If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re a seasoned climber who knows the difference between rock climbing and bouldering. But just in case we have some newcomers in the house, the idea is quite simple: bouldering is a type of rock climbing that, unlike traditional climbing, is done without a rope or harness for a slightly riskier adventure.
This means you’ll count mostly on your abilities, along with your shoes, as you hit the outdoors. And by shoes we don’t mean your Nikes. Rather, a pair of durable, high-traction rock shoes that are designed to fit in cracks and pockets, as you make your way up and over those massive boulders.
To follow up our recent list of the best approach shoes, these are The 10 Best Bouldering Shoes Available Today. So grab that chalk bag and crash pad, and we’ll tell you which shoes you’ll need.