Lately I have been accused by many of owning too many pairs of climbing shoes. One might even think that I am sponsored by Five Ten based on my endless promotion of their shoes, but they would be wrong.
While perhaps not necessary, each shoe does actually have a specific use:
Montrail Shoes – Received for free, still evaluating the effectiveness of a shoe that you are supposed to put in your oven before using. Good for wearing out at the gym instead of one of my more cherished shoes.
Anasazi Mesa – After cursing the mistaken arrival of these shoes (instead of the classic pink lace-ups) I now use these as my preferred shoe for the small and slippery footholds at Devil’s Lake
New V10s – Awesome bouldering shoe, not bad for sport either
Dragons – Still breaking them in but obviously quite good for the steep stuff
Mocasyms – Good for pretty much anything you could ever want to climb and quite a bit more comfortable than my other shoes
Old V10s – A bit worn down but still great for bouldering at the gym
Anasazi Velcro (not pictured) – In a moment of philanthropy earlier this year I donated my pair of these to a young pupil of mine. I really need to get a new pair!
Take a second to take the below poll and let me know how many pairs of shoes you currently own. Based on the results so far, I am not in the minority in having over 5 pairs of shoes. Also, take a minute to comment below what is currently in your collection.