La Sportiva Tarantula Shoe

La Sportiva Tarantula Shoe is rated 4.6154 out of 5 by 26.
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Product Description Item No.   10120529

The La Sportiva Tarantula Shoe is a leather climbing shoe for the beginning climber. The Tarantula is an easy on and off slipper with Velcro closure for all-day comfort. The relatively flat shoe with slight asymmetry will be aggressive enough to get around the trickier obstacles at the gym and still leave your feet happy at the end of a long day. The unlined upper breathes and will stretch enough to make it a joy to pull these on day after day. If you're looking for large and fuzzy arachnids, you've come to the wrong place.

FEATURES of the La Sportiva Tarantula Shoe

  • Comfortable unlined leather upper provides all day comfort
  • Long lasting sticky FriXion rubber sticks to plastic and rock equally as well
  • Multi-position closure system adapts to various foot types
  • Asymmetrical shape helps beginning climbers push the grades at a faster pace

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Weight: 10.23 oz
Best Use: Climbing
Outsole: 5 mm FriXion RS
Footwear Features: Cushioned
Footwear Closure: Slip-on
Midsole: 1.8 mm LaspoFlex
Terrain: Mountain
Upper: Leather
Toe Coverage: Closed Toe
Footwear Height: Ankle

Men's Footwear Size Conversion Chart
EURO SIZE 34 34.5 35 35.5 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5
US Size 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 4.5+ 5 5.5 6 6.5
 
EURO SIZE (cont.) 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5
US Size 6.5+ 7 7.5 8 8.5 8.5+ 9 9.5 10 10.5
 
EURO SIZE (cont.) 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 47.5 48 -
US Size 10.5+ 11 11.5 12 12.5 12.5+ 13 13.5 14 -
LA SPORTIVA FIT GUIDE and INFO

La Sportiva footwear is built and offered on European half sizes, which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives them four extra sizes per size run, and ultimately gives you a better fit.

Please review La Sportiva's size conversion chart above to help determine your ideal size. Below you will find additional information about how to fit and break in the different styles of La Sportiva footwear, which will also help guide you to the correct size.

ROCK CLIMBING SHOES:
• As a general rule soft shoes like climbing shoes require a tighter fit, or about two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size.
• La Sportiva recommends you fit your trad climbing shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size.
• La Sportiva offers a lot of lasts, and each offers a different fit and feel. Remember to factor in potential stretching.
• Unlined slip-lasted shoes tend to stretch a bit more than lined shoes, or about one full size.
• Lined shoes stretch about a half size.

ROCK CLIMBING SHOE FIT SYSTEMS:
• PERFORMANCE FIT - offers a high performance fit and a downturned last.
• TECH FIT - a more technical fit and a last with neutral profile.
• COMFORT FIT - a comfortable fit and a last with more volume and a neutral profile.

