Hope you're well! I'm a beginning climber looking for some shoes that are mens sizes (42.5+) but have more of a womens' climbing shoe profile when it comes to fit. So far the ones I've found that fit best are the Kronos, the Helix, the Force V, and the TC Pro, though I'm wondering if the TC Pro is supposed to be looser in the upper ankle.
Would love any recommendations you have and please let me know any additional information that would be helpful. Also available to chat at <phone number removed by moderator>.
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Hi @saramich - Thanks for reaching out. It's great to hear you are getting into climbing!
As you may have noticed in your search thus far, the difference between men and women's climbing shoes is generally their volume, both in the total width and in the heel. Beginner climbers often choose shoes with a flatter profile, which tend to be more comfortable than those with a more aggressive downturn. If the evolv Kronos felt comfortable with the moderate downturn and larger width, it could be a good option for you.
Because it is difficult to recommend shoes without knowing more about your specific feet, we recommend visiting your local REI or scheduling a free virtual outfitting appointment to talk through your options with one of our footwear experts.
In the meantime, the following are some additional suggestions for neutral climbing shoes with 42.5+ sizes available that we think are a good place to start: