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La Sportiva Mythos Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe - Women's


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    38 Reviews


    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.
    • Item #LSP0170

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    [tongue] Dry-Best
    Vibram XS Grip
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8.29 oz
    Recommended Use
    trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Climbing Shoes are Comfy?!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 36

    I've gone through my fair share of climbing shoes over the years but I've never found ones that match the comfort of the mythos. My biggest problem has always been finding shoes that don't tear up my heals. The first time I put these on, they fit like a glove and I quickly realized that they wouldn't hurt my feet! They are great for all day wear, long multi-pitch climbs, or just a long gym session. I do wish that the rubber was more durable...I've eaten through my first pair in 5 months and am sending them in to get re-soled. Another thing to mention is that I think they run a bit large. I normally wear a 38 and ended up with a 36.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 35

    These are my favorite trad climbing shoes. They are so comfortable I can wear them all day. They are great for cracks and for slab. Fantastic for long alpine routes! I never take them off. When I first started wearing them I wore them in the gym - don't make the same mistake! It wears the rubber out quickly, and is totally a waste for gym routes - I busted the toe in a couple of months! I'll drag them along if I want to do some gym cracks, but other than that I don't waste my awesome mythos rubber indoors!

    Note that they stretch A TON. I end up downsizing 2 sizes! (With ZERO discomfort!!!)

    I eventually gave up on my first pair, but now have 2 pairs that I've been switching between as I send them in for re-soles. :)


    So good

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

    These are just consistently the best. So comfortable that I can wear them all day without pulling them off after each climb. Great rubber and soft leather. These aren't the most aggressive shoe, so I have my Miuras for edging. I will continue to buy these. I wear 37's in all my La Sportivas and a 7/7.5 street shoe.

    Comfort all day long

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 38

    I wear a size 9(40.5) running shoe but ordered small to accommodate stretch. I bought a 38 and after having them broken in I would maybe only go up another half size (38.5) if I had to get them again. I've had these for about two years now and I can just slide my foot in without too much finagling. These shoes are great for long days of climbing outside. Not the most ideal gym shoe but they are just so comfortable. I can tolerate leaving them on between routes. Great for smearing. I've only used these in gyms and in the Red River Gorge for single-pitch routes.

    Cant go wrong with these

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

    Bought them for all day climbing and cracks and they are very comfortable when sized right. The laces all the way down make them very adjustable and Ive always loved the edges on Sportivas

    Great for everything

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

    This shoe is not very aggressive which makes it very versitle and comfortable. I would recommend getting this shoe if you prefer long, sustained routes, especially trad, and crack routes. This shoe has a tough leather upper that will last a very long time and overtime will shape to your foot ever so slightly. Overall this is a great shoe for those climbers who like to get outside and get up high on the walls.

    Love these shoes so far!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.0

    Love these shoes so far! Recently took up climbing and have used them mostly indoors, but a few times outdoors as well. Fit great and are as comfortable as I would expect for climbing shoes. I typically wear about a 10.5 in women's for athletic shoes and the 41.0 fit great! Have stretched a little, but not much. I have narrow feet and the laces are great so I can still get a snug fit.

    Rad shoes that don't hurt

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 38.5

    These shoes are the bomb. I've been wearing them 3-5 times a week for the past month and a half, and I have only great things to say. I mostly top rope in the gym. I've only been climbing for about 2 months, and I'm doing 5.11a/bs, so I'm not sure about the edging factor of these shoes. I slip sometimes on TINY footholds, but that could very well be my technique. However, they smear pretty well and I have no problem with the routes at my level both indoors and out. They are the most comfortable climbing shoes I've ever tried on. I have long big toes that curve up a little, so I have a hard time with downturned shoes (i.e. the pair of Katana Lace sitting in my closet that I never wear). The Mythos are great because they work well with the geometry of my foot. The laces allow for a precise fit, and the rubber grips to the wall fairly well. I will say two things:

    1. The laces are WAY too long! I have to double knot them so I don't trip. Backcountry, is there a shorter lace option?
    2. The leather does stretch a tiny bit, order smaller than you think. I wear an 8 shoe (39 in birkenstocks), and I got a 38 1/2 in this shoe. I honestly have no idea if my katana laces are the right size cause I've only worn them 7-8 times (They kept skinning the top of my foot! These shoes were too painful for me), but the pair I own is a 39. I don't really believe in the whole "let's wear climbing shoes 5 sizes too small!" thing. Mostly because if I do, I can't climb. It hurts too much.

    Bottom line- buy the shoe. You won't be mad.

    SO comfortable and grippy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 35

    These are the most comfortable climbing shoes i own. they break in in literally in minutes.

    what i love about them:
    1) long, adjustable laces - you can adjust the entire foot lenght, including the heel. You can also wrap and tie the laces all the way around the mid bottom of the shoe if you want it to flex more downward as needed
    2)they are very grippy and flexible. They definitely give you full on confidence.
    3) so amazingly comfortable. You can wear them for hours.
    4)you can wear them with socks on cold days thanks to the adjustable laces/heel

    Sizing: my street shoe is a european 36.5/US 6.5. I have the mythos in a 35.
    For sizing reference, i also own:
    Sportiva Solutions in a 36
    Sportiva Miuras in a 35.5

    In the photo i just climbed up to Lizard Head summit at 13,113 feet, Telluride CO.
    Also wearing Mammut El Cap helmet:

    SO comfortable and grippy


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

    For sizing I went to La Sportiva's website and read their climbing shoe sizing suggestions, and they fit perfect. I wear a size 7.5 street shoe and bought a 36. I climb mostly sport, and am working my way towards trad and more multipitch so I was looking for a comfortable yet practical shoe. I believe this is the one :) I've used them a good amount and love them, I'm confident they will continue to shape to my foot throughout their life and I will probably order another pair of these when the time comes. Great Shoe!

    Great shoe for multi-pitch, but...

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

    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?

    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

    I'm so glad you posted this review! I bought my mythos in 2010 - I've been looking to have them re-soled, but I need to take them on an upcoming trip, so I may damage them too much to be reparable. I was planning on getting another pair because my miuras, although also a great shoe, are awful compared to the mythos on multipitch trad routes. I'll be sure to order at least a size down to start. Thanks!
    For reference for anyone else out there I wear a 6.5-7 street shoe and got my mythos in 2010 in a 37.5. They did stretch, so a 37 would have been fine, but I was looking for comfort for long pitches.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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?

    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.