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Get aggressive with the Shaman LV.

Lisa Rands and Emily Harrington helped Chris Sharma design the Evolv Women's Shaman LV Climbing Shoe. With three of the top names in the industry behind it, you know the Shaman LV packs some serious vert-grabbing power. Climbers with lower-volume feet can step right into the Shaman LV for a precision fit augmented by triple hook-and-loop straps. Two signature features combine for a specific and strong transfer of energy; the 'Love Bump' eliminates under-toe dead space, while the 'Knuckle Box' holds your big toe in a position of power.

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Great Shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'5"
    Size Purchased: 8

It is so nice to edge in these shoes. They're amazing for training in a gym. I haven't used them on a real rock, yet. Pleased with purchase.


Pair #3

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'6"
    Weight: 127 lbs
    Size Purchased: 6

I can legitimately only sing the praises of these shoes. I picked up pair number three after climbing the edges off of #1, the edges & eventually all the rubber in spots off of #2, and reverted back to #1 to climb the remaining edges and rubber off in spots. #1 and #2 lasted for 2 years of heavy binge climbing. I almost forgot what these shoes are like when they have edges! I love these shoes. The Shaman LV has become an integral part of my adventure seeking soul. I can't image my carny-sized feet climbing in anything less.


These shoes are great!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Height: 5'0"
    Weight: 100 lbs
    Size Purchased: 7.5

These seemed to run 1 size larger than other rock climbing shoes. When we finally got the right size, they fit great and work great for outdoor and indoor climbing.

Are the sizes for shaman LV in women's size or men's? I wear 40 EU and so I don't know whether to purchase size 7.5 or 9....this is too big of a difference to guess.

Best Answer

This is the women's version, so these are women's sizes!!

is the fit for the shaman lv the same as the mens version of the shaman?

Hey Alex

It is not the mens version has a wider toe box and a wider heel. I hope that this helps!


Hey, My foot mesures 24.3cms, I usually wear a size 7-7.5us. How are these shoes supposed to fit? I'm not sure if I should get a uk5 or uk 5.5

Cheers :)


I went a half size down from my US size and my shamas fit great. The breaking in process sucks but they will stretch out, I promise. These are sized to US so I would get the size 7. I hope that this helps and let us know if you have any more questions.


I have worn the mens Shaman in my climbing shoe size, but the straps have lots of slack when closed. Being a lower volume shoe, will the Shaman LV have less slack when closed?

Hey Patrick,

They should since they are made to fit womens feet. The Womens version has a lower volume and a more slender heel cup than the mens. I hope that this helps and let us know if you have any more questions.



Like father like daughter, or something.

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:Runs small

My favorite bouldering shoe besides the Nexxo from Evolv is definitely the Shaman. My fiance and I feel the same way about the women's Shaman; these shoes are amazing out of the box!

Why sacrifice performance for comfort?

With the Shamans you don't have too! Not only are they super comfortable but durable and precise as well. The unique lacing system allows you to tighten down for ultimate performance as well, making this the winner of many gear guides and editor choice awards.

Best female shoe on the market for aggressive climbers! Period.

The woman is an 8.5-9 womens street shoe normally, and she needed a 9 in these. So size up accordingly. Thank you!

I usually wear street shoes at 7.5, and my la Sportivas were a 39.5. What size EvolvShaman should I get?

Hi there,

Evolv tries to size so that you don't need to go down in their climbing shoes. I would recommend trying that size 7.5 to start, that should give you a nice fit. If not, we can always get you set up with an exchange as well. Feel free to contact me with any further questions!

Hi! I've got 37 EU size (23cm) and as I've read comments here these shoes fit right to you regular foot size, so US 6.5 should be the right one for me, correct?



Hi Natalie,

Yes, I would recommend giving the 6.5 a shot! They are meant to fit the same size as your street shoe, so that should give you a good fit. If not, we can also always get you set up with an exchange. Feel free to contact me with any further questions!

I wear a size 9 in the regular Shamans. What's the recommended size for me in the Shaman LVs?

Hey Bould3r3r,

Here is what you have to keep in mind when comparing these LV Shamans and the original men's version. First, these are women's sizing so a size 9 in these are going to be about the same length as a 7.5 in the men's. Where the Low Volume comes into play is the width. These women's version are going to be narrower in the heel and toebox.

What I am saying is that if you are wearing a size 7.5 in the men's version and you have issues with the heel being sloppy then get these but keep with the same length; Women's size 9.

Hi Wayne,

Thanks for your reply. Does it mean that if I wear a size 9 in the men's; I should get the 10.5 in the women's?


The climbing I do is split pretty evenly...

The climbing I do is split pretty evenly between bouldering and sport climbing. I want a shoe that is aggressive yet still edges and smears well. I'm deciding between the Shamans and La Sportiva Miuras- any suggestions?

Best Answer

Hi Sarah,

These Shamans and the velcro Muiras are intended primarily for bouldering and short, steep routes. If you can have two pair in your life, the Shaman would be an awesome go-to bouldering shoe. The lace-up Muiras will be more versatile, while still being aggressive. They are somewhat down-turned, but you can smear, edge well, and be more comfortable on longer routes. I hope this helps!

So I've tried on the men's version of this...

