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Scarpa - Thunder
8:26:48 PM
Just bought these shoes on the weekend. Thought they were a nice snug fit, but after 30min around the house my big toes are really killing.. Just wondering if anyone has had similar problem and they have stretched?

They are a 10.5 and I am considering swapping them for 11's tomorrow ...

9:01:44 PM
i had a pair for over a year. slightly painful at first but they turned into some really comfortable shoes that i never rushed to take off.

Sarah Gara
10:23:24 PM
swap em. so not worth it. I've been conned x2 now into buying shoes too small it's just to painful -I can't keep them on my feet when climbing for more than 5 mins. Wendy reckons though that they are still too big!! Maybe I just have a low pain threshold. x
10:50:03 PM
Stick with it. 30 minutes is a long time. If you can tolerate them for that long then you'll be fine for sport routes. If you bought them for tradding or long routes then it sounds like you need a bigger shoe.
Mike Bee
11:40:02 PM
Stick with them. 30 mins is a long time to have climbing shoes on your feet, and these shoes will stretch with some use.
The sound like they were sized about right for a new climber (when my shoes are new, I generally can't keep them on for more than 5-10mins).

10:20:44 AM
It honestly depends what you plan on using the shoes for! If you want a pair of comfy all day trad shoes for easy grades then change them for a bigger size. If you plan on climbing shorter bursts of harder routes then go for the tight fit.. sloppy shoes on small technical footers blows!
1:44:15 PM
If you have severe point pain you have bought the wrong type of shoe for your foot. If the pain is reasonably general I'd say the shoes are probally ok. When you make the call to keep them put them on filled with warm water. The water squishes out and you can still climb in them and it will help them stretch. You won't wear them in walking around the house.

salty crag
6:09:26 PM
30min wear is fine, take them off between pitches, dont ditch them as they may become the comfiest shoes you own. I'm wearing in a pair at the moment, started at 5 to 10 mins before they killed, now out to 30 and they will only get better.

6:13:24 PM
Stick with them. If for no other reason than providing amusement to others watching you in pain
11:14:36 AM
On 9/08/2010 damon wrote:
>Just bought these shoes on the weekend. Thought they were a nice snug fit,
>but after 30min around the house my big toes are really killing.. Just
>wondering if anyone has had similar problem and they have stretched?
>They are a 10.5 and I am considering swapping them for 11's tomorrow ...
Is it just me or does wearing climbing shoes round the house for any length of time seem a bit daft? Doesn't matter whether my shoes are comfortable trad shoes or holy shut get them off get them off sport shoes I still don't wanna wear them out not climbing. I do all I can not to step on anything other then the rock I'm climbing on
8:37:41 AM
hardly see trying to wear in some climbing shoes for half an hour at home as daft ...

Trying to make a decision whether to return them or not in the 30 days you are given by the store seems a financially sensible act to me!

10:50:29 PM
There is a difference between discomfort and pain. I've made the mistake of buying overly tight shoes in the past and they were detrimental to my climbing. In hot weather your feet will swell and you will be in even more pain.

I recently bought a pair of Thunders and I am very happy with them. Although snug, they have been pretty comfortable from the start (as far as climbing shoes go). They have stretched marginally but not enough to be of any concern. They seem like a great all-round shoe.

You won't regret swapping them for the next size up.

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