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Bring your Pythons to the comp.

The La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe with Vibram XS Grip2 sole was engineered to excel in competitions, in the gym, and at the crag. Sticky rubber over the toes and full rubber coverage on the outside of the heel let you step up your footwork a notch for seriously steep routes.
  • Asymmetrical heel design for a performance fit with maximum rubber coverage
  • Elastic hook and loop closure strap helps lower-volume feet get a snug fit in the slipper design
  • Vibram XS Grip2 for serious edging performance, smearing performance, and durability
  • 0.8mm LaspoFlex at the midsole uses a super-lightweight, super-thin synthetic laminate for stiffness and edge-hold
  • Ample toe rand coverage for scums and hooks
  • Unlined for sensitivity on technical smears and high-tension moves

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how does these fit higher volume feet with...

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how does these fit higher volume feet with a wide forefoot?

I have been wearing a 40.5 in the Mythos....

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I have been wearing a 40.5 in the Mythos. Would you recommend the same size (both unlined leather) or sizing down?

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It will depend a little on how you like your bouldering/crag shoes to fit compared with crack climbing shoes like the Mythos. Personally I like a pair of slippers or velcros to fit a little more snug than my crack/multi-pitch shoes. All things being equal I would suggest that you size down to a 40 in the La Sportiva Python Vibram XS Grip2,

I want training shoes that won't kill my...

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I want training shoes that won't kill my feet after 3 min on the wall. I like my solutions because the fit my tiny heel, but I can't stand them for long... Are these a good option or would you suggest the cobras? another shoe?

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Adrienne,
The La Sportiva Cobra and Python are very similar shoes and both would provide a good comfortable fit for low volume feet or narrow heels. If I was forced to choose one or the other I would slightly favor the Cobra but that choice is based purely on a personal love of slipper shoes for training. The issue that some people have with slippers is that they don't provide a snug fit for narrower feet over time, but the Cobra is such a good fit to begin with that they have never lost their feel and precision for me.

Is it possible to order a size you currently...

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Is it possible to order a size you currently don't have available? Size 33.5

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Sorry Marieta,

If we are sold out of a size we unfortunately do not have the capability to back-order or special order this product.

5 5

Awesome shoe!

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

These were my first pair of aggressive climbing shoes - they have the slingshot rand, so a very technical heel and a downturned toe - and I absolutely love them. I have access to both a gym and outdoor climbing, so I have used them in both elements. I believe they are intended more for gym climbing and excel there, but I like them equally outside.

The fit is as expected. I wear a 40.5 in solutions and have a 41 in these shoes. Toes curl up in the front and push against the rubber for the first couple of sessions, which is a bit uncomfortable, but they do break in and mold to your foot fairly quick and the pain is relieved.

I love the sensitivity of the rubber and the strong toe power that these shoes deliver. I really feel like I can stick onto the tiniest nubs without worry. They can smear if necessary, but probably aren't the best shoes for that purpose.

5 5

best gym / everyday shoes period

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i use solutions only for outside hard bouldering/ sport but i use these for everything else. its like a more comfertable version of the solutions, i think has better heel and toe hooks better very sensitive and just awesome
ive noticed people are either a 5 10 or a la sportiva foot, the 5 10 heels always have a gap and are a little loose no matter how much i downsize but these are perfect.
size down obviously since it is a slip on.
i wear a 41 solution and went to a 40 in these

4 5

Very Sensitive Shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these because some of my climbing friends had them and had nothing but praise for them. They told me how to size them was drop ~1.5 sizes from the Miura fit that you want, and that same process worked for me. They will definitely be tight at first but they stretch out. I love the fit now and love how they are unlined so you can really feel the rock. The heel and toe rubber are great also.

The only drawback I have is the fact that the seam between the rubber on the toe is splitting at what seems like too early into the shoes life (you can see where I tried to put some epoxy on it to slow the split in the picture). This most likely is a reaction to something I did since no other reviews mention it but I wanted to put it out there.

Very Sensitive Shoe!
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Hey !!! i have the miura vs women , i want the python so badly but i couldn't found them here. Im 6 on wm size , wich size you recommend me to get online for the pythons?

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Unfortunately I don't know the comparison between the pythons and the Miura VS-women. I might check/ask on one of the Miura pages on Backcountry, and you might have a little more luck.

Good luck!

4 5

Good shoe.

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

This shoe is top of the line and worth the money, unfortunately it didn't fit my foot well. The toe box was too narrow for my foot even though i sized them properly. It was great for hard sport routes but foot injury wasn't worth the send and i ended up getting the futuras. (which are amazing by the way) If you buy these shoes, try them on first. Do not expect them to cuddle your feet, but dont ignore the pressure points either. As with any tightly fitting shoe, pain is to be expected, but injury is not acceptable.

