Because crack climbing doesn't have to hurt.
- Unlined leather uppers form to your feet
- Laces wrap around the back to lock your heels in place
- Vibram XS Edge keeps you stuck to the tinniest holds, won't creep when you're smearing, and is resistant to deformation on super-sharp edges
- Low-profile toes for better performance in thin cracks
- Full-length 1.1mm LaspoFlex uses a super-lightweight, super-thin synthetic laminate for torsional rigidity
- Perforated Vibram rubber rand allows for a bit of stretch when your feet swell
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I'm on my second pair of Mythos and they are my favorite trad climbing shoe. They climb thin cracks and slabs like a dream. I can wear mine all day and my feet feel great. If you are into trad climbing, look no further.
This was my first climbing shoe and I still throw it on every now and then. They stretch a little and are probably the most comfy shoes I have ever owned. They would probably be a great choice for a multi-pitch climb just cause of that, I could wear them all day. They're not a very aggressive shoe, but they are good enough to get the job done.
I bought this she because it was the only shoe my local sporting goods store sold that even remotely was confortable--I have a good case of Morton's Toe. I sized down a half size from comfortable at the store, had a break in time of about 4 days, and these things have felt like moccasins ever since. I could wear them as an after work slipper if I loosen the strings--they are that comfortable. I like the wrap around lacing that allows you to adjust the heal as tight as you would like for more demanding climbs, and to heel hook with absolute confidence. The are exactly as described. They are a crack and trad shoe. I notice a huge difference when wearing a more agressive shoe. These are not shoes I enjoy wearing for anything overhanging or 5.10+, although, I have seen old rock masters wear this shoe in more demaning climbs well. LaSportiva never claims this shoe to be anything that it is. I am half way through my first re-sole now. It is a great crack and trad shoe that I can wear all day if necessary.
My second pair of climbing shoes. Certainly tight at first, but they stretch a lot after ~10 pitches because of the leather. You will be glad they were tight in the store. Got a 42.5 and wear a 45 in street shoes. The lacing system works really well for keeping your heal locked in place. They do make noise due to air pockets, but seem very secure on my feet so not really a problem.
These shoes are really great. I went down two and a half sizes from street shoe for a really tight fit, and then within one month the leather had broken in and I had a perfectly comfortable pair of crack climbing shoes that just barely allowed my toes to lay flat (necessary for thing cracks). I just got back from the Creek and I can say these shoes did not disappoint. However, my complaint is the laces and the side stitching. I have gone through five pairs of laces in just a few months and I am starting to get really tired of it. La Sportiva should really have provided some Kevlar laces for this shoe. They just get torn up in cracks. Additionally, the stitching on the side of the shoe has also been torn up significantly due to wear from constant foot jamming. The shoe is getting pretty close to becoming unusable due to the torn stitching which is making the shoes unlacable near the toes (the shoes lace through the leather that is folded over itself and stitched to itself). This is to be expected, but not after just a few months of use. I really would have expected the shoe to last more than a few months for the price. So, overall a good shoe, but just not very durable if you are actually going to use it for hard cracks constantly. I do not like buying a new pair every four months.
I love this shoe for all day comfort, smearing and cracks. This is not a high performance sport climbing shoe, if you want that than look elsewhere. If you need a good multipitch shoe that will perform in cracks and slab then get this shoe because it will be your best friend.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been using this shoe for a couple years now and have loved it. These fit the niche for climbing crack, or all day multi-pitch routes very nicely. I found them to be comfortable enough to wear for 6-8 hours straight, yet still capable of performing well.
This shoe does not work well for technical, steeper routes. I don't view that as a con for this shoe as I am a firm believer in buying gear that is well suited for the need at hand. Trying to find a shoe that is well rounded for all types of climbing usually leaves you with a shoe that does okay in some situations, but doesn't do really great in any one situation. Buy this shoe for trad and it will serve you well.
All around trad shoe. Comfy once you break them in. They will stretch a size or two.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
There are times when I wind up wearing these for six hours nonstop... and I never once feel like they are uncomfortable or painful... and that's with my having ordered them a half size small.
I love the lacing layout. I have narrow feet and have to crank the shoes on... and I still don't find them uncomfortable. They do stretch a bit, obviously... with leather uppers.
