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La Sportiva Tarantulace

photo: La Sportiva Tarantulace climbing shoe


Price Current Retail: $85.00
Historic Range: $60.00-$85.00
Price Current Retail: $55.99-$85.00
Historic Range: $39.99-$85.00
Reviewers Paid: $30.00-$80.00


2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Very grippy soles. I like that these shoes have laces to stay tight on your feet.


  • Laces
  • Grippy soles


  • Leather sometimes tears

I bought these used and was very pleased with the purchase. The shoes fit my feet to a T, and are a comfortable fit for climbing shoes.

I have used these for both outdoor and indoor climbing, and the shoes have been great for both. The soles are great for smearing and are very grippy. 

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $30


Welcome to Trailspace, Ari. Do you have any pictures of your climbing shoes you'd be willing to share in your review for others to see?

5 years ago

It is not amazingly comfortable, but it's a rock climbing shoe, so it's not supposed to be. It is great for indoor climbing at the gym.


  • Durable
  • Beautiful
  • Good for small holds


  • Back of the shoe rubs my foot

I bought these to go indoor climbing at the YMCA. They are much better than just using normal tennis shoes. I also used the shoes at the Y, but it's nice to have my own pair. I bought them from REI.

I strongly recommend having an employee help you try them on because they will feel tight, but they are supposed to be tight, so they can create a platform with your toes for surfaces without big bumps to step on. I have not yet used them outside, but I am excited to go on a climbing trip in August to try them out for real climbing.

The only issue I have is that they rub my feet a little, especially in the heel area, but that has improved as I broke them in.

I like the fact that it laces up. I feel that laces give the wearer more freedom than velcro when deciding how tight or loose to make the shoe.

I got the Tarantalace in teal blue, and it's very pretty. Everyone who I have talked to has said that La Sportiva is one of the best brands of climbing shoes, and the Tarantulace is very durable.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Around $80

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