Shopping around for climbing shoes. I find it very hard to believe that REI doesn't sell women climbing shoes bigger than 9US/ 41EU. I barely make the cut (at least for Scarpa brand) with 9.5/41.5. I was specifically looking at the Scarpa Arpia/ Vapor V as I have been climbing for a while and I want to upgrade to a slightly more aggressive shoes
Im considering buying men's shoes instead (though Im picky on the colors). What are people's thoughts?
My daughter (mostly) wears mens shoes for her cleats, sandals, etc. It is basically whatever fits best for her. She wears a similar size as you, perhaps a bit larger.
@ladeda_helen one thing to consider as you contemplate switching to a men's shoe is that they will likely run wider than the women's counterpart. If you have wider feet, the wider men's shoe might be a welcomed relief; however if you have average or narrow feet, the men's versions may be too sloppy.
Here's a quick list of women's climbing shoes that we carry in sizes 9.5 and up. As you noted, there isn't a Scarpa model so if you are committed to Scarpa as a brand, you could inquire at your local REI store about placing a special order.
Hope this helps a bit!