Hey there @addygkruse!

We appreciate you reaching out to us in the Community!  The simple answer is yes, this could be considered normal wear and tear.  The main contributing factor is likely from your foot dragging down the wall, whether in the gym or outside.  Depending on your current skill level, you may see your climbing technique evolve and as a result less of this wear pattern. 

Climbing shoes can also be re-soled, but typically this is more cost effective before the leather is showing through.

Hope this info helps and it is pretty rad that you are getting to climb so often!

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