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La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe


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    86 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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    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.

      Awesome first pair of climbing shoes

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: 10.5
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      I got a pair of Tarantulaces as a set my first set of climbing shoes when I started out rock climbing a few years ago. like all rock climbing shoes, you want to size them down, I have size 11.5 feet in sneakers, and I sized down to a 10.5 or a 43.5 in European sizes, they fit great. I still wear them to the climbing gym a few times a week, as they are more comfortable than most technical shoes and are perfectly fine for everything in my local rock gym. They have held up really well to moderate use over the last few years, and I would recommend them as a first rock climbing shoe.

      Great Beginner's shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: 9.5 US
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 180lbs

      I'm a novice, about 2 months so far. Chose to come into this sport because it presented a different challenge. On to the shoe review, I was looking for something a little more affordable and something that wouldn't fall apart on me. I have these in the orange color in a size 10US but they became a little looser than I liked but will still use them for those casual indoor bouldering days for more comfort. I decided to get them in the green in a 9.5US for something a little more aggressive and it fit perfect, toes are curled but not painful and overall the comfort is great on foot for many hours / all day fit.

      I am happy with them overall.

      I am normally the 10-10.5 US for street shoes. These I would suggest going down half a size. My foot is a little more wide on top and my heel is thinner if this helps. Like all climbing shoes or shoes in general, go try them on first or order multiple pairs to figure the best fit. This product runs Large for me in terms of my street shoe size.

      P.S. - I decided to give it more of a personal feel so I colored parts of the shoe.

      Great Beginner's shoe

      Solid Beginner Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 37.5

      Been using these shoes since I got into climbing a little less than a year ago. The rubber is nothing special performance-wise but it's definitely a durable rubber, I haven't had any serious issues with wearing yet. The shoes did stretch a fair amount from when I got them out of the box which is to be expected with an unlined leather shoe. I wear a size 7 US street shoe and these shoes(37.5) are a snug fit but comfortable enough to wear all day with their neutral profile. This is definitely a 'gets the job done' shoe for beginners.

      Great Beginner Shoe!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: 39EU

      This was my first shoe which I used mostly in the gym (5.10ds, V4-V5), and a little outdoors. My street shoes are size 8W, I got these in 7.5+W/ 39.0 EU. When they first came they were quite snug, but now they've stretched out quite a bit (I can fit a finger in with a little extra space) to the point where I need to wear socks. Currently, after a year of climbing pretty frequently in them, I'm getting a tiny hole in the toe area of both shoes. Going back in time, I would have probably ordered a half size smaller to a 38.5EU.

      Overall, GREAT shoe, and would recommend to any beginner to early-intermediate climber.


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: 43
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 195lbs

      Haven't used these much yet, but wanted to review the fit. I'm a 10- 10 1/2 on street shoes, a perfect 44 in Sidi MTB shoes and motocross boots. In these, a 43 fits me perfectly, tight but tolerable. Go down about one full euro size is my advice.

      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?