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Gear Review: Patagonia Sei "belay shoes"

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
1 min read

These shoes are no longer on the Patagonia website, so it looks like they’re being closed out… but get a pair while you still can. I got mine on clearance for a steal, and now they’re being closed out on REI.com at that link, above.

I wanted something I could slip off and on easily when kicking off my climbing shoes in between climbs; when I stumbled on these slip-ons I knew I’d hit the jackpot. The heel collapses for a slip-on mule, or folds up for more strenuous walking around. They’re wool-lined for warmth — not a bit itchy even though I’m sensitive to wool, and I don’t have to wear socks with them at the gym or out, they’re very breathable. The only downside when I saw them online was that I thought they were ugly as sin… so far, though, the two boys to comment on them have commented favorably. One of my climbing partners who regularly teases me about my sensible shoes admitted he liked these because the stitching makes him think of a baseball… the other has an affinity for fuzzy clothes, so they went over well with him, too.

I got them for kicking on at the climbing gym; I’m sitting at my home office right now working and I’m wearing them as slippers. They’re super comfy inside and out, toasty warm, and are holding up well to my heavy wear. Patagonia has a solid lineup of shoes, made to impressive environmental standards, so if you don’t find a pair of the Sei before they sell out, check out some of their other shoe choices.

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Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.