When to Resole video

When is the best time to resole your beloved climbing shoes? Click the video link to find out more...

 
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Too far gone

These climbing shoes are too far gone to repair.

Time to buy a new pair of shoes.

 

WHEN TO RESOLE YOUR CLIMBING SHOES

Keep it cheap, just replace the sole.

Climbing shoes are constructed with materials to have a long life. The rubber on the sole at the toes however wears quickly and is designed to be replaced periodically to perform optimally. 

Resole your shoes before there is any toe rand damage due to the sole being worn thin. This is cheaper and your shoes will be returned to you faster. Your shoes will have a longer life.

Avoid damaging the inner suede under the toe rand. Any holes through the inner suede may not be repairable and will be returned to you without being repaired or resoled (see below).

Please follow our Home page for current turnaround time which varies depending on the amount of work we receive.

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SHOE CONSTRUCTION

These shoes only had the soles replaced.

This will be the cheapest way to resole your shoes.

Sole rubber is generally 3.5mm to 4mm thick. It is common to wear through the sole rubber at the toe tip or inside edge of the shoe.

Rand rubber is the 1.5mm to 2mm thin band of rubber covering your toes on top of the rubber sole and wrapping half way or fully around the top of the shoe. The rubber is sticky but not durable at all.

What is a climbing shoe rand?

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CLIMBING ON THE RAND - NEW RANDS LIKELY

How to get faster and cheaper resoles:

Avoiding climbing on the rand will reduce the cost of your resoles and your shoes will also be returned to you more quickly.

Climbing on the sole rubber is what climbing shoes are designed to do. Any climbing on the thin rand rubber (where the sole should be) means that the sole rubber has been worn through enough and the shoes are ready to be resoled.​

These shoes may likely need the rand replaced depending on how thin it is. If the rand rubber is too thin to attach the sole then replacing this will increase the cost of your resole by $35 (single toe rand) to $50 (both toe rands).

This is avoidable by getting these shoes resoled earlier.

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HOLES

No longer just a resole:

These shoes are too far gone for simple resole. Any holes through the inner suede will not be repaired and the shoes will be returned to you without being repaired or resoled.

Time for a new pair of shoes.

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FULL RAND DAMAGE

No longer just a resole:

Too damaged, too late, these TC Pros needed substantial repair. 


If there is extensive damage to the upper rand, replacing a full wrap-around rand is possible but yet again more expensive, adding more time, more materials and repair work.

They can be done but you will have to ask yourself whether you want these shoes repaired. See final full rand repaired and resoled photo next. 

Climbing shoe resole TC Pro

   

Prolong the quality of your climbing shoes

These are the same TC Pros from the photo above that had their full rands replaced plus inner suede was stitched.


Preserve the integrity of your shoes by only climbing on the sole.


Have fun climbing,

Sticky Rubber team.

 

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