Rock Shoe Sizing Guide

June 14, 2008 3 Comments

Rock Shoe Sizing Guide

Purchasing Shoes Online

Purchasing rock shoes online can be a tricky undertaking, the following short article outlines our “suggested” rock shoe fit formula. This system offers the customer between 2 and 4 sizing options – in accordance with their pre-measured foot size – for each of the rock shoe models we stock, with each sizing option offered being appropriate to varying levels of performance.

Rock Shoe Sizing

How we work it out

Let’s take the example of the Five Ten Anasazi Velcro. We initially measure the foot of the rock shoe tester* using a copy of the 'Rock Shoes Sizing Chart' this gives us a standard by which the tester and the customer can both work from. The tester measures their foot to be a UK10 (for example), and then establishes (by trying numerous sizes) the size he/she would use in this particular shoe for the following categories:
  • A) Technical Fit – Hard Bouldering, Hard Sport Climbing and Elite Trad Climbing.
  • B) Semi Technical Fit – Hard Trad Climbing, Mid Grade Bouldering and Sport Climbing.
  • C) Traditional Fit – All purpose Trad Climbing, Sun Rock Sport Climbers and Circuit Bouldering.
  • D) Entry Level – Beginners or people who only climb a few times a year.

Example Result:

Rock Shoe Category A Category B Category C Category D
Five Ten Anasazi Velcro Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size NA

The Result Explained

Therefore the tester would use a UK8 for category A, UK8.5 for category B, UK9 for category C and as the shoe tested is an example of an asymmetric shoe the NA given for category D implies this shoes is not designed for this Category. *We used four “testers” and based our recommendations on their agreed decisions.

Sizing Yourself

So here’s how to use the system:
  1. Download the Rock Shoes Sizing Chart and print off a copy, making sure the document has been printed to its actual size.
  2. Measure your foot following the instructions on the sizing chart.
  3. Then use the table below to get an idea of how many sizes you should be dropping/adding from the measurement you established (on the chart) to tailor the rock shoes you wish to purchase to your specific needs.

NOTE: The sizing adjustments we recommend take stretch into account - i.e. we equate for how much a shoe will stretch after a few sessions, when recommending size drops.

Rock Shoe Sizing Chart: as stocked at rockrun.com

Rock Shoe

Category A

Category B

Category C

Category D

Boreal Alpha VC NA Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Boreal Alpha VC Womens NA
Drop 1 UK Size
Drop 0.5 UK Size
Buy Shoe Size
Boreal Joker NA Drop 1 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy shoe Size
Boreal Joker Plus Velcro NA
Drop 1 UK Sizes
Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy shoe size or 1/2 size larger
Boreal Lynx  Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Sizes Buy Shoe Size NA
Boreal Lynx Womens Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Sizes Buy Shoe Size NA
Boreal Silex NA Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size Buy shoe Size
Boreal Silex VC NA Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size Buy shoe Size
Edelrid Reptile NA Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size
Edelrid Typhoon Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size NA
Evolv Agro
Buy Shoe Size
Buy 0.5 UK Size Larger
NA
NA
Evolv Astroman NA NA Go up 0.5 UK Size Buy 1 Size Larger
Evolv Bandit SC Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Evolv Defy NA Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size
Evolv Defy Lace NA Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Evolv Electra NA Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size
Evolv Nexxo Buy Shoe Size Buy Shoe Size Buy 1 UK Size Larger NA
Evolv Royale NA Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Evolv Shakra
Buy Shoe Size
Buy Shoe Size
Buy 1 UK Size Larger
NA
Evolv Shaman 2 Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size Buy 0.5 Size Larger NA
Evolv Shaman LV Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size Buy 0.5 Size Larger NA
Evolv Supra 
Drop 0.5 UK Size
Buy Shoe Size
Buy 0.5 Size Larger
NA
Evolv Talon G2 Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size NA NA
Five Ten Anasazi Guide Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size Buy Shoe Size
Five Ten Anasazi Quantum Drop 1 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size NA NA
Five Ten Anasazi Velcro Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size NA
Five Ten Anasazi Pink Lace Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size NA
Five Ten Anasazi Lace V2 Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size NA
Five Ten Anasazi LV2 Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Sizes NA
Five Ten Blackwing Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy shoe Size NA NA
Five Ten Blackwing Womens Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy shoe size NA NA
Five Ten Dragon Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size NA NA
Five Ten Siren Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Five Ten Team Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size NA NA
Five Ten Verde Drop 2 UK Sizes Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size NA
Five Ten Verdon Drop 1.5 UK Sizes Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size NA
La Sportiva Finale Drop 3 EURO Sizes Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1 EURO Sizes Buy Shoe Size
La Sportiva Futura
Drop 2.5 EURO Sizes
Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes
NA
NA
La Sportiva Genius Drop 2.5 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes NA NA
La Sportiva Katana Drop 3.5 EURO Sizes Drop 3 EURO Sizes Drop 2 EURO Sizes NA
La Sportiva Miura Drop 3 EURO Sizes Drop 2.5 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes
Drop 0.5 EURO Size
La Sportiva Miura VS Drop 3.5 EURO Sizes Drop 3 EURO Sizes Drop 2 EURO Sizes NA
La Sportiva Mythos NA Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1 EURO Size Drop 1 EURO Size
La Sportiva Otaki Drop 2.5 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes NA NA
La Sportiva Skwama Drop 2.5 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes NA NA
La Sportiva Solution Drop 2.5 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes NA NA
Red Chili Durango VCR NA Buy Shoe Size Buy 0.5 Size Larger Buy 1 Size Larger
Red Chili Durango Lace NA Buy Shoe Size Buy 0.5 Size Larger Buy 1 Size Larger
Red Chili Sesssion NA Buy Shoe Size Buy 0.5 Size Larger Buy 1 Size Larger
Red Chili Matador Lace Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size NA
Scarpa Booster S Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes Drop 0.5 EURO Size NA
Scarpa Drago Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes NA NA
Scarpa Furia Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes NA NA
Scarpa Force V
NA
Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes
Drop 1 EURO Sizes
Buy Shoe Size
Scarpa Force V
NA

Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes

Drop 1 EURO Sizes
Buy Shoe Size
Scarpa Force X NA Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes Drop 1 EURO Sizes
Buy Shoe Size
Scarpa Ws Force X NA Drop 1 EURO Sizes Drop 0.5 EURO Sizes Buy Shoe Size
Scarpa Instinct VS/VS-R Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes Drop 0.5 EURO Size NA
Scarpa Instinct Lace Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes Drop 0.5 EURO Size NA
Scarpa Stix Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1.5 EURO Sizes Drop 0.5 EURO Size NA
Scarpa Techno X Drop 1 EURO Sizes Drop 1 EURO Sizes Drop 0.5 EURO Size Buy Shoe Size
Scarpa Vapour V Drop 2.5 EURO Sizes Drop 2 EURO Sizes Drop 1 EURO Size Buy Shoe Size
Scarpa Velocity NA Drop 1 EURO Sizes Drop 1 EURO Size Buy Shoe Size
Scarpa Velocity Womens NA Drop 1 EURO Sizes Drop 1 EURO Size Buy Shoe Size
Saltic Vampir Drop 1 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Sizes Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Saltic Bongo Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Saltic Nabu NA Drop 0.5 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Tenaya Iati
Drop 1.5 UK Size
Drop 1 UK Size
Drop 0.5 UK Size
Buy Shoe Size
Tenaya Inti
Drop 1.5 UK Size
Drop 1 UK Size
Drop 0.5 UK Size
Buy Shoe Size
Tenaya Masai Drop 1.5 UK Size Drop 1 UK Size Drop 0.5 UK Size Buy Shoe Size
Tenaya Oasi Drop 2.5 UK Sizes Drop 2 UK Sizes
NA
NA
Tenaya Ra
Drop 1.5 UK Size
Drop 1 UK Size
Drop 0.5 UK Size
NA
Tenaya Tarifa
Drop 1.5 UK Size
Drop 1 UK Size
Drop 0.5 UK Size
NA

Recommendations

The information recommending how many sizes to drop is working in full sizes (both in UK and EURO) where possible. Example: Your foot size is UK10 and you wish to buy the Anasazi Velcro in a Category A fit, you would therefore require a UK8 in that rock shoe. If the same person wished to buy the Scarpa Booster in a Category A fit they would require a EURO 41.5. WARM YOUR SHOES - Never try your NEW shoes on when they are cold out of the box. Leave them in a warm room for an hour or so before trying them on, this will make them much more soft, supple and plyable. * Please note that some shoes on our site are clearance lines (short term SKU’s), and as there is often not a full size break we do not add them to the Sizing Chart. If this is the case we suggest you give us a call for sizing assistance.

Disclaimer

Please note that although all efforts have been made to give accurate information, regarding assisting you with the sizing of your rock 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 us or your nearest climbing shop a visit for in-store fitting. To download the 'R+R Rock Shoe Sizing Chart' you will require Adobe Reader. If you do not have this program on your machine it is freely downloadable here.


3 Responses

Simon
Simon

June 12, 2017

About as good as it gets when it comes to suggested rock shoe sizing help. Thanks!

Jenny
Jenny

December 26, 2016

THANK YOU, hugely helpful!

Martyn
Martyn

December 26, 2016

This is a fantastic, well thought out and researched guide. Thank you very much!

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