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Rock Climbing Shoes
- From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing .5 - 2 full sizes. The flatter the shoe, the closer to your measured size; the more downturned/aggressive the shoe, the more you'll want to downsize.
- The best fit is comparative between sizes and only you will be able to judge that, though an experience climber could offer good insights to your fit.
- If it feels painful, it may break in... or it may not.
- Pain sucks as a rule of thumb though and makes climbing miserable.
- Only you can judge what's 'acceptable' discomfort.
- Good fitting rock shoes shouldn't necessarily be 'comfortable' by walking/running shoe standards.
- Look for looseness/bagginess in the toes and heel. Bagginess can mean 'slop' when climbing with feet perspiring, etc.
- Toes should completely fill the toebox.
- Heel should feel solid; like they won't pull off if heel hooking.
- Any foot movement in new shoes will mean sloppy fit when broken in.
In general for moderate shoes we suggest:
|Brand/Type||Sizing to consider|
|Butora||At street size or half size smaller|
|Evolv||At street size or half size smaller|
|Five Ten||Half size to full size below street size|
|Scarpa||Half size or full size below street size|
|La Sportiva||Full size or 1.5 size below street size|
|Kids||At street size or up to one size larger|