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The first time you put your feet inside of climbing shoes, you may experience an uncomfortable feeling and be tempted to jump to the conclusion that climbing is not for you. This is because climbing shoes are designed to fit tightly and often curl your foot into a more powerful "toe down" position. Sticky rubber around the heels, soles and toe-box provide excellent edging and gripping capabilities, but a beginner's feet may feel very uncomfortable in climbing shoes. Eventually you will become accustomed to the tightness, and after time the musculature of your feet will adapt.
Trying on many different pairs of climbing shoes is strongly recommended before deciding which pair to buy. Top notch bouldering or sport climbing shoes can be very expensive and are often more down-turned than less expensive models, providing better micro-edging capabilities and technical advantages.
Beginners or people just getting interested in climbing should buy less expensive pairs first because poor footwork wears out shoes quickly. As footwork and abilities advance, better shoes are a must.
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Rock Climbing: Pronunciation: \rok klīm\
A sport practiced on natural rock faces or inside gyms in which participants attempt to ascend walls safely and efficiently.