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Smelling salts not included.

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.

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5 5

Size up

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: 11

I love this shoe, but sizing was a big issue. I have thick feet and wear a street shoe of 10 and I had to size up a whole size to an 11 in this shoe. This shoe is very comfortable, holds your weight very well and is a good choice for anyone who is looking to transition to a more aggressive shoe from a moderate one.

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Responded on August 21, 2015

I'm surprised you had to size up so much... How have they been now that you've been wearing them awhile?

I wear a street shoe size 11 (U.S. Mens), and ALWAYS buy the same size in Evolv climbing shoes which does the trick. In fact, I could probably size down a 1/2 size (10.5) and be okay once the break in period was over.

Just curious as a die-hard Evolv climber; have they become sloppy, too loose, etc?

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No, its been perfect for me! It is still is breaking in a little bit but I like where it is going. It is still a very nice tight firm shoe.

5 5

No Other Shoe

When climbing hard in the gym or outside these are my go to shoes. I'll were them till my toes are sticking out and then get another pair. The fit is perfect and the hill pops in for a solid feeling that the shoe is part of you.

5 5

Great shoe. Size up a 1/2

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: 13.5

Great shoe. Make sure you size up at least a 1/2!

5 5

Awesomeness!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Men's US 10

I'm on my second pair of Shamans and still like them better than any shoe I've owned or tried! Great for the gym and outdoors. Love the aggressive toe when under the roof and I still find them sensitive enough for edges...just finished a crazy route at the gym with those silly, greasy little chips for feet...with no prob! I have a wide foot and just went with my street shoe size. Not for the faint of heart...but if you wanna really good, glove-like fit...you gotta endure the first couple weeks with any shoe!! The only thing I don't do is stand around the crag in them. I take them off after two or three goes in the gym and after every route at the crag.

Great shoes...I'll probably own a third pair once these are toast!!

Awesomeness!!
Responded on

Thanks for the review Brad, welcome to the Backcountry Community!

4 5

Awesome but lacks sensitivity

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 130 lbs
    Size Purchased: 9

I love these shoes and have been using them for about a year now, however they do have some things they could improve on. Toe box is small so toe hooks arnt the best with these, heal hooking is good but can get a little slippery, and edging isn't always super awesome! Still though these are some cool shoes you should buy a pair!

Nexxo OR Shaman?

Nexxo OR Shaman?

There are worse scenarios in the world, but I can't figure out which shoe I love more; the Nexxo or the Shaman?

They're both great shoes!

The Nexxo's take awhile to break in so I'm still battling that process. I've had the Shaman's over a year and they're still rockin' routes and projects! (Indoors and Out)

*See Pic-Project Setting and Climbing!

5 5

Right Foot Loved Them!

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

I'm a lady climber who wears a men's 42.5 or 9.5 in running shoes or women's 10.5 street /11 running shoe. I have a really low volume foot and heel w/ a low instep and wide forefoot (I think I just described a flipper). For reference, I tried the women's Shaman LV's in a 10.5. The length was great but the straps touched the ground when I pulled them tight. After sending back the Shaman LV's, I ended up committing to a pair of the men's Shamans in a 9.5. Out of the box, I noticed that the left shoe looked both shorter and narrower, but I figured it was just a weird illusion because of the rubber overlays being off. They were both marked 9.5. I wanted to try them and devoted 8 solid indoor bouldering sessions to the break-in. I really liked the love-bump concept, which I found to be akin to a toe-bar in a pair of Birkenstocks. It helped to coax my toes into the downturned position without relying on the shoe's bend to force them over. The stick and edging was great on plastic and I loved the toe for pulling on distant holds. I also found myself wanting to hook everything in sight with the super-suctioned-on full rubber heel. After a few sessions, they softened up and performed well smearing on some indoor slab problems, which surprised me. They definitely helped me to use my feet more creatively. I found that the right shoe broke in really well over the sessions, but I could not get the left one comfortable enough to put my weight down without some serious wincing. I loved the performance of these shoes, but it turned out that the sizing between the left & right was so notably different that I just couldn't wear them. Backcountry.com graciously gave me store credit for my return - Thank You! I didn't have it in me to go through another wonky pair, so I ended up with locally purchased Katana Laces (sz. 40.5). The Katanas are great, but I still miss the Shamans (especially the heels). I will definitely give these another go next time around and hope I get a well matched pair.

