It must have been later when I got the Fires. From Wikipedia climbing shoe article:
"Fellow French climber Eduard Bourdineau later introduced "EB" boots, which had softer rubber soles and became very popular in the 1960 and 1970s. In 1982, the Spanish company Boreal produced the "Fire" style of shoe with a revolutionary sticky rubber sole."
It's all a blur at this stage.
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