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

Mar 5, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Yup, that's about right. We could get RD's in CO. also

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


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.

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 !!!

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

Here's a thread from out Tarbuh-buh-buster's way. Shoenuff. Mighty fine stuff, Roy.

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

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

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

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.
Peter Haan

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


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.

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

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

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mar 6, 2013 - 12:59pm PT
RD's at work, winter, Gunks, mid-sixties.


Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 6, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
Don, Isn't that a Larry Reynolds photo that became a WestRidge ad with the caption something like, "Kronhofers-Still on top!"

By then, Zillertals were not sold much tho some lads still had them around. Where's that pic of Russ' old pair? I still have a pair of both Zillertals and Kronhofers which would be suitable for wearing to this day.

Klettershue is the German translation of "climbing shoes" and both Zillertals and Kronhofers were made in Austria, so the word in English became "klettershoe."

Seems like RR preferred Cortina Spiders for many years tho he may (or may not) have switched to his own brand after their appearance. The classic pic of RR by Glen Denny shows RR wearing his RR shoes. What did he wear on the FA of Tis-sa-ak in 1969?

scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
Mar 6, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
RR is wearing Robbins Boots (so comfortable you can wear them to work)
in that photo, Boo.
There is a shot of him wearing Spiders in Basic Rockcraft, the picture
demonstrating the heel-toe jam. The Spiders had thicker midsoles than
Cortinas, as well as extra leather at the heel cup.
In most pictures it would probably be hard to tell the difference between
Cortinas and Zillertals.
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