We adore rock climbing shoes, and we bet you do too. The fantastic news for climbers is that there are more quality products and styles to choose from than ever before. Impressive new versions such as the La Sportiva Otaki, time-tested classics such as the Miura, and up-and-coming companies like Butora are represented in this rundown of their favourite climbing shoes of 2017. From indoor overhanging sport climbing to long alpine rock routes, there is something for every climber in this article. To help hone in your selection, be sure to check out our comparison table and buying information below the selections. For those looking for a beginner shoe, take a look at our article on climbing shoes for novices. The La Sportiva Genius is as smart as its title implies. Constructed upon the PD85 past (the same since the mythical Testarossa), the Guru is a high performance shoe designed for steep terrain. La Sportiva actually pulled out all the stops with this particular model. Imagine the shape and support of this Testarossa, combined with the comfort and fit of the Option, all together with the incredible sole and accuracy rubber of the Futura. In other words, imagine the best parts of three of their best shoes on the market for nowadays climbing, all wrapped into one.Finding the perfect workout shoe can be challenging. Alas, a number of the goods in the marketplace are intended for runners, not for those of us who lift weights.
Nike and Undercover designer Jun Takahashi will soon add to their collaborative offerings with the release of a new hybrid lifestyle sneaker.
Shifting gears from the performance-driven sneakers and apparel featured in his Nike Gyakusou collections, Takahashi’s latest collaboration with Nike is the SFB Jungle Dunk. Like its name suggests, the shoe is a hybrid of Nike’s Special Field Boot — which recently inspired the popular SF AF-1 — and the retro Dunk basketball sneaker.
The result of the melded styles sees a Dunk-inspired upper infused with rugged details such as taped seams and support in the form of Huarache-like heel counters and overlays. At the bottom, a revamped version of the Special Field Boots’ chunky sole makes an appearance, adding both function and style to the lifestyle sneaker.
Undercover branding is featured on both the tongue and heel pull tab, while each shoe features text reading “CHAOS” (left) and “BALANCE” (right).
The Undercover x Nike SFB Jungle Dunk will be available in white/royal blue and navy/black colorways at select Nike Sportswear retailers worldwide on Wednesday for $250.
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