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La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe - Men's


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    • Kiwi

    71 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
    • Item #LSP0215

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Recommended Use
    gym climbing
    Claimed Weight
    9.3 oz
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    5mm FriXion RS
    Upper Material
    leather, synthetic leather

    Tech Specs

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    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

    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.

    Excellent Product - Well sized

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    I had originally ordered a pair of Evolv Defy's in my street size - 8.5 - and they were waaay too small, and I didn't love the velcro.

    I decided on these, as they had laces instead of Velcro, but I was quite unsure as to what size to order. After reading through the reviews I decided I'd try my street size, 8.5, again, but I really wasn't sure, but I figured that since backcountry's return process is so sleek, I'd be good either way.

    They arrived today, and I couldn't be more impressed, they fit perfectly. I'm a beginner, so not any need for a super tight fit, I was more worried about a comfortable fit, and they fit the bill perfectly.

    I've yet to climb in them, but I will come back and edit this review after a few climbs.

    My one concern is that they are Leather, so there is potential for stretch, but I figure that I can replace them if it becomes too bad, and then buy a size smaller. Even if these stretch, they'll be a good backup shoe, or I can lend them to a friend.

    Fantastic beginner shoe for the gym

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 9

    I absolutely love these shoes and I've elevated my climbing since buying them. I found them far more comfortable than comparable offerings from 5.10 and Scarpa, which all either crushed my big toes or dug painfully into my heel. As for sizing, I take a 10.5 in a wide range of athletic shoe brands (Nike, Adidas, Saucony, Brooks...) and a 9 in just about any dress shoe, and it turned out that a 9 in these climbing shoes gave me an very snug yet still comfortable fit. Somewhat counterintuitively, when I first tried a larger size closer to my normal sneaker size, these dug into my heels badly too, and I think it's because in the larger size the spot where the heel bends in the most was hitting above where my actual heel bends in the most. I keep them on for 2+ hours at a time all the time, and almost never feel the need to take them off when belaying. Also, they're lace-ups, and in my personal opinion the fit and responsiveness of lace-ups is always superior to velcro shoes and allow your shoes to mold to your feet better with time.

    The friction on these is very good but the sole is fairly stiff so you'll probably find they don't smear super well (though not badly). For that reason, these are best used in the gym where smearing is less important, and with their rigid toe box area and flat soles, they're excellent for edging on tiny footholds, either with your big toe or on the sides of your foot. Last, these are one of the cheaper climbing shoes available, so for the money even if they were less comfortable and performed less well than they actually do I'd still consider them a good buy.

    Nice Shoe for the Gym

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

    I have had this shoe for a couple of weeks now and I have come to really like them! I also have a pair of the La Sportiva Tarantula Velcro shoe and I do prefer the Velcro over the laces, but these shoes are in no way bad shoes! These shoes are extremely comfortable, but they are not very aggressive. No real complaints!

    Shoes did NOT run large for me!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8.5+

    Despite so many reviews that this shoe runs large, that was NOT true for me. They fit very true to size. I now know that there is a longstanding myth that climbing shoes have to be uncomfortable and even painful. That must be why so many reviewers are advising to size down. I call BS on that (well, thanks to more enlightened experts who have written on the subject). Yes, they fit tighter than "regular" shoes, but you do NOT need to hurt. Fortunately, BackCountry has an excellent return policy, and I was able to return the ill-fitting pair and order my NORMAL size. They fit GREAT and feel tight but COMFORTABLE. You would think LaSportiva knows what they're doing when it comes to sizing, and they DO. Love these shoes now that they actually fit correctly.

    Great Gym Shoe

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

    These make for a great gym shoe, after a few days of break in I have no issues wearing these for a full day gym session. Outdoors i prefer something a little more aggressive but for the price and comfort these shoes can't be beat. I do think they run slightly large so definitely keep that in mind when ordering

    Favorite shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 41.5UK 8.5US

    This is my ultimate shoe, I am currently wearing through my third pair. I first started with the velcro tarantula, got more and more aggressive laced shoes as I climbed for longer, then ordered a pair of these tarantulaces and they are my 98% of the time shoe. The laces make for an enormous improvement over the velcro. They are extremely comfortable, after a week or two of good break in I no longer need shoe breaks, my heel never slips out even when they're very worn. For my indoor climbing I find no benefit of more aggressive shoes and am much happier with the comfort. While I am not climbing insane grades outdoors there is only the very occasional problem with tiny crystals for toe holds I will throw my painful and aggressive Genius' on to make a noticeable difference.

    great shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    Bought these as a birthday present for my boyfriend. His review: I love these shoes! these shoes have accomplished exactly what i wanted them to, they fit great and are great shoes for the climbing gym. I haven't used them outside of the gym although i'm sure they would hold up well on real rock.

    Comfortable fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    Bought for my husband-- He says
    Good beginner shoe. I have a wide foot and wear a size 9 street shoe. Bought a 41.5 and they fit perfect. Very tight at first but after wearing a short time the formed to my feet.

    Fits large, great for narrow feet

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 46.5

    I bought these as a gift for my boyfriend. Since he wears a size 14 US in shoes, sizing in person is fairly difficult. So we started with 47.5s, then 47s and ended up purchasing 46.5s--a whole size down, with his toes slightly arched in the toe box.

    I highly recommend purchasing a whole size down for these shoes. That being said, he is looking forward to using them and says they fit like a glove. The lace ups are really ideal for someone with more narrow feet.

    Runs a little big

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 39.5

    Love the shoe. I sized them to be comfy and so I could wear them all day on long multipitch stuff. So far they've held up great and work exactly as expected... Just trust La Sportiva to have your back when it comes to climbing shoes.

    39 would have been a good size even though I normally wear 8.5 (41s) in street shoes. So if you normally size down a size for climbing shoes, I'd say size down another for these shoes.

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I purchased these shoes when they went on sale as a beginner shoe. I originally was told to go with a 45 (I am usually a size 12 in street shoes), but that size was way too big and fit my foot as my street shoes did. I returned them and went down to a 43 and then a 42.5. Sizing is tough to nail so I would advise buying multiple pairs and returning the ones that don't fit well. I have used them a couple of time at the gym and loved them, very comfortable. I have not used them outside yet, but I plan on doing so. Great shoe for a beginner

    Great Beginner Shoe

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

    I bought this shoe as a gift for my boyfriend to get him into climbing. It was his first climbing shoe so he doesn't have much to compare to but he says they are very comfortable. We got the lace version, he says they broke in very quickly and would recommend them to other beginner climbers :)

    Awesome beginner shoe

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

    These are great! I'm not an insane climber but get out when I can, and I really like these shoes. Having laces really snugs your foot so you have more control over your shoe, and gives you a little more performance out of them. Sizing is hard to nail, I went with a half size down from what I usually wear in a street shoe.

    Awesome beginner shoe

    Good For Beginners But Works For Anyone

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 6.5 (US

    These are my one and only shoes right now and I use them at the crag, in the gym, and on the crash pad. I think as far as indoor and sport climbing goes they work REALLY well, I haven't had any complaints.Bouldering in them is great too, the only issue is they have no camber and the toe is very rounded so depending on your skill level there may be better shoes on the market (but not for the price). I do love their feel though, my feet hurt in them after a climb but not like in my other shoes. So, if you're new to climbing I would highly recommend these because of price and their being overall versatile shoes, and even if you're experienced they still work just as well as any other all around shoe.

    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.

    Do they smell like how evolv's do?

    Do they smell like how evolv's do?

    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?