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    Evolv's mad scientists melted down lightning bolts, kryptonite, pure attitude, and locks of Chris Sharma's hair to create the mold for the Shaman Climbing Shoe. At a top secret unveiling, several people were carried away on stretchers after fainting at the sight of the Shaman's revolutionary and aggressive profile. Built with input from the master himself, this shoe features a love bump under the toe to eliminate deadspace and a heel counter for structure and tension. Throw in Evolv's proprietary Trax XT high-friction rubber and the result is a shoe that's so advanced, it can even help you find features in drywall.
    • Item #EVL0033

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Synthratek
    Lining
    [forefoot] microfiber, [heel] cotton, [footbed] leather
    Closure
    hook-and-loop
    Rubber
    4.2mm Trax-XT
    Profile
    down-cambered
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    aggressive
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 9] 9.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    bouldering, sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Great Aggressive Shoe

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

    This is a great advanced shoe for someone looking to take their climbing to the next level. The shoe definitely runs small, but will stretch out about 1/2 size after use. The aggressive shape makes it easy to find a foothold on the smallest piece of rock. All of this being said, my feet are definitely looking forward to taking these shoes off after a long climb.

    Great shoe

      I've been wearing the Shamans for a few months now and I love them. I've been using them for a lot of gym climbing and used them on a few hard outdoor routes and have done very well. I feel very confident and precise in them. They are comfortable and with with the split tongue and three straps can't be tightened down just how you like. I did have quite the struggle trying to find the right pair to fit my feet. They run a ton smaller than normal so I sized up a lot to get the right pair. I have katana's in a 38 and ended getting these in a 44. I actually bought and returned 3 pairs before I found what was a tight but bearable fit.

      Solid Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 9.5

      Picked these up on sale and after finding the right size (full size larger than my solutions) I found these shoes to be pretty rad. Because of the love bump the toe locks in hard for a powerful yet comfortable feel. I find that the wider toe box allows my feet to feel more normal even in the aggressive, downturned position. The only drawback is the heal is too low for my oddly shaped feet, which makes heel hooking less secure.

      Love it. Love bump.!! Shaman 2

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 10 1/2

      I had almost given up on climbing before I even got out of the gate.! Trying to find a shoe that fit my foot was beyond irritating. I have a wide solid foot, rounded toes; ie my index toe is longer than my big toe, and big toe angles slightly in. I gave it one last go and ordered 5 different sizes of the shaman 2, from 9 1/2 to 11 1/2. My street size is 9 1/2 to 10, but I like my street shoes some what snug. I ended up keeping the 11 1/2 and sending the rest back.. the 11 1/2 fit snug but comfortable out of the box I don't have to take them off between climbs. They broke in quite nice after a few weeks of regular climbing, and formed to my foot like a glove, but in my opinion haven't stretched in length. The love bump is awesome, even though i went up abit in size my toes fit perfect. One negative I found when I took them outdoors was having to be careful with front velcro strap when crack climbing as to not inadvertently open it. Hope this helps.. I climb mainly in the gym, around 5.9, 5.10 .. my foot work lacks to say the least, and I'd say the shoes help make up for my par to sub par beast mode technique..

      Strong Toes

        I started off in the gym with simple gym shoes off Amazon and finally got around to investing in a nicer pair of these a few months back. I normally wear a 8.5, and with 8.5 gym shoes I could comfortably sit in those all day. With these, I ordered 9.0 after reading that they may be small, and initially I couldn't keep them on for more than a few minutes at a time. The aggressive and stiff, down-turned toe was painful to adjust to, and it fit so snug that standing on my toes would cause the heel to dig into my ankles.

        However, the effects on my climbing were immediate. I had much greater precision with where I was placing my feet, especially on peanut or pebble shaped feet outdoors. More importantly, the stiffness allowed me to weight these small feel without slipping nearly as much as I did before. Gradually, I began building some strength in my feet as they adjusted and within a month they don't hurt nearly as bad. I can now keep them on for more extended periods of time (up to hours, although not comfortably) while they still fit as snug as before. They may have loosened up a bit, but stretching is minimal to preserve the stiffness.

