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Evolv Sports & Designs Co. is a U.S.-based climbing footwear company dedicated to creating cutting-edge performance climbing shoes and high traction footwear of the highest quality and providing unique and innovative products and services to the climbing community. Assembled in U.S.A., Evolv prides itself in its world-class research and development team that thoughtfully designs innovative products and continuously improves on existing models.

Evolv strives to meet the unique needs of climbers and offer special services and products such as customization services, and rock climbing shoes to accommodate special needs. They also offer the most "vegan-friendly" synthetic climbing shoe models out of any climbing shoe company in the world.

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I wear a women's size 12 and based on previous reviews ordered 1/2 size up. They fit perfect but I haven't worn them out yet.

from miami on October 25, 2018

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Cruzer Classic

Cruzer Classic

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

They were a little snug at first, but after breaking them in for a few days they fit nicely. Unfortunately, they are not suitable for indoor use. The soles squeak and stick to flat surfaces, such as tile or wood floors. They also leave black marks on light-colored tile. They also show dirt very readily. Cool-looking shoes, but I would not buy this type of footwear again.

on September 24, 2018

X1

X1

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These fit REALLY small. If your second toe is the same length or longer than your big toe like mine, you will need to go with at LEAST one full size bigger than your street shoe size. However, once you find the right size, these shoes ARE THE BEST!!!!

on August 18, 2018

Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars

Overall a pretty drab-looking shoe; the pictures flatter it way too much. The sole on these is SUPER comfy, but there is very little arch support. The toebox crease is pretty stiff, and digs into your toes as you walk. A thick pair of wool socks might fix this.

on August 17, 2018

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

Extremely comfortable shoe. I did replace the plain black shoelaces with shoe laces that are more attractive.

on July 29, 2018

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Defy Black

Defy Black

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Be sure to order at least two sizes up from your shoe size! These run super small; I have a size 4 foot, and my last pair of climbing shoes were that size...I did some research and heard Evolv runs small and ordered a size 6; my toes still press against the box slightly even two sizes up. Climbing shoes are supposed to hug your foot, but they shouldn't be painful. So, be prepared to order 2-3 sizes larger than your normal shoe. I like the straps (as after a couple hours of climbing, tying and untying shoes can be a literal pain), and unlike some brands, this one doesn't pinch the area around the ankle. It does rub the heel a bit when walking on flat ground, but a piece of sports tape can fix that (or just taking them off between climbs). They weren't as grippy as I had hoped, and the first time I used them I slipped off the wall. Once I put some chalk on the toe and heel, they held a little better (and especially after a couple of hours, so they do need to be broken in). Otherwise, they make a pretty solid pair of climbing shoes for a rock gym. I don't think they'd hold up to outdoor climbing, but they're great for indoor gyms. I'm between intermediate and advanced climbs (5.9 to 5.10), and these shoes have held up well for up to 5.10 (I haven't tried the 5.11 route at my local rock gym yet, though a slightly more aggressive shoe might be needed for advanced climbs and outdoor climbs based on how these held up on the 5.10). Note: The "comfort" rating is while during climbing; pretty much every climbing shoe is uncomfortable while just walking around.

on July 09, 2018

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Supra

Supra

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Felt comfortable. Bouldered in them awhile. They are stiff and have low sensitivity and three buckles is annoying in between burns. But I think they would be great for vertical to slabby sport climbs and for trad.

on May 27, 2018

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Slack

Slack

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These are a pretty basic flip, but they're sturdy and seem built to last. For $20, there's not much more you can ask. Big shout out to online chat support too as the sizing on these is a little small, but just chatted in for an exchange and it was easy peasy.

on May 23, 2018

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Zender

Zender

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

These rock! I use them for easy hiking, scrambling, short approaches, canyoneering, travel and generally rambling in the outdoors. They aren't super sensitive or precise on vertical rock, but they are super comfortable, and somewhat supportive (slightly more supportive than the Cruzer Psyche). If you want an approach shoe for burly, aggressive, technical approaches and adventures there are probably better options out there. However, if you're looking for something you can wear casually (and stylishly), but still sneak in some quick adventures--they rock! You can chase your kids, and then head out for a scrambling mission in the Flatirons in these. They're a very versatile outdoor lifestyle shoe, especially at the $100 price point. The Trax Enduro outsole rubber is pretty sticky; definitely on-par the rest of the approach shoes on the market.

from Colorado on May 23, 2018

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Skyhawk

Skyhawk

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

OK lets face it climbing shoes aren't the most comfy. These ran way small. Usually you order down but i ordered my regular sneaker size and my toes were curled up which was extremely painful, this also put to much pressure on the heal of the shoe. I ended up sending them back but reordered 1/2 larger, a full size would have been better but i think these will stretch. These are good for beginners which I am, and it beats putting your foot in rentals. The sole of of the shoe is sturdy and very sticky. The tie laces help to adjust the shoe and it looks like it will stretch some and mold to your foot. Zappos is awesome to order from and the exchanges if you need one are painless! Yeah Zappos!

on May 17, 2018

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Zender

Zender

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

These shoes look nice but aren't very comfortable. They fit poorly on the heels and rub. The soles are stiff, which is weird since I bought them from the "minimalist" section of zappos. Don't buy these.

on February 10, 2018

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Not minimalist in any sense of the word.

on February 09, 2018

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Shoes are comfortable, surprisingly light and provide a fair amount of cushioning while also not screaming "sneaker." They are great for walking short distances. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because arch support is non-existent. Had to replace with an more supportive insole.