So I've tried on the men's version of this shoe but, of course, as I am a lady and have tiny feet, they didn't quite have my size yet seemed to fit me very well. I've never thought of my feet as "low volume" considering most climbing shoes I've owned have been men's shoes and they fit me perfectly (e.g. the la sportiva solutions). However, I'm interested how these LV women's shamans compare to the fit of the men's. And if I vary between a 6.5-7 (in women's street shoe sizes) should I lean towards the bigger size?

Best Answer

Hey Lauren. I would say size 6.5 since they will break in. They are synthetic tho so they won't stretch out as much as the solutions would. If you would like, email me and we can discuss a few options we can do about getting you the right size. My email is


They fit like a foot-glove

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

I've been super loyal to La Sportivas, but when I lost one of my Miuras and found myself needing a new pair, I decided to try these based on the reviews.

Fit: They're more down-turned than the Muiras, and they fit my feet like gloves. No dead space, no weird pressure points. They fit like suction cups, in a good way. Slightly less fine-tuning in the fit than my old lace-ups, but not really even an issue. For reference, I have a wide, short foot, and bought my street size. They're definitely tight (too tight to wear between more than a couple problems at first) but they've eased up a bit, and they never felt like the torture chambers that other aggressive shoes I've tried felt like.

Performance: I LOVE these for bouldering and overhanging sport routes. They turn your big toe into a laser-like power-pointer. I don't love them for slabbier stuff, as they don't smear very well due to the pointy, downturned toe, but they'll do the trick. I may get another pair for longer, slabbier climbs. I've only had them for about a month, but so far the edges are still in good shape. No problems with weird smells or blue feet.


help with size

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

My normal shoe size is Women US 6.5. What size should I get on these Shaman LV. I want a tight fit but not too painful.

thanks for your help

Hey Felp905407

They run true to size at first they will feel small but the leather does stretch. They have some break in time. It took me about three hard bouldering sessions during the winter but with summer coming around the heat will help break them in faster. I hope that this helps and let us know if you have any more questions.


Jane H.



<3 I love them even though they have no edges left, smell bad, and dye my toes blue. <3

If you'd like to see my original review, please scroll down! If you'd like to see my review on how they hold up over time, please scroll down (but not quite so far as last time).

CRUSHING!!!!!! LOL I love our 6 AM sessions!!!

The edges are rounded, but...

The edges are rounded, but...

These shoes STILL own your face off! I'm on my 13th month of pretty hard climbing in this suckers. This is my review on how they hold up over time!

1. They are incredibly comfortable after the break in period. I don't ever take them off during a climbing session. Seriously. I'm so comfy that I can just prance around like a pixie if I'm not on the wall.

2. They didn't have the insta-stink problem that every other pair of evolvs I had ever owned had. It took about 10 months for the stink to kick in. Hehehe, and now I just let them smell because I am going to get another pair, asap.

3. A year, plus, of climbing is a LONG TIME for a shoe to hold up this well. I was blowing through other pairs in as short as 3 months or as long as 5 before I owned these. They take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.

4. As said above, they are still tickin', however, they are also dying my feet odd shades of blue now in the toe box.

5. Still tickin', but the 'edges' are gone :\ They're much like any other shoe, now. I've worn that awesome, sharp edge right off of ALL SIDES hahaha. And yet, no holes in the toe box. No fabric showing. Still covered 100% in sticky rubber all the way around! Eff yeah!

6. I'm ordering another pair immediately.

7. Did I mention that I am ordering another pair immediately? Because that's happening. On pay day. Or tax refund deposit day. Or day that a large bag of money mysteriously shows up on my doorstep with a note that says, "Hey, Jeni. I heard you needed another pair of Shams. This big bag of money should make that happen for you."


Wanna send it?! GET THIS SHOE!

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

So I got these shoes from my boyfriend as a Christmas gift! (yes, he really is the best!) and they are AMAZING! I love how light they are and the three hook and loop closure system is the best! I feel so secure and solid and the shoe stays to the skin at all times. I love how sticky the rubber is, I never have to worry about my foot slipping off unless its super polished and greasy. The shape and down turn are so helpful when it comes to getting up on your toes. Now the kicker is the toe! talk about kitty claws! you can literally stick the toe in a small little jig and with the help of the rubber it will hold! No problem crushing in these shoes.

The break in time is hard but that is pretty standard for most shoes. Don't be alarmed if it feels like your feet have been through Chinese foot binding this is normal. Give it about three sessions and you are golden! Also climbing with your shoes warm is the best way to break them in. I had the misfortune of getting them while the weather has been cold and it's taken me a bit longer to break them in but now I love them!

I wear a 6.5 in street shoes and the 6.5 in these fit just fine. At first they will feel small but they will stretch out I promise! I mainly boulder but these do great on sport routes as well.

If you are looking to progress and be a more aggressive climber these will help you out so much. I started climbing about four months ago and now I'm climbing v4+

I love these shoes and can't wait to get another pair after I blow these ones out! If you don't believe me? Read Jeni Nash's review!!! She Crushes!!

Also if you are looking into getting the mens version read BOTH of Grant Kates' review of these shoes.

Wanna send it?! GET THIS SHOE!

Best Climbing Shoes Ever!

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

These shoes are absolutely amazing! I had a pair of evolv shoes that weren't so aggressive and wanted a more aggressive shoe. They are able to get in spots that you wouldn't think would be possible. These are very comfortable despite how down turned they are. They are great for climbing as well as bouldering. I would definitely buy another pair of these! I normally wear a size 6 but went with a 6.5. The 6.5 fits perfect.

Best Climbing Shoes Ever!