Climbing shoes are an essential piece of equipment for rock climbing. Designed specifically for the sport, rock climbing shoes have a few major features that separate them from normal shoes. One of the most important is the increased traction in climbing shoes. This is present because climbers need to securely traverse narrow and smooth rocks, and traction ensures balance during this time. Rock climbing shoes also offer more stability and flexibility than other shoes, because these features offer more comfort for climbers. Rock climbing shoes should fit snuggly, and those who have never purchased a pair before should receive a professional fitting. It is also important to remember that climbing shoes must be comfortable, and if they are not comfortable in the store, they won’t be during performance, either. Scarpa, Mad Rock and Mammut have a pair of climbing shoes to fit every skill level.