Climbing shoes glossary
At Wild Earth, we have climbing shoes available in styles for both men and women. Here is our glossary on the anatomy of a climbing shoe:
Heel - Designed to cup your heel and provide height, the heel can be tensioned, molded or relaxed, depending on your preference.
Rand - The rand is the rubber layer above the sole that runs around the shoe. For a climbing shoe suitable for sport climbing, choose a shoe with a medium to snug toe fit and relaxed heel rand.
Sole - The bottom of the climbing shoe, the sole provides the necessary friction to help you keep purchase on different surfaces. The thicker the sole of your climbing shoe, the less it will bend.
If you are a beginning climber, we recommend a thick sole for a strong, stable foundation. As your skills advance, you might like to experiment with a shoe that provides more flexibility as you face more difficult climbing challenges.
Tongue - The flap that covers the inside of the shoe, the tongue should fold flat once the laces are tightened, fitting smoothly against your shin and ankle without creating pressure points.
If your climbing shoes don’t fit on first try, no sweat - we offer easy returns.