From Guest Contributor Krista Dewald:
I have tried out climbing shoes designed specifically for women before, and am usually disappointed. They are most often a guys shoe with pink and purple splashed somewhere, and you can tell the designer was thinking more about how to market the shoes than what women actually want to wear. Mad Rock’s Onsight does not fit into that category. You can tell whoever designed these slippers had a girl’s foot in their mind!
The durable leather upper is closed with two hook and loop straps. The narrow interior and ridged heel were a perfect fit for my feet. The flex is also softer and the Onsight has a higher instep that your regular shoe. I’ve climbed with Mad Rocks before and their Science Friction rubber is super durable and sticky. I especially liked the compressed polyester interior on the Insights, which is ultra comfy, and hasn’t reeked to high heaven just yet.
My pair of Onsights were a size 8, and I wear my street shoes at 8.5. Mad Rock’s shoes don’t stretch like you’re used, so you’ll want them nice and tight right out of the box. They recommend you downsize a whole shoe size, but I was happy just going down 1/2 size.
I took my cute pair of blue shoes all around town–the Whitney-Gilman at Cannon, bouldering at Lincoln Woods and of course the local gym. My feet never felt cramped or painful, yet the edging and heel-hook-ability were really solid.
And of course, the Onsights are far cheaper than their competitors. At $80 and a shoe this versatile you can’t go wrong!
Pros: Made for a woman’s foot–narrow heel and interior, higher instep; Quality leather upper with cute embossed graphics; and solid all-around performance.
Cons: Be careful on the sizing. They don’t stretch and you don’t want to get stuck in a shoe too small for you.
Where to get’em: Mad Rock has them for $79 on their website here.
Krista Dewald hails from the great state of Massychusetts. She’s climbed all over the Northeast–Rhodey, NH and Maine–and just got back from her inaugural trip to Hueco. When not on rock or plastic, you’ll find her contemplating the meaning of Turducken.