Five Ten Spire
Use: relaxed climbing, ratings up to v7 and 5.11
Break-in Period: virtually none. should feel great right away. these do stretch!
Price Paid: $85
The Five Ten Spire is one of the best all-around comfort shoes there is. It's great for wearing on long sessions. I'd recommend this shoe to any beginner, in fact my mother, father, and myself all have a pair of these (yes, they work for men and women).
These shoes DO stretch. While you don't want to buy a shoe too tight as a beginner, the more technical you get the more you'll realize these do end up conforming to your foot and if you don't buy a little tight you might end up getting some pocketing here or there.
I bought mine just over a year ago and have climbed quite often both indoors and outdoors, so they stand up to a lot of wear.
It is not the most technical shoe in the world but has gotten me through v6/v7 boulder problems and 5.11c climbs. I'll be moving on to a more technical shoe shortly but will always keep a pair of these around for those lazy days when I'm not so worried about performance and would rather something soft and comfortable.
Materials: leather + rubber
Use: entry-level & long climbs
Break-in Period: days
Price Paid: $100-ish
Perfect entry shoe. After 4 years of occasional use on easy routes, mine have finally blown through... so they last pretty well.
Very comfortable, very sticky rubber. Not an aggressive shoe at all. Everyone should have a pair for easy multi-pitch slabs.
Weight: 120 lbs.
Price Paid: $89
I used these shoes for my rock climbing training class and they were great. After the class I started using 5-10 Anasazi's and I liked those even more. 5-10 makes great shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Every year, the Five Ten Spire is the best-selling rock shoe in the U.S. It's the perfect all-around climbing shoe, engineered for the climber seeking ultimate value, unmatched comfort, versatile performance and premier materials.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
For comfort and all-around performance at a price that won't break the bank, it doesn't get much better than the Five Ten Spire Lace-Up Climbing Shoe. The stiff midsole and flat profile shape provide the support you need to confidently stand on small footholds while the Stealth C4 soles provide the legendary grip that has made the world's hardest routes a reality.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Sporting an impressive value to performance ratio, the well-rounded Spire rock shoe from Five-Ten is an ideal entry into the vertical world.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version