Photo History of Climbing Footwear circa 1974

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Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 5, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
In a nutshell here's the choices one had in 1974:

steve shea

climber
Mar 5, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Yup, that's about right. We could get RD's in CO. also
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Mar 5, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
RD's weren't available 74?
I climbed in PA's, EB's, RD's, RR's, BITD
Tad
JayMark

Social climber
Oxnard, CA
Mar 5, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
What brand is that shoe on the top of the stack there?

JEM
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Mar 5, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Kronhofer's possibly.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 5, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Sure look like Kronhofers. Here they are on Rock 2 at Stonet Point.
Credit: McHale's Navy
jabbas

Trad climber
phx AZ
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
That is one cool shot of all the toe - destroyers of the era. My EB's got to become Asolo Skywalkers( resoled 4 times and my all time favorite for comfy) and then Fire Cats (POS) Thanks for the share !!!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:16pm PT

What's on the bottom?
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
Don I had them all and may have bought a pair or two from you, those PA's were dangerously like roller skates! EB's saved the day and kept me from reverting back to my beginnings, the klutteshoe or however you spell it..
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Vasque Ascenders or Shoenards.  Maybe Ascender II.  These were around ...
Vasque Ascenders or Shoenards. Maybe Ascender II. These were around in 1973 in Berkeley at TNF and the other shops---make that late 1973.
Credit: Tarbusted

Here's a thread from out Tarbuh-buh-buster's way. Shoenuff. Mighty fine stuff, Roy.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=431046&tn=0&mr=0
storer

Trad climber
Golden, Colorado
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Why no Zillertals? Maybe earlier, however. Maybe I can dig up a picture.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:33pm PT
Don...Were you ever inside Imelda Marcos closet....? RJ
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 5, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
Credit: guido
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Mar 5, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
EB's , Man that was the sh#t. I still think climbing the dime edges on White Lightning in Squish was easier in EB's.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Mar 6, 2013 - 12:02am PT
I like your shoe collection, Imelda, er, I mean, Guido.

:)
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:10am PT
That is one cool shot of all the toe - destroyers of the era.

Toe Destroyers, thats for sure!
I remember we would buy them a size or 2 smaller than our regular shoe size.
At one point I was wearing my tight EB's so much that I developed a nasty and painful in grown toe nail (big toe).
It became infected so I had to go to the Dr., first thing he said when he saw it was "are your shoes too tight?"LOL
I told him about all the time I spent in climbing shoes, he cut away some tissue and nail, bandaged it up and told me to avoid tight shoes and I did for about a month until it healed up.

Anybody else have this happen to them?
Tad
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:46am PT
This is what I see in Lauria's photo:

guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Cosmiccccc..........But monsieur, that is the great Coonyard!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Mar 6, 2013 - 11:04am PT
I bought my first pair of EB's from England in 75. I was living in Germany and they hadn't heard of them there yet. There was an ad in Mountain magazine from a shop who if you traced an outline of your foot on a piece of paper and sent it to them with 20 bucks, they'd ship you a pair they thought was right for your foot. I think the only time those shoes ever felt good was at the end of their life when they were completely blown out.
Credit: can't say

Edit: Twistedcrank, I got them a week or so before taking this shot.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Mar 6, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Those EBs look quite fresh.
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