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  • Patented Mythos lacing system fine-tunes the fit to the shape of your feet for the perfect feel whether you're on a long multipitch climb or at the gym for a quick workout
  • Soft unlined leather uppers stretch and mold to the contours of your feet, offering a snug form fit for excellent performance
  • La Sportiva Mythos rock shoes are great for crack climbing; the low toe profile lets you slot your feet in thin splitters
  • 4mm Vibram® XS Edge outsoles stick well whether you're smearing or climbing cracks; rands are perforated to allow for stretch and comfort
  • Boots can be resoled


View all La Sportiva Men's Climbing Shoes

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Best Use Rock Climbing
Climbing Shoe Type Neutral
Last Slip-lasted
Upper Suede leather
Lining No
Outsole Vibram rubber
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Can Be Resoled Yes
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 pound
Gender Men's

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Sizing notes

For rock climbing shoes: Choose soft shoes two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size. We recommend you fit your trad shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size. Remember to factor in stretch. Unlined slip-lasted shoes tend to stretch about one full size. Lined shoes stretch about a half size. Remember: a well-fit comfortable shoe will work better than an ill-fitting tighter shoe. For boots: Add one half size to your street shoe size. You should be able to slip one finger behind your heel when you are standing up with the boot unlaced and your toes touching the front. If the boot is too short, your toes will get smashed walking downhill. Too long and your heel will slide up and down and give you blisters.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent performance, very comfortable I bought the Mythos because I wanted something that performed decently, but was comfortable enough that I wouldn't have to take it off in between climbs in the gym. They worked out great! Not as high performance as some shoes out there, but overall not bad at all either, and when my friends are complaining about the pain in their feet and swapping their shoes on and off I can just take it easy. Be warned, though: These shoes stretch a lot! I buy them so small that I can barely get my feet in, and after a few climbing sessions they've stretched out until my toes lie flat and have a little pressure on their tips from the shoes. This seems to be just the right size for me.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all around climbing shoes Used these for almost two years with almost all climbing types (indoor, sport, bouldering, multi-pitch). Definitely the most comfortable shoes ever. I Generally wear size 9.5 with climbing shoes but these shoes feel great on an 8.5 as they stretch a whole lot. My primary type of climbing is indoor but i generally go outdoor climbing every two months. That's where they really shine! I've used them with limestone, granite and sandstone and they grip extremely well with all types of rock including indoor gyms. These shoes have really helped me progress from 5.8 when I started climbing to 5.11a and will definitely buy them again!
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoe that sticks like glue Ive been climbing for about 4 months now and these are my first shoes. I love them for just about eveything. I wear them bouldering for a few hours at a time and wall climb with them. after 4 months Im about a 5.10b climber though I have done a few 5.11a's. Bouldering Im a v3 climber and I love these shoes for everything so far. I wear a 10.5-11 street shoe size and bought these in a size 9. they are tight at first but stretch very will to your foot since they are leather. Only complaint I have is the laces can get in the way climbing on a rare occation but thats expected on all laces shoes.
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great shoe but quality has declined I have purchased 3 pairs of these over the last 20 years, and owned a dozen other climbing shoes over the years. My now vintage 1990s Mythos (awesome climber on the moon logo!) have had 6 resoles and are still my go to shoe. I have used these bouldering, climbing 5.12s sport and on long trad climbs. And although I compete in a more aggressive shoe mostly for the psycological value,I have never felt the shoes were limiting my climbing in any way. That performance plus the amazing comfort and custom feeling fit of the lace to toe shoe makes this the best climbing shoe ever designed. It will shape to anyones foot with stretch and the laces allow you to then pull that snug on your foot. How many other climbing shoe models are top sellers after several decades? That said the newer ones, purchased last year (2012) were toast in a matter of months and not worth resoling due to the breakdown of the leather sock. The construction on my old Italian Mythos, from before the company was bought out by N. Face is amazing, great leather and precise stitching. The newer ones are much poorer quality with the leather failing behind the toe very quickly. Still an outstanding climbing shoe but they are now disposable shoes like most current models , not the old resoleable workhorse of the past. Highly recomended but they "aint what they used to be" in terms of durability. That still puts them pretty much on par with every other shoe on the shelf in terms of durability
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid shoe These shoes worked awesome for me. Having a wider foot I felt that these shoes were able to stretch to fit comfortably. The only problem I had was the rubber begun to separate where the shoe stretched the most, but that is the downside to having wide feet. They also wore down a bit faster than my other shoes but that also comes from bad shoe care and daily climbing. Another thing I found to be helpful is a little trick with the laces. If you feed the lace through the lace on the side as an additional lace hole, it gives you a little tighter hold around your ankle which is awesome when a climbing shoe feels even more snug around your foot.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shoes I climbed frequently as an adolescent but then gave it up for literally twenty years. I bought these shoes when I joined a rock gym last month, and I've used them exclusively indoors. I chose them after reading multiple descriptions of their performance, comfort, and versatility. They have more than met my expectations. Be aware that they'll stretch out a bit. I wear a 10.5 men's shoe, and I was on the fence between buying 9 or 9.5 Mythos shoes. I ultimately chose the 9's, and they've since stretched considerably. They're now snug but quite comfortable. It clearly would have been a mistake to get the 9.5's even though the 9's were borderline painful when I first tried them on.
Date published: 2009-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic greatness Traded in my power ranger boots (Nagos) for these. Super comfortable and great performance. Use these in the gym 3-4 times a week, and they have seen many weekends at South Platte, Shelf, and Clear Creek Canyon. Plan on a bit of stretching (more-so than normal), so really take the time to size right. I am normally a 12, I sized down to a 10.5. The lacing system is fantastic on these, pulling from the heel to the toe, then back up through the sides, making for an almost custom fit. Although not an aggressive shoe, and not so great at edging, they are super comfortable and have a good stick when smearing. I've had no problem leaving these on for hours at a time.
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great comfortable shoe I use these shoes primarily indoors both bouldering and top rope climbing. They're great comfy shoes, and the bottoms are nice and sticky for good grip. I got mine 2 sizes smaller than my normal shoe size (8.5 instead of the normal 10.5), and after breaking them in, they're the perfect size for climbing. I much prefer these to the pair of LaSportiva Nagos I had previously. These are more comfortable, AND they don't dye my feet red after climbing in them for a while. I'd recommend them!
Date published: 2013-01-31
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Why do the sizes only go up to 45? I understand that you're supposed to buy rock shoes on the tight side, but in normal running shoes, I'm a 48. If I bought size 45, would it stretch to my feet? 3 sizes smaller seems like a lot.

Asked by: Earthwormgoodypants
It says on your sizing chart that size 45 is equivalent to US men's 11.5. My usual size is a 13 (which is fairly common in the US). There are a lot of other guys who have shoe sizes bigger than 11.5 as well. I went to La Sportiva's website and it says that they make Mythos up to size 48. I also found them on Amazon going up to size 48. If that's the case then why on earth wouldn't REI carry larger sizes? It would be really nice if you guys carried up to at least at 46.5 or 47 so I could at least try them on. I really want to buy these shoes at REI, so I can use my REI credit card and get 15% back, but you guys are basically telling me to go buy the shoes elsewhere.
Answered by: Earthwormgoodypants
Date published: 2017-05-30
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