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Scarpa Zen

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Initially, I ordered the wrong size--too small, which is easy to do if you don't know that Scarpa generally runs a tad smaller than other shoes--namely, Five ten. I wear a street shoe size 12.5-13 and a Five ten guide tennie size 12 for a snug (performance) fit. The Zen is sized European, and therefore not a direct conversion to US sizing. That being said, converting Scarpa's size to US, can be challenging if you're not familiar with wearing a Scarpa shoe. I'd have to say that the Zens run about one size smaller than Five ten. Originally, I ordered a size 46 in the Scarpa, but returned it for a size 47, and I am really glad I did; they now fit perfectly--like a glove. Lastly, I wear custom (soft) orthotics, and these shoes allow for this nicely.