on September 29, 2017

Cruzer Slip-On

Cruzer Slip-On

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

The other reviews are spot on concerning the width. These are narrow and I love them for it. I obviously have narrow feet and these are the first pair of slip-ons that I have ever worn and stay on my heel. I actually just ordered another pair as I love these so much.

from Denver on September 01, 2017

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

The Pyche is a minimalist approach (hiking) shoe. The arch doesn't need support. No engineer builds support under an arch. The arch is its own support. Strengthen your feet. Evolve is a climbing shoe company. The Psyche sports climbing shoe rubber. That's why it scuffs floors indoors. Don't wear them indoors. I've hiked in them, bouldered in them, lead-climbed in them, top-roped in them, run/rock scrambled in them. For a shoe this light and tactile, I have no abrasion or durability concerns, so far. My first Evolv purchase, I've found the Trax rubber every bit 5.10's Stealth rubber - the industry's benchmark - equal. And I love the collapsible heel/slipper feature. So far, for price and performance, the Cruzer Psyche is the best all-purpose outdoor shoe I've ever owned. I never take them off.

on August 26, 2017

Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I am a longtime wearer/lover of the Evolv Cruzer Classic. It came time to get a new pair and I saw this new style, the Psyche. It's really hard to tell, from the pictures and description, what the difference is between the two, so here's my take. The Cruzer Classic is a lighter build, kind of like Tom's - it feels like you could have sewn them yourself. The back folds down easily if you want to shuffle around in them. The Psyche is a sturdier, more shoe-like shoe. I don't think you would fold the back down on this one, as the sides are much thicker. The inside of the Classic is super soft and cushy, lined with microfiber and a very well cushioned insole that is kind of two pieces of foam (this falls apart eventually and has historically been my cue to buy a new pair). The inside of the Psyche is a bit rougher, lined with something more like canvas, and a much more firm insole - I would say not cushioned at all. I use these for daily commuting to work, and I have to say, the classic is a bit softer to walk in. I would also suggest not running in these, unless you are ULTRA minimalist. Lastly, the sizing of the Classic (men's size 7) I feel actually fits me better than the Psyche (women's size 8.5). Technically, the Psyche probably fits better (gives my toes more room), but I kind of like the sock-like feeling of the Classic. All in all, I think both have a place in my wardrobe, but the psyche will not replace my classics. (first two pictures are Psyche, second two are Classic)

from Washington, DC on July 13, 2017

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Nice shoe, planning to buy this when it comes in in a men's 9.5 in slate. I wear a women's 11 medium, and though the men's 10 fits, it's just a skosh too big. I love the flexible sole and room for my toes! Planning to hike in these.

from San Diego on June 27, 2017

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Zender

Zender

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

When I first put these on, i thought, "What a nice-looking and comfortable shoe. But after wearing them for a few minutes, the soles were incredibly stiff and uncomfortable. Not for me. I wear a women's 11, these men's 10 fit well, though were a tad wide.

from San Diego on June 23, 2017

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

The women's 11.5/men's 10 is a pretty perfect length for my size 11 foot. Runs wide - I have a medium to narrow and somewhat thin, vertically, foot. Very comfy, just sloshing around a bit in the width. Nice looking as well. Love the flexibility!

from San Diego on June 22, 2017

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I kept the size 12 sent with it.

from NY on June 08, 2017

Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I bought these shoes for short mountain hikes, every day walking, and for in the gym. The traction is great on wet boulders and logs. They are very comfortable for walking and look good. Also, I like to lift in these since they are flat, though I still remove them for deadlifts. I will definitely buy another pair when these wear out.

from California on May 01, 2017

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I much prefer flat bottom low profile shoes. I don't do any trail running or anything with these. I simply bought these to replace my everyday regular shoes. I figure climbing / hiking shoes should last longer than any tennis shoe. So far, these have been great. They look amazing and feel snug. I have skinny fit and these felt fine. If you generally buy a wider shoe, these will probably not work for you.

on April 25, 2017

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

TLDR; Get a half size larger than your normal shoe size, don't run with these shoes So I ordered my true size and the next size up; definitely needed to keep the larger of the two, you may want to try a full size larger if you are inserting your own orthotics in. My trial run of these shoes was made today in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO. I did 4.8 miles, so I got a good feel of them. For walking trails or light hiking, these shoes performed excellent. Super lightweight and enough traction to climb up the many rocks in my way. I love the rubber toe; it saved me from some painful scrapes. For more vertical hiking or longer treks, I would not recommend these. They didn't really help the descent of my climb (other than the traction). Also, do NOT run in these shoes. Even with wool socks, it was quite painful. However, these would also make great casual shoes, though I don't know if they would irritate you after really long walks. I would recommend wearing socks on your first trail, but you could probably go blister-free after they are broken in.

from Denver, CO on March 25, 2017

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Supra

Supra

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Comfortable and precise high-performance edging shoe. Slighter stiffer and narrow toe-box allows you to really dig in and stand on small holds, and there is adequate toe-patch rubber to scum around and under corners and aretes. Works great across a wide range of climbing applications, from sport to bouldering, and stays true-to-size with very little stretch.

from Colorado on March 14, 2017

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Cruzer Psyche

Cruzer Psyche

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

So far these shoes feel great... and call me crazy, but I've been strggling to find good light hiking sneakers that have a very flat footbed so I can put my own insole in... I've become a hard core Birkenstock fan after they helped me get over plantar pain, so i've bought a few pairs of Birk shoes and swap the insoles around... they work great in these!

from NY on March 01, 2017

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