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Oct 24, 2008
a pair of teal anasazi slippers 2 sizes too small(read 4 sizes smaller than street shoes). I was stupid, found a killer deal, and thought I'd need something that high performance. They went to the gym a handful of times before the pain almost made me give up climbing.

Then I bought a pair of mythos and never looked back.
Joined Aug 15, 2007
0 points
Oct 24, 2008
5.10 had a shoe called the Spire that was green. That was what I rented before I got my first pair in the same model. It was a straight shoe and pretty comfortable. I got some Boreal Stingers after that, but they killed my feet. So I got some Mocasyms and have climbed on that ever since pretty much. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,230 points
Oct 24, 2008
Sportiva Mariachers in 88. We were learning to climb at Garbage of the Gods in our sneakers. I was the first of our group to purchase actual rock shoes. I then led Finger Traverse with no falls. I felt sooo badass at the time. Been downhill ever since. erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Joined Apr 3, 2008
145 points
Oct 24, 2008
kronhoffers. Really just a pair of thin, split leather hiking shoes with special lugged soles on them. We'd get them 3-4 sizes too small and soak them in hot water and walk around in them for days, until they shrink-wrapped around our feet. Made them edge REALLY well.

But if it was good enough for RR and Bob Kamps, well, who were we to argue?
jack roberts
Joined Oct 30, 2002
0 points
Oct 24, 2008
Peter Franzen wrote:
I think I still have mine around somewhere... They were a pair of board-lasted LaSportiva lace-ups. Dark blue with yellow laces, c.a. 1996.

Kaukulators, generation 1. Gen 2 were brown.
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
21,610 points
Oct 25, 2008
Chouinards (shoenards) stiff you could just about strap crampons on. Definitely honed my footwork, especially before I had them resoled in sticky rubber.

A side note on this subject: I was introducing a friend to climbing who was starting out in running shoes. After hauling him up a route, I convinced him to buy a pair of Fires. The next climb we picked out of Roaches guide started with a lichen covered slab (My friend wanted long mountaineering type routes since he was in the middle of climbing all of the 14ers). It rained the night before. I had to solo it (no pro) and aimed for the small spots of red sandstone between slippery wet lichen.

After telling my friend that new shoes would turn him into Spiderman, again I had to haul him up a route because of the slippery lichen. He had to wait for another outing to experience what I was talking about.
From Loveland, CO
Joined Mar 22, 2006
55 points
Oct 25, 2008
These were my first pair of climbing shoes (boreal Diablo). I still have them too, but now they are a little dusty since I got my mythos. : >

Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot of my shoes!; >
Another shot of my shoes!; >
From Reno
Joined Mar 18, 2006
0 points
Oct 25, 2008
Raichle Reds, big Norwegian welt mountaineering boots. Smeared like you were on greasy hamburger and edged like Crocs.

Then I got EBs. In my second climbing life (I quit for years) my first sticky pair were Kaukulators. Loved them.

EDIT: Hi Patty! I realized that I am under your feet (again).
Lee Smith
Joined Sep 5, 2003
615 points
Oct 25, 2008
My first shoes were the Krohnhoffer kletter shoes which were the only ones available in Boulder at the time (1967). Then I got a pair of RD's which I had to order from an importer in New York. They cost 15 dollars plus 2 bucks for shipping! Ed Wright
Joined May 14, 2006
35 points
Oct 25, 2008
Moccasyms Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From Alabama
Joined Jan 18, 2008
5,070 points
Oct 31, 2008
Lime green 5.10 Summits. chossmonkey
Joined Oct 17, 2007
355 points
Oct 31, 2008
A pair of High-Top Merriel Smears Dave Miller
From Boulder
Joined Feb 15, 2006
0 points
Oct 31, 2008
Kamet Joshua Tree around 1991 or so. Tyler Bowser
From Red River
Joined Mar 8, 2006
25 points
Oct 31, 2008
Powder-puff blue 5.10 Spires. J. Fox
From Black Hawk, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2007
1,015 points
Oct 31, 2008
A pair of La Sportiva Cliff's and climbed in them until my big toe poked through. While I am not an old timer I still hold that first pair in high regard mostly for getting me hooked on the dark side. Chris M.
Joined Jan 22, 2006
0 points
Oct 31, 2008
5.10 summits I think they were called, aboout '92. I didn't think they were high enough performance for me at the time after I bought them; yeah, right. pfwein
From Boulder, CO
Joined May 7, 2006
30 points
Nov 1, 2008
Royal Robbins. The famous blue suede shoes. They worked well at the gunks, with lots of edging. Eastvillage
From New York, NY
Joined Mar 19, 2006
25 points
Nov 1, 2008
PA's back in 1975. A year or two later I upgraded to EB's bsmoot
Joined Aug 21, 2006
1,750 points
Nov 1, 2008
Like Jack Roberts mine was a pair of Krohoffer's back in 1967. My dad found them in my car at the time, I was a sophmore in high school and took them and threw them away. My parents had strictly forbid me from climbing. Needless to say it didn't stop me though I was quite a bit more careful in how I hid my gear. I don't remember what my second pair was but soon I was climbing in a pair of RR's. Jeff Bevan
Joined Jan 1, 2000
10 points
Nov 2, 2008
EB's. Bought Fires when they came out, as soon as they were available in Bozeman (No. Lights). Bumped up a grade especially on friction overnight. Still have the EBs, but, sold the Fires, but, I do have my first pair of Fire Cats, I think. Sold my Scarpa Superatz (sp?) which were another early pair of shoes I owned too.

Actually started in Kastinger leather boots on ice and running shoes on rock, but, thankfully acquired an ice climbing partner's rock shoes soon thereafter ('83 or so).

-Brian in SLC
Brian in SLC
Joined Oct 6, 2003
12,045 points
Nov 2, 2008
Thank you East Village. I was beginning to wonder if I was the oldest climber in the forum. Definitely the Robbins Blue Birds, I believe they were called. Great on granite Gunks for you, Enchanted Rock, TX for me!

I would have kept wearing them for years but then the cat decided to mark them. There was no getting the smell out. Upgraded to EBs.
marc rosenthal
From Canyon Lake, TX
Joined Feb 5, 2006
105 points
Nov 2, 2008
5.10 verticles..Used them for at least 3 resoles till I bought the Asolo runnouts. Not old, classic. mcarizona
From Flag
Joined Feb 5, 2007
25 points
Nov 2, 2008
5.10 Lynx lace-ups; comfy unlined shoes with a fiber insole you could use to stiffen them up (a little, tiny bit). Loved these shoes and never forgot the lesson they taught me---don't try to resole your own friggin' shoes! Hardluck
Joined Mar 31, 2008
10 points
Nov 2, 2008
The green 5.10 Summits. Wore em out on the buildering circuit on campus, late night, after my janitor job. Then I got some of the lucky charm Aces...whoa momma! I was hooked. Tea
Joined Feb 10, 2006
210 points
Nov 3, 2008
Boreal ACES with the cool neon green graphics. 1992 TomJensen
From Spring City, Pennsylvania
Joined Aug 3, 2008
5 points

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