        Must love climbing.

          I took up indoor climbing last year and this is my second pair of shoes. They are built really well. They allow me to be much more aggressive on my routes. At 6"3' I am not used to doing much on my toes, but the point on these allow me to really keep my feet on the wall.

          Small size

            I wear a 44 or sometimes a 45 street shoe because my feet are a little wide and a 43 in La Sportiva. I heard the Evolve tended to be small so I ordered a 44. Like Cinderella's stepsister, I could not get my foot into it without chopping of my toes. So it is probably safest to buy your street shoe size or larger depending on how tight the fit.

            Way small

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times
            • Fit: Runs small
            • Size Bought: 11

            I wear size 10. My last climbing shoes were 9. I needed size 11 and wish i would have chosen 11.5. They have been treating me right on the smallest of jibs. Since they are small I am super thankful for the velcro

            Durable shoes

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

            These shoes are awesome, the durability on them is outstanding and the performance is great as well. I have had two pairs of these now and I would get another pair of them in a heart beat. The rubber on them lasted me close to two years with lots of climbing in the gym and bouldering outside on granite. They definitely seem to stink worse than other shoes i have had and they run small. I purchased s full size up and they fit perfectly, They are synthetic so they wont stretch at all. Great all around shoe.

            LOVE BUMP

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times
            • Fit: Runs small
            • Size Bought: 13

            The little bump thing under your forefoot is a thing of beauty. It keeps your toes locked in and the Shaman's give you boatloads of toe power, and for a downturned shoe are surprisingly comfortable. I tried on everything from La Sportiva Solution's and Testarossas, and Five Ten Team 5.10's. Shoes aren't the stiffest but I have no problem standing on dime edges on 5.11 slab. Heel hooks in these are phenomenal and just the confidence you have wearing them is just killer. A real powerful shoe for meaty overhangs and boulder problems that offers a precise fit with the three velcro straps. The break-in period sucks, and they are sized real small, but it is worth it. This is my first pair of downturned shoes and I am still getting used to wearing that shape, but these shoes are overall amazing.

            About me: I sport climb in the 5.11 range and top rope into the 12's. Really like techy routes and the shaman's are unbelievable for heel hooks, toe hooks, and whatnot.

            Great shoe (try on in person/size up)

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
            • Fit: Runs small
            • Size Bought: 9.5

            The stiffness of this shoe really allows you to dig in on your toe without the shoe bending or deforming. While it isn't the sickest rubber (compared to softer stealth or xs grip) the rigidity allows you to edge hard without the rubber creeping off the hold like with softer rubbers. The downfall is comfortability at least for my foot shape but the performance outweighs comfort as with most aggressive shoes. I needed to size up to a 9.5 from my normal 8.5 to 9 for other shoes (still uncomfortable in the toe box but fit my heel correctly) and the break in/foot adaptation stage was pretty awful but now I can wear the shoes for a single pitch with very little discomfort. Just ordered my second pair and I'll be resoleing the older pair with a softer and stickier rubber to have a more versatile range over the same shoe.

            Size 44 does not fit to size

              I wear a 44 street shoe and (comfortably) a 43 in La Sportivas. So when I read that these Evolv shoes are a little on the tight side, I thought a 44 should be ok. In fact, like Cinderella's sisters, I could not even squeeze my foot into this shoe. I would need at least a 45.5, if such a size exists. If the manufacturers are going to make these shoes in such weird sizes, they should add an sizing guide in inches and centimeters.

              Awesome Comfort plus Aggression

              • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
              • Fit: Runs small
              • Size Bought: 10.5 (44)

              Great shoe. They can be uncomfortable on a long climb or to wear all day, but that's the only downfall. They smear well, edge great and are solid all around. They have a powerful heel, which really puts them over the top. They're also crazy durable. The unique toe box allows for a flexible toe so it doesn't feel like your aiming the shoe, but placing the toe. Great shoe.

