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Find your happy place on a big rock while wearing the climb-it-all Mythos.

Tighten the around-the-heel lacing system of the La Sportiva Women’s Mythos Climbing Shoe and get an all-around, precise fitting shoe for climbing any rock in the canyon. The soft, unlined leather upper surrounds your foot with enough stretch to allow foot swelling during long multi-pitch routes, while the perforated arch and Dry-Best lined tongue help wick and vent excess foot sweat as you climb. For long belays and rests on big walls, the full-length LaspoFlex midsole adds strength and cushioning so you can reenergize before the crux. The Mythos’s medium-curved shape, pointed toe, and excellent edges allow superior grip on footholds of any shape or size thanks to the 4mm Vibram XS Grip2 outsole.

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4 5

Great shoe for multi-pitch, but...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 4"
    Weight: 120 lbs

These shoes are great for long multi-pitch days when you need to be in them for 7+ hours. Comfortable enough to wear on a downclimb and at all of the belay ledges, with just enough grip to keep going up. They stretch a lot over time, so order smaller, and push through to the comfort zone... eventually they feel like form-fitting slippers you can climb in.

I've gone through 2 pairs of these shoes, and plan to keep buying them!

The only downside is that they seem to fall apart really quickly compared to my other Sportiva shoes around the shoelace area. I've had them resoled twice, and they keep on for a while, but ultimately don't last.

Anyone else have this issue?

5 5

Excellent shoe, sizing has changed

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

I think it's pretty clear that these are awesome all around climbing shoes that particularly excel on long multi pitch routes. I had my first pair for 6 years and they were a great beginner shoe, the break in period happens quickly and it's relatively painless. I used them for basically everything, sport climbs, trad climbs, I even threw them on with socks whilst climbing in Indian Creek to add a bit more comfort.

The odd thing that I've discovered while purchasing my second pair is that the sizing has definitely changed!!! In 2009 a 36.5 fit me perfectly. However, a few weeks ago I ordered 36.5 and took them on a climbing trip...only to find out that they were absolutely gigantic! I came back home, went to a climbing store and found out that I am now a 34.5 in mythos. I've been told that since 2009 La Sportiva has changed their cobbler, hence the difference in sizing. I don't know if this will be of much help for anyone, since this was way back in 2009 :) but just in case!

Anyway! Mythos are amazing, I will always come back for more! My street shoe size is typically 6.5

5 5

Great shoe, three pairs later

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am on my third pair of these shoes, so clearly they are working out for me. They are not an aggressive shoe, so I own another pair for climbs that require that kind of shoe. Overall, these are my go to shoes. Each time I have purchased the shoe, I buy a size that is a little smaller than the last. They stretch a ton and by the time I am ready for a new pair, I don't have the same toe sensitivity that I would like when trying to stick small holds. I think I have finally nailed down the right size. I wear a 37.5 or in street shoes and the last pair I bought are a 35.0. They are snug and I want to rip them off after a few climbs, but they feel great when climbing. The larger sizes that I owned worked great, I think these will feel like the right size for longer than the others though. So it does take some time to get the sizing right.

I recommend these shoes to anyone that is just starting out because they are comfortable. I know that they are considered an entry level shoe, but I have been climbing for years and still prefer these over my other shoes. For me, climbing shoes are something that you just have to experiment with and see what works for you.

5 5

Awesome shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Comfortable and super grippy. I wear 8s or 8.5s in regular shoes and a 37.5 is about perfect

5 5

Popular, great first shoe

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Its hard to go to a crag without seeing a pair of these, and no one is disappointed in the slightest. I bought these for my sister's first shoe and she couldn't be happier about them. They are comfortable, and a great shoe for trad! These shoes get me excited to bring her along on a multi-pitch climb!

Popular, great first shoe
5 5

Great all-around climbing shoe

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

I've had these shoes for several months now and have used them for the gym, cracks, all-day trad and outdoor send-fests. They are a great all-around climbing shoe, so if you're looking for a shoe that can do must things pretty well, this is it.

