Climbing shoe

By Leah Linaweaver

The history of the climbing shoe

In the 1800's the pioneers wore large, leather mountaineering boots with hobnails and metal studs in the soles to give them better grip on the rock.


In the 1930s, Vitale Bramani invented the first "rubber lug sole" for shoes. It was called a Vibram Sole, and he used these to replace the normal mountaineering boot's leather sole.


By the late 1940s, rock climbers were starting to climb very extreme and hard routes.


During the 1950s, Pierre Allain, introduced hard composite, rubber soled canvas boots that became known as "PA" boots, and were used by climbers all over the world.


During the 1960s and 1970s, Eduard Bourdineau, introduced his "EB" boots, and these had much softer rubber soles, and became massively popular.


Then in 1975, Jesus Garcia Lopez founded the company Boreal, and along with Miguel Angel Garcia Gallego, began to experiment with the first "sticky rubber" rock shoes.


1980, Jesus Garcia Lopez created the prototype of a boot that he named "Fire".

The day in the life of a climbing shoe

High in the sky, I help my person climb high up on the side of a mountain. I grip the rocky surface and hold on tight. I am round to give more support when climbing on the round-like surface of the rocks. I am strapped tight to a foot to keep from falling off. I am making my way up the mountain. Finally I am at the top of the mountain stopping for a rest.

My passion/connection

My passion is to climb trees in my free time. I connect with climbing shoes because I love to climb trees and rock walls.