George Bwrote a review of La Sportiva Otaki Climbing Shoe on October 1, 2019
This review is edited after wearing the Otaki several more times. Whereas the toe box of a Miura VS is downright Medieval, the toebox of the Otaki is comfortable. I wear 44.5 in virtually every other LaSportiva shoe model but got these in 45 because of residual Miura-phobia and doubt there'd be as much stretch since the upper is synthetic with a lining. In 45 they are the most comfortable shoe I've worn, and they are maintaining their size as the toebox conforms to my toes - especially my Morton's toes. Next pair - and there most certainly WILL be a next pair of these, I might go with my usual 44.5 and endure what's likely to be a modest break in period. Depends if or how much these loosen up. One final note: as a review of these shoes elsewhere on the Internet observed, for some reason at the first couple of outings you might experience slipping off edges; but as the same review noted, this slippage goes away. I scuffed my soles with one of those grit-covered-foam-sanding-blocks from Lowes and got the XS Edge to grip immediately. So don't be deterred during your break in period.