5 5

first climbing shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: 11 1/2

the extreme down turned toe is not good for toe hooking.

make sure to try it on before you buy at a local store. i usually wear 10 1/2's but i ended up buying a 11 1/2 size in these. was a tight fit but ended up being real comfortable after broken in.

4 5

Great shoes but size up!!

These shoes are really great, the aggressive shape makes getting a lot of weight onto your feet really easy and can make overhanging problems you couldn't do before possible. Just make sure that even if you like a tight fit, size up at least half a size from your normal street shoe. I wear an 11 in vans and an 11.5 or 12 would be perfect for me. My left big toe clicks a bit and is painful after climbing in these shoes at this size for me.

4 5

Shaman

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

Awesome shoe I wear a ten and a half street shoe I had to size these shoes up to a size 12 Other then that iv had no problem with these shoes they perform great so far iv only used them indoors at the climbing gym

3 5

Decent Climbing Shoes

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

The reason I gave these guys three stars is because I had problems with sizing. I had to size up two shoe sizes over my standard street shoe to even get my foot in them. They are starting to loosen up slightly but even with two sizes over my street shoe size they are tighter than can be and I have to force my foot in the shoe as hard as I can. It is nice and tacky and grippy on climbing surface which is nice. I would recommend these guys. Just the sizing was a nightmare.

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!

Responded on

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!

Responded on

Hey thanks a lot John! there are hotspots when climbing but not horrible, walking in them is the worst though. But that's not so crazy considering they're not really meant to be walked in right?

Responded on

^^

Exactly.

You can stand around in them but they're made to be upside down and verticle, not on the flat ground... Besides, that sounds boring.

=]

5 5

Comfort meets performance!

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

These are comfortable without sacrificing performance. I wear an 11 in both these and the Nexxo, and because the Nexxo is a narrower shoe with around the same amount of down turn, they tend to fit more snug and have become my "game changers" while projecting.

The Shamans are a staple in the climbing community and for a good reason. They are aggressive, hold their shape, and breath well enough that they don't get stinky after a ton of use. (Not to mention they are stylish as hell!)

I train in my Shaman's and use the Nexxo as a project motivator and have had zero complaints.

I love Evolv!

(size up to US sizes for accurate fitting. My street shoe is an 11 and so are all my Evolv climbing shoes-it works!)

5 5

Comfortable performance shoe

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

The Evolv Shamans are a solid pair of rock shoes. I find them to be a great balance between comfort and performance. I typically wear a size 9 street shoe and have to size up to 9.5 for the Shamans (for comparison, the La Sportiva Solutions in a 40.5 fit my feet perfectly).

Pros: shoe is very comfortable to wear, rubber remains sticky and reliable, good for toeing

Cons: fit loosens significantly after a few weeks of wear, the shoe loses rigidity and feels less powerful after loosening

5 5

Great Shoes

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

These shoes are absolutely great for toeing in and inside edging on even the smallest of features. Outside edging can be sloppy. Toe hooking capacity has not been fully explored yet, heel is a bit sloppy for my foot. Runs small, had to exchange for .5 up and still is tight on my right foot. Rubber is nice and sticky, durable as the rock :D

5 5

Climb to the Moon

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

These things can make good footholds out of a lot of crappy stuff, sometimes nothing. So you could climb to the moon if you wanted.
They have good sticky rubber, that's durable furthermore. Me and my cousin both have em and they're great. The "love bump" took some getting used to I suppose, but it's been a non factor. It helps these shoes fit like a true glove. They are worth the cash. Plus, they are easy on and off with the wide opening and the three Velcro straps. I go two or three times a week and climb in a fairly sharp area, but they are holding up great thus far.

I usually wear a 11-11.5 street and got these in 11. They fit tight, but I prefer that. So, if you run about the same and don't like tight, then go up to the 11.5.

Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new

New Shaman climbing shoes for the season - I am beyond stoked.

**Note: the middle strap width has been manufactured smaller in the 2014 model vs the older 2013 model.

Celebratory Photo

Celebratory Photo

After my first redpoint of Black Monday in BCC (big cottonwood canyon)

Outdoor climbing season is upon us

Outdoor climbing season is upon us

Getting ready to purchase my third pair of these, can't wait!

5 5

Demoed and liked them

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

I demoed these for a day, and found them to be so much more comfy than the usual aggressive-type of shoe! I think they were a half size too large, so in order for them to fit i'd go 1/2 size smaller than what you wear. Definitely shouldn't need to go too far from your street shoe size, which is a good thing. I would have liked them to have more of a pointed toe, but I love the foot squeeze you get using the velcro.