HIKING, BACKPACKING and MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS:
• Find your US Size in the guide above, then find the Euro Size conversion and add one half size.
• The ideal size holds your toes ever so slightly away from the front of the boot while the lacing system is snug across the top of your arch.
• If you can try to boots on beforehand, make sure you wear the same size and weight socks you would typically wear with the boots, and any orthotics or custom footbeds you use.
• It is ideal to fit boots later in the day since feet are prone to swell slightly as a day progresses.
• Wear your boots indoors only until you are confident about the fit.
• Your foot should feel snug (not tight) from the arch back into the heel pocket with just a minimum lift as you walk. If your heel lifts make sure the lacing is snug and not too loose.
• Your toes should NOT touch the front of the boot, but when you kick the toe into the floor, you should know where the front of the boot is. You want just enough room to wiggle your toes.
• If your toes or sides of your feet feel squished, most likely the width is too narrow and the boot will not work for you.
• If your toes touch the front of the boot, most likely it is too short and you need the next half size up.
• Make sure to keep all original packaging that came with your boots until you are sure that you are happy with your purchase.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a fantastic, mid level climbing shoe, well worth the money. I've had these shoes for about 4 months and they've been absolutely fantastic. They're a great shoe for a beginner as well as a more experienced climber. I think La Sportiva definitely has the climbing shoe dialed in and they're a good choice to buy no matter what your level. The leather that the upper is made out of is fantastically soft and breaks in to form to your feet wonderfully. I highly recommend buying leather no matter what shoe you buy simply because it's so much more comfortable than synthetic shoes. All in all, I"m completely satisfied with these shoes and would absolutely recommend them to a friend.,,
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, great value, versatile, and durable These were my first pair of climbing shoes and they have served me very well for the last 9 months on every type of rock in America and in the gym. I can wear these all day with minimal discomfort and after 2-4 days of climbing a week they are just beginning to show the need for repair or replacement. I wear a size 10.5 wide street shoe and settled on a 43, though 42.5 would have been good after they streched out (but probably not as comfortable). My 2 climbing buddies bought the same pair with me while on a crosscountry trip and we all learned a lot fast in these things, definitely recommend to a beginner or as a tough backup for the gym.
Date published: 2015-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Pair of Climbing Shoes I bought these back when I started climbing and have loved them ever since. In fact, I love them so much that I just bought a 3rd pair. I have tried many other shoes but none provided the comfort and versatility that these shoes do.,,,,I enjoy going back and forth between bouldering and sport climbing and these shoes are aggressive enough for bouldering and comfortable enough for those long sport routes. I also go back and forth between indoor and outdoor climbing and they do great in both scenarios,,,,If you're a beginner or intermediate climber, looking for a great versatile shoe. These are the ones for you.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great first shoe! I recently purchased this as my first climbing shoe. I have been extremely satisfied with the product. The leather stretches as expect, so buy a smaller size. The velcro straps work great and are nice to be able to take my shoe off after a climb very easily. Having three pull straps is extremely useful for putting the shoe on, and the arrangement on the heel straps are perfect! The rubber is also plenty sticky for an average joe like me. My only complaint is that I wish the tip was a little more aggressive, but that is one thing you pay for and a more expensive shoe. An all around great product from La Sportiva!
Date published: 2012-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great beginner shoe These shoes are great for beginners or climbers seeking all-day comfort. They are not very aggressive, but still perform well on the wall. The stiffer sole helps edging, and the rubber is pretty sticky at first (but I was slipping off gym footholds after a year of moderate use in and outdoors). The velco design gives good fit customization. I wear a size 10.5 in street shoes, and bought these in 45s. They fit right against the tips of my toes with no toe curl, so they were pretty comfy as a result. They did not stretch much at all, so make sure to by true to the size you need. Also, I have a slightly wider toe-box than most, and these fit great to accommodate that.
Date published: 2012-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shoe for the money... IF you have lower volume but slightly wider feet. I have a real problem with finding shoes that I don't want to burn after a couple of pitches. I have very low volume feet, a narrow heel, and a wide forefoot. These shoes fit me like a glove. Forget about "performance" shoes unless you're cranking V6 and or 5.11+ and up. These shoes are awesome for mid range climbing. I've worn them on multipitch without a break for hours, and also cragging sport routes. You climb better if you're not constantly distracted by pain- FACT. The rubber is better than average- certainly not the worst I've owned. Try a pair on and them buy them from Moosejaw. They'll think you're the best.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoe for beginners I've had these shoes for almost a year, which is also how long I have been bouldering. They are fairly comfortable since they are not very aggressive; which does make toeing in on some problems difficult. I have been using these mostly for indoor climbing, but I just got back from my first outdoor trip to Hueco Tanks, and I have to say they performed admirably. Whilst the other climbers needed to take off their shoes frequently( both aggressive and non-aggressive styles) I was content to wear mine the majority of the time on the slab. The only complaint I have is that the leather holding the metal eye strap on one shoe has started to tear. Plus, these shoes just look hella cool!
Date published: 2013-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST! Probably the most comfortable climbing shoes I've ever worn + everything you would want from climbing shoes. I have a wider foot, and I thought it would be hard to find shoes that would fit me. I was wrong- these are perfect, BUT they run about half a size bigger, so if you think you need size 8.5 get 8. Really great shoes, you can spend hours in them.
Date published: 2011-08-24
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