extend the lifespan of your climbing shoes in three steps!

Were you hoping to keep onto your faithful shoes for longer, but they're starting to show signs of wear or give off rather unpleasant smells? No worries – this way for some solutions!

Our tips to extend the lifespan of climbing shoes

A lot of effort goes into finding the right shoes and moulding them to fit your feet! This is why we want to help you make your climbing shoes last for as long as possible. Discover all the advice from Matthieu, our engineer, and Louison, a team SIMOND athlete.
Smells, cleaning, storage, transport…  You'll find out all you need to know to take care of your shoes!

can unpleasant smells from your shoes be avoided? yes, they can!

Do you really want to avoid bad smells in your shoes? Climbing socks can prove useful. They don't enjoy unanimous support amongst climbers, but they are designed to go unnoticed, and are more hygienic over the long term.

Our tips to extend the lifespan of climbing shoes

Carry and store your shoes correctly

Maintaining their arched shape is important if you want to perform at your best! By following these tips, you'll be able to maintain their shape for longer!
First of all, make sure to always place them on top of your bag. If they're at the bottom, the shoes risk being crushed by your other belongings. This damages their heels and arched shape.
The golden rule when storing your shoes is to close the velcro straps after you've dried them. This prevents dust, twigs and grains of sand from getting into your shoes when they're not being used.
And of course, if you're not planning to use your shoes for some time, you'll need to store them in a dry, temperate place (avoid leaving them exposed to the sun in your boot, otherwise the heat risks damaging the glue on the sole).

Our tips to extend the lifespan of climbing shoes
Our tips to extend the lifespan of climbing shoes

Make sure you change shoes between boulders or routes

There are those who like belaying at the foot of a route with their feet half in, half out the shoe! OK, it might be practical but doing so really deforms the heels and arched shape, and it's not great in terms of safety.
If you'll be belaying, we recommend taking some clog-style shoes or plastic sandals that are comfortable and provide a secure fit. They are generally very lightweight and so very easy to carry.
However, Louison stresses that flip-flops must absolutely be avoided: "Flip-flops won't stay on your feet … imagine something happening to your climbing buddy – you'll be flung against the wall."

Our tips to extend the lifespan of climbing shoes

and what about cleaning them?

The golden rule for cleaning climbing shoes is to never machine-wash them. Whether made of leather or synthetic microfibre, a washing machine risks shrinking them, distorting their arched shape, and damaging reinforced parts.

Our tips to extend the lifespan of climbing shoes

Last but not least, here's a final tip: remember to regularly check your shoes, and get them resoled if needed! They will last a lot longer. This is a cost-saving, environmentally friendly and comfortable solution (avoids the foot pain when new shoes are moulding to fit you).