- Cotton canvas upper breathes well so your toes don't overheat during the approach
- Moisture-wicking microfiber liner is barefoot-friendly for added convenience and style
- Rubber toe and heel rands add extra protection against wear and tear
- Thin, minimal drop EVA midsole ups the cushioning power while keeping the overall profile low and casual
- Memory foam insole is like walking on the wisp of angel breath
- High-friction Trax outsole allows for superior grip during your approach
- Heel designed to fold down for use as a casual slipper
- Heel tabs allow for easy attachment to a backpack or harness
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I loved my first pair of Cruzers -- comfy, and they're much better for approaches for multi-pitch routes than my previous approach shoes due to their lightweight and low profile when clipped to my harness. However, within a week or two of wear, two seams began tearing, and the most significant tear -- across the toe -- has now turned into a 2" x 1" hole in the canvas layer of the shoe after a couple months of wear.
But I still liked the shoe enough to order a second pair, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they've modified the shoe a bit to address this issue; there's no longer an overlapping seam along the toe.
Beware, however, that the fit has also changed; what was originally a comfortable fit was unpleasantly tight in the new shoe at the same size. I realized the biggest contributor here was a thicker insole. Putting the old insoles in the new shoe felt much better. But I think the toe box is still a bit lower volume in the newer shoe.
this shoes are really good for hiking and climbing, when it is warm because if it's not warm you would get really cold and don't use them either you are going somewhere that the ground is wet.
Approach and around for bouldering: Very good. Slipper feature is awesome
Approach to cragging: Good. Comfortable with decent traction. flimsy heel makes it difficult to pull on and off since there is only one heel loop.
Long approach with lots of gear: OK. Small light weight shoe has minimal support but is fairly comfortable even after several hours of approach. Compared to your climbing shoes your feet will be glad to be back in these.
Easy/moderate climbing: OK. the sole is pretty soft and the shoe doesn't edge well. The heel loop is already coming off, so if I downsize more my foot wouldn't get into the shoe without tearing the heel loop off completely.
General Scrambling: OK. Overall traction is good. Fine if you don't need to edge.
Aid climbing: Bad. The sole is too soft and after standing in aiders for a day the foam between the sole and the rubber started to crack/tear. Also quite uncomfortable if standing in aiders for a long time. These shoes clearly weren't designed for wall climbing but they were the only shoes I had at the time.
Next time I need approach shoes I will either look into a new shoe or go back to the 5Tennie guides.
These are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. So dope.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Sticky soles and good fit, that's great. But these shoes are super fragile. The outer seam blew out in a matter of days, after a handful of hour-long approaches. $75 is too much for shoes that don't last. I sent them back.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I recently purchased these and have not been climbing yet on account of it being the winter. I think these shoes are awesome so far. I wear them as my primary around town shoe now (replacing my Sanuk's). I also love how the heal collapses so easy, but when it isn't collapsed it is still a sturdy shoe, this will make it great for switching between my climbing shoes and these when I'm not on the wall. But...
I can see how everyone is saying these will not hold up for Approach shoes. I am planning on going climbing this week so we will see how it goes. I am going into it thinking I need to be ultra careful to not start ruining the canvas sides or not to rough up the rubber on the toe.
Also, when I purchased them I got a half a size larger because of previous reviews. This is super important because I don't think they would've fit with my regular size. They also seem a little tight around the foot at first (I actually think I have a fat foot).
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
first off, i LOVE Evolv. they are an awesome company with amazing shoes, but this pair really disappointed me. after only 4 approaches (very easy ones at that) these shoes are almost destroyed. the rubber is awesome, but the upper part is very thin and incredibly weak. if you barely brush against a rock they rip. if you go for a light foot jam, they rip. if you have them around rocks at all, they rip... i have one hand and am only 110 pounds. i am very smooth with my feet and the approaches that messed up my shoes were so easy i didnt even have to use my hand. when i started to see rips forming i was confused on how they got ripped so i went slow and was very cautious with my foot work. even still new rips kept forming. these are so thin and weak that i honestly can't believe evolv called them approach shoes. even my $10 pair of normal shoes were more durable than this(wore out the bottoms on them but never had a rip in the upper), and those ones have actually been through some very rough and technical approaches.
i would almost recommend these as everyday shoes, but i wouldn't even recommend that because these smell just like all evolvs. (my feet never stink normally, only in evolvs)
so really i wouldn't recommend these shoes to anyone for any application.
i still love evolv and will only climb with their shoes, but apparently i need to find a new brand for approach shoes...
this is the first time evolv has let me down, and i hate leaving a 1 star review for my favorite company, but these were well deserving of it...