Does anybody know the difference between...

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Does anybody know the difference between these and the previous version of LS Python?
I'm seeing a 2011 model on sale elsewhere and it looks slightly different. I'm unsure if it's worth paying a little more for the newer model or if it's not going to be noticeable.

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Usually the major differences are updates/upgrades to the rubber. I'd have to know exactly what model you are referencing to be sure, but I've had these every season since they came out and I have not observed any noticeable difference in appearance or performance.

Women's Size for Python/Cobra?
Alexandra

I...

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Women's Size for Python/Cobra?
Alexandra

I am a girl, and have not seen anywhere what is the "correct" conversion for this shoe between women's and men's sizes. Does anyone know?
I have a pair of Women's Muiras size 36 1/2 (one size down from my street shoe size) and a pair of Testarrosas size 36 (I went lower cause my Muiras felt a bit roomy at the heel). The Muiras are comfy but not great at all when it comes to performance. I really like the Testarossas, but they feel so tight. I have used them more than 10-15 sessions and they have stretched a bit, but even now when I wear them I sometimes cry after a while(I am a girl after all...) Or I can no longer climb cause my toes hurt so much so I have to bail off of routes when sport climbing just because of the pain. What size would you recommend for the Python or the Cobra? I am looking for something that is tight, but not tight enough to make me cry.

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These shoes are painful for a couple of sessions but not to painful. I were a 10 street shoe (mens) but i have a pair of 7 1/2 and I leave them on for about 25 minutes at a time. I might suggest a 35 or 35 1/2 for you. These shoes will stretch so much! So if they aren't comfortable in the beginning they will stretch out.

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thanks, Adam
I just tried on a pair of Solutions and it looked like I should go with size 36. Didn't feel as tight as the Testarossas...Do you think I should size the Pythons even smaller?

5 5

Has The Looks and Has The feel!

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

I got these shoes a size and a half down from my street shoes and at first there was a love: hurt relationship, Then it turned into just a love relationship! These shoes are arguably the best climbing shoes I have had! to anyone who is a boulder, sport climber, or gym climber you need these shoes! They are very comfy and aggressive in other words the best of both worlds!
One thing to watch out for in these shoes is how much they stretch. If you don't downsize enough they will stretch into a different fitting shoe.
I have no complaints and I could not be happier with the shoe!

i wear a size 45 muira, which are snug and...

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i wear a size 45 muira, which are snug and not super tight. what size should i get in these? looking for a fit that is semi comfy and preforms well for bouldering.

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I would go with 44 or 43.5 you really have to downsize them but They are still comfy if you downsize about 1.5 sizes maybe go for 2 sizes down from your street shoe size. They stretch an incredible amount! Downsize, downsize, Downsize.

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I wear the muira in size 40 (2.5 sizes down from street) and I got the python's in size 40 as well. Both fit very tight however the python is more roomy in the forefoot, will stretch more and with the softer feel to the sole they are more comfortable out of the box. Basically, keep rocking your muira's comfy and go down a size for your python's.

5 5

My favorite shoe!!!

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

This is my favorite shoe on the market. The heel is the best heel on the market as well. This shoe runs super small. I wear 8.5 or 9 in street shoe and i am about to by another pair of 37.5 EU (5.5 mens US). I am a boulder mostly so i like my shoes tight but this one stretches a ton. But the shoe is awesome it toe hooks really well for the amount of rubber on the shoe. Also the heel is awesome, it is firm enough so you can do heel hooks in places that would be painful in most other shoes, but it is still sensitive. The heel is way smaller then the solution heel too. I personally don't like the solution heel. As far as edging it edges pretty well for a soft shoe. It is one of the softest shoes i have climbed in. But it smears awesome and climbs awesome. I am about to get my second pair. This is an awkward sharp heel hook and i can only do it in my pythons! My friends have solutions and cant do it cause the heel doesnt fit.... Python's heel is the best heel out there.

My favorite shoe!!!
5 5

Super Sweet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First of all the shoes are great! I have mostly use them for gym climbing (bouldering, top rope, and lead) and they are fantastic. They are sensitive, smear well due to the sticky rubber, climb overhung routes, are comfy (after stretching and considering the aggressiveness), and edge pretty well especially for a slipper. They have to be sized quite small for the best performance (I am a euro street size 44/44.5 (11 US) and bought 41.5 (8.5+ US). At first they were super tight and almost too painful but after about two sessions they stretched a lot. Now they are comfortable with no dead space. The best part is that I have a very narrow heel which slips in most shoes but not these. No complaints.

