About the fit, Feroce vs. Miura VS

Reviewed by Colin from Oregon on Friday, February 26, 2016
I can't comment too much on the actual climbing in these shoes as I've only done a bit with them at at just a 5.11b/c climber I'm not really competent to push them hard enough to know their limits. That said, I have no complaints and they stick very well. Mostly, let's talk about the fit.
For comparison, my feet measure 11.125 inches which is technically a EU 44.5 or US 11.5. In running shoes I use 12's, for everyday shoes I wear 11.5. I have an overall average 98mm width mid foot but a wider forefoot than average and slightly narrower heel. My go-to climbing shoe is the La Sportiva Miura VS in size 44.5 which is very snug and not very comfortable. They climb amazingly well but on longer routes they really dig into the top of my big toes so I got these in hopes of finding a better all day option that's still aggressive.
I ordered the Feroce in size 44 and think that was a good choice. I can't imagine the 43.5 being possible as they are right at the limit of how short I can go. However, they are wider than most climbing shoes so aren't squeezing my toes down painfully (though still very snug). The sole has a bulge under the big toe that pushes the joint up but the end of your toe down which was weird at first but is actually terrific support and keeps the top of my toes comfortable against the roof of the shoe. My only concern now is that the heel pocket fits perfectly right now so if it stretches at all it could be an issue. However, as I was looking for a more comfortable but still moderately aggressive shoe, I can deal with that for the comfort and throw on the Miura's if there's a problem that warrants it.
For technical abilities, I love that the shoe had a bit stiffer sole for longer routes and a decently though not overly pointed and downturned toe. The toe also has good coverage on top for toe hooks and protection from the dreaded toe smash, something the Miura's lack. The heel really sticks to heel hooks too, they designed that well.
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