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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

My go-to casual shoe and approach shoe

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

First off, if you plan on wearing socks, size up a half size or more - these puppies fit snug.

That being said, I wear these everywhere; I've basically given up on wearing normal shoes for my trips around town because of how comfy they are. The soles are very grippy. I've been wearing them for a few months and they've held out pretty well, with no split seams. They do tend to get smelly and attract dirt with prolonged use, but that's a minor complaint. I definitely intend to buy a second pair in the future.

5 5

bouldering

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Hello, are very comfortable to boulder and approximation shoes I use it a few times, the inside is soft and padded. I am very happy with them.

4 5

Cruzer

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

Here's the quick and dirty.
Cool shoe. Good urban look. Great traction. Hike. Bike. Scramble. Ramble. Sole is super thin and flexible. Makes the feet tired on long hikes. A couple seams have blown out. Love the fold down heel. Easy to slip on and off in camp. Great for those late night restroom trips. The canvas is lined, so they are warmer than you would expect. I waxed mine with some otter wax so they wouldn't soak up too much water. Smash them down flat to put them in your bag, or wear them almost anywhere. When these ones reach the end of their life I will purchase another pair.

Cruzer
3 5

better wear socks

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

I bought these for a quick on and off shoe around the house and for approaches. While I actually really like the shoe after about two weeks of wearing with no socks, they smell insane. Not sure why I thought they would be any better than evolv climbing shoes in that regard. However if I would have worn socks every time I might could have avoided this issue. Already moving these from my casual shoe rotation into a hike/climb only shoe. Fit is good. I think it's true to size, but does run on the small side. Narrow last and fit.

5 5

Awesome shoes!

Slip them on when your just heading to the gym or lace them up tight to make some steep approaches at your local Boulder. These can do it all and they are really comfy. Fits true to size but if you want them to be a little on the looser side you may want to go a half size up

5 5

Evolv

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

SWEEEEET SHOE! I wanted to try out a more minimalist approach shoe. So far these is doing great. Super easy to slip on. Waaayyy grippy. I like these quite a bit more than my five ten guide tennies. I got the red, looks great. They are just a little bit small. The heel folds down which is super cool. Overall great, buy them.

Evolv
5 5

Awesome versatile shoes.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These are lightweight, comfortable, and versatile. Though I initially purchased with the intent of using them solely as approach shoes, I find myself wearing them everywhere. They're cute and easy to slip on when I'm in a hurry.
The rubber is super sticky, which is awesome when I'm rock hopping and scrambling up approaches.
The only downside I see to these is that the rubber is not non-marking, so they occasionally leave black streaks on the floor. However, the black marks easily come off the floor, so it's not much of an issue.
I am generally a women's size 5-6 street shoe. Since these are men's sizes, I got these in a 4. They're tight but fit well.

5 5

Perfect relaxed fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I just received a pair. I'm all iced in texas. Early today I took a walk And slip all over the place, so as soon as they arrive I walk the same icy slippery roads (6 blocks) of sleet and the traction of the soles are impeccable. the fit feels a lot like your typical toms, highly breathable with max comfort and plenty protection.
Note: order 1/2 bigger they are a true size fit.
They are super light, perfect for small hikes and perfect for camp base after the trail.

ROUTE SETTING

ROUTE SETTING

As I've mentioned before these sneakers are sticky enough to climb in... Yesterday while setting I found they were super comfortable while jugging and swinging around the climbing wall as well.

Surprisingly they have held up to the abuse I put shoes through!

I'm very happy with these kicks. Highly recommend!

*Pic-Route Setting in one of the better, more comfortable approach shoes I have owned.

5 5

Seriously comfortable

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

I was so sad when I saw these weren't in my size in the women's version, but have no fear! I ordered a small enough size in men's that they worked out PERFECTLY! I am obsessed with these shoes, I wear them all the time, even just on walks around the neighborhood. They are seriously comfortable. I may need to order another pair.
I sized up 1/2 size, to accommodate room for feet swelling while hiking, as well as since everyone has said to size up, and they fit perfectly! I wouldn't recommend these for any serious approaches, but for just hiking to the local crag they are great, and so lightweight!

