Pros and Cons When You Resole Climbing Shoes
So you want to resole your climbing shoes. Why? Is it to save money, because there are your lucky shoes, you’re “green” or you could never find a better pair that fit so well? Here are some pros and cons of resoling climbing shoes.
Resoling your shoes can cost less than buying a new pair. It costs around $35-$50 to resole a climbing shoe depending on how badly worn it is and also on what exactly is worn.
Maybe resoling a climbing shoe saves the environment a little bit or at least a cow.
They are already broken in. Read the cons on this one.
Cons of Resoling Climbing Shoes
Climbing shoes get really nasty after wearing them. Your feet sweat in them and all kinds of nasty foot disease germs live inside your climbing shoes. Why would you want to keep sticking your feet into those smelly, fungus traps when you could get a new pair.
The shoes are already broken in and fit so well. Guess what? When you resole them they just don’t quite fit they same. I used to resole my climbing shoes and I know this for a fact. It’s not too bad though, but they don’t fit the same.
Timing without your shoes. Most places offer a quick turnaround time. But if you climb often you will be without your shoes for at least two weeks. The resoling places are not always in your backyard so you will have to mail them out and then they get mailed back which takes time.
A Compromise For the Climbing Shoe Resole
Some shoes may be beyond repair, depending on where they are worn. You usually can’t fix holes in the leather uppers. If you are only replacing the rubber soles you’re OK to resole those climbing shoes.
If you are on a budget then you owe it to yourself to get your shoes resoled at least once for the sheer experience of it and also it will save you some money over buying a brand new pair of rock climbing shoes. Then you can determine if you want to do it again.
However, if your finances are a little better off, buying a new pair is probably worth it.
Do It Yourself Climbing Shoe Resole Kits
Places & Prices for Climbing Shoe Resole