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EVOLV Reviews

Cruzer Psyche
Cruzer Psyche Posted: 6/15/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Got blister on my tendons (not on heel) after 2 hours. Look great just didn't work for me. Damn, I liked them too!

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 3/28/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! I think they run a bit large in terms of length, but are true to width (at least for Evolv shoes which tend to run a tad wide anyway). I had to return them for a 1/2 size smaller which actually seemed like a pretty big jump down in size, but because they are canvas they will stretch to be comfortable. I'd say if you want to wear them just as casual shoes with a sock, order 1/2 size up. If you want to wear them without socks, but not have your toes hit the front, order your true size. If you're actually hoping to climb in them and walk very little, order 1/2 size down. FYI though, they would be ok for some easy climbs and smearing, but not much else because they aren't stiff.

Axiom
Axiom Posted: 3/6/16
Reviewer: David from Santa Rosa, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Evolv's designs include very sticky rubber. I chose the Axiom and found that the size 12 fits my 10.5 US sized foot. I can squeeze into an 11.5, but I prefer a comfortable fit. For friction or edging, these are some of the best rock shoes I've climbed in. I've climbed 3 big wall routes in Yosemite with my Axiom's. After 6 months of climbing, my Axiom's were stolen. Therefore I purchased my second set of Axioms I prefer the lacing system compared to velcro. I can get these shoes snug where I want them the lacing system. The style is great although it's hard to keep them clean. I'm an organizer for a 1200 member climbing group and I recommend the Evlov Axiom to everyone in my group.

Elektra
Elektra Posted: 3/6/16
Reviewer: Taylor from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I recently starting Bouldering (indoor rock climbing) this is a good starter shoe. The first wear irritated the back of my heel at first because these are worn without socks. After the first use I haven't had any issues. These shoes definitely feel weird, they are supposed to feel different but not hurt. They didn't hurt me at all. I wear a size 10 normally but 10.5 fit perfect. Your toe is supposed to reach the front of the shoe because you need to use your toes for climbing. If your toes slightly curl then that's normal. The velcro allows easy adjustment and removal especially after a hard climb!

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 2/4/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are true to size if you use the evolv chart (I used my EU size). Overall pretty comfortable, these are lighter and more flexible than any other approach shoe I've tried. The La Sportiva Mix shoe is comparable. A note re people complaining about marking soles: these are not "athletic" shoes, they are climbing approach shoes and use a very specific sticky rubber to keep traction on class 3-5 approach climbs. I can comfortably climb up to 5.8/5.9 in these. I like the heel loop to clip to a harness. Decent looking enough for me to wear to work and around town too.

Cruzer Slip-On
Cruzer Slip-On Posted: 1/24/16
Reviewer: Mike from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

With such a simplistic design, I think this gets overlooked as a quality approach shoe. Fits snugly and has a sticky-rubber sole making it capable of climbing/routesetting/gym use, and the heel folds down, very useful when hanging out between climbs outside. Stretches about half size as it is a slipper, so size down a little if you are using it as a performance approach shoe. Not ideal in snowy or wet conditions, but great in summer and in desert environments - think Red Rocks, Nevada or Joshua Tree approaches.

Luchador SC
Luchador SC Posted: 12/22/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I'm very excited to try these shoes but haven't been able to climb in them yet because they're TINY! I wear a women's US 9/EU40 street shoe and ordered a couple of different sizes, the largest being a women's 9.5/EU 41. Even in these my toes are seriously crunched. Not just a little curled, but seriously deformed - think Chinese foot binding. I think I could easily go up at least one full size from the 41, and maybe even more for a more comfortable fit. In comparison, I also have the Scarpa Helix and Miura VS, both size 40. Otherwise, they look like they could be awesome. The toe box appears to be wider than your average climbing shoe, which is great for my wide feet. Also, I was debating between these and the Katana (I'm looking for something a little less aggressive and more foot-friendly than the Miura), and while the Katanas sound amazing I just don't like how baggy the heel is. It's hard to tell without trying on the correct size but I think that will be less of an issue with the Luchador.

Royale
Royale Posted: 12/11/15
Reviewer: from Around the world
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these for my son - his first set of technical shoes. with the laces, they are the right shoe for a novice - good all around shoe for indoor climbing.

Cruzer Psyche
Cruzer Psyche Posted: 12/7/15
Reviewer: Loup de Mer from Blagoland
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

First off I want to start, I really like these shoes. They fit well. Have excellent comfort. I walked over 70 miles in these shoes no discomfort, no blisters. I received tons of compliments. BUT....they have marking soles. Who has sneakers that leave marks on your floors anymore? I was prepping Thanksgiving dinner and at end of day was asking who wore the marking shoes that messed up my floors. It was me. Turns out all that pivoting was marking up my floors. I'm scared to wear them indoors now.

