Introduction to Climbing Footwork

Trust your feet. Oof. If these three words strung together can cause a cringy flashback of your bouldering buddy yelling at you to "trust your feet" as you are seconds away from cheese-grating down the slab, you're in the right place. Your footwork on the wall plays a massive role in your climbing performance, from using the right part of your shoe to understanding efficiency and, finally, trusting your feet.

Climbing Shoes and Footwork

Believe it or not, climbing shoe manufacturing companies design with intent. That means every inch of rubber and non-rubber is on your shoe for a reason. Every climber should be standing on the "toe box." The toe box is defined by the shoe section where your toes sit. Why? Because pressing into your feet where your toes lie gives you the most control and force. Within the toe box, there are two places on your shoe that you'll want to utilize the most. The first is the point. The point is evident in aggressive shoes and softer in neutral shoes. The point of your climbing sho