Great beginner shoe but...stretched too much.
Review by: btruong, 2011-01-11
I'm a somewhat new recreational climber that goes about 2 days a week and climb around v4-v5
Purchased the shoes about 3 or 4 months ago and bought them 2 sizes smaller than my street shoes. A little painful at first but they stretched nicely.
Overall the shoe worked great for heel hooks, smearing and just using my toes and etc.
HOWEVER the problem with the shoes is that they didn't stop stretching and now there's a pocket and they no longer fit as nicely as they should. Moreover, they would turn my feet all red after wearing them for some time, probably having to do with the material used on the inside.
It's unfortunate that these shoes stretched so much. They are still usable but not to the extent that they were when I had first purchased them. It is also unfortunate that others I know who had at one point purchased the same shoe had the same problem.
I would advise on purchasing the shoes either extremely small so that when it does stretch and continue to stretch that it'll have gone to a size not too big.
I would not buy it again as if I'm going to invest in a shoe I'd prefer to get a little longer out of it especially if I'm only a recreational climber vs someone who is giving the shoes a beating.