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Field Notes from Climbing Magazine

by Julie Adams May 28, 2019

Field Notes from Climbing Magazine

Here’s a throwback to a review by Climbing Magazine, one of the biggest names in the business, which starts off by labeling Pakems as the “Ultimate Camp and Crag Shoe.” Unlike many independent reviewers, Climbing Magazine relies on a team of experts that examine the product from multiple perspectives.

“The world would be a better place if all shoes felt like Pakems,” one tester said after basically not taking them off for three months, climbing and camping throughout Utah, Colorado, and Tennessee.

“They’re as comfortable as a slipper, but they have a decently sticky and lugged sole to offer purchase on rock and trail,” they write, “and they’ve proven very durable to boot.”

While Pakems were never designed for technical climbing, their testers loved using them as crag or belay shoes. But we agree with their bottom-line advice: “Get off a route; your feet are aching from those downsized climbing shoes.”

What’s the best time to slip into a pair of Pakems? “Wear them all day and then around the fire at night.”





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Pakems Insoles Sizing Guide

If you are unsure which shoe size to purchase, please follow these steps

  1. Draw a straight line, longer than your foot, on a piece of paper.
  2. Place the paper on a flat surface. Stand on the line with your heel and longest toe centered on the line. If measuring a child's foot, it may be easier to hold paper up to their foot.
  3. Place a mark on the line at the tip of the longest toe and the back of the heel.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other foot.
  5. Measure the disance between the marks. Taking the larger of the two measurements, use the conversion chart to find your correct shoe size.

pakems shoe sizing guide

Women's

US Sizes UK Sizes Euro Sizes Length (in) Length (cm) Width (in) Width (cm)
6 4 36-37 9.19 23.34 3 6/16 8.5
7 5 37-38 9.50 24.13 3 7/16 8.7
8 6 38-39 9.88 25.10 3 9/16 9.0
9 7 39-40 10.19 25.88 3 10/16 9.1
10 8 40-41 10.50 26.67 3 11/16 9.4
11 9 41-42 10.88 27.64 3 13/16 9.6

 

Men's

US Sizes UK Sizes Euro Sizes Length (in) Length (cm) Width (in) Width (cm)
8 7.5 41 10.5 26.67 3 11/16 9.2
9 8.5 42 10.88 27.64 3 13/16 9.6
10 9.5 43 11.13 28.27 3 14/16 9.7
11 10.5 44 11.44 29.06 3 15/16 10.1
12 11.5 45 11.75 29.85 4 1/16 10.4
13 12.5 46 12.06 30.63 4 2/16 10.5

 

Kid's

US Sizes UK Sizes Euro Sizes Length (in) Length (cm) Width (in) Width (cm)
11 10 29 7.25 18.42 2 13/16 7.0
12 11 30 7.56 19.20 2 14/16 7.4
13 12 31 7.9 20.07 3 1/16 7.7
1 13 32 8.25 20.96 3 3/16 8.1
2 14 33 8.5 21.59 3 4/16 8.3
3 15 34 8.75 22.23 3 4/16 8.3
4 16 35 9.18 23.34 3 5/16 8.4
5 17 36 9.5 24.13 3 6/16 8.5