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Gear Review

5 5

good, small

I haven't climbed in them yet. But as far as I can tell they're very comfortable. They have pretty stiff soles. It seems like they're easy on and off. I have the impression that they won't get as funky as other Five Ten stuff (like VCS). Also, they are very small for their size. All of my street shoes are 9.5. After talking to people at Five Ten and seeing them at a shop I got a 9.5. Thing is the 9.5s were significantly shorter than the physical length of my foot. I returned and exchanged, got a 10.5. These are still about the same length (maybe slightly less than) my shortest 9.5 street shoes. At 10.5, though, I don't think there will be any pain. I get it that different shoes have different lasts, are different shapes, and will be different lengths. But I don't understand why they made them this small, which is to say they made them diverege this much from regular street shoe sizing. It's as if they're trying to compound the shrunken (and painful) sizing that some climbers prefer.

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I called 5.10 before purchasing these to ask sizing advice. I have a size 12 foot and they said to get 11.5 shoes. My toes are still pretty curled over after wearing them in my house for a week, and go numb if I wear them for an hour or so. Sizing down .5 sizes seems to yield a pretty tight fit; I wouldn't associate it with long routes or comfort. Given their stiffness and the thick lining in the front, I don't think they'll stretch much more. I'm returning them and getting another pair in my regular street shoe size. Otherwise they seem like a great trad shoe.

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edit: I toughed it out and did not return them. They've stretched to an all-around fit. So, go down .5 sizes from your street shoe for that, and get your street shoe size if you want more of an alpine rock fit

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I have owned two pairs of V-miles, and agree that they are quite the mid-range technical/comfort shoe. I wear size 8.5 street, and sized down to 8 for this shoe. for break-in I went sockless, but to return the tight technical fit, put on a light to medium thick sock. Would recommend to anybody. have climbed up to V-8 bouldering, and 5.12c/d sport in these. Enjoy!!