We like them snug...but not too tight! OUCH! Feel free to call us (1-877-48-CLIMB) and talk to an experienced shoe fitter before making your purchase.
Rock Climbing Shoes
- From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing 0.5 - 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.
- Pain sucks. If you're not used to climbing shoes, as a rule of thumb, it's better to find a snug fit, otherwise climbing would feel miserable. Only you can judge what's and 'acceptable' discomfort.
- 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.
- 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. Make sure they won't pull off when heel hooking.
- Any foot movement in new shoes will mean sloppy foot technique when broken in.
In general and for moderate shoes we suggest:
|Brand||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|