WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT CLIMBING SHOES?Climbing shoes are the most important part of a climber’s kit, because they are practically the only thing that helps improve the climber’s performance. Depending on the styles, they can be rather comfortable and versatile, or suitable for a specific use. Thanks to the rubber, they boost grip on both natural and artificial surfaces and, thanks to their shape, they allow you to place your weight on very small edges.
Absolutely! You must clean them. As they are in direct contact with your feet, climbing shoes require regular cleaning in order to keep them comfortable, keep the material feeling nice against your feet and maintain their suppleness and performance. In any case, our first recommendation is: never put them in the washing machine!
CAN I WASH MY CLIMBING SHOES?
Climbing shoes should be cleaned using a soft brush and water, combined with mild soap. As the first step, you should remove all foreign materials (mud, earth, magnesite) from the outside and then move on to the interior. Once damp and soapy, brush lightly and then rinse off. As the last step, my general advice is to let them air dry, far from sources of heat and light, then store them in a dry place at a constant temperature.
HOW DO I CLEAN DIRTY CLIMBING SHOES?
SHOULD I CLEAN MY CLIMBING SHOES WHILE USING THEM?Keeping your shoes clean during an outdoor day or gym session is a good routine to get into. The most important part to keep clean is the sole, which ensures grip thanks to its porosity. Removing earth, mud, magnesite and any foreign bodies from the sole is crucial for maximum performance. Especially during long sessions, it’s a good idea to clean your feet before putting on your shoes, always remembering that they should only be worn for climbing; keeping them on your feet with just your heel out, will damage them in the long run.
The practice of putting magnesium carbonate under the sole is not recommended, mainly for two reasons. The first is mechanical in nature and has to do with the porosity of the sole: the grip is created by the empty spaces in the sole, so filling them with magnesite powder is counter-productive. The second reason is related to duration: magnesite will make a layer that over time becomes glass-like - hard and slippery - which is definitely disadvantageous when climbing.
DO I NEED TO PUT MAGNESITE UNDER THE SHOES?
HOW CAN I STOP BAD SMELLS FORMING IN MY CLIMBING SHOES?To prevent bad smells forming, in addition to the cleaning and care described above, you need to follow a few simple steps:
- Do not leave climbing shoes in your backpack after use;
- Do not leave them in the trunk of your car or in hot places;
- Dry any sweat from your feet before putting them on;
- Leave them to air between uses, even on the same day;
- In the case of prolonged training, wear very thin socks, which can be washed after every use;
- Use natural scents