A climbing shoe is a specialized type of footwear designed for rock climbing and bouldering. Typical climbing shoes have a snug fit and a smooth, sticky rubber sole with an extended rubber rand.
Redpoint climbing shoes are carefully hand crafted to conform very closely to the climber's feet. Soft, luxurious leather is the main material and the rubber used for soles are developed specifically for rock climbing and bouldering.
Should I use loose chalk, chalk ball or liquid chalk?
Aside from your shoes, chalk will likely have the biggest impact on your ability to climb well. This article will give you an idea of what chalk you should invest in to complement your style of climbing...