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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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5 5

Amazing feel, great fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 5"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: 38.0

I bought this as a slightly more aggressive shoe that stays on my foot over my pair of Cobra's, and a size smaller than them. The heel and toe rubber make this show awesome. The shoe first perfectly, and it's very sensitive. I wear an 8 in street shoe and about a 6-6 1/2 in La Sportiva.

5 5

"Trust your feet"

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: 41 1/2

We've all told it to climbing partners, and had it preached to us. If you're like me, trusting your feet doesn't come easy. Enter the La Sportiva Pythons. I just got these this past week, so I have to put them through wringer. But from my initial impressions, I am hooked. These shoes are ultra sensitive allowing you to feel the rock underneath your toes, inspiring confidence to send your project.

In terms of size, I'm a 10 1/2-11 in street shoe and went with the 41 1/2 (8 1/2) in these and am super happy with that decision.

3 5

Good for High Volume Fert

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Purchased: 39

I bought these as a gym replacement for my Testarossas. The Testarossa fit my foot like a glove. Slightly tight at the toe, but they break in after a few sessions. ThePythons have a flatter profile and are definitely more sensitive. Once I dialed in the size I realized that no matter what there as always going to be some dead space. At the end of the day my foot is too low-volume for this shoe and I ended up returning them. I wear a 38.5 in the Testarossas and settled on a 38 for the Pythons.

5 5

STICKS LIKE GLUE!

By far my favorite shoe... Smears great, fits like a glove, great rubber! What else can you ask for out of a climbing shoe.

4 5

Super Sensitive shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this shoe. Its soft. Its super sensitive (you'll see what I mean). And its very versatile. The shoe itself isn't incredibly down turned. The shoe suctions to your feet and make for a pretty good fit. I would say great fit but the upper is baggy unless you have a fairly high volume foot. The shoes itself are awesome, you can feel every nib, jib, and lib under your foot. You are really able to toe down on steep over hanging stuff as the shoe is so soft it bends to accommodate a down turned position. The shoes are also soft enough to bend the other way and smear incredibly well. The Vibram XS Edge rubber is great. I've only tried vibram and trax rubber but I can tell you there is a pretty big difference between the two. Vibram is just stickier and feels way better on the rock and plastic. The tension strap makes a world of difference. The heel cup is great and feels wonderful. With the tension strap you can trust most heel hooks except for the most extreme ones. The toe rubber makes for excellent toe hooking especially since there arent any laces or straps to get in the way. As a slipper shoe down size considerably. I downsized 2 from my street shoe size ( American US) but I honestly should have gone down 2 1/2 to eliminate all the baggage in the upper.

I wear a 45.5 on the tarantulace. Was thinking of any bumping down to 44.5 because I want the pythons to be my performance snug pair. Any thoughts?

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I wear a 36 in the tarantulace and I tried sizing down to a 35.5 in the pythons. I found the overall fit to be pretty snug but tight to the point I got a blister on both my big toes after 1 climbing session. Returning them for a 36, hopefully will work out, though most reviews I've read said to size down.

5 5

Awesome Shoe

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

Bought a pair of these to keep as my "nice shoes" for when I need that extra bit of grip or precision. So far, they've done amazingly well. They're incredibly sensitive, so using precise footwork is a breeze and they grip amazingly well. I wear a 45.5 normally, but I bought these in a 44 because I wanted a snug fit. I would say they run large, but not ridiculously so.

5 5

Great stuff

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

Climbing shoe reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt. The best shoe is what fits your feet best and performs for the type of climbing that you do.

Having said that, I'm really happy with the Pythons. Soft and sensitive. Mine have stretched with use and heel hooking and toe hooking still remain solid. smearing and smedging work well. Edging, meh. Initially used just for bouldering and it was great. After stretching out it becomes a more mellow all-around shoe that I can leave on comfortably for an hour or two.

They keep making them, I'll keep buying them.

Responded on

Truth! Buy the shoes that feel good for your feet and help give you control & confidence on the sharp end. Everyone is different!

5 5

sizing

I currently have an 41 in the solution and they absolutely kill my feet, what size should i go up or down to for a more comfortable ride?

Responded on

Kind of depends on how you like the fit and what level climber you are. I'm an aggressive down sizer and wear a 41.5 solution as a gym shoe and a 40 in the python.

5 5

Great climbing shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

These shoes feel great and work better. There is a little bit of dead space under my heel, but the shoes are really flexible and allow you to get your feet exactly how you want them on the rock. I think they run a bit small, but most La Sportiva does. Oh, and they dye your feet orange. Great shoes so far, I look forward to breaking them in.

I was wondering if anybody could tell how these fit and size compared to Miura VS's? I was reading that they should be sized about a half size smaller than a structured shoe to account for stretch.

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I would go a half size smaller than your Miura's. From what I've heard they stretch a little more than the Miura's. I'm currently in the velcro Miura's and I love them. I am able to set up orders with 2 sizes if you wanted and offer you a free return label for the one that doesn't fit. Email me directly if that is something you would be interested in doing. I can also see what discount I can get you on them too!

5 5

Great Bouldering Shoe!

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

I personally love these shoes! They have a great heel cup that really suctions to your foot. The break in period was a bit painful but the end result is way worth it. I ordered a size 43 1/2 in Pythons, which is a half size down from my Solutions. These shoes have amazing sensitivity but have more power in the toe than moccasyms. They do smear descent, but step into these badboys and you'll find they truly shine on heel hooking overhung routes! I would definitely buy these again and have recommended these to a couple of guys at the gym.

