Replacement Rock Climbing Shoe Laces

Find the perfect replacement laces for your trusty climbing kicks.

Rock Climbing Shoe Lace

Certain styles of climbing can be a death sentence for climbing shoelaces. If you are putting your shoes through their paces, there’s a pretty high chance your laces will start to fray, and eventually snap.

You might have noticed that your rock climbing shoe laces aren’t your average sneaker lace. Each lace is made of a strong woven cord to minimize stretch and increase the durability of the lace.

 

How to find the right size shoelace

Unfortunately, there is no standard size when it comes to climbing shoelaces. Most climbing shoelaces will vary between 110 – 180cm in length and about 3 – 5mm in diameter.

There’s plenty of factors that will affect the size of lace you will need. For example. If you are using a high-top climbing shoe, a wrap-around lace (like the Mythos) or a child-specific shoe, you will need to keep this in mind when hunting for that perfect replacement shoelace.

By far, the easiest way to work out what size of climbing shoelace you need is by measuring your old ones. 

Once you know what size of rock climbing shoe laces you need, you have a couple of options available to you.

1) Branded Laces

I was surprised at how hard it is to find replacement climbing shoelaces. 

After a quick bit of research, it became clear that some manufacturers offer replacement laces for their popular lace-up shoe models, whilst others will not provide any replacement laces at all. Even the few manufacturers I did manage to find that do sell replacement laces, its not easy to find a retailer that sells them.

I decided to get in touch with some of the major climbing shoe manufacturers and find out what they suggest.

IMPORTANT: There are only a handful of climbing shoe brands shown below. The simple reason for this is that a lot of other  climbing shoe brands prominently manufacture velcro or slipper shoes.

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La Sportiva Replacement Laces

La Sportiva Replacement Laces

La Sportiva was one of the best manufacturers for offering replacement climbing shoelaces. One of the biggest benefits of the La Sportiva replacement laces are that they are specifically designed for climbing shoes, so they are abrasion resistant and a lot more durable than a standard shoelace.

Until last year, they offered exact-match replacement laces for their most popular shoes.  However, this has recently changed and the company now only offers one style of replacement lace (similar to the standard Testarossa lace). The La Sportiva climbing lace comes in two sizes; 115cm and 150cm. 

Based on their old lace sizes, we recommend the following replacements:

Genius – 115cm 
Miura – 115cm
Mythos – 150cm
Katana – 115cm
Testarossa – 115cm
TC Pro – 150cm

Even if your shoes aren’t made by La Sportiva, their replacement climbing shoelaces are probably the most widely available on any manufacturer. They will almost certainly be compatible with whatever climbing shoe you are using.

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Scarpa Replacement Laces

Scarpa Climbing Laces

Similar to La Sportiva, Scarpa offers a single replacement shoelace.

While they are more suited to their hiking boots and approach shoes, these replacement lace come in four different sizes ranging from 110cm -180cm, so will fit your climbing shoes nicely.

I got in touch with Scarpa, who confirmed that this lace is suitable for their rock shoes. When I told their helpful customer representative that I was hunting for replacement laces, they even offered to source some from their returned items. 

Awesome customer service Scarpa!

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Boreal Replacement Laces

Boreal Replacement Laces

From what I have seen, Boreal does sell a small range of replacement laces, but finding somewhere to buy them seems to be a bit of a challenge. As stated on their website, if you go to your local Boreal retailer, they should be able to supply you with some replacements.

2) Non-Branded Laces

If your shoe manufacturer doesn’t offer replacement laces, don’t panic. There is a great selection of alternatives scattered across the internet that will work just as well.

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Replacement Laces

Scarpa Climbing Laces

You could go to your nearest shoe shop and buy and old shoelaces, and I am sure that would work, at least for a short while. Chances are though, you might probably find yourself with another pair of broken laces again a few weeks.

The major requirement for replacement climbing laces is that they are strong enough to withstand a whole day of climbing and that they don’t stretch.

The biggest benefit of using accessory cord is that it 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.

Here’s some replacement laces from Amazon that I have used before. They are about 3mm in diameter and come in a few different sizes, so should work for most climbing shoes.

3) Accessory Cord

The cheapest, and arguably the easiest, replacement for a 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. One of the great things about this option is that you can buy as much or as little as you need.

Accessory Cord

Accessory Cord

The biggest benefit of using accessory cord is that it 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.

The downside? Accessory cord doesn’t have Aglets. Remember those little plastic bits at the end of your laces? Turns out they are actually kinda important. 

Aglets give you a bunch of benefits. From stopping your laces from unraveling, making it easier for you to tie your shoes and threading the lace through the eyelets, these unsung heroes do a lot more than you might realize.

What’s best for me? 

A broken pair of climbing shoe laces aren’t the end of the world. Depending on your budget and preference, there are 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. 

 That said, buying non-branded laces or just some thin accessory cord can be cost-effective alternatives if you want to save a few extra bucks.

If your shoes are really on their last legs, I hate to break it to you but it might be time to treat yourself to some new shoes.

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