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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.

Nexxo
Nexxo Posted: 2/3/15
Reviewer: Will from Denver, co
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Sick shoe! Probably the most down turned, aggressive climbing shoe out there right now. Vacuum fit to your feet and super sticky on the rock.

Elektra
Elektra Posted: 12/22/14
Reviewer: from Brighton, Michigan USA
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

These shoes run ridiculously small. I usually wear a 8.5 or 9. I needed a size 11 in this shoe. They are cute and comfortable but be prepared to size up at least one full size.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 12/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Cruzers are my first choice for approach shoes! They are comfortable and cute! As a bonus, teal is my favorite color! I get so many compliments when I wear them to the crag or gym! I love them!

Pontas II
Pontas II Posted: 7/28/14
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great climbing shoe. This is my second pair of Pontas II's. Sharp edges, a little agressiveness to the toe. The heel box could be better (MadRock's take the cake on this), but the fit is great. I busted through the toe on my other one's, but it took me a year of consistent climbing to do so. It's funny that the standard Zappos review asks about comfort (doesn't really work for climbing...). Highly recommend the Pontas II!

Nexxo
Nexxo Posted: 7/16/14
Reviewer: mike. from Minturn, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So I've been wearing these exclusively for a few weeks to break them in over a wide variety of terrain - indoor, granite, polished limestone, and fresh limestone. They are now well-broken in and have been through enough different movement styles to give them a clear review. I sized the same as my Shamans (which is the same as my street shoe), and the first two rounds I questioned whether they would fit - it is definitely a smaller volume shoe in all directions compared to the Shaman, and it was some effort to get them on. That said, after several hours climbing in them over several sessions, they have adapted well to my feet - easy to slide on, still a tight fit but comfortable enough to wear while working a route for over 30 minutes. The pros - very precise toe, especially on steeper terrain. For problems and routes that require getting the toe in on a small hold and keeping it there, these work great. I was really impressed by how hard I could edge down on miniscule footholds on vertical climbing. Heel and toe-hooking are what you would expect - a moderately deep heel cup and the single strap keep the shoe on even when yarding hard on a heel, and the extended toe patch scums into the wall just fine. Shoe gets a little warm for extended wear, but I think this is every shoe that has a large rubber toe patch for hooking - climbing rubber doesn't breathe. Rubber is a little thick to start, but to be fair, it does extend the life of the shoe significantly, and I rarely think the extra 1 mm of rubber is what is ever going to hold me back. General Consensus - super precise shoe to point directly into holds and gain good purchase; high performance with a good level of comfort once broken in. Sized similar to Shamans, but might be worth it to go a 1/2 size up if it is used as a training pair.

Rockstar
Rockstar Posted: 7/5/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So far (2 days of climbing), I really like these shoes. They're a really good all-around comfortable climbing shoe. As with my previous Evolv shoes (Elecktra), these shoes fit true to size. That is, I bought them in my normal street size and I think they're just right. Tight, as climbing shoes should be, but without being painful. I worried the laces would be annoying, but actually they're perfectly easy to take on and off and I've found the laces allow me to pull the shoes more tightly around my low volume foot (it was harder to get a tight fit width-wise with the velcro straps on the Elecktra). Style-wise, these are ok looking, but I wish they offered colors other than pink. They don't say rockstar on them.

Prime SC
Prime SC Posted: 7/2/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So far I can't get the right men's size for a woman's size 7 foot. Size 5: I couldn't put on. Size 6: was way too tight (like foot bondage too tight). I've ordered a 7 now but 7 men's have never equaled size 7 women's so I'm perplexed. Looking at the Euro sizes in comparison to the experience so far doesn't correlate help. Thankfully Zappos makes it easy to keep trying.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 6/19/14
Reviewer: Patti from Spokane, WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these shoes, I hike but not a lot of rock climbing and these shoes are so comfortable no breaking them in. I am also a golfer and walk so am going to try them on the golf course just because they are so comfortable and love not having to wear socks.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 6/12/14
Reviewer: Brad Williams from Brooklyn, NY
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I couldn't really get this shoe on comfortably since it's quite a bit smaller than the rest of the 9s in my closet. Maybe feeling more narrow had more to do with the size than the width; I'm not sure. The shoes look great and are incredibly light, which is what I was going for. Definitely like them, but will return for a larger size.