I bought them 2.5 sizes smaller than my street shoe size and they stretched out about a full size. They are snug enough that my toes remain slightly curled in them, but I can loosen the laces for a more forgiving fit on longer/hotter days etc.

The leather breaks in and stretches enough to make these comfortable for all-day trad climbing. You can lace them tighter for a more snug fit on harder routes, and the unlined leather makes them significantly less stinky than synthetic shoes. They aren't as easy to get on and off in between routes as a velcro or moc, but the tradeoff is the ability to dial in the fit with the unique lacing system.

The sole is stiff enough to work well in cracks (hand cracks or larger). I don't think they're flexible enough for smaller cracks, when a moc would be better. Mine would personally be less painful in cracks if my toes were flat in the shoes, a half size bigger or so, but that's a personal sizing thing. The only problem with cracks is that they're chewing up the laces (the leather seems to be holding up well though), and I imagine relacing these would be a huge pain, so I'm going to start taping over my laces when I know I'll be jamming these into hand cracks.

These do a fine job at edging but really excel at smearing. (I've found that the Grip2 rubber smears better than Vibram Edge rubber, for whatever that's worth). A shoe with harder but less sticky rubber would probably be better for really fine edges. And the flat shape and firm sole that makes the Mythos comfortable for long days of trad doesn't provide the same power in overhangs than a downturned shoe would.

5 5

LOVE this shoe!

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

I'm so glad I found the mythos. I was dead set on getting the Evolv Elektra a few weeks prior. I kept trying on size after size trying to figure out what felt good. Eventually.. I realized that the Elektra just wasn't made for my foot. I have really narrow but long feet, so the lace up of the mythos was great for me! The shoe feels like it is already made skinnier than average, but the lace system helps a lot. I love the color, too! I was a little sad when I realized they were getting dirty and less vibrant, but hey! they are supposed to be put to work, right?

2 5

Could be sturdier, but very comfortable

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

These shoes don't edge or do cracks or overhangs too well, but they are great for all day wearing when you are doing those really long multi-pitch routes. Unfortunately the rubber on them seems to be softer than most and the rock eats right through it. I had a pair and even though I was not climbing in them every day I managed to blow out both toes in just six months. They are a lot of money for something that doesn't even last a full year.

Responded on

I had the same problem with the toes blowing out. My friend who works at Sportiva told me they weren't meant for aggressive crack climbs, and therefore the toes weren't reinforced as well.

4 5

Great for what they're great at: Trad

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

These are, as the reviews say, comfortable and a solid trad shoe. They do not edge well and the toes do not fit into small cracks. I use them on 0.75 camalot and larger cracks personally, and for smaller cracks I use a comfortable slipper. I never bring them to the gym. They are pretty stiff, which keeps your ankle from doing too much work when your foot is sideways in a crack, but they have no power for bouldering or overhanging climbs in general. They will stretch significantly, being unlined. I am a 7.5-8 street shoes and use a 36.5 Mythos, which is in-line with other La Sportiva shoes I've tried. My toes are slightly curled when they're brand new, but within a few days I'm climbing hand cracks in them without pain. Or at least without more pain than is completely necessary. The men's and women's seem functionally identical. I had multiple women's pairs for several years and just replaced with a men's pair because that's what was available in town the night before an Indian Creek trip, and I haven't noticed a difference yet.

One piece of advice: label them with your name (a sharpie works well). I've been at crags with more pairs of women's mythos lying around than guidebooks.

Responded on

HAH! Good advice!
I once climbed to the top of the route wearing my friends Mythos and thinking the whole while:

'WOW these things are FINALLY breaking in, they feel great!'
They were 1.5 sizes larger...

5 5

The Lady friend loves!

