Would be five stars but I think the sizing is a bit off the shoes are tight but other than that really good lifting shoes
Not Willing to Find Out if Sizing Is the Issue
I guess I should write reviews for the Raskol items I *do* like (a lot -- and I'll probably get around to it), but somehow it's easier to write as a reaction to wasted money. I agree with another reviewer who stated that they like a lot of things by Raskol, *except* for the shoes -- it feels like the brand dropped the ball on this one. I LOVE their t-shirts (I have the tight-fitting/flattering ones), and the classic bodybuilding shorts. I have amassed a slew of them by now, and it was all money well spent. I routinely wear them while lifting at the YMCA. I really wanted to love the shoes -- and I do think they look super-cool (as do others); however, they hurt my feet like a mother. I generally wear a US size 10.5, and after reading so many reviews complaining about sizing, I sized up to 11 (which has always worked for me with "narrow-toe-box"/Chuck-style shoes). But even the 11s scrunch up my toes. What's also weird is that the toecap feels really low (and hard) -- so not only are my toes being compressed from the sides, but also from the top! One might ask, "Why didn't you return them?" It's hard to say -- perhaps I was being overly confident/hopeful that sizing up to 11 would work. Something about the way they are constructed may feel like the right size if you're just trying them out -- but once you've walked around in them for several hours, you start to notice the lack of room, and the inability to spread out tired toes. I think the shoes may even be the right size for me, if my heels were always backed up against the back of the shoes. But the way they're designed, when you walk around for several hours, your feet gradually inch up towards the toe box -- which leads me to feel as though sizing up to 11.5 isn't the answer. I don't mind the material -- the canvas feels thick & good (except the back of the shoe could provide more support/stability for the heels -- the canvas seems to have more than one layer there that create an "internal fold" that's really annoying. It's akin to the feeling of an air bubble inside a laminated document that you just can't seem to get out. I think if they redesigned the shoes -- they don't necessarily have to change the material as it's comfortable/good enough for lifting in -- with thought put into the toe box, general width AND height, and sturdier construction in the heel area, they'd hit a home run like they have with so many of their other creations. I want this company to do well as I *connect* with their aesthetic, emotionally. Raskol apparel *inspires* me to lift, and that's invaluable. I'll probably just toss the shoes that I have, or give them away/donate them. At this point, I'm not willing to find out if 11.5s would work for me, inasmuch as I love the design. I just can't justify literally throwing away shoes worth $50-60 and then giving shoes constructed in the *same* way (but slightly larger) another chance. I'll continue buying Raskol t-shirts, shorts, jackets, etc., but have gotten my need for lifting shoes met elsewhere.
sizing is straight up wrong.
Ordered the size based on their chart, the same size I order from every other brand without issue. Shoe doesn't fit at all. Even a half size up wouldn't be enough to fix how bad it was. Design is cool but the product is literally unusable.
Shoes were tight and not what I expected. I don't wear them to lift just the occasional outing. Material seemed cheap and the design is the only saving grace