Addict
Addict Posted: 4/21/14
Reviewer: dburd from Las Vegas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am using a pair that is the same size as my street shoe and they fit great. Typically I feel insecure while edging when my shoes are sized to street, but not with the addict. I am able to size the shoe to work well in cracks, and maintain edging strength which is all I could want from a trad shoe. Being able to take the shoe on and off quickly is a bonus for long days, and multi-pitch climbing.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 3/6/14
Reviewer: mike from Avon, Co
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great good-weather approach shoes; I primarily use these in summer and on days/locations that I know will stay relatively dry. I also keep a pair in my climbing pack as a "crag" slipper; they are easy to toss on between climbs and the fold down heel let's me and a climbing partner transition faster between routes. The pros - super light and low-profile. Insole is bigger than you would assume; shoes are not as close to the ground as the visible midsole would imply, which is actually pretty nice. Wearable barefoot. Can look surprisingly classy. Only detraction for me is the material is not designed for wet environments; love these in places like Moab, Rifle, and for routesetting in the gym (can still climb decently strong in them) but in forested places like Squamish, these are just in the pack as crag slippers.

Shaman
Shaman Posted: 3/5/14
Reviewer: Mike K from Avon, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Shaman is an impressively comfortable climbing shoe for the level of camber and downturn in the midsole. The concave indent underneath the big toe works very well to position the foot directly into small footholds. The triple velcro works well to adjust the fit and take out any excess space. The rubber on them is a little thick out of the box, but once it gets a little worn down the shoe softens up significantly and becomes much more sensitive. Gets better over time.

Addict
Addict Posted: 2/21/14
Reviewer: Mike from Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a fan of slippers for most types of climbing, and these have held up solidly. Slip on pretty easily even when sized tight (helps that the front pull loop is directly attached into the upper), and the upper material conforms to your foot's shape well. I sized about a full size down, and they broke in quick to become some sensitive and adept climbing shoes. Definitely an all-around use shoe - good training shoe because of the softness, very precise shoe bouldering and sport climbing, and the upper is low without any excess material (like laces or velcro) so it can jam into cracks and hold easily. Definitely a good performance climbing shoe that fits comfortably.

Shaman LV
Shaman LV Posted: 1/21/14
Reviewer: danielle from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really enjoy these shoes! They were exactly what I anticipated and after wearing them in a little bit I noticed that they don't stretch and am glad I only got a half size smaller than my normal running shoe size. They fit perfectly snug and yes were kind of like Chinese foot binding in the very beginning but worth breaking in! they totally compliment my climbing experience.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 12/13/13
Reviewer: from Bakersfield, Ca
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe, excellent description. My son wanted them for Parkour and they are his favorite pair so far. And I swear, you order one minute and they are at your door the next. Fastest shipping anywhere!! Much appreciated.

Defy Lace
Defy Lace Posted: 12/4/13
Reviewer: Scott Hulslander from Ithaca, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Anyone that's worn a climbing shoe can understand that it could be hard to write a review on the comfort of them. I ordered a size up from what I normally wear. Wanted a shoe that wouldn't dye my feet different colors. Good sticky rubber and nice edging. Good climbing shoe for the money.

Pontas II
Pontas II Posted: 11/12/13
Reviewer: from Baltimore, MD
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm really happy with these shoes. The grip is really great. More aggressive than any climbing shoe I have used in the past. It has been fairly painful on the tops of my toes breaking them in, though it is getting a bit better. So far I've only used these in a gym and not yet outdoors.

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