Or is it true that all approach shoes have awesome colors for the women’s models and generally lackluster ones for the mens? In the rare instances that the mens are good, they make 50 pairs that are advertised by every online retailer and then when you go to select and order them, you get the “out of stock” message…replete with the obligatory apology.
Additionally, having bigger feet means that whatever model of shoe you select, no matter how rad it looks in the pictures, once blown up into a full size 13, it becomes significantly less visually appealing, like a pixelated photo…
I watch Fred Nicole and try to emulate his footwork…and control…and no matter how precise my footwork is, my moon boots inevitably make my best efforts look like an elephant in roller-skates.
This is my way of saying that I am about to size my climbing shoes down about 3 sizes from my street shoes in order to look more svelte; the Victorian girdle for feet. (I purposefully avoided the footbinding reference—that one is loaded with pitfalls from a PR standpoint…)