A budget-friendly performance shoe makes the Hiangle a popular choice for boulders on a budget.
Stiff and sticky, the NIAD lace was created to tackle the technical vertical projects in your life.
A true legend in the climbing shoe world, the Miura is stiff and aggressive, perfect for outdoor sport climbing.
There are a plethora of climbing shoe models available in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, it can be a bit daunting finding the right ones for you . When looking for your new climbing kicks, it’s important to remember that manufacturers don’t just design their shoes for various styles of climbing, but to fit different foot shapes too.
People with Greek feet have a second toe that protrudes out longer than their big one, while Roman feet have the three biggest toes of somewhat equal length, giving the foot a flat tip if looking at it from above. Egyptian feet have the longest big toes, which slant evenly down in length to the little toe.
It is thought that over 30% of the world’s population have Greek feet, also known as Morton’s Toe. It affects how the weight is distributed across the foot and can cause more aches and pains. Despite this, Greek feet is known to be common in professional athletes.
The Best Climbing Shoes For Greek Feet
Picking a climbing shoe for Morton’s Toe, or Greek feet, can be tricky. Most climbing shoes that are optimized for performance are designed asymmetrically, with the power concentrated on the big toe. Shoes that have a wider toe box and a more symmetrical design will suit your foot shape best. You might also find that a stiffer climbing shoe will cause less pressure on your second toe, as a rigid shoe provide more support when weighting your toes.
Based on our research and testing, here are some of the best climbing shoes for Greek feet.
OUR TOP PICK
Five Ten NIAD Lace
The NIAD Lace – the next generation upgrade of the Anasazi Lace – is a time-tested classic that has been a staple of the Five Ten product line since the 1990s and a suitable choice for Greek footed climbers.
With a stiff profile and a crisp edge, the NIAD Lace excels at crack and technical face climbing. The snug heel and highly-tensioned rand force power to the front of the shoes, whilst the central toe box distributes the pressure more evenly across the toes.
Just like the original, Five Ten’s legendary Stealth C4 rubber can be found on the NIAD’s outsole and provides unrivalled friction on everything from granite to plastic. This shoe feels at home on crack and vertical face climbing thanks to its stiff board-lasted construction.
While NIAD Lace will certainly inspire buckets of confidence on your vertical sport projects, their neutral profile makes them less than ideal for overhanging or steep routes.
BEST FOR SPORT CLIMBING
La Sportiva Miura VS
This high-performance climbing shoe has an aggressively downturned profile and excellent edging capability. Although they are asymmetrical, the toe box is wide enough to accommodate the Greek foot shape without placing the entire weight on the second toe.
The stiff, aggressive profile will be best suited to outdoor sporty climbs and overhanging routes. La Sportiva’s P3 technology is a tensioned randing system that channels all the power to the front of the shoe, while helping maintain the shoes downturned camber throughout the shoes life.
The sole is made with durable 4mm Vibram XS Edge, designed to inspire confidence on even the smallest of footholds. The Miuras should be sized tight for performance, as the leather uppers will stretch over time. Because of their aggressive profile, they aren’t designed as an all day shoe, so would suit shorter climbs far better than multi-pitch outings.
BEST FOR BOULDERING
Five Ten Hiangle
A bouldering specialist, the Hiangle is another aggressively downturned shoe commonly used for single-pitch sport climbs and bouldering both indoor and outdoor. Moderately comfortable, the Hiangle is no slouch when it comes to performance, with the 4.2mm Stealth C4 sticky sole packing a powerful punch.
They are moderately asymmetrical with a slightly more rounded toe box to distribute pressure evenly across your toes. The toe box is wide enough to accommodate high volume feet and gives a nice blend of sensitivity and stiffness that work well on a variety of different holds.
They will not suit smearing or crack climbing but will be a great ally up those boulder problems.
La Sportiva Mythos
The Mythos is one of the oldest climbing shoes still in production and, to this day, remains one of the most popular. Known to be one of the most comfortable all day shoes going, many big wall climbers favour the Mythos.
The slightly asymmetric profile ensures the point of the toe boxed stays centred, providing the second toe with more room without the expense of cramming toes against each other.
The flat profile and comfortable fit make them ideal for multi-pitch, all-day adventures on both sport and trad routes. They fit in cracks nicely and smear well with a moderately flexible midsole.
They won’t be a top pick for sending challenging projects, but the unbeatable comfort has made them a great addition to any climber’s shoe collection.
What Makes A Good Climbing Shoe For Greek Feet?
The shape of the climbing shoe that caters to someone with a longer big toe can be entirely different from a shoe for Greek feet. Because more weight is put on the thinner bone of the second toe, more pressure is exerted per square inch on this toe.
Shoes for Roman and Egyptian feet concentrate the power on the big toe, while shoes for Greek feet will have a wider toe box to take the pressure off the weaker second toe and distribute it into the big one.
It is likely that some climbers with Morton’s Toe experience pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot. In addition, calluses may form on the second toe from the constant friction against the shoe.
Asymmetrical shoes that curve inwards do not suit Greek feet. Shoes for Greek feet tend to look more symmetrical and have the main tip slightly away from the inside edge.
Looking For Shoes For Greek Feet?
Climbing Shoe brands have a range of models for all types of feet. Because most climbing shoes are designed for Egyptian feet (longest toe is the big one), climbers with Greek feet would be better off trying shoes before buying.
Local outdoor stores and large retailers like REI would have a decent range to try out and choose from. Check out our shoe shopping article here, and best of luck finding the perfect pair of climbing shoes for your Greek feet!