5 5

Awesome shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these - super sensitive and super snug. Best shoes I have had since Boreal discontinued the Vector back in the 90's... I have small heels (and probably foot volume overall) and most men's shoes have sloppy heels. Not with these though.

As others note theses stretch a LOT - I wear a size 44 hiking boot and got a 41. After 8 mo or so of gym climbing 2 X week the heel is not as snug as first, but still pretty good. I also just sent them in for their first re-sole. The XS Grip 2 rubber was great.

5 5

My favorite Sportiva shoe

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

I used to be a die-hard Solutions fan, but the pain caused by climbing in them started to become too much for me. I needed something aggressive, yet comfortable. The Pythons are just that. They have a better heel hook system than the Solutions, and although they are not quite as aggressive, I can actually stand to have them on my feet for more than 10 minutes.

I've had these for about six months, climbing in them maybe a hundred or so sessions(outside + inside), and the rubber is only now starting to degrade to the point where resoling or a new pair will be necessary in another month or two.
They do stretch quite a bit, about a solid size and a half.

My only complaint is the top tongue juts out at an awkward angle, making the slipper portion feel a little loose at times.

Otherwise, this is an absolutely bomber shoe and my new go-to for anything about 5.12- and below.

Responded on

hey man i was wondering what size you had in the soultion? what size d id you drop down to? i have the soultion and they just hurt toooom much?

4 5

Great shoes, but..

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

When I tried these Pythons on at a demo, I immediately fell in love with them. Very solid shoes with great precision. However, I did notice a little wrinkling in the leather at the toe box.. I think it's because these are meant for high volume feet and my feet are probably a tiny bit too thin for them. I ordered a pair online anyway because I thought maybe the ones I had on at the demo were slightly defective? They arrived, tried them on, and even though both shoes said 37, the right shoe was made at least half a size bigger.. they definitely didn't fit me right. Had to return them. I've now decided to go with the Evolve's Nexxo's.

Do I have to downsize Pythons 1.5 sizes...

Do I have to downsize Pythons 1.5 sizes from my Miuras? I have been wearing a 37.5 in the Miuras and they feel really tight but I am ok with that.

Responded on

Not for me. I wear a 39.5 in the Miura VS and a 40 in the Solutions (42-42.5 street shoe) and the 39.5 pythons fit extremely snug out of the box, but I can get my foot in there, so I think I will try them out instead of up-sizing

Responded on

Hey Gon,
I would either stay at the same size or go looser to accommodate the more aggressive shoe. However this all depends on your climbing style. I prefer my climbing shoes to be more comfortable, but some climbers like their shoes to curl their toes more or less. I have found with more aggressive shoes such as the Python i will stay the same size or go larger because the shoe is more uncomfortable in general.

5 5

stick to everything

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

I'v had a pair of pythons for about a year and a half now and they are go to for anything super hard and overhung! they fit nice and snug still even after use and abuse. A great shoe for hard sport or bouldering. It stretched very little so fit accordingly.

5 5

High performance for less $$

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutly love these shoes, I own two pairs! Prior to the Pythons, I had a pair of La Sportiva Venoms that a buddy gave me for free. The Venoms were a bouldering, sport synthetic slipper. I loved those, they didn't stretch, true fit for a couple years. The Cobras, or the Speedster have more of a "true slipper" fit, but if you want a shoe that is more aggressive and comparable to LaSportiva's higher priced shoes, get the Pythons. People claim that the Solution is the best shoe out there, or others swear by the Testarossas. But after using a slip on shoe for years now, I don't think I'll switch to a velcro strap or laces, getting a slip on shoe is a little bit of a pain but once your in, your in there. You have a snug, secure fit every time without the velcro strap breaking, or figuring out how tight to tie your laces. These are leather so make sure you downsize a size to a size and a half if you want that performance out of them. My only gripe about these is that I bought a second pair to have while I had my first ones resoled, well I bought the same exact size and my newer Pythons fit noticeably bigger. That's why I suggest downsizing maybe as much as a size and a half to two sizes. These shoes have great value for their performance. I think La Sportiva's higher priced shoes are completely overrated and the Pythons are completely underrated when compared to them.

4 5

Dig Dat Sh00

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

Really enjoy this shoe for the gym. They are a pretty killer all around shoe. Not very amazing in any particular environment, but they certainly don't lack anywhere. one bit that is super great is the heel. That rind that runs around the back suction cups to your heel which feels great on really pully heel hooks.
They are very soft so when you put them on they relax a bit. This is nice because smears can be a lot more comfortable and on steep overhangs you can kind of curl your foot to be aggressive. Like I said earlier this makes it not perfect for anything. Since you have to curl your foot more to keep the shape it's harder to push or pull with your toes while in an over hang (builds toe strength??) Sharp toe is super rad on little pockets and may not be because of the shoe but hand foot matches felt more fluid. Cons to this shoe is definitely the edging, not a lot of power from a push on a small small foot hold. (Builds toe strength??) Sizing for these is way down. I wear a 42.5 street shoe and bought these in a 39.5 and almost wish I got a 39. I have pretty narrow feet so the leather on the top of the foot isn't tight when I put them on. The toe, heel, and ankle strap keeps them on pretty good. length is good from a 42.5 to 39.5, just need to have average width to wider feet. Oh yeah they dye your feet orange when you sweat.

how does these fit higher volume feet with...

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

Responded on

Obviously it would be best if you could try it on but this shoe is mostly leather and so it will stretch to fit you better. Also it has a piece of elastic material on top of the shoe would stretch to fit your foot. It is a super ccomfortable shoe so I would give it a try.