They smear incredibly well, and get about an 8 out of 10 for stickiness. They edge well, also. I'm always surprised that I can wear them for hours, yet still find them reliable when I need to get the most out of some dime sized edge. Just yesterday I was stemming my way up a 5.11... and even after having been in them for about three hours I took a deep breath and relied on them to get me up a little edge, with all my weight on them.
All in all... I can't think of a better all-round shoe that is durable, reliable in a pinch, and comfortable enough to wear all day.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I little background before I break them down. I'm an average sport climber, don't go outdoor climbing too much. I wear size 8 in street shoes and these fit perfect after breaking in at 38.5.
I generally like these shoes so I'll go over the pros first:
These are probably the most comfortable climbing shoes out there. They are extremely soft (more on that later) and I have no problems walking around in these. They break in a TON, if you could measure breaking in by weight of course, so make sure you get these real tight. They are pretty narrow as well, great for crack climbing.
Now the cons:
They are not technical at all. When new they were pretty versatile. But once they break in they get real soft to the point of being sloppy. Its not the sizing either, my toes bump right into the end of the shoe perfectly. At this point these are pretty much only special purpose shoes, for slab or crack climbing or even long climbs because they are extremely comfortable. La Sportiva rates these as Edge shoes, which is utterly silly because these shoes can't grab any edge once broken in.
Don't get me wrong, I still love em' to death, which is why I gave it 4 stars. But don't these if you're expecting a good all around shoe.
These shoes are simply the best. I've had three pairs. In between I've had two other shoe types. One of which was the La Sportiva Solutions which are ultra aggressive. Yes, the Solutions climb harder for super technical things. For me, the Solutions are viciously uncomfortable and on easier climbs never let you relax. The Mythos climb almost just as hard and are very durable. I mean, like, wear them to the office comfortable.
I wear a size 12 - 12.5 in la sportiva running shoes and boots. My feet are giant, but skinny, so I buy the size 10 in WOMEN's of this shoe. The mens version of this shoe in this size are too wide for me.
I climb up to 5.12 sport and boulder V6 (if I'm lucky). Not including this because I think that's amazing ... just so you know my perspective.
The only reason I would consider another shoe is to get velcro.
Just started climbing in these. I bought them about 2.5 sizes smaller than my street shoes. Out of the box they were crazy tight but had already stretched some by the end of the first day of use. Seem to do everything well. Won't slip even when smearing polished rock.
How does the fit in the men's differ from the women's?
The men's has a slightly wider fit. The women's is more low volume, with a narrower heel cup.
Comfortable, classic, proven shoes. Extremely durable leather and great design.
I picked these up as my second pair of climbing shoes. They are a great all around shoe. I mostly vertical and slightly overhanging walls and these perform as expected.
I went down 2 sizes from my street shoes - U.S. 11 to a U.S. 9. After almost one year, they are extremely comfortable and have not stretched too much. These lace up like boat shoes. Even if they do continue to stretch, the design of the lacing system keeps the heel nice and snug.
I have worn these almost one year of solid climbing, 2-3 days per week and am about ready for the first re-sole. They have held up extremely well. I climb with people who have resoled these 5-7 times and the shoes are still going strong.
I expect these shoes to last me many years.
Classic, comfy and time-tested trad shoe. This shoes does it all when you are out on the rocks for awhile linking up pitches. I just purchased 2 sizes down from my street shoe which I thought might be too small it first but looks like it should be perfect. Try them on and feel the sizing out for 5-10 minutes before making any decisions. They run large and stretch a lot so they won't disappoint if you keep that in mind!
Best thin toes point for sending narrow crack. Lower ankle box than TC Pro, which I like. These stick to sandstone and granite like champs from my experience.
These are perfect for slab and crack. I do not recommend these for technical face climbing. I am always confused when I see someone climbing sport in these, get a more aggressive shoe for that.
This is my first climbing shoe. I have been in these for more than 3 months. I have no complaints.
As with most leather shoes, they do stretch (I feel that mine have gone up a full size). Getting a proper fit can be tricky. The build quality is amazing, the rubber works well, and they look/feel awesome. For me, they are the perfect shoe. But that does not mean that they will work for everybody.
If you are concerned about being limited by this shoe, dont be. Yes, the mythos is an old design and there are better rubber options out there. But if you have to ask, youre probably not talented enough to climb out of these shoes. I dont pretend to be, you shouldnt either.
These were my first pair of climbing shoes, and I absolutely love them. I was recommended them by a friend, and they did not let me down. Very comfortable, but they will loosen with time, so definitely size down when you buy them.