Im looking to buy these and i was wondering,...
Im looking to buy these and i was wondering, i wear a size 10 1/2 street shoe, and to be more exact my feet are a little over 10 and a half inches. so i was wondering how these would fit? should i go with a 9 or a 9 1/2 or just go a half size smaller? i know the norm is a whole size but these are more agressive looking then the last pair i have owned so im not to sure. Thanks.
im looking at this chart. http://www.sportiva.com/products/sizing.php should i go with the 42 1/2 or 43? im just not sure.
How the shoe will fit is a much more complicated than how big your foot is or what street shoe size you were. There are several aspects to consider. Your foot shape and your climbing style are two that make a big difference. These shoes are a somewhat sizable investment to be making without doing proper homework, so my suggestion is go to your local shop and try them on. After that, try everything else they have on as well. Unfortunately this will really be the only way you can guarantee a good fit for you.
That being said, here is what I can tell you. In my experience La Sportiva's tend to run slender, I have wide feet with low arches and La Sportivas dont fit me very well. Another very key aspect of this shoe to keep in mind is that though part of the upper is leather, it is backed with a synthetic lining. Meaning the shoe will not stretch like a conventional full leather upper shoe. You mentioned dropping down to a 9 or 9 ½. I would guess this is too small.
My guesstimated size for you would be around a 43. For a more aggressive fit, the toe box of the shoe should be small enough that your toes do not extend out from your foot, but they should not be crushed. Think of the way you curl your toes under before trying to stand on your tippy toes. If the shoe is too tight it may be too painful to put your full weight on your toes, and you wont be able to wear them for long periods. The shoe will break in some, so a little tightness is ok, but dont count on them stretching.
I wear a 11.5 street shoe, and I sized my Testarossas at a 42. You don't want these shoes to be loose or sloppy at all, and even though they are lined, they stretched quite a lot. I would not have gone any larger with mine at all. They are perfect. If I was you, I would with a 41.5, or even smaller. These shoes are super aggressive, and should be sized as such. My advice would be to try a bunch of sizes on, find the one that feels the way you want it to fit, then downsize 1.5 sizes. If you want a more comfortable shoe, you should go with something less aggressive. There is nothing worse than a sloppy climbing shoe. I hope that helps!
They will stretch and break in, I wear a 46 in street shoes, size 12, and I ordered a 44.5 in the testarossas and I wish i had gone another half size down. La Sportiva shoes always need to be sized down a bit in order to get the tightness that you want. If you can wiggle your toes separately, then the shoe is too big and should be sized down a little. I have a normal to wide foot and these fit great because of the laces, which allow you to customize the tightness of the shoe to make them fit like a glove. These shoes will hug your feet and I only lace them up when I am about to try something serious, because otherwise they just work so well loose laced. Hope this helps.
I wear an 11 street shoe and wear a 40 in testarossa. its a little painful but they break in nicely.
I have them in size 40.5, which is a street shoe size 8. I wear a street shoe size 10.5. What are some tips for getting them broken in quickly? I just got them for my birthday.