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La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

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

    I really like my shoes. I haven't used them much so far but they are really comfortable. They are my very first pair of climbing shoe. I had no experience having one before. so i bought exactly same size as my street shoes. I'm 5' 11" and wear 44 for my street. same size of these shoes are quite comfortable and my toes are touching the front of the shoe while I walk on the ground. However, once I climb I feel like I would have helped if they were a little bit tighter. I will not return or change the size for mine, but next time I will buy one size smaller from my street shoes.

    Great Beginner Shoe

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I gave these as a gift for Christmas to a friend just getting into climbing. I used to have them when I first started climbing and they are a great option for escaping the rental shoes to start learning better foot work. Make sure to size them properly and they're an excellent option. If you're just starting out, I would not recommend sizing down aggressively like all the rumors say, that's something that really only makes a performance difference in the top tier climbing addicts and pros. When you're starting out, you want them snug with your toes curled a tiny bit but not painful. If they're painful then you'll find yourself hating climbing, never wanting to put the shoes back on, and eventually you'll stop climbing. So for the newbies out there, do yourself a favor and size these more towards comfort so you'll keep coming back to the walls :)

    Best gift!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought these as a gift and they are the best starter climbing shoes out there! I have the women's version and use them for the gym and outside! The laces can add extra tight support throughout your arch. The leather can stretch over time to fit your foot perfectly. La Sportiva has been making climbing shoes since 1928 in Italy! They really know what they are doing and make a quality shoe.

    Perfect Intro Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Looking to get into climbing? Intimidated by options, lingo, and cost?
    Welcome champion. This is the shoe you are looking for.
    These kiwi colored angels and I go back to summer 2016. They have helped morph me into the climbing junkie I am today.
    This is pretty much the only product you need to start bouldering - a fashionable and highly functional foot in the door so to speak. I have worn them from Oregon to Idaho to Utah, both indoors and out. They’re snug (as they should be), hardy, and a perfect intro shoe.

    Great Shoe to Start

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

    Bought these for my husband and neither of us being huge rock climbers he found them to be great shoes to start with. He only had experience with them in the rock gym but found them to be very comfortable.

    Trad shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these a half size up from my street shoes and wear wool socks. I hate burning up my feet in overly tight climbing shoes on big slabs so this combination works for me. Impressed with the quality of the uppers, the adjustability, and the traction. So far I really dig them, even gym climbing they work well. My first pair of La Sportivas - I call them my poor man's TC Ams.

    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.

        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?