La Sportiva Tarantula Climbing Shoe

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The La Sportiva Tarantula is an entry-level climbing shoe that's slightly more aggressive than regular beginner shoes. Aside from the usual rigid sole and flat ... Show more >
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La Sportiva Tarantula Climbing Shoe

The La Sportiva Tarantula is an entry-level climbing shoe that's slightly more aggressive than regular beginner shoes. Aside from the usual rigid sole and flat profile, the La Sportiva Tarantula features a last with a low asymmetry for better performance generally and also technical precision. New climbers may find this a little unusual at first, but once their feet adjust this shoe will let them progress much faster than a non-asymmetric beginner shoe.

As for comfort and wear, the La Sportiva Tarantula features an unlined upper that, once broken in, will provide maximum comfort and a custom fit, as well as a highly adjustable opposing-strap closure system that makes the shoes easy and quick to take on and off between climbs. The sole is La Sportiva's own Frixion RS rubber that's designed to be extra durable so as to not wear out before your climbing level has improved enough to necessitate buying a new shoe. Its stiff sole provides maximum foot support for feet unused to climbing shoes, and it will excel on vertical climbing.

La Sportiva recommend sizing this shoe loose for the highest level of comfort, but bear in mind that the unlined suede leather can stretch up to a full size. A great beginner's shoe with mild performance! If you're looking for something similar with a more precise fit, try the laced version, the La Sportiva Tarantulace.

Tech specs

Upper material
Suede Leather
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Medium Foot
Low Asymmetry
Sole material
FriXion RS
Sole thickness


Tarantula Climbing Shoe

FriXion® RS Rubber

Developed especially by La Sportiva for use with their shoes, FriXion RS rubber is designed to be sticky but also incredibly durable, for shoes that take a beating on a regular basis.

Tarantula Climbing Shoe

Full Features List

• Comfortable unlined leather upper provides all day comfort
• Long lasting sticky FriXion® rubber sticks to plastic and rock equally as well
• Highly adjustable closure system adapts to various foot types
• Asymmetrical shape helps beginning climbers push the grades at a faster pace
• Ideal terrain: All around climbing

6 product reviews

Average rating

Tarantula Climbing Shoe
Based on 46 ratings
Perfect for training

In sport climbing routes you smear a lot, but these shoes can handle it. Very comfortable. Will buy them again.

perfect for the gym

comfortable and cheap shoe for the gym, i can almost keep it on all the time, its good for all except for toe-hooking as there is no rubber on top.. one size smaller should do it for a comfortable fit.

Awesome shoe

The tarantula are an awesome shoe to start your career xD.They have a nice rubber wich lasts and give you the sensitivy a begginer needs and are slighly more sensitive than other begginer shoes.They are very easy to put and take and very confortable on the feet.If you have a rather strong feet(from other sport ou something) consider buying 1.5 sizes(eu) below your normal street size.If you are an absolute begginer go for only 1 size.I played football for some time and went for only 1 size and felt I could go lower a bit,thats why I say 1.5 .On the other side I have a friend of mine,who had "normal" feet ,he got 1 size smaller and it was kind of the perfect size.
So I'd say this is a very solid shoe to start and improve a lot without have to buy a second pair.The worse thing about the shoe is that they leave the color on your feet the first times.Atleast the tangerine ones,but it looks only a bit odd .Ginger feet kinda thing

My first climbing shoe

So after a month of watching countless videos on YouTube and having these shoes for 2 weeks, I finally got on the indoor wall for the first time. And I have to say I loved it. Cant wait to go back. But onto the shoes being 1 size down from street size the fit was tight but as the afternoon went well the just molded round my feet. I am absolutely delighted with them. Thank you epictv for the great recommendation for a beginner shoe.

Comfortable and sensitive, well fitted in the heel

Having tried on most of the climbing shoes available in the market I have realised that I have a narrow heel and a wide ball of my foot. The only shoes I could find that fit my heel well were the aggressive style shoes that are uncomfortable and don't give much in the sensitivity at the front - I like to feel the holds with my toes and make my toes do the work, instead of some hard rubber. I can now heel hook without slipping out of my shoe and easily wear these all day long.

If you have wide feet and narrow heels, give these a try!

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