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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.

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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?

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.

5 5

Planning to get a pair of these

Hi, im planning in getting a pair of these for bouldering a sport. I wear a street size 8.5 and a 7.5 pontas (just tight enough) what size should I get if im looking for a tigh but still confortable fit after breaking them in?

Responded on

Thanks for the question! I think this is a subject that a lot of people would like an answer to because the Pontas and Shaman are both great shoes but with a very different fit, especially in the toe area.

The two shoes will fit about the same for mid-foot width, but the Shaman has a much more aggressively down-turned toe (like the La Sportiva Miura) for holding small edges and working steep bouldering angles. This more aggressive toe means that you won't want to size down quite as much in the Shaman as you have in the Pontas. I would recommend a half size down from your street shoe, so 8.0 should be a good fit.

As you may have read in other reviews and comments below, the Shaman, like the Pontas, has synthetic upper. I wouldn't expect either of these shoes to stretch much with wear.

Responded on

thanks very much! yes my pontas stretched just a bit. looking for the shamans to send harder projects since y normaly wear my TC pros for trad and full day pushes.

Comp at US National Whitewater Center!

Comp at US National Whitewater Center!

These things are the bomb, found another pic of them so I thought I would share

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?

Responded on

BYson,
A lot of shoes from companies like Evolve, FiveTen, Boreal, and Millet are wider than the norm. Specifically I would recommend trying the Five Ten Dragon, Millet Yalla, Boreal Joker, and Evolve Bandit.

4 5

Very aggressive shoe.

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

Shoe is very aggressive and has a sweet shape, Very comfotable shoe and the color is sweet. Runs a little small. I wear a 11.5 in street shoes and got an 11.5 in this shoe and it fits very tight, but it will break in well.

5 5

Great, aggressive shoe!

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

This is my first real aggressive shoe (I'd been searching for one for a while and tried out the women's rockette's...but sadly, they didn't fit right). I purchased the men's Shamans because stores rarely have a good range of women's climbing shoes (lame!) and when I tried them on, they fit so wonderfully...painful, but workable! I mostly wear a size 7 1/2 in women's normal shoes, and purchased these Shamans in men's US size 7 (39.5).

Very firm. Great, sticky rubber, and very durable so far! Climbing some fun overhanging things more and more and these shoes make me feel confident about my feet every time.

5 5

Great Shoe!

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

First, and most importantly, I normally wear an 8 street shoe and I had to size up to a 9 in these to even get my foot in! So I super suggest trying these on somewhere before ordering them online, I had to return my first pair (8.5) that I ordered.

Remember, these are aggressive shoes! They're not supposed to be comfortable, don't expect them to be. If you're a beginner climber, get shoes without a downturned toe (aka with a flat sole) that will teach you how to use your feet properly. Upgrade to these only when you're ready. With that said, for how aggressive they are, I'm actually pretty surprised about how comfortably they fit. Honestly I can wear them for a while without having to take them of, which is awesome.

I am a women and have a wider toe box so I normally order men's shoes and and these fit my feet great, no slipping in the heel or anything. They're my first pair of velcro shoes, and I love them! I'm definitely spoiled, now I can't even imagine having to lace up every time I want to boulder...

5 5

Awesome Shoe

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

First off I had to go up a full size in these. I tried going up a half size and it was just to snug on my feet. I gave them a few climbing sessions and could tell I had to move up a full size from my normal street shoe. I have pretty narrow feet and these feel great on me.

Now that I've had these shoes for about two weeks and 10 solid days of use I can say these shoes are great! They're super sticky and will definitely give you that extra piece of mind your feet will stay where you want them to. I've used them on real rock (they feel excellent on real rock) and on the free outdoor wall near me which is fiberglass natural features and plastic holds.

For how aggressive they are they're very comfortable however I still don't wear them if I'm not on the wall climbing.

Be sure to try a few different sizes on from your regular street shoe size to a full size up to get the appropriate fit. Also try a pair of La Sportiva Miura VS. They're made to compete with each other but made for entirely different shaped feet.

EDIT: After about 4 months of climbing in these and breaking them in they have stretched out a bit and lost their aggressive shape. They still fit snug on my feet but don't have that glove feel. I think this shoe just isn't meant for my feet so I'm trying out the Miura VS shoe now.

If you're going to buy these buy the pair that's a half size down from what you think is your comfort limit and they'll stretch/ form to that after a few weeks.

Awesome Shoe

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.

Responded on

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.

Responded on

i think 9 as well. these shoes are real aggressive, and i don't size them as tight as my flat climbing shoes. i know that's counterintuitive, but that the way it works with these. and they perform AMAZING!