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Serious comfort.

The La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoes use an unlined leather upper to mold to your feet so you can climb longer and suffer less. Of course, all the comfort in the world doesn't mean much without performance, so La Sportiva gave this shoe a super sticky FriXion rubber sole.
  • Unlined leather upper will stretch about a half size
  • Synthetic leather lacing overlay adds support for beginner to mid-level climbers
  • Aggressive rubber heel rand and FriXion rubber keep you glued to small holds
  • Quick-pull lace harness mixes easy on-and-off with support

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4 5

Great Day-to-Day Shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These were my second pair of non-aggressive shoes. I recommend anyone to try them on at a store before buying. My street shoe size is 11, and I ended up getting a size 9 US (Down TWO sizes) of the Tarantulace to get the perfect tightness without it hurting too much. After months of gym use, they are still a great shoe and I can wear them for a few hours at a time. Great starter shoe, but make sure you are getting the right size.

4 5

Comfortable, perfect shoes for beginners

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were my first pair of climbing shoes, and I wore them until the toes blew out. Although I prefer a more aggressive climbing shoe now, I always recommend these shoes to beginners. These are primarily awesome for the comfort they provide without much compromise on their performance. These would also be a good choice for those looking for a shoe that they can wear most of the day without needing to take them off. For this reason, I used them on my first traditional climbing experiences.

Comfortable, perfect shoes for beginners

If I wear a size 9 in most regular shoes,...

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If I wear a size 9 in most regular shoes, what size do you suggest that I order. I heard because of the leather I should order a half size down with a 41? or a 40.5?

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Everyone has different feet and different levels of pain tolerance when it comes to climbing shoes. In regards to your sizing, I would personally go for the 40.5 over the 41 because they are primarily made of leather, but I would highly suggest trying on a pair somewhere else to see how they feel.

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you can also order multiple pairs from us to try on and send back the ones that don't fit. A climbing shoe should fit like a sock, you want all parts of your foot touching the shoe with no gaps or loose areas. and around the toe of the shoe where the rubber meets the leather you will want to see all of your toe knuckles bumped up along that line. if this is your first pair of climbing shoes it will feel pretty painful, but as the shoe stretches and breaks in and you feet get used to being in that position it will hurt less.

If when trying the shoe on it is so painful that you can't even stand they are too tight and if you can put the shoe on fairly easily and it fells like a snug pair of sneakers, then you are too loose. You want to find that middle ground where your toes are knuckled and snug, but not horribly painful.

3 5

Good Starter/Gym shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

Size: I wear a size 41 street shoe (size 8.5 US). I normally wear a 40.5 in climbing shoes (size 8 US). I bought a 40.5 and found that it was a perfect fit for now but this shoe is unlined leather. This means it will stretch as you sweat and climb in them. I may go for a full size down.

Performance: Before you become to critical of the shoe it is important to note its purpose. I normally climb in Scarpa Instincts a far more aggressive and expensive shoe. It would be ridiculous to expect an $80 shoe to perform like a $150. The rubber is not particularly sticky though it does the job. It edges well, and has no baggy heel (normally a problem in most shoes for me). I bought the shoe because I wanted something that wouldn't hurt my feet when training in the gym or doing lite climbing with friends. It has done everything I wanted it to.

Recommendation: I would recommend this shoe to people buying their first pair of shoes. It is not a high performance shoe but does the job and is super cheap. I personally believe that unlined leather lace-ups are usually the best climbing shoes for fit and comfort. I would also recommend this shoe for people who need a comfortable gym shoe. I would not recommend this shoe for bouldering. It just isn't aggressive enough for bouldering.

5 5

Pretty great starter shoe.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have these and use them primarily at my gym. They are an all around solid shoe that i have found to be very durable. More comfortable than others pairs i have owned in the past. If you looking for a day to day gym shoe or a first time pair these are what you need.

4 5

Starter Shoes

The Tarantulaces have proved to be a great entry level shoe for me whiel climbing indoors. They're comfortable and are reasonably priced. Per the below comments, I went down half a size and am happy with having done so.

4 5

Excellent shoes.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

This is my second pair of climbing shoes. They are very comfortable to use all day long if you a buy a relaxed size. I use 10.5 normal shoes and got a 9 for this ones. I had the velcro version before and they stretch A LOT.

4 5

They Aight

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

This is a solid shoe if you dont want to drop a heavy dime on a pair of boots! La sportiva is a great brand and you never can go wrong with a sportiva purchase.

3 5

Beginner Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

This shoe is great for the urban climber who is just becoming interested in climbing without wanting to shell out the big bucks. Expect to replace them within a few months as they wear out quickly once making it to an outside wall. Make sure to go down 2-3 sizes as this shoe really stretches out. Overall, this shoe gets the job done for indoor climbing and is great for those just becoming interested in climbing.

5 5

Great shoe!

I'm definitely new to the sport of climbing, but these shoes are great to get things started! They aren't to aggressive, but still give you what you need to get the job done. I have a narrower foot, and sized a half size down from street shoes. Perfect, snug fit without pinching or being uncomfortable. I highly recommend these shoes for anyone getting into climbing.

4 5

good fit great price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these a few weeks ago for bouldering mostly inside but will do other climbing as well. not too aggressive but as i am new ish to climbing didn't want something too specific. This is a great all around shoe. Tight but not constricting to the point of pain. no complains so far. have kind of a wide foot and these felt the best with tight but not squishing sideways at ball of my foot.

4 5

Great shoe for a beginner like me

I just got into the sport roughly four months ago and have used these shoes twice a week since I started. I'm 6' 2" and 230 and these shoes have held up nicely with the added stress a big guy like myself puts on them. I have used them in the gym and outdoors on basalt with no problems. I climb 9's and 10.a's and they work just fine for me. The only complaint I have is that my left shoe is rather uncomfortable on my achilles tendon. The right shoe fits very nicely though.

5 5

Great gym shoe!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these just to wear for easy climbing at the gym; they aren't super aggressive, but they are an excellent fit and broke in very quickly. Great price for another good shoe by sportiva!

5 5

Beginners shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great shoe for the price.. Have really held up for me nicely.. I dig them

3 5

size matters

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

I was really excited to get these shoes because they were my first pair. I climbed with them a few times and each time i visited the wall my foot slipped off. Just hurt my knee because of this. The shoes have a really big toe box, good for smearing but not much else. Like i said using the inner/outer edge will cause a slip if the shoe is too big. Ill definitely have to downsize. Just make sure you get the right size and the shoe should work for you

4 5

Pretty nice!

These shoes are super combfortable doesnt hurt at all to walk around in them!, they stretch about a 1/2 a size due to them being made of leather, i found that the rubber isnt as sticky as some of the five ten shoes such as the projects or even some of the evolvs, the rubber is starting to detioriate pretty quickly and ive only had them for about 3 months and climb probably one or two times a week, good shoe, combortable, relativly cheap, great for beginners!

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