I definitely do not recommend these shoes for a beginner. While they seemed comfortable enough while trying them on in the store, after climbing a couple of times I found out they were digging pretty hard into the back of my foot, right where the heel tendon is located. Gave me achilles tendonitis and bursitis that have been lasting for over a month.
While you may not experience this (maybe I just have sensitive feet), please be aware that this can happen to you. If it does, TAKE THEM OFF and give up climbing for a while or go to the doctor and find more comfortable shoes.
There's plenty of better and comfier climbing shoes out there, from more reputable companies. While they may be a bit pricier, I think that when it comes to your health and comfort, the price is well worth it.
Nice shoes for the price, bought for my son and he said that they are great. Delivered quickly, great value for money.
Great fit very comfortable and a great price!
Bought these after completing a top roping course. Quite comfortable (for a climbing shoe), supportive and grippy allowing me to gain traction on small features. Really pleased with these shoes at this low price point!
They're good shoes that fit well and they're reasonably priced, I'm generally pretty happy with them.
I got them for my first new pair so I can't really compare. They are decent shoes and about 20-30 pounds cheaper than high bland shoes. But they did not wow me. Maybe I expected too much from 5 stars reviews.
It is not sticky and hard to stick to stones with toes. To make sure not falling down, I need to put more than toes. And as the description says, the soles are stiff, but anything they are too stiff. It does not seem softening . And the Z shaped fastener is not so nice. Although it is indeed easy to wear. I am woman and the shoe is too wide in the lower side of foot. But when I try to narrow with Z shaped fastener, it automatically narrow both upper and lower sides.
I will get other shoes with high brand next time, but right now they are enough.
Not grippy/sticky enough - rubber is smooth and slips on holds. the right shoe is slightly smaller than left, causing big toe to scrunch painfully in shoe. Do not seem to stretch. Would recommend going for a well known brand to ensure you are getting value for money.
Thank you for your feedback on the Vuarde Plus climbing shoe and I apologise for the delayed response. I also apologise for the discomfort caused and passed your comments onto the product manager. Should you still own the shoes and remain dissatisfied, please drop back into the store and we shall find a suitable solution for you. I currently climb with the Vertika shoe (see them here) and would highly recommend them!
Chris Allen UK Market Manager DECATHLON
For a beginner, these shoes are brilliant. You can support whole body weight on a tiny edge and the toes are aggressive enough to jam in the tiniest gap.
Don't stretch like everybody told me they would. Suggest that you buy for fit, not to stretch. Or wear round the house in socks for a few days.
You buy your first climbing shoes "blind", not knowing what you really want. I struck really lucky with these shoes, they are fabulous. I love them.
Value for money, sensible curve, strong sole
Not quite as "sticky" as I would like.
will buy again.
Mine have lasted ages, great beginner shoe. They are cheap and durable. I think they need to be firmer is the sole and the rubber could be tougher but in all honesty you get what you pay for. I still wear these shoes, they have stretched a it but quite frankly that is expected. Personally if you are just getting into bouldering these are a good shod and will last a while before you start needing something a little more solid.
Have lasted around a year!
Start to stretch