Occupying that coveted gray area between rock, approach, and casual footwear, the Evolv Cruzer Shoe is a minimalist kick that loves to live life on the move.

  • 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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5 5

love them!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these a few Months ago and I love them. They are great if you work in a gym and want to wear something super comfy but can also climb in to fix loose holds or set routes.
I TA a rock climbing class at my college so I basically act as a assistant guide and you can't beat these shoes. I never even put my climbing shoes on for the trips I just wear these and I've climbed up to a 5.9 in them. The pull tab makes them easy to clip to a harness when you are climbing as well.
They will run small at first but stretch out and will fit great.

5 5

For minimalism, you can't beat it.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've had these shoes for over a year now and I have loved them since the first day I got them. Obviously they are not designed for your long alpine approaches, anyone can see that. That being said though I have used them for some pretty long hikes and approaches. They have taken me all over the jungle of the Adirondacks, up and down at the RRG, covered miles of cruddy descents at Lumpy ridge, canyoneering in Utah and to plenty of short approach crags across the front range and the gunks. I've hiked 13ers in them and plenty of Adirondack peaks. I am a fan of minimalist footwear though. I'm lucky enough to not have too many support issues to where I feel It is necessary to have perfectly orthopedic shoes. Heck I even mountain biked in these shoes for a bit before I hooked myself up with clipless. All of this adventuring has not come without vain though, the seams on the sides you see all the photos of being blown are also blown on mine. The heel rubber is peeling, the sole is separating from the rand on the toe and the pull tabs are on their last life. For $70 though I would expect nothing less. The traction is also phenomenal and I have led 5th class trad in them, I never worry about the grip while I'm scrambling. I find it an amazing deal to get so much life out of such a cheap shoe. I will be buying a new pair for sure. Don't underestimate these.

4 5

Great for a minimalist approach shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I hate having too much on my feet when I'm walking/hiking/running to the point where I normally shy away from anything more than simple sandal straps. However, I have to admit that I'm fond of these shoes. They're very lightweight and low-profile, not to mention incredibly comfy straight out of the box. Whoever wrote in the product description about "walking on the wisp of an angel breath" is dead on. One perk I'm very pleased with is the split tongue which has a thin flap on either side rather than a single flap connecting to the bottom of the laces. This allows the top to expand and contract based on how big your foot wants to be that day. It also doesn't risk slipping down and jamming between the laces and your foot to create a very unpleasant pressure on the top of your foot.

I still split my foot activities between sandals and these, so I have yet to completely wear them out and therefore cannot necessarily comment on durability of the cotton canvas top. The soles have held up very well and have remained quite grippy. They do run a bit small, especially with medium to thick socks, so get at least a half size bigger.

And, they're definitely stylish enough to wear right from a climb to a social gathering without being the weird sandal guy.

Evolv Cruzer

Evolv Cruzer

Devin jugging pitch 18 on the NW Face of Half Dome wearing the Evolv Cruzer.

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http://blistergearreview.com/recommended/evolve-cruzer-approach-shoe

4 5

Great light weight option

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think this shoe is pretty bitchin! They are really light and don't offer much shock protection. So not recommended for long approaches or heavy pack but other than that they rock. Super sticky rubber. I climb up to 5.8 slabs and cracks in them. Keep your socks on when you're climbing in them and channel your inner Alex Lowe and send 80's style! One caveat. The seam will blow with more than a few jams.

Great light weight option
5 5

Great everywhere from dirt to urban.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

These will get you from plane/train/automobile to the crag, then to the bar without looking out of plus or letting you down. Think of them as Toms that took a lot of creatine. They are sturdy but not bulky or heavy. They look great with paints and shorts. And yes, they are grippy as hell.

They do run small, I typically wear a 9 or 9.5 and in these I kept the 10.0.

5 5

Great Shoe!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Ordered a 10.5 which I normally wear. At first the fit was too tight and I was going to return them. Decided to give them a try, once they stretched out they fit true to size. I've done multi day hikes with a 35+ pound pack, used as approach shoes, belay slip ons, MTB shoes, casual shoes, and even played tennis in them. Love these shoes, after all the abuse the seams are still in good shape. They clean up well to go out on the town. They look like Toms with better soles. I will be buying these again!

4 5

Climbs well, runs small

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

The good: it does exactly what Evolv says it will. It's a lightweight approach shoe that climbs surprisingly well and excels on all day climbs that require a shoe to hike back down. Climbed all day with these clipped on my harness with the trad rack and didn't notice them. Rubber is good and they smear really well.

The bad: these shoes run really small. I got my street shoe size, and I can't get a sock in them comfortably. For a small but comfortable fit, I'd go a half size up from your regular size. Also -- and this may be more of a problem for some -- they take on the legendary Evolv shoe stink.

