system. But this simple structure is what allows this shoe to become so successful. This shoe fits tighter than the Tarantulace, but still maintains the comfort. The leather is able to stretch to your foot more, keeping the shoe snug. It performs better than the Drifterand the Tarantulace listed before it and can excel at all boulder and top rope climbs. With this performance does come at a slightly higher price unfortunately. At around $110, it is the most expensive on the list and possibly slightly above a beginner climbers price point. But if you can afford these shoes, they can do it all.

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