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TC Pro oddity: same size, different fit

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Fritz Nuffer · · Durango, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 115

I just ordered some new TC's in my usual size 43. Normally my break-in process for that size involves wear them around the office for a couple days before I can use them on rock.

However, this pair already fits comfortably, and it's a looser fit than my previous pair of broken-in 43's.

When I hold two corresponding shoes up next to each other, the brand new shoe is visibly longer than the old, maybe a couple centimeters.

The only other difference is that the new shoes have ventilation holes on one side of the toe, and my old pair does not.

Anyone else notice a sizing disparity in new TC Pro's compared to older models? Was there perhaps a redesign?

Alexander K · · The road · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 130

Everytime a shoe us made, even on the same last, there are differences. This is especially true with climbing shoes (or at least more noticeable). If they are both significantly larger than perhaps there was an error when they marked the size, otherwise it's just a problem with buying shoes without trying them on first. I also think that LA Sportiva has worse quality control on size than other brands but maybe that's just me.

rob.calm · · Loveland, Colorado · Joined May 2002 · Points: 630

A couple of years ago, I bought a pair La Sportiva Mythos in my usual size. When I got them home and started walking around the house in them, I realized the R shoe was at least a size bigger than the L even though they were both marked 40.5. I returned them to the retailer and received a new pair.


ahparker · · Portland, OR · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 25

I'll second that. I've had multiple pairs all the same size, just bought a new pair for the Valley and they are noticeably bigger. Definitely not just by a tiny amount either. Still work, but they'll just have to be the comfy shoes now I guess. A bummer for sure, but not much to do about it.

Jim Corbett · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 10

The tolerances on shoes are...somewhat wider than I deal with in my work world, which often is in fiber optics and semiconductors and measured in microns. Or less. When I go to a shop and decide on a shoe, say, size 9 Mythos, I tell them to bring out EVERY pair of size 9. First I try on every left foot until I find the best fit, then I try on every right foot. I get my best pair and they sell a pair of size 9s. Beats the crap out of the old days, when we sized everything a size (or more) smaller to get the best 'performance' fit and whimpered a lot. I seem to perform better, too.

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

A couple of centimeters is like an inch- that's an incorrectly labeled shoe, imho.

A couple of millimeters- probably just size variation, which is normal. I've got a pair of 40.5 Muira VS right now that are killing my feet, even though I normally climb great in that size out of the box....

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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