/ Andrea Boldrini, any wearers?
I have a pair of their basic starter model, Pumas I think. I bought them dirt cheap in a clearance sale - 40 or 50 Euros I think - as a throwaway shoe for doing mileage at the wall. They don't look like much but they turn out to peform rather well (on plastic at least - haven't used them on real rock). So much so, that I'm considering getting them resoled for nearly as much as I originally paid for them. Single pull-on loop is the only major drawback.
A mate of mine has Apaches and likes them. I am contemplating whether to get a pair for my next "best" shoes or to stick with Miura Laces.
I tried on the Apache 5 at Bananafingers before (they have a small shop, so you can go there). It's a very plush shoe, the materials feel good on the foot. I was put off buying them because the toebox was quite round and I'm used to climbing in more asymmetric shoes.
I'm also used to climbing in shoes with a downturn in the arch and toebox whereas these shoes seem to be the opposite in shape. I imagine they'd be good for smearing but wasn't confident about the support on small edges but I was just guessing, I never climbed in them.
The bananafingers shoe calculator is usually very accurate for me, half size out at most. The advantage with them is that they offer free exchanges by post if the size is wrong! Oh and they can order odd sized shoes from Andrea Boldrini if you have one foot slightly larger than the other! Good luck.
Ellis Brigham has shops. Or do you mean that they don't sell the shoes in the shops? Perhaps you could ask your closest shops to get some in specially for you to try?
Brigham's have loads of shops, they have three in Manchester. As you appear to be in London, they have a big shop on Southampton Street, between Covent Garden and the Strand.
They are awesome! I've got apache 5's. A comfy alternative to the Sportiva Solution sheep shoe.
If ellis brigham do them, then they will order them in for you. They have offered to do this for me which other shoes they haven't had in store.
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