Contacted an old friend who is more into climbing than anyone I know (currently in Japan teaching and climbing). I’ll post what he told me for the benefit of others.
[quote]hey amigo. hope all is well.
shoes and sizing. well, as far as brand goes, its all up to you and how much money you wanna spend. I would recomend first going to a place like REI or some other mountaineering store that sells shoes, and trying some on.
Climbing shoes are kinda of a funny deal, they have to fit WELL to function and serve purpose. I would invision the comparison much like a ballerina’s shoe…girly as it sounds, but the vision is correct. you want you foot to naturally point, so all your weight can be supported on the tiniest point of your toes when on the wall, want your foot to almost arch…
the shoe itself should be tight fitting, but NOT TOO tight fitting. you dont want it to be so damn tight you cant keep them on your feet.
…so its tought o buy a cheaper/better deal online, because you really dont know what size is best for you…what is stranger is that some point, a lot of people, acutally need two different size shoes for each foot, one foot being slightly larger/smaller than ther other.
So here is what i would do. go to one of those stores, find a brand of shoe you like in your price range, (usually the shoes run in european sizes as they are more accurate) then, if you dont want to shell out the money on the spot, remember your size and buy online.
Id recommend trying places like steep and cheap"", or just googling “cheap shoes” you’ll find all sorts of sites selling temporary close outs.
hope this helps.
good for you for going vertical.
stay well [/quote]