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great for steep climbs, terrible break-in

    granted, i did not own the Solutions for very long, they're are a super aggressive asymmetrical down turned shoe for the most technical of climbs. i tried them out for a week and besides the fit (i have a medium width food and narrow heel), i thought they were an amazing shoe. never cut my feet, solid heel hooks thanks to the thin rubber. great toe hooks too. the fit was snug even without the straps locked down.

    what killed them for me was how tight and uncomfortable the area was around the Achilles tendon. the exposed seams for the pull straps bit into my heel so badly it left it raw and red every time i climbed. the pain wasn't worth the pros.

    pros: - sticky rubber
    - amazing toe shape great for overhangs
    - flexible sole
    cons: - expensive
    - uncomfortable break-in time, the nearly covered toe box doesn't stretch to accommodate foot shape.
    - extreme down turn can create air pockets in the heel
    - bad Achilles area
    - strap closure system frayed easily, if i kept them longer they most likely would've broken.

    for those of you who have or currently own...

    for those of you who have or currently own the La Sportiva Solution, how much have the shoes stretched? i recently purchased these and downsized a full size and a half(39.0) from my street shoe size and i could only tolerate having them on my feet for a couple pitches max.

    Best Answer

    That sounds like its a bit tight - IMHO. If you're only using this for harder bouldering problems and red point sport routes, then perhaps it would be worth it. Personally I find MOST shoes (this one included) will stretch a half to a quarter size. There are of course exceptions, but if you're already experiencing this much pain, then a bigger size would probably be better. Hope this helps!


    Great Shoe but Pricey title is pretty much all you need to know

      i wear 42 in the miura. the size for miura...

      i wear 42 in the miura. the size for miura and solution is the same!? thanks anyway.

      Best Answer

      Andre, I have a pair of muira vs's, which are very similar in sizing to the solutions. From what I the folks that i climb with, I have heard that the muira and muira vs are pretty darn similar. So, following the logic train there, I would say its safe to say that you are safe picking up a 42 solution. Keep in mind that the safe size isn't always the agressive size. If you are getting a pair of solutions, you might as well go down another half size or so. And my best advice, is if possible go try on the shoes. Hope that helps. Cheers


      Prob The best Shoes on the Market

        Have had these shoes over a week put three really long climbing sessions and they work amazing the toe on this shoe is unreal the suction cup in the front really drives your toe downward Which makes smearing amazing also The Heel is pretty good as well i like how it comes up and protects your achilles tendon from scrapes and cuts. The Vibram Rubber sticks like glue on anything you will not slip in the shoes. Also i went from my normal 11 1/2 in street shoes to a 43.5 in Euro and thats between a 10 and 10 1/2 they are very comfortable to wear even a size and a half down so when looking at this shoes defiantly size down a lot. i have been extremely happy with the shoes this far. Only thing i didnt like at first was the strap system but really the shoes fit so good even if you dont strap them in. only time will tell how durable they are because i boulder three times a week but the shoe feels very well built.Deffinatley well worth the $$ if your into bouldering

        hello i want to buy a la sportiva solution...

        hello i want to buy a la sportiva solution climbing shoe in a size 8.5 (american system) what size is that in the european system?
        thank you

        Does size matter? I wear size 10-10.5 US....

        Does size matter? I wear size 10-10.5 US. I was given a pair of Solutions size 40.5. They hurt super bad when I finally win the battle of putting them on. Will these shoes stretch to fit, or am i better of trading them??

        Best Answer

        Rob, You're squeezing your foot into a US size 8. Climbing shoes aren't wildly comfortable, but they shouldn't hurt. They will break in a little, but those shoes are never going fit you correctly. You need to be wearing something around size 43-44 buddy! Ouch, my toes hurt just thinking about it!

        Rob- The solutions do stretch quite a bit. While the 40.5 may be a bit small you might be able to battle through the pain until they stretch out. I am 10.5 and I have the solutions in a 40.5. I bought the shoes as a redpoint/bouldering shoe (not to be worn for long periods of time). While they were really hard to get on and a bit painful at first they eventually stretched to be a nice fit. That said you may still be better of trading them in for something slightly larger, I just would not go all the way to 43-44 as said above.

        40.5 is not too far off for a good fit man. I have a size 12 street shoes foot and wear a 42/42.5 in La Sportiva (Solutions and Miuras are my experience). I found the size 42.5 Solutions to be about the same size and feel as my old US size 12 Five Ten Dragons. Definitely do not size up to 43 or 44 as was previously suggested. Enjoy these man... the only thing that sucks about them is the durability of the closure system : ( The good thing is that the shoes work even without it... those things just suction on : ) Sweet!

        So how much does the solution stretch in...

        So how much does the solution stretch in the smaller sizes ie the 37 range, I would like to know how much to downsize in order to get the correct final(after stretch) size?

        Best Answer

        I would down size about a full size from your street shoe/comfortable trad climbing shoe. When I bought mine I got a 40.5 even though a 41 felt fine and I wear a 41.5 in Scarpa technos. I am glad I did otherwise by now they would have stretched to the point where they would fall off while doing heal hooks. I know my foot isn't quiet as small but I hope this helps!



          couldn't have been better. exactly what i wanted. fits like a glove to my foot.
          worry free shoes once i place my foot i know it's going to stay. best i've ever used.


          Great Shoe for Bouldering and aggressive Sport

            These are my first dive into very aggressive bouldering/sport shoes. I was not disappointed. They are much more sticky than my scarpa technos and are great for smearing. The tip of the toe is pointed and is easy to hook on the smallest holds (great for over hangs) while the toe box is comfortably wide for my medium wide feet. Probably my favorite part of these shoes is their tight form fit and aggressive bottom turn. I primarily use them for bouldering and high difficulty sport routes. I would not want to trad in these (owwwwww).
            I am concerned about the laces breaking and although leaving them undone or loose is fine when your toeing or smearing if you are going to be doing heal hooks the laces need to be tight. When I sized these I felt comfortably tight in a size 41 but sized down to a 40.5 and I am glad I did. When they were new my feet would literally cramp as I put them on but once they were in it was worth the discomfort. Now that they have stretched some they are comfortable while climbing (not on the ground!).



              For sport climbs and boulder problems, this is it. This shoe fits like a glove and gives aggressive performance without a toe-cramping fit. Pricey, but worth it IMO.

              Can anyone compare the fit of this heal...

              Can anyone compare the fit of this heal to another shoe??

              Best Answer

              Think La Sportiva Venom or maybe Mad Rock Mugen for fit. Maybe 5.10 Dragon as well.


              Absolute perfection.

                These shoes are without a doubt my favorite shoe of all time. If you are looking for a shoe for steep routes and problems, these are hands down the best ones I have found, even the testarossas are a step down because of the heel. However, if you are looking for something versatile this is not the shoe, and, although you can get away with wearing them on vertical routes, I wouldn't recommend them. If you looking for something versatile try the "dragons."


                sizing is strange

                  i sized mine to fit the same as my street shoe and they were ok for a week or so.. they streched out and got floppy for me, and the heel was pretty bad for heel hooks, im sure it would have been different if i had gotten a smaller size