              Love Bump

              • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
              • Fit: True to size
              • Size Bought: 9.5

              Used to climb in these a lot when they fist came out. Liked them back then so I just ordered a new pair. The concave "love bump" under the toe is amazing. It keeps the toes locked in snug, especially when pulling in on small holds on steep terrain. They also edge better, or as good, as any shoe out there. And when I velcro the the heel strap down it locks the heel in completely. The only thing I would change is make them a tad bit less stiff and move the velcro strap, by the toe, to allow more rubber and flexibility for toe hooking.
              Psyched for the 2016 versions.

              I am sneaker size 9.5 and got these in 9.5 and they fit perfectly tight. If you don't like your climbing shoes really tight, go up a half size.

              Most comfortable aggressive shoe

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

              I picked these up for a steal at a garage sale this summer thinking they'd be a shoe for burning rubber in the gym - I quickly fell in love and they've ended up being my go-to shoe for both indoor and outdoor bouldering.

              F I T: True to street shoe size. The three velcro straps provide a snug fit and I'm a believer in the love bump / knuckle box technology that allows these shoes to be powerful without sacrificing comfort. The heel cup is a little big but does not affect performance. These shoes did stretch a little.

              P E R F O R M A N C E: The Shamans are a stiff, powerful shoe, but are extremely sensitive on steep terrain and the shape allows for extra precision. I used to drag my toe a lot, but the shape of the Shaman's toe and the extra sensitivity has helped my footwork become much more precise and clean. The extra rubber on the toe and the fully covered heel makes these heel and toe hook like a dream (why not use both at once!?). I avoided toe hooking until I had these! The rubber is very sticky but pretty soft in comparison to other brands. These don't seem to be great for flat walls or edging in comparison to my LS Miuras, and the rounder toe took some getting used to after wearing La Sportivas for the past year. These are hands down my go-to shoe for overhangs.

              D U R A B I L I T Y: The edges seemed to wear down faster than Vibram or Stealth rubber does, but there is still plenty of rubber left. My biggest complaint with the Shamans is they smell TERRIBLE - seriously the worst - something that I've never experienced with another climbing shoe.

              Most comfortable aggressive shoe

              Shamans Work Like Magic

              • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
              • Size Bought: 10

              I wanted to replace my Miuras and for a lark I tried on the Evolv Shaman. To my surprise they fit my foot even better than the Miura did. We're talking Katana (Lace or Velcro) comfort in a more aggressive shoe. Start with street shoe size, then try down a half size. Get them snug but no need to bring the pain with these, the three velcro strips allow you to get a solid, custom fit and while they do relax a bit, I wouldn't say they stretch all that much.
              When I went out the next day to try them at the local crag, I set a personal best for on-sight lead. They perform that well, feel that solid and really encourage trusting your feet when edging, even on the really thin stuff. I would like to say that on a friction slab multi-pitch, in July, I was pretty nervous. But that is only to be expected, the rock was warm/hot and these shoes are fairly aggressive. That being said, they held the rock even in these less than ideal circumstances.
              I have thin, flat feet and narrow ankles and these shoes fit, umm, like a glove(?). Whether heel hooking, toeing, edging, heck even pulling off the occasional bat hang, the Shaman performs well in all the scenarios I've climbed in whether indoor or outside, both here in the Pacific NW and South Korea where the strata changed pretty radically every 10 ft. or so.

              Definitely Worth Checking Out!

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

              OH LORDY! I love these. I actually sized them true to my street shoe size. I wear a 9 in these, but I wear a 6.5 in the La Sportiva Mythos, so I'm going to say these run small.
              The rubber on these are amazing. These were my first aggressive shoes, and they definitely take getting used to. I still can't have them on for more than a couple pitches, but I love them. My footwork got much better with these and my confidence on slivers skyrocketed. If you're looking for aggressive shoes, I would really consider these.

