I just bought new shoes, this will be my 2nd pair. I've been climbing for about 6-7 months and all this time I have climbed with socks. I never was interested in not using socks because I was not willing to sacrifice the comfort of socks just to be in pain from the shoes. It has gotten to the point where I need to stop wearing socks while I climb. But for me, the toughest part of breaking in new shoes is the tightness and the rubbing on the back of the ankle (where the Achilles is). In my opinion, it is the most unbearable feeling in the world and I can't climb half a belay route without complaining about the back of my ankles. What can I do to get over this pain so I can move on?
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