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  • Engineered comfort and performance improves fit by adding toe rubber for toe hooking and an inset front strap for better medial side toe scumming
  • Downturned shape features a roomy toe box to allow your big toes to stay bent in a position of power while you're climbing
  • Toe rands of varying thicknesses enhance durability in high-wear zones, such as the front of the toe, without being cumbersome
  • High-performance, 4.2mm TRAX XT-5 high-friction rubber soles stick tenaciously to rock
  • Hook-and-loop straps draw the arches of the shoes into your feet for an excellent fit
  • Flexible and durable synthetic suede uppers resist stretching and dry quickly
  • Full-length MX-P 1.5mm midsoles have medium stiffness for edging power on long face routes yet are flexible enough for smearing
  • Shoes can be resoled


View all evolv Men's Climbing Shoes

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Best Use Rock Climbing
Climbing Shoe Type Aggressive
Last Slip-lasted
Upper Synthetic suede
Lining Unlined
Outsole TRAX XT-5 rubber
Footwear Closure Strap
Can Be Resoled Yes
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 3 oz.
Gender Men's

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Improvements! I was a fan of the previous Shaman and used it on most of my harder climbing outdoors, but would usually shift to something with more rubber coverage and sensitivity for training and indoor climbing. The new Shaman feels like a perfect balance and is now the go-to shoe for ALL of my climbing! Significantly lighter and still supportive in the front, "love bump" definitely puts the toe in direct pulling position, and the change in the toe-patch and front strap make this great for hard toe-hooks. Sized the exact same as the previous version, and feels comfortable out of the box. Could go down a 1/2 size if you like your performance shoes to feel tight, but I think they perform great when sized comfortably!
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally...Climbing shoes that are decently wide! I have wide feet (EE-EEE size) and it's always been very painful trying on most climbing shoes. These are actually one of the very few that feel wide, yet tight at the tip of the toes. I do wish climbing shoes had wide sizes but for now...this will do. The Luchadors fit well too but I like having a more aggressive shoe as it really helps with tiny toe holds. For sizing, I normally wear 9.5 shoes. For these shoes, I'll end up around 11/11.5 probably. Take that sizing with a grain of salt thought because wide feet distorts everything...
Date published: 2016-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit for me! I walked into REI today with an open mind and tried on every single climbing shoe they had, including the new Shamans. Though I never owned a pair of the previous model, I did hear/read plenty of bad reviews. Of all the shoes I tried on, this was genuinely the best fit for me. Ultimately, this may not be the right shoe for you, but I definitely recommend you don't overlook it because of it's predecessor. Good stuff, Evolv! I will definitely drop by with another review once they've been thoroughly broken in.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love the old Shamans... I ADORE these bad boys! I bought these amazing shoes yesterday at my local REI and brought them out to the mountains behind my house. At my bouldering area I slipped them on and I was hooked on how good they felt on my foot. They are very comfortable and easy to work with for such an aggressive shoe. The middle adjustment strap really helps pull in the arch of the shoe to get you that nice complete molded shape. I also love how much room is in the knuckle-box compared to the previous Shaman. Evolv really hit the sweet spot for me in climbing shoes. The "Love Bump" is also so helpful taking all that dead space under you toes and making the shoe even more comfortable to wear. One thing that kind of bothered me was that your first time wearing them won't be so comfortable but I slipped on a soft pair of cotton-lined socks and the comfort was actually boosted to a more soft inner shoe. These shoes also handle foot odor way better than I expected. The material inside the shoe is very good at making the smell smaller and keeping things fresh. Overall this shoe is the best shoe out there for those who want a shoe that is really aggressive without sacrificing the best comfortability. I would totally have these as my main shoe for Bouldering, Sport Climbing and Trad.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good shoe. I have been bouldering with the La Sportiva Solutions for 5 years or so. Unfortunately with the poor canadian dollar the solutions are getting very expensive. These shoes are pretty close as far as the climbing experience but considerably less money. I can't say how the soles will last but so far so good. I would buy these shoes again.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing shoes - except for the stank foot Okay - I really hope I am not the only one in this boat. So let's start with the good. Amazing. Shoes. Hands. Down. The separated sole creates a wonderfully aggressive shoe without the consistent arch cramping. I can spend hours in these shoes and not get uncomfortable. The toes are strong, the heel cup keeps your foot in place, and the thick plush topper is actually really nice on the foot. The more you wear them the better they get. I also have hobbit feet and they fit me PERFECTLY. Wonderfully wide and grippy. That's the positive. Which in retrospect is 99.9% of why you'd buy this shoe. BUT - the stank foot. I've never had a pair of climbing shoes smell so bad. I am thinking that it is the synthetic toe-protector inside the shoe that tends to soak it up and not wick the moisture. But - I can't bring them in the house. I can't ride home in my car with the windows up. After wearing them, I need to clean my feet immediately...otherwise you can smell them from across the room. I don't get it. I've tried everything. And I just recently had to get a toothbrush and clean/scrub the insides with non-caustic detergent and warmish water to get some of the smell out. It's bananas. As long as you're alright smelling like a garbage truck, then these shoes are totally for you. Even if you aren't cool with that, these shoes are likely still for you. Great all purpose shoes. Bad smell.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shoes! These shoes are so comfortable, the "love bump" really does a great job of getting your toes in position. They don't stretch much at all due to the synthetic materials but they do stink more than your average shoe. All things considered, I highly recommend these!
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable enough for multi-pitch trad. I used these for the first time on my first multi-pitch climb (10+ pitches). I anticipated a lot of pain since these are aggressive shoes, but I was able to climb (and hike) in these for 10 hours. Only in the last hour did my toes start to hurt and slightly blister. Usually, aggressive bouldering shoes like these can only be climbed in for 10 minutes at a time (especially when brand new and not broken in). However, these were pretty comfy out of the box. I wear a size 9 street shoe, but I sized these up to a 9.5. Consensus says to size these down half size from your street shoe, but I went for comfort this time around. The rubber on these is super sticky. I was following my friend who is a lot better and more experienced than me. Even though I'm shorter and have less upper body strength than him, the shoes made me confident that I wouldn't roll off the tiny chips and they smeared amazingly well. I was able to follow him up every route except for the last hard roof move (which is no fault of the shoes, but just my lack of training). These will be the first shoes that I'll get resoled once the time comes.
Date published: 2016-03-15
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