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Nice light shoe.Great for approach,scrambling,and
some long easy climbs. Not design to take abuse, like long crack climbs. Heel has an air pocket, which sometimes bugs me, but that might be because they designed the heel to fold in and use as a slipper.Love the shoe, pretty comfortable.
How do the sizing of these compare to a Sanuk? my size 8 sanuks are a touch too small (though new so havent stretched) and im thinking i should maybe go 8.5 in these? ill be using them for approach with alot of scrambling and low level climbing but no running or long hikes.
p.s. im in Australia so trying a pair on or ordering and exchanging is not an option guys)
These shoes fit a bit tight in the toe box to facilitate their use as an almost-climbing shoe. The rubber is super sticky and they perform very well as a comfortable moderate-grade climbing shoe, but you may want to size up if you plan to use them more for longer hikes. For comparison, I wear a US size 10 Sanuk and 10.5 Cruzer. All other street shoes and mountain boots are EU 44.
These have quickly become my favorite pair of shoes. I was in the market for an approach shoe as a do it all, from light hiking, approaches (obviously) and just wearing around town. Most approach shoes are basically lite hiking shoes w/ sticky rubber. I tend to roll my ankles a lot in conventional shoes, so I needed an minimalist version. These shoes fit the bill perfectly. Basically the shoe Sanuk should be making. Just enough padding to take the edge off, weigh nothing, zero support, and a super sticky sole that works great in the foothills of Colorado. My ankles and knees are sooo much happier in these than any other shoe I have ever worn. When funds allow I will probably buy a few more pairs in case they stop making them. I really wish there were more minimalist shoes out there like this. I don't run, so the standard crop of goofy barefoot running shoes don't fit the bill, these do, and look good enough to wear around town too!
I've been wearing the cruzers for about 5 or 6 months now and they are the best shoes I have owned for descending after big traditional climbs. They are light weight and don't take up much space so I can put 'em onto my harness without issue. I can approach,scramble and descend in them no problem.
These fit like a 'barefoot' shoe and are pretty minimalist, but I have worn them for several mile approaches and descents without any issue.
I love these things and would highly recommend them.
I've never really cared for Evolv, as I'm a Sportiva person but Evolv really nailed these shoes. I find most approach shoes to be too overkill and way too bulky on the back of a harness. These are great as I can even leave the socks on the ground to go even lighter. As an added bonus they look great and do well with other hiking, approach, camp, scrambling, bouldering, in town, etc. For a person that lives out of a car for most of the year these shoes now take the place of 3+ and saves me space. What I call a true minimalist shoe for that reason. Please evolv don't ever stop making these.
These are my go to approach shoe for anything under a few miles. More than that and I prefer something a little sturdier. Nice and light, very minimal, and sticky as ever. My only complaint is that after only the first two uses the toes started to delam. I now have to seam grip them about every third adventure.
Recommend adding a full +1 in size if buying men's.
Recommend adding a full +1 in size if buying men's.
I was so happy when my local climbing gym got three samples in(I live in Cape Town SA) and I was quick to snap up a pair. I really love the design and concept of these shoes. I'm a boulderer and a lot of our areas have pretty decent walk ins. These shoes perform exactly as I expected.Brilliantly!
No for the bad. Firstly they are a bit pricey for what you're getting. Secondly, the stitching on the side of the upper is all but beefy. I've had these shoes for a couple of months and I only use them for mountain missions. Already this seem has popped! I'm really bummed about this. I'm going to see if I can take them to some shoemakers to beef up that side stitching. If I come right I'll post some pics.
This shoes are super lightweight and pretty comfortable. The sole is pretty sticky and they work well as approach or walk-off shoes since they are so small and easy to slip into a pack or clip onto a harness. They fit slightly smaller than other Evolv shoes that I have had. I would say size up a 1/2 size if you are going to wear these as just kick-around shoes.
Great shoe. Fun shoe. Decent approach shoe and super light/small for clipping on a harness, but not beefy enough for slogging through scree, mud. Usable as a minimalist trail runner, too. Fairly narrow fit so maybe size up 1/2 for purely casual wear.
I returned size 10.5 for 11. (size 10.5 was glove tight without socks.) I wear them without socks alwayseven when I dress fashionable (business attire). To wear with socks would fit glove tight. Its cool and comfy without socks. If your flamboyant as I then youll manage red shoes &no socks with style. I got this pair in time to climb high in the canopy of the lychee trees to pick the fruit in the backyard in Hawaii. Truly satisfied. Be aware that you are likely to be teased a bit due to the extrāordinārius aspect of wearing red shoes. Hey, the red color is attractive no doubt!