You know that feeling when you get a fresh new pair of climbing shoes, and they are so pretty, and you are so psyched on them? And you insist that this is the correct shoe for you, as you cram and contort your foot to get the shoe on. Then you start to climb in them and you’re thinking to yourself “Did my feet get bigger? I know I’m usually a size 38.” You make it through one climb, and wincing you take your shoe off, and your foot is already starting to look like something from a horror film. Yeah, I’ve been there too.
I know for many of you diehards out there the solution for too tight shoes is “Suffer!! No pain no gain!” and that you in fact pride yourself on your feet growing weird new protrusions, and your toes folding over themselves, etc. But what if you’re like me and you are basically…a huge baby when it comes to foot pain? I’ll admit it! If my feet are absolutely killing me, it’s hard for me to focus on climbing hard. So what’s a gal to do when you plunked down a hefty chunk of change on shoes and you realize they don’t fit? Today I’ve got some tips for all you tender-footed folks out there.