Certain styles of climbing, especially crack climbs, can be a death sentence for shoelaces. And if you are putting your shoes through their paces, there’s a pretty high chance your laces will wear out sooner or later.
You will probably have noticed that your rock climbing shoe laces aren’t your average run of the mill lace. Each lace consists of a strong woven cord rather than fabric to minimize stretch in the lace and to also make it more resilient under pressure. Climbing shoelaces can be flat or circular depending on the brand and model you choose.
So if you have found yourself needing a new pair of rock climbing shoe laces you have a couple of options available to you.
1) Buy Branded Laces
I was surprised at how hard it was to find branded climbing shoelaces. After doing a bit of research, it became pretty clear that some manufacturers offer replacement laces widely for each model, whereas others will not provide any replacement laces at all.
The few manufacturers I did manage to find that did supply replacement laces were not easy to source. So, I decided to get in touch with some of the major climbing shoe manufacturers and find out what they advise!
Observant readers among you will realize that there are only a handful of brands shown below. The simple reason for this is that the other leading climbing manufacturers prominently supply Velcro is slipper shoes, so, therefore, have no need for replacement climbing laces.
It seems that La Sportiva is one of the best suppliers for offering replacement shoelaces, with a wide variety of laces being sold for each model.
Their full range of rock climbing shoe laces can be found here.
When doing my research, it became clear that Scarpa don’t offer the same variety of replacements as La Sportiva, so they were one of the companies I got in touch with.
While they don’t officially offer replacement laces, however the person I spoke to was really helpful and told me if I let her know which model I was looking for they could source some from their returned items. Awesome!
From what I have seen, Boreal do sell a small range of replacement laces, but finding somewhere to buy them seems to be a bit of a challenge. I found one site that seems to sell them.
During my research, I couldn’t find any replacement laces for Red Chili’s anywhere.
When I got in touch with them, they informed me that they don’t provide replacement laces and advised just finding replacement laces similar to the original lace size.
Unlucky Red Chilli fans!
2) Buy non-branded Climbing Laces
If you can’t find your shoes branded, fear not because there is a great selection of replacements laces on the interweb that will work just as well.
You could just go to your nearest shoe shop and buy and old shoelaces, and I am sure that would work,for a little while at least. If you did this, however, you would probably find yourself with this issue again in a few weeks.
The fundamental requirement for replacement climbing laces is that they are strong enough to withstand a whole day climbing and that they don’t stretch too much, as this will surely affect your climbing ability. This is why it is pretty important to get suitable laces.
Rock climbing shoe laces come in all shapes and sizes, however popular climbing shoes usually have laces that are between 120 – 190cm long and 3 – 5 mm thick. There are plenty of suitable laces to be find on Amazon, like these ones.
3) Accessory Cord
The cheapest and arguably the easiest replacement for broken rock climbing shoelaces is accessory cord. Accessory cord is widely available in most (if not every) outdoor shop, or you can buy super cheap from Amazon here. One of the great things about this option is that you can buy as much or as little as you need.
As I mentioned earlier, most climbing shoe laces will be between 120 – 190cm in length and a width of 3 – 5mm depending on the size and style of your shoes. So if you are in the business of saving a few penny’s, simply buy a roll of cord and cut it to fit your shoes. Simple as that!
A major benefit to accessory cord is that is is seriously strong stuff, so if you are doing a lot of crack climbing or putting a lot of pressure through your laces, this could be the best option for you.
Depending on your budget and preference there is plenty of substitutes for a pair of broken rock climbing shoe laces.
Buying laces designed for your shoes is the safest bet as they are guaranteed to fit your specific shoe (duh). However, buying non-branded laces or just thin accessory cord can be cost effective alternatives if you can’t find your model replacement or want to save a few extra quid (or bucks for our American friends.)
If you shoes are really on their last legs, it might be time to treat your self to some new shoes! If you are thinking about buying a new pair, make sure to have a look at our reviews first!