Bottom line: Super lightweight approach shoe that climbs well. A few gripes on sizing and smell, but a solid shoe.

Will these shoes leave marks? Im looking...

Will these shoes leave marks? Im looking for a climbing shoe that is also a good and grippy boat shoe to take sailing without marking up a white deck.

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I hate to be a naysayer, but it doesn't seem like a good idea. Climbing/approach rubber is designed to be stickier, which makes it softer, which makes it rub off. Boat shoes are designed similarly, but with more attention to grip on wet, smooth surfaces and they're generally made with white soles so that when they do rub off a little, it's less visible. I'd be willing to bet that you won't find a climbing/approach shoe that doesn't leave a mark.

Responded on

They will leave marks, I didn't realize my wood floor had water on it and when I walked through it I could see black skid marks where I had walked.

2 5

House slipper

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I was stoked about these initially, then i wore them to the crag...

I was drawn to them because of their lo-pro look, which IS cool. Thats about as far as the virtues go.

The rubber is good for approach, but if you wear them without socks between climbs, you'll find your feet slipping around the inside of the shoe.
The rubber on the outside of the shoe near the outer toe has come off of the shoe in the first 3months, very lame for $75. I would never climb a 5.2 in these, I feel like they'd slip right off. Loved them then... not so much.

They feel like a casual street shoe. I'd encourage any serious climber to avoid these.

2 5

About a 1/2 size smaller than expected.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Backcountry has a pretty crappy return policy for footwear. $6.99 is the cheapest option. Free no hassle returns would be a great change.

Responded on

Free would be preferable, but then they'd presumably charge more. OTOH seven bucks is about half what I recently had to pay at the post office or UPS, to return a pair to Five Ten, so it looks to me like a discounted rate, not a bad compromise.

5 5

My Favorite Shoe[s]

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own two pairs of these. I love the fit and the practicality. Approach or casual, I use these shoes for both. Push the heel down and you have a great slip on. G

5 5

Tight fit is a good fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an approach shoe. I agree with other reviews in that this shoe is tight, but that is what it's meant to be like. Climbing in this with a good fit is great. Loosened up enough to still be a comfy town shoe, and I can easily sinch it down for wall climbing.

Full review: http://oldgoatgear.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/gear-review-evolv-cruzer-approach-shoe/

Tight fit is a good fit
5 5

On the contrary, these are (still) great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I know the general consensus around here is that these are not made to last, but my experience with them so far have proven otherwise.

I've had these for about a season and a half and they have gone through hell and back. These include, but are not limited to, hiking around the Gunks, getting caught in rainstorms at the New, approaches around Seneca, hopping around Pennsylvania talus and I've even thrown heel hooks on easy boulders. And guess what? I have not a single hole or sole splitting.

I honestly don't really take any special care of them, so I'm not sure how the quality of mine seems to be so much higher.

Otherwise, all the other features mentioned are great. The folding heel is a boon as I sometimes don't even use it as a real shoe for entire trips.

On the contrary, these are (still) great
3 5

I wish otherwise.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I've had the same issues as everybody else, with exception to my soles separating. One week after walking around town and commuting the outer toe-box stitching came undone and the canvas is now coming apart and forming quite the hole. These shoes are awesome looking. Super comfortable, and have cool features like the folding heal, they just aren't designed tough, at all.

1 5

Canvas?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you buy it small enough to climb in the seam across the toe box rips within days. If you buy it bigger, it is worthless. I went through two pairs in as many weeks. c'mon evlolv. Only good if you are looking for a pair of tom's you can wear at the gym.

4 5

Not bad overall

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I wear these around town and to work a lot because they're really comfortable. I get comments on them all the time. I like them at the crag for two reasons:

1) The fold down feature on the back that turns them into slip on shoes is fantastic for single pitch sport crag days when you're switching off as climber and belayer often.

2) Hiking off a multi-pitch they're great because they're light, offer enough protection and grip to get down safely, and they clip onto a harness extremely well.

I do NOT take these backpacking, on approaches, or even on day hikes. I climbed the Grand Teton via the Uppoer Exum Ridge route and my partner had these on. His feet were destroyed by the end of our trip. I wore a pair of Adidas Terrex Solos and they were brilliant.

Mine have started to come apart on the outside edge where the sole meets the shoe, and the stitching where the back portion of the canvas is sewn into the front, where that sharp angle is. I've owned the for a year and do wear the pretty often, so I'm satisfied with their durability.

2 5

falling apart

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Used these as a camp shoe with minor use as an approach shoe as well. The seems on the sides began to split within the first week, and by the end of being out for several weeks both have gaping holes on the outsides. Light, climbed well, but unfortunately they're basically falling apart.

1 5

Sole separated

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I have hiked several times in those shoes, maybe 20 miles total and soles already started to separated from the shoe. That's pretty bad for $75 approach shoes.