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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

Comfortable, performs well, but wears

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

I wore these for 9 months, 1-2 times/week indoors top rope and bouldering. I also climbed outside about 4 times, sport and trad. I climb easier 5 10s inside and lead 5 8s or so outside. I personally prefer being comfortable climbing all day over having the best performing shoe, and these fit that role for me. I am between 9 and 9.5 running shoe, and I wear 41.5 in these. My only issue with these is after 9 months I have holes in both toes!! But $65 is such a good price that I just picked up another pair ...

4 5

Great shoe for a beginner

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I picked these up as a gift for a friend. She's just getting into climbing, and these have been PERFECT. She's been bouldering a bunch, as well as getting on the ropes too- mostly in gym, as we're getting into winter. She says that this shoe is awesome though, fits her foot well and she's got a lot of control on the wall. Plus they're not super painful- always a plus! Sounds like she likes them, which makes me stoked to have another climbing partner!

5 5

La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I just ordered my second pair as after almost a year of inside and outside use , they have stood up very well. To get almost a year of a lot of climbing in is a sign of a good climbing shoe, an excellent buy.
I forgot to mention that I'm also re-souling my old pair as well.

La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe
4 5

Love these shoes!

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

These shoes are great! Very comfortable and they conform to your feet. I don't know how long the rubber will last on the outside but they might last a good six months or longer with climbing twice a week at a gym. They run big so order a size or two smaller.

Atop - Tuff Enough

Atop - Tuff Enough

The fit on these is wonky. Definitely run large.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

4 5

Good shoe for beginners

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

It's comfy and not an aggressive shoe. I do think they run a little large compared to other shoes, so you should probably size down a little bit. My experienced climbing friends recommended these to me and I'm definitely pleased with the purchase.

4 5

Good all-around shoe

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

I've had these shoes for about a 2 months and they are a really good all-around, non-aggressive shoe. The size runs fairly true. My foot size is a US 10 (Euro 43). I stayed with that size and they perform well, but in retrospect, I would go down bit more.

After 2 months of gym climbing 3-4 days a weeks, there is a small bit of the sole pulling from the rand and a small bit of the gray leather that has ripped. All of that to say, they still perform really well.

My next pair will be more aggressive and a bit more snug, but if you're a beginner looking for a quality pair that are easy to fit, the Tarantulace is a great option.

H i, m new to this and I was wondering...

H i, m new to this and I was wondering since I wear a size 44 in my Vibrams what size should I get? The whole size smaller than street size confuses me.

Responded on

Since climbing shoes need to have a snug (NOT TIGHT!!!!) fit, many climbers recommend getting climbing shoes a US size smaller than your street shoe size. By that logic, if you wear a size 44 in street shoes, you should aim for a size 42-42.5 for your climbing shoes. La Sportiva fit, though, is a strange animal, and tends to run much smaller than street shoe size. I wear a US 14 (Euro 48) in street shoes, but a Mythos 44.5, a Testarossa 45, and a TC Pro 45.5. The only way I know this is because I tried on lots of shoes until I found what fit.

Unfortunately, getting well fitting climbing shoes isn't quite that easy, as several people have pointed out. Different shoes fit differently, and the only way to know is to try them on. These are definitely good starter shoes, and you can send them back to Backcountry if they don't fit. For your first pair you want something that is snug, but not painful. These will stretch (as will most climbing shoes), so starting with a pair that is a bit snugger than you think is comfortable is advisable. Good luck, and welcome to the rabbit hole that is climbing shoe fit!

Bear with me please, total newbie.
Will...

Bear with me please, total newbie.
Will these shoes work well for women too or should I look at the Tarantulace women's version (teal)?
Thank you.
Thank you.

Best Answer Responded on

So you may like this shoe, men and women climbing shoes can be interchangeable. Some men use women's shoes and vice versa, its all about fit. The women's shoes have a different shape more narrow and definitely a better fit for the heel but again all of our feet our different. Your best bet is to try a bunch of different pairs and see what works for you.

Responded on

If you are a total newb than I suggest going with comfort over performance since you are probably not throwing heel-hooks and edging on micros. Even if you have a narrow foot, getting the extra room from a men's shoe might be exactly what you need as a training wheel into the world of foot bondage that we call climbing.

Do they smell like how evolv's do?

Do they smell like how evolv's do?

Responded on

Hey Anna,

Treated properly leather shoes will have less of a funk than a synthetic shoe. Make sure you don't keep your shoes stuffed in your gym bag or baking in the back of your car and these wont smell like how Evolv's smell.

In fact this is probably good advise even for Evolvs too.

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,...

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?

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.