La Sportiva Makalu Boot

La Sportiva Makalu Boot is rated 4.5882 out of 5 by 51.
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Product Description Item No.   10007698

The La Sportiva Makalu Boot is a classic leather boot for getting into the mountains. The full steel shank provides sturdy support during general mountaineering trips and heavy backpacking, so you can take on the changing terrain of the mountains. The 3mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather is super durable and holds up to years of abuse while the Dry-Best® lining wicks sweat to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The burly Vibram rubber rand at the toe adds to durability so you can continue kicking steps into the snow. The boot even accepts automatic crampons for icier adventures. Complete with Skywalk® MPE outsole, you'll be gripping terrain easily with each forward step.

FEATURES of the La Sportiva Makalu Boot

  • MtnFlex insole and full steel shank for automatic crampon compatibility
  • Rollerball hardware and locking d-ring for independent fit
  • Burly rough out leather uppers for years of abuse

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Outsole: Skywalk MPE
Footwear Closure: Lace-up
Footwear Height: Mid
Upper: 3 mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather,Vibram rubber rand, Removable EZ Flex tongue with Dry-Best lining
Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine, Trekking
Weight: 34.57 oz
Terrain: Mountain
Midsole: SBR Aircushion
Toe Coverage: Closed Toe

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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 Awesome boot for most. I purchased a pair of these from Moosejaw about 10 years ago. They are not the current iteration but rather the ones sans rand and grey midsole. I have medium to almost wide feet so not ideal "La Sportiva" geometry. Break in was a ball buster but after a solid 2 months of daily wear I got to the point where I could wear them all day-11 hour work day-and not be in pain. Fast forward 10 years and they've almost completely broke in for me. The reason I like Sportiva is they are old school Italian made boots that last forever. Breaking any of them in is a chore for me but once the leather conforms to my feet there is nothing better footwear wise.
Date published: 2012-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Combat-Ready You need to hump about 20-30 miles in them before getting serious. You need to break them in and they need to break you in a little; but once you do, you'll have a footgasm each and every time wearing them. ,,,,I humped all over Afghanistan's Hundu Kush in them, and while others were changing wet socks every five kilometers I would stand there and eat MREs in my dry, warm "foot duvets". The tongue comes out for easy drying/cleaning purposes which is nice and the tough soles don't chew up from kickin' rocks. The sharp heel is ideal for tough descents as well.,,,,These boots are impenetrable, and if the snow gets a bit deeper, throw on a pair of gaiters and life will be grand.
Date published: 2010-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Burly boot, can be a tough break in process This boot is stiff! The break in period took about a month and a half of constant wear, but once that was through these boots felt amazing. They're stiff, protective, and durable. Very durable. The outer boot is bombproof. The glue is holding, water stays out (for the most part), and, surprisingly, the sole hasn't worn down much. My only issue with these boots is the inner leather lining disintegrates! About two months into the season I had to get a piece of leather glued to the heel area because I'd worn all the way through the liner. After a season the inner lining on the cuff of the boot is completely gone!
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OOOOOOO Just as comfortable as my custom mold hockey-skates!!! The greatness with these boots is that while they have a full metal shank, they also have a bit of "rocker" built in. So that means it's not like walking on a pair of ski-boots. They hold my foot perfectly, with plenty of arch support while allowing for full room in the instep area. The heel is snug but not tight, and the lacing system is as good as I have found since the ASOLO pulley system. ,,For support and comfort these are THE boot! And that's coming from a 6'3" 230pound kindergarten teacher who is on his feet in these bad boys 9 hours a day every day!!!!
Date published: 2010-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wear like armor feel like slippers Use these things every day as journeyman lineman hiking up mountains in WV n Cali the n climbing poles (both steel and wood). They hang tough and feel like you're on the ground even when you're 200 feet up the steel and all your body weight is on the shank for hours. Nothing beats them for walking and climbing. Get bout 3 years from them wearing them daily n am on my third pair. If they stop making these I'll get out of linework.,,,,Ray
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots, Built like a tank feel like slippers! These boots are awesome. Had them for about a year now, use them for work every day (sometimes 7 days a week, 16 Hr. days) as a journeyman lineman. They have held up better than any work boot I have ever owned and are more comfortable climbing than any of the climbing boots i have owned. These things are lightweight, bullet-proof and indestructible.
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect boots to reach a summit mountain! I am fascinated with my boots, I bought them last may, and I use them a lot in the mexican mountains, they can support all kind of weather and your feet are still dry, even, with crampons are very easy to adjust and can continue your way to the summit without problems.,,,,I almost forgot to mention that You can adjust laces very quickly, because have an special brooch in the middle of the boot!
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bomb Proof! When the revolution happens, and you had one choice of boot to head to the mountain with, THESE ARE IT! I hike, backpack, climb in these and they excel in everything I throw at them. The break in was short, around 40 miles or so. They are comfortable and very water proof. The sizing is true, however on the narrow side of normal, like LaSportiva tends to be.
Date published: 2012-02-24
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