              Unanswered Question

              Do the sizes on these match the Defys?
              I wear a 10 in the Defy, and I was wondering if I could just order a 10 in these too or if these run a different sizing due to the aggressive design.

              Just purchased my shamans, they're my second pair of climbing shoes ever and first aggressive pair. Got them as small as I could before my foot wouldn't fit. They feel AWESOME! There is some pressure on the knuckles of my big toes though. It is painful but not unbearable. Will this pain decrease as the shoes break in? And if so, approximately how long might that take? I climb 4-5 times a week mostly indoors. I'm under the impression that this feeling is normal for such an aggressive shoe and my first pair of aggressive shoes at that. What are your thoughts? My first pair of shoes were 5.10 rogues. Used the Shams for the first time tonight and have noticeably more control with feet even with the slight pain. Cant wait for them to be broken in!

              As your foot adapts to aggressive climbing shoes your entire foot structure will adjust with it. Over time, calluses will build on the top of your toes and discomfort will almost disappear entirely, much like your skin did on your hands when you first started climbing. The same happens with your feet though this process takes more time and is often times dangerous as you play around with the idea of tighter and tighter fitting shoes.



              Please keep in mind, sizing too low can cause adverse health defects in your feet. Developing bunions or "hammer toe" is a common result, so your shoes should never have "serious" hot spots while climbing or simply standing around.



              I use my street shoe size in Evolv's line of shoes, as that's how they are intended in the United States, whereas European shoes sizes must be sized down dramatically.



              Remember, pain doesn't always mean performance, especially not with regard to this style shoe. Thank you!

              Is there any other shoes besides the Galileo...

              Is there any other shoes besides the Galileo and Shaman that are made for wide feet?Is there any other climbing shoe on the market made for wide feet?

              Alright, I'm about to bite the bullet and...

              Alright, I'm about to bite the bullet and get these as my first pair of evolvs, that being said I'm not sure what size would be best. I'm a 9 or 8.5 street shoe and my la sportiva climbing shoes are size 42 or 40. 5 in the pythons but they stretch. Giving that this shoe will break in but not stretch I was wondering what size you guys would be good to go with, especially with the aggressiveness of the shoe.

              Best Answer

              Evolve actually does a pretty good job at making their shoes true to fit and might be on brand that I do not size down in. These shoes specifically I suggest staying pretty close to the shoe size you wear around town. If this is your first pair of aggressive asymmetrical shoe I would probably go with size 9 but you could probably make the 8.5 work. They will stretch about a half size.

              It sounds like these aren't too great at...

              It sounds like these aren't too great at edging, what is the best evolv shoe for edging, the geshido or geshido sc or...?

              I have been surfing the site for about 2...

              I have been surfing the site for about 2 months now waiting for a size US 11 to appear and it has yet to come. When can I expect to see the shoe available in US 11?

              Best Answer

              You likely won't get your answer from asking questions here. I would suggest clicking on the "live chat" at the top of the page under Talk to Gearheads. That will be actual staff at Backcountry and they can probably get the size 11 ordered for you even if they don't have it in stock.

              Hi, I've only been able to try the Evolv...

              Hi, I've only been able to try the Evolv Geshido Sc and was able to fit into a 41.5. What size should I go for the Shaman's? By the way, I will not be able to go anything smaller than 41.5 on them.

              Because Evolv is made in the US, it goes on US sizing. I am a size 8.5 in women's. I first got these shoes in a size 8 (men's) but after about 4-5 months of 2-4 days a week in the gym, they stretched in the toe box and were no longer as responsive and there was a lot room to move my toes. I have since sized down to a 7.5 (men's) and, while the break-in has been nothing short of miserable, they are now PERFECT, 4 gym sessions later. They curve my toes and hold my heel in place amazingly. Use your use size to compare to my sizing recommendations.

              I wear a 41 (8.5) for my solutions. What...

