Should I Resole My Rock Shoes?I have two pairs of rock shoes that are getting very slick soles. They are still in good shape, and I am wondering if I should buy new ones or resole the old ones.
I have two pairs of rock shoes that are getting very slick soles. I only occasionally climb, so they are still in great shape and I can’t justify buying a new pair. What can I do to get another season or two out of them?
Break the cycle, Jerry! Freshen up your shoes by using a sheet of coarse sandpaper to scrub off that oxidized rubber. Depending on the depth of the oxidation, this could be an easy to difficult task. Stay at it until you are down to the good, sticky meat. You’ll know when. Worst case, the rubber is oxidized all the way through. If that’s so, you still don’t require new shoes—send those suckers to a good resoler such as the Rubber Room and let the pros reshoe them with new sticky rubber.
Whether you sand your soles or get your shoes resoled, you can slow oxidation by storing your shoes in a Ziploc bag. Put the shoes in there, press out the air, and zip the bag shut. If you have funky toe fungus, dust the insides of your shoes with foot powder before bagging them up. Alternately, you can just go climbing more often and avoid all of the above. Next!
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