Highly recommended! And Ladies, don't be afraid to order a men's shoe if it comes in your size :)

5 5

Great Shoe

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

These are a great shoe. Incredibly light, comfortable, and have held up pretty well. I originally bought them just for the approach to one of the local crags, but now I wear them anytime I'm hiking anywhere. They're a solid shoe that make it really easy to walk just about anywhere.

Great Shoe
4 5

Great shoe--cheap, simple, nice to wear

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

I really like these shoes. Very light, comfortable and good traction on both trail and rock. The edge and smear well compared to the other pair of patagonia footwear I have.

Minor quibbles: they feel a bit narrow, and my foot isn't particularly thick. Sizing is tricky; I feel like the 7.5 I got is too snug, 8.0 is too loose. Laces are slightly too short. But after breaking in a bit, the shoe's been really comfortable, particularly with a pair of thin socks.

Will definitely buy again.

4 5

PER-FACT...

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

FACT:
Evolv Cruzer is made from 100% recycled materials.

Fact:
This approach shoe is the lightest weight on the market. This is especially helpful on long multi-pitch routes when carrying gear is an issue; just ask the man himself, Peter Croft!

Fact:
These are made completely of VEGAN materials. While I'm not a vegan, this is an awesome ideology to support and sustain in our communities! Kudos EVOLV!

FACT:
You can edge, heel hook, smear, and climb in these almost like a moderate climbing shoe.

FACT:
They have a radical style; think Ninja meets hippie hipster hell.

FACT:
They are surprisingly durable for a canvas shoe. The seams are strong and they take a serious beating. You'd be surprised what you can get away with in these shoes. Even in a recent winter storm my feet stayed warm and toasty, no leakage whatsoever!

FACT:
The colors are awesome and true to what's pictured on the internet.

The only thing that is troublesome when buying these shoes is the sizing, otherwise I would say these are about my favorite approach shoe on the market. I'm a mens 10.5-11 (US), and the 11 was tight enough to cause concern at first. The heel is low low low, so you could size up a half size and be alright. Words of warning-when in doubt size UP UP UP!

(My fiance hated these shoes because the heel was so low and she thought they were too flimsy. She went with a Patagonia "loafer" styled approach shoe because sizing was hard to get right.)

In my opinion these are great approach shoes, despite sizing issues. Now I'm going to beat them up and I'll post more later after I jam my foot into moderate cracks, etc...

4 of 5 stars because of Evolv's continued sizing issues.

5 5

Super Comfortable Shoe

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

For a canvas based shoe, these are fantastic! I don't know about durability as I have only had them for a little while, but the traction on these with the Trax rubber is amazing! Overall, I found they ran just slightly small, not so much that I couldn't wear my normal size, but enough that they almost feel slightly like a climbing shoe when I wear them in that size. With a nice thick footbed and the heel fold down option, these shoe are also just built with comfort in mind. Overall I would say these are a worthwhile purchase, just keep in mind that they do run a bit small!

2 5

WAY too small

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

I never had a problem with purchasing shoes online so this is first. I ordered the correct size tried them on and they didn't fit at all. Instead of returning them, I offered to gift them to a friend with smaller feet who liked them. He tried them on with perfect fit but he didn't like them because they rubbed on the heel of his foot. Evolve is 0 for 2 here... Sorry! It sucks because they are a good looking shoe

3 5

Not just a street shoe

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

I thought these were just stylish wanna be climbing/approach shoes, but they are pretty good approach shoes.
Because they are canvas, they aren't nearly as sturdy as an actual approach shoe, but the rubber is super grippy for slabs and that sort of thing. I've taken them canyoneering and am very impressed how they've handles through the different conditions.

Not just a street shoe
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.