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Mountain Boots | Sizing Guide

By Morgan Cvetkovic-Jones

Purchasing Mountain Boots Online

Sizing mountaineering boots over the internet can be difficult, especially given the individuality of your fitting preference and the importance of getting the perfect fit for your cutting-edge adventures. That’s why we’re here to help. The following guide provides a framework to help you with your next mountaineering boot purchase. The table below gives you an idea of how each mountaineering boot fits by offering a recommendation in line with the result you get when measuring your feet using our Foot Measuring Chart, along with a note on how the boot rates in terms of overall ‘volume’. 

PLEASE NOTE! It is important that you use our Foot Measuring Chart to size your feet and not to go off a preconceived perception of your shoe size. This gives us a standard candle that we can both work from and makes our sizing suggestion much more likely to be accurate. 

Our size recommendations vary between UK and EU sizing formats. We use the sizing scale used by the brand for its lasts at the point of design and manufacture.

How we work it out

  1. Using a printed copy of our Foot Measuring Chart we take a measurement of our male and female tester’s shoe size – this chart provides a consistent measurement for both the Rock+Run tester and your own feet. For example, the male tester's feet were measured as a UK 8/EU 42 on the chart.
  2. Each of the mountain boot models is then sized according to this initial measurement (UK8 in his case) and worn for a walking test. If this size fits well then it is submitted as ‘Regular Size’. If not, then a larger/smaller size is tested until a perfect fit is found (‘Upsize/Downsize’).
  3. A volume rating (Low/Medium/High) is provided for each shoe. Again, the male tester has narrow, low volume feet so anything that was a perfect fit was judged as ‘Low’ volume, anything with some room as ‘Medium’ volume and anything with lots of room in the body of the shoe as ‘High’ volume.

Foot Volume Diagram

Our sizing recommendations are based on comfort when walking or climbing ice in crampons. Although sizing is a personal choice, we would recommend a fit that allows your toes some movement in the front of the boot – this should maintain circulation to your toes and prevent your toes from suffering any impact when walking downhill or kicking your toes into ice when wearing crampons. Your heel should not move or lift when walking in the boots. With mountaineering boots, it is particularly important to find a boot that fits the volume of your foot well.

Sizing Yourself

So, here’s how to use the system:

  1. Download the Foot Measuring Chart and print off a copy, making sure the document has been printed to its actual size (i.e. make sure the printer isn't pre-set to print documents at 80% for example - it must be 100%).
  2. Measure your foot following the instructions on the sizing chart.
  3. Then use the table below to get an idea of what size you should be choosing to get the perfect fit for your desired boots.

For the UK-EU conversion chart, see the base of our Foot Measuring Chart.

Mountaineering Boot

Sizing Recommendation

Volume Rating

La Sportiva G2 SM

Upsize 1 EU size

Low/Medium

La Sportiva G5

Regular EU size

Medium

La Sportiva Karakorum HC GTX

Regular EU size

Medium/High

La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX

Upsize 0.5 EU size 

Medium 

La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX Womens Upsize 0.5 EU size Low/Medium

La Sportiva Nepal Extreme

Upsize 0.5 EU size 

Medium

La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube

Upsize 0.5 EU size

Low/Medium

La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX

Upsize 0.5 EU size 

Low 

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

Upsize 0.5 EU size

Medium

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX Womens Upsize 0.5 EU size Low/Medium

La Sportiva Trango Tower GTX

Regular EU size

Medium

La Sportiva Trango Tower GTX Womens
Regular EU size
Low/Medium

La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX

Regular EU size

Medium

Scarpa Charmoz HD

Upsize 1 EU size 

Low/Medium

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

Regular EU size

Medium

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX Womens Regular EU Size Medium

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

Upsize 1 EU size

Low/Medium

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX Womens  Upsize 1 EU Size Low/Medium

Scarpa Phantom Tech

Upsize 0.5 size

Medium

Scarpa Ribelle HD

Regular EU size

Medium

Scarpa Ribelle Lite HD

Regular EU size 

Medium

Scarpa Ribelle Lite HD Womens Regular EU size Medium

Scarpa Ribelle Tech 2.0 HD

Regular EU size

Medium

Check out our full range of Mountain Boots here

 

Disclaimer: Please note that although all efforts have been made to give accurate information, regarding assisting you with the sizing of your shoes, due to the nature of specialist footwear and the variances in peoples feet we cannot guarantee our formula 100%. As such we are unable to refund return postal fees on the basis of an inaccurate fit based on the above information – remember it’s a guide, if you're unsure pay your local outdoor store a visit for in-store fitting.