Spark
Spark Posted: 11/3/15
Reviewer: anja from los angeles
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

We originally bought them fort my boyfriend who is a mens 11 and they were way too small. in fact I (women's 9 1/2) fit in to them nicely. I was considering leaving it for myself because I also need high arch support, and the style is really great. The grip seems good, the entire sole is made from what looks like tire rubber but alas we are sending them back. My foot started hurting a little after trying them out for a few hours. Maybe i just wasn't used to it and they need to be broken in more, because it definitely looks like they can stretch and form around one's foot. So don't let that discourage you, I wasn't really planning on buy shoes for myself anyways.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 10/21/15
Reviewer: H from LA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I am a woman and ordered a 5.5 mens size (7.5 women's). Usually I wear a 7, but bought these for hilly areas and wanted to leave a little extra room for my toes. Maybe the sizes stated aren't really in mens because these were tiny. Definitely more like a 5.5 womens. So I don't know how to advise people to size up.

Luchador
Luchador Posted: 8/17/15
Reviewer: David Haddox from Santa Rosa, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are significantly undersized. Meaning, I normally wear a size 9.5 street shoe on average. Some times im in a 9, and rarely a 10. For these, I had to size all the way to a 10.5 just to squeeze in and get a tight yet wearable fit.

Defy
Defy Posted: 8/15/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

great all around velcro slipper. easiest on and off i can think off, moccasyms are harder for me and the addict. a little hot and velcro is slightly clunky but for $90 bucks! my recent resole was $50 plus $15 shipping.

Pontas II
Pontas II Posted: 7/15/15
Reviewer: Jeb Feldman from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These run VERY small I think. I bought a 1/2 small because they are climbing shoes, and now I've returned 3 pairs, trying to get the size that fits. I normally wear a size 10 mens. I currently have the 11.5 on the way to see if that will work.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 7/14/15
Reviewer: from Philadelphia pa
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are adorable and so comfy! I like the sticky rubber bottoms for hiking. These are cute enough to wear all over! I did have to order a size smaller than my normal sneakers.

Nikita
Nikita Posted: 7/9/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

They fit tightly without squishing my toes and I loved that. The sole is more convex than I like in a climbing shoe, but they had great grip. I had to replace them after 2 months of 3 days a week indoor sport climbing because the stitching holding the tongue in place to the outside near the toe failed and the toe portion then had too much slack so my foot could slide slightly inside the shoe. It happened to both shoes about 2 weeks apart. Not sure if it was a defective pair or if that is normal of this style.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 6/19/15
Reviewer: Debbie Burke from Portland, OR
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love this shoe. It's light, comfortable and easy to slip on. It's a little dressier than plain old running shoes. I love the purple! It has become my go to around town casual shoe.

Luchador
Luchador Posted: 4/10/15
Reviewer: Miqui from Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Such good climbing shoes! I have probably gone through 20 designs of climbing shoes in the past decade, and have used pretty much every high performance design from the big three climbing shoe companies - Evolv, La Sportiva, and Five Ten. While I think it's possible to climb well in most pairs of good climbing shoes, there are a few variables definitely worth considering for any pair of shoes. 1) Stiffness and angle. What type of climbing do you do/how much do you weigh? For vertical/slabby climbing and for heavier climbers, stiffer, flatter shoes are better and more supportive. For overhanging routes, caves, and hard boulder problems, softer, downturned shoes can give a good boost. 2) Comfort - Doesn't matter how good a shoe can perform if it hurts your foot to wear it. I used to cram my feet into shoes that were too small, hoping to get an little extra edge from the tightness, but realized the extra tension didn't actually help me climb harder, just made me take off my shoes more. How tight you like your shoes is a personal preference, but I think if you have a shoe on with no extra space, it does not need to be crammed in to be useful. For the Luchador Lace-ups - these are mildly downturned and on the stiffer side with the sole. Super supportive on vertical climbs and you can put a lot of weight on tiny footholds with confidence. The downturn is enough that I still will pull these out for moderately steep routes (say, 30 degrees overhanging), but not so downturned that I ever felt my foot was aimed like a hook (compare to the Nexxo picture to get an idea). For comfort - #1 of all the shoes I've tried. The combination of the lining and the tongue are what create this aspect - the blue material on the tongue is very soft, stretchy, and moisture wicking, and even sized tight I've never had any pressure points or felt the need to take them off immediately after a climb - they just mold to your foot really well. Style - I like red, so biased. The color isn't what's going to make or break your climbing, though. If you climb on ropes more than boulder and prefer a slightly stiffer shoe, pick the lace-up. The only detraction I really found was a lack of a toe-hook patch on the upper part of the toe. If you boulder more than rope climb, go with the velcro, as the silver stripes are somewhat sticky and help with those types of moves.

Elektra Lace
Elektra Lace Posted: 3/25/15
Reviewer: Julie Williams from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! I am new to the world of rock climbing but I love them! I typically wear a size 8 and tried on everything from a side 7.5-9.5 and the size 9 fits great! Consider ordering 1 size larger than what you normally wear.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 3/20/15
Reviewer: from Orange County, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

A friend of mine had bought these and raved about them, so I thought why not. I absolutely love them. Very comfortable! I can wear them all day at a theme park with no problem (the traction helps on those slippery walkways). I wish they came in more colors, but I have a feeling they will eventually. I was worried about sizing and thought they might be a tad small when I got them, but they are perfect size and can even wear thin socks with them if I choose.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 2/23/15
Reviewer: from Albuquerque NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

A very nice athletic shoe with a thin but very comfortable sole. Light weight and should be cool to wear in the summer. I ordered a half size larger then normal and the shoe fits nicely.

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