Climbing Shoes

The only way is up. Slip into adidas Five Ten climbing shoes and you’re ready to start. Hook-and-loop straps lock your feet in, while tough rubber outsoles grip the cliff face during your ascent.

adidas Climbing Shoes

The type of climbing shoes you choose depends on the specific kind of climbing you do: bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing or mountaineering. adidas makes climbing sneakers for climbers of all stripes. The most critical aspect of climbing footwear is the fit. Climbing shoes should fit snugly but not to a point that causes pain or discomfort. A snug fit ensures better control and precision on the rock face. Look for shoes that fit with little empty space around the toe box area. The shape and curvature of the shoe (known as the "last") are also important. Different shoe lasts are designed for different types of climbing. For example, a downturned last is more suitable for steep and overhanging climbs, while a flatter one offers more neutral performance.

A solid, high-grip rubber sole is critical. Climbing footwear is made from uniquely sticky rubber compounds for high friction. Quality rubber supports your ability to smear, edge and grip small holds. You'll find climbing sneakers that use hook-and-loop closures, as well as those with laces. Some climbers feel that laces are more adjustable and easier to personalize, while others prefer the locked-in feel of hook-and-loop straps. The aggressive downturn shape, responsive midsoles and high-friction Stealth® Phantom rubber outsoles of adidas climbing shoes provide ideal support for scaling vertical or steep terrain. Browse climbing shoes for your next climbing adventure.

Climbing Shoes Frequently Asked Questions

Beginners need neutral climbing shoes to get a feel for the sport. A neutral climbing shoe has a flat to mild curve. As you gain climbing experience, you may want a more aggressive shoe, depending on your climbs. Read more about choosing rock climbing shoes.
An aggressive climbing shoe has a pronounced downturned curve, designed to strengthen experienced climbers’ feet on single-pitch climbs and small holds. Its curved shape makes it less ideal for multi-pitch climbs and precision foot placement. Aggressive climbing shoes often have an asymmetrical shape to help with precise placement of the foot.
Yes, climbing shoes are designed to fit snugly and mold to your feet (without cutting off circulation), to give you control and precision on small footholds. We recommend trying on your shoes while slightly curling your toes to ensure they won’t be too big once they’re broken in. If they’re not comfortable after three climbing sessions, try a different type of climbing shoe.