5 5

stoked

I just got my pair yesterday. I was a little reluctant never having put a pair of truly tight shoes on. I wear a size 41 Birkenstock and I got these in a size 37. I have been told that they do stretch out a little but not as much as their brothers the cobra. I am excited to try some harder boulders and some harder sport routes now that my shoes are actually tight. Something I have to say though is that unless you know the exact size of the shoe that you want.

I own a pair of Solutions in size 44. What...

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I own a pair of Solutions in size 44. What would be the best size Pythons to get? My Solutions are sized aggressively, and I am looking to get a second pair of shoes for the sake of comfort at the gym and to extend the life of my Solutions. Also, what are the differences between these two shoes in terms of performance? I've never worn moccs before. Thank you.

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Tighe,
I did the same thing as you except I bought these first then the Solutions. You should probably go with the same size or slightly smaller with the Pythons. They'll stretch a lot on you. Once you get them broken in, they're very comfortable. The Solutions are going to be more aggressive, however these also have a downturned toe just not as dramatic. If you sized your solutions aggressively, these will be much more comfortable and are better for sport climbing. I also think these are slightly better at heel hooks, which is a difficult feat because the Solutions also have a great heel. Hope this helps.

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Alexander, that is very helpful, thank you! Seeing as your currently #4 on BackCountry's leader boards, I'd be a fool not to take your advice as solid. I'm going to go with a 44, so that when they do stretch they will still be aggressive, but more comfortable vs. aggressive. Thanks so much!

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No problem. I just hope I don't let you down :)

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Actually, he's about to be #3, chasing #2 with a vengeance.

another question about sizing... I where...

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another question about sizing... I where a running shoe size of 9-9.5 and that is the size i got my evolv defys in. I am looking for a more aggressive shoe, but i', not sure how to size these. any advice would be appreciated.

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Hey cmip,
I did the same jump from the Defys' you'd probably be better off with a 9 if you want to be more aggressive. These are mostly leather and will stretch quite a bit. At first it might be somewhat uncomforable but once you get them molded to your feet they'll feel amazing and are super grippy. You'll definatly notice a big difference in edging and especially heel hooks, these are killer.

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i feel that a sportiva 9 is bigger than an evolv 9. it's annoying, but i would go a half size tighter than your defys.

How do these perform on things less than...

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How do these perform on things less than vertical like slab climbing and crack climbing that is 90 or less degrees? Or are they more of a gym climbing shoe and steep sport and bouldering shoe?
Thank you.

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They're pretty pointy for slab climbing, and crack climbing is going to hurt a lot with your toes knuckled over like that. I'd definitely suggest something less aggressive. Like the TC Pro or the Miura.

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Check out the Cobra slipper for that kind of climbing, this is more of an overhung/bouldering slipper. Will not really be comfy in crack or on slab. Another big thumbs up for the lace Miura, favorite shoe ever.

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aside from being downturned and pointy, these are soft shoes. you want stiffer shoes with better edging for slab and crack. laces are usually nicer for dialing your fit for footcams too.

4 5

Great shoe, needs to be downsized a TON

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wear 8 US street, got these in a ridiculous 37 EU size. For reference, I wear a 38.5/38 in Miura lace, which is my all-time favorite sport shoe and built upon the same PD75 last. I have a D width foot, small heel.

Took about 5 minutes per shoe to get on the first time, and they burned like crazy for first 2 hours of use! Now after my 3rd session using them, they are pretty comfy and I can leave them on for 30 min at a time. So hang in there as they stretch a lot, and they stretch fast. I actually was able to fit into my friend's 36.5 EU pair that had mild break in, but the shoe was actually too short and it pushed my heel away from the bottom of the heel pocket! You are going to have to downsize a lot to get the most out of the pointed toe and the heel, but that personalized fit and break in is just what slippers are best at, honestly.

Toe hooks feel awesome, toe rubber is very welcome and solid. Very vacuum-like fit, great sticky/soft rubber, and the combination of the downsizing and the shoe last creates for a very secure heel fit, and I mean no dead space AT ALL. I have a small heel and always struggle to find a great fitting shoe (cannot wear 5.10). The PD75 last shoes from Sportiva are great for fixing this problem. Heel is fully rubbered on areas that see heel hooking traffic, so just not the inner face of the shoe. The single elasticized heel strap is dead simple and works very well, doesn't seem like it'd ever open up. Heels don't hurt to throw even weighted, but I will say that they don't feel AS secure as my Miura for hooking just because there is more rubber. They end up being less sensitive and it causes you to take a bit longer to place solid heels - it's a matter of taste but heel-hooking is really in my style and I find it a bit distracting.

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