              I wear a 41 (8.5) for my solutions. What size should I be looking at for these shoes?

              hmmm: ? I wear size 39 solutions, could...

              hmmm:
              • I wear size 39 solutions, could go a little smaller. How big should I go with these?
              • Do they hold their down turn like the Sportiva's with the P3 system?
              • How sticky/durable is the rubber? (compared to vibram/stealth)

              depends on what kind of climbing you do. inside these will hold up like twice as long as stealth. i had a pair of muiras for the outdoor season that needed resoled and i went with stealth for plastic season....BIG mistake! for inside and outside trax is great. but if youre climbing primarily outside stealth is stickier. all and all trax is better all around. you sacrifice a VERY small amount of stickyness for ALOT more durability

              Question: I'm looking to get my first high...

              Question: I'm looking to get my first high end pair of shoes. I've been climbing in an OLD pair of flat, non aggressive Red Chilis and finally blew them out. I'm leading up to 5.11 sport and ready to get a more aggressive shoe that will help me keep moving up. These guys fit my wide foot great when i tried them on in store, and i'm sure they will work wonderfully on my boulder routes and difficult sport routes, but will they be annoyingly aggressive on long multi-pitch but not overly difficult 5.9ish routes? Considering the Shaman vs Katana, being the 2 best shoes i've found to fit my foot (wide forefoot, narrower heel)

              Best Answer

              Shamans are awesome, but I don't know if I would use them for warming up on moderates. The Katanas are much less aggressive, but you'll be way more comfortable. If you have the money, (I don't, but I do this anyways), buy 2 pairs of shoes. I have a comfy slip on for warming up, and then a hardcore aggressive shoe for projects (solutions).

              It sounds more expensive, but in the long run it'll get you way more mileage out of your projecting shoes (which tend to be more expensive).

              tl;dr your feet will hate you if you do multipitch in shamans, katanas are awesome.

              does anybody know if these shoes will carry...

              does anybody know if these shoes will carry the homeless guy who soaks his feet in sewage stank like the way other evolvs do? I had a pair of defys, and they wore well, still have some life left, but holy balls i can smell them through a plastic bag inside a gym bag inside my backpack, people wouldn't talk to me at the gym.

              When I was climbing 4 days a week in the gym in Evolv Predators I'd toss them in the wash (with cold water) weekly. I never had a problem with construction or fit and it kept the smell reasonable. I also dusted my feet with chalk before putting them on to keep them from getting too sweaty.

              Can you return these shoes after you blow...

              Can you return these shoes after you blow them out then get a new pair?

              So my street shoe is 9.5 and I wear a 41...

              So my street shoe is 9.5 and I wear a 41 for my Solutions. Where do I stand for sizing with the Shaman?

              9.5 inches = my foot too.

              I had tried these on to get a bit of feel for them while at the gym. 8.5 was my "agressive fit" size, but I may have been able to go down another 1/2 size. The stretch is another story.

              Since they're highly shaped for a shoe, in the toebox especially, I would try them on for yourself if at all possible.

              9.0 in Evolv Primes
              8.0 in Evolv Pontas

              Write your question here...I wear a size...

              Write your question here...I wear a size 12 in the evolv pontas and looks like I should order a 12 and a half but not really sure. Can anyone help me out?

              i actually sized a full size down from my street shoe and although they are painful to break in, the break in was only really 3 sessions.; so if u can fit them tight then go for it. they will give. but NOT stretch

              So I'm interested in getting a pair of...

              So I'm interested in getting a pair of these Evolv Shamans but I don't know what size to get. I wear a size 9 in the pontas but im not really crunchin my toes. Should I stay at a 9 or should I do the 1/2 size bump up that evolv suggest?

              when the shipping says from 5-7 days...

              when the shipping says from 5-7 days standard shippin, are those days counted in business days or regular days??

              I'm thinking about buying these but have...

              I'm thinking about buying these but have a sizing question. I have a pair of Optimus Primes, and was wondering how they sized in comparison to each other.