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La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

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    93 Reviews


    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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    Solid starting shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As the other reviews say, this shoe is amazing to start with if you're just getting in to climbing. However, this shoe isn't just for beginners. I've been climbing for years now, and whenever I need to hop on a sport route, I make sure to use these shoes. I've owned a couple pairs now, and I can't talk enough about how great they are! They're incredibly comfortable, and perform extrememly well. The FriXion rubber that Sportiva put into this shoe has almost never let me down. Only after a solid year and a half of solid abuse did the toes start to rip.

    I definitely recommend this shoe to anyone starting up climbing, or to vets looking for a good big wall shoe.

    Yikes! What Comfort!

      Newbie climber here, 100% gym so far. Started with a more aggressive shoe from another mfr and have not been able to dial in the fit or comfort, so they are detracting from my enjoyment of climbing. Read the reviews on the Tarantulace and decided to take the plunge. Got some sizing advice from a BC Gearhead; and Voila! Comfort right out of the box! Have used them for a couple of sessions already and just keep liking them more and more as they conform to the shape of my feet. Can now concentrate on more important projects as I advance my skills. Highly, highly recommend these shoes to people for whom comfort is a top priority.

      Great Shoe to Start

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These were the first shoe i bought when i first started to climb, very comfortable, I used them for both indoor and outdoor climbing, and for the price they have great durability, definitely the shoe that i would recommend for your first climbing shoe!

      Great to Start

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Got these when I initially got into climbing. I'd say these are the best shoes to start with if you're just getting into the sport, especially indoor climbing. Extremely comfortable, which surprised me at first, because climbing shoes looked like they'd destroy my feet at first. Pretty durable and a great fit.

      Awesome first shoe!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The La Sportiva Tarantulace is the most comfortable climbing shoe that I have found so far. I tried on several shoes before ordering my shoes from backcountry. I like the lace up version as you can customize the fit to your feet. After the shoes broke in I did find I needed to tighten the shoes up more. It took 3-4 sessions to fully brake in. They are so comfortable that I do not take them off while belaying. I will stay in them for 2-3 hours and my feet are still comfortable. I wear a size 11.5 in street shoes and sized down to a 10.5 or 44. My wife liked my shoes so much she ordered herself a pain of the same shoes.

      Good Value Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I originally have a pair of these when I started climbing and only reason I no longer have that pair is I left them at the gym on day. But I picked up another pair to use at the gym since they're economical.

      I figured it'd be worth having an inexpensive gym shoe rather than using a $150+ shoe at the gym.

      I wear the La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes in a 43.5 but wear the Tarantulace in a 42. But I wear the Katana's and TC Pro's in a 42.5

      Excellent Beginner Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This shoe is the best bang for your buck if you want to get into climbing. I've put many days in at the gym with this shoe and it has held up the past year and a half. Usually I'll do some bouldering then go onto the ropes and this shoe can totally handle both.
      My foot is shaped like a V where I have a narrow heel/arch but wider at the toes - this shoe accommodates my foot shape comfortably. I am not a believer of crunching your foot with a size down so I went with my normal shoe size. I do notice that in some spots around the heel is a little lose and will probably upgrade when I can.

      Best Cheap Shoe I've Found

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      In the 10+ years of climbing I have gone through my fair share of climbing shoes. Got these originally as a back up pair. Would I rate them the same as a high end performance shoe? No. Hence the 4 stars. However, I would put this shoe above any of the other "Intro" shoes. I've climbed the Diamond in these puppies, and I destroyed them after tons of mileage in the gym. I'm about to buy another pair. They have the best fit and feel for an intro shoe that I've found. If you're going to get into climbing and don't want to break the bank, these are the shoes for you.

      Great beginner Shoe

        I bought this for my brother who wanted to start climbing with me. We decided that we’d get him a good beginner Hsu for bouldering him to learn how to climb. The shoe fits perfectly for his size and he is loved it. It takes a day or two to get used to the tightness in your toes but he has enjoyed climbing in them very much! Would recommend to other people looking to start climbing.

        First time climbing shoe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Like previous comments have said, these shoes are great for a first time climbing shoe. I wear a 10.5 in most shoes and a 44 worked well for me on these.

        Great shoe on a budget

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        To be honest, I bought this show because it was the cheapest climbing shoe I could find at the time. I have been climbing casually for a few years, usually just a handful of times each year. I wanted to get back into sport climbing in the Wasatch front and Moab, but didn't want to spend a ton on new shoes. This shoe hasn't disappointed. It is very comfortable to wear for long climbing sessions, with it's non-aggressive design. It is pretty flexible, and I like the way it looks.

        Great first climbing shoes!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        My first climbing shoes. They fit great, and really helped me get into climbing. Would recommend to any person interested in climbing, looking for an awesome pair of beginner shoes!!!

        I mean, why not?

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Got this shoe while on sale to add a good all around shoe to my collection. I have to say, I've been greatly satisfied. When I go climbing I'll often spend hours out and about belaying, then climbing, then belaying again and repeat. These shoes have yet to give me a blister, tear a toe nail or malfunction in any way. I've taken them to Moab a couple times, spent some time on granite and up big cottonwood as well, and they continue to to hold their own.
        What this shoe offers:
        comfort, affordability, reliability, good performance, accurate sizing and good times
        What this shoe falls short on:
        not an aggressive shoe.

        If the shoe fits

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: 45
        • Height: 6'2"
        • Weight: 185lbs

        This is my second pair of climbers. On the first, I made the mistake of going TOO small. Now having sized down by just one size to a 45 (I wear US 12 day-to-day), the fit is snug without concern for massive toe curl.

        With regard to other features: I'd say the arch is pretty mild, edging hasn't been a problem, and they're fairly easy to put on albeit a little stiff at the tongue near the top of the laces.

        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.

        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

        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.

        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?

        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.

        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?

        Best Answer

        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.

        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.

        It says these are unlined. I can see a...

        It says these are unlined. I can see a white fabric lining sewn into the toe box. Does this mean they will stretch as if they were unlined, or are they actually lined, non-stretchy shoes?