This May I'll be heading to Europe for a few months to do some climbing. I'll be going to Kalymnos, the Italian Dolomites, Switzerland, and Ceuse. I'm debating on whether it would be wise to travel there without climbing shoes and pick up a pair of Sportivas when I arrive in Milan. Does anyone know whether Italian climbing shoes are more reasonable in Italy (or any of the other places I mentioned, for that matter), or will I just get destroyed by the exchange rate? I've done some poking around on Italian sport store websites, but most do not post pricing. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Go to the La Sportiva shop on your way to the Dolomites. If they have your size ("if"), you could get a great deal on shoes. Otherwise...I'd bring shoes. Not cheap in Europe and not usually on sale either, especially "in season".
Great point. If they don't have your size in stock, your vacation goes down the tubes.