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

I got these shoes for my girlfriend after trying several other pairs of shoes. She wears a size 8 in street shoes and we decided on a size 36.5. At first they were super snug on her, but in a couple of weeks they stretched to the perfect size. They contoured perfectly to her feet that have high arches. They are comfortable enough that she doesnt unlace them in between climbs. The leather and material used for this shoe is high quality and keeps them from getting super stinky over time.

5 5

Great all day shoes

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

If you're a person who enjoys nice tall, all day climbs and you're looking for a comfortable, yet technical shoe, these are a great. They never strain my foot, yet they are snug enough to stick to anything I put them on. The rubber all around is great for shoving in cracks. The lace that runs around the heel really makes a noticeable difference. My heel never slips out like it does in the La Sportiva Nagos. The leather is great quality and help keep the foot stench out. The only difference between these and the mens mythos is the mens shoe is wider in the toe. If you have wider feet, like me- I'm a US 9.5 which is a 41.5, then I would say try the mens version.

Morton's Toe

Morton's Toe

If you have a Morton's toe like me this a great, comfortable, all-day shoe. Compared to other shoes, the mythos has a more rounded toe so there is room for your freaky long index toe !

5 5

Toes hurt? Try these shoes instead!

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

So for me, wearing climbing shoes was like torture until I tried this shoe. Turns out I have something called a Morton's toe which means my big toes is a little bit shorter than my second toe. Most climbing shoes smash my toes like crazy! The mythos were literally designed for people with Morton's toe so they are super comfortable for me. Love them. Will wear them forever.

Toes hurt? Try these shoes instead!
5 5

Girlfriend Approved

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

Recommended these to my girlfriend because of the outstanding reviews and because she has a very narrow, long foot. She doesn't know that she cares about that stuff, but she was sold on them because of the color... :-|. Oh well. She likes them a lot and is happy to have such good looking shoes. She wears a size 9 street shoe, but we ended up getting her the 39.5 (~8 womens) to get a tight fit that will accommodate a little stretching.

Girlfriend Approved
5 5

Best shoes ever!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are the most comfortable shoes ever! I do suggest to get a full size smaller then your normal street size, these shoes are full leather and will give and strech out a good bit. The sole of this shoe is narrow. These shoes are great for anytime of climbing.. bouldering, trad, sport! Although if you only boulder, I would suggest a more aggresive shoe. I am interested in how the leather around the lacing will hold up, I will report back after some abuse.

5 5

Size charts rule...and so do these shoes

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these for my super cool rock climbing mama, so as you can imagine, picking a size was a little tricky! She usually wears an 8.5 so I just went with the sizing chart and got her a 40...they fit perfectly! (Whew!) The best part about these shoes? They are so comfortable! The full lace up is really nice for getting just the right fit everywhere, no matter the shape of your foot. This is the second pair of Mythos she has owned and I'm sure it won't be the last.

5 5

The sort of shoe you'll use for life

These are easily the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. When it comes to projecting anything that isn't slab, I go with my La Sportiva Miura Lace ups. But for long days at the crag, multi-pitches and warm ups, these are the shoe.
I wear a 8 in my street shoes, with La Sportiva's I generally order a 36.5, I could have dropped down to a 36 in these, would have gotten a better fit since they're unlined leather an will stretch a lot, but I've got chronic tendinitis in both of my Achilles and the smaller shoe needed to much time breaking in to not put any pressure on the base of my Achilles.
This is the second pair of Mythos I've owned, and for a shoe to get you through long days on the rock, this is one of my favorite. The lacing all the way to the toe gives the best fit of almost any climbing shoe out there.

5 5

WAY TOO AWESOME!!!!

So hyped on this purchase! I've been running around in my new climbing shoes at work just to make sure they're the right fit for me, they're perfect! I normallly wear a size 7(US) size 38(EUR) and I bought the 38, I could solidly go down to a 37.5 and be comfortable, since they're definitely going to stretch. (broke my pinky toe a little while back though, so i'm sticking with the 38) LOOOOOVE THESE SHOES

next purchase, definitely getting these again, and buying at least a half size smaller.