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Solve your hardest problems.

La Sportiva created the uniquely styled Solution Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe to give you the advantage on cutting-edge boulder problems and sport routes. The highly down-turned toe lets you edge on the smallest crystals, and a rubber toe cap hooks solidly for difficult bicycle moves.

  • Permanent Power Platform and molded 3-D heel cup help the shoe hold its down-turned shape so you can attack the steepest routes day after day
  • Single-pull Fast Closure System gets you in and out of the shoe quickly so you can attack your project as soon as you're done visualizing the moves
  • Vibram XS Grip2 rubber ensures serious friction for edging and smearing while remaining durable
  • Wrap-around shot design eliminates all baggy spots

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5 5

The best high performance shoe... Still.

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

I have worn for five years and they are the best steep climbing hard bouldering shoe I have worn to date.

I wear 37.5 in Miuras, do I need to downsize...

I wear 37.5 in Miuras, do I need to downsize in Solutions?

For me, the Lace Miuras and the Solutions sizes fit true to each other. I wouldn't downsize.

I use currently use a 1/2 size smaller in the Miura Lace shoes and am considering buying even smaller next time.
Solutions: size 40.5 (perfect fit)
Miura: size 40 (could be smaller)

5 5

Great bouldering shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these shoes about as much as I love my Miuras (which is a lot); it's a more aggressive bouldering shoe and great for precise footwork. Not so comfortable for sport climbing.

I wear 36 in women's Miuras and 36.5 in these.

4 5

Not my Favorite but still awesome shoe

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

I gave it a four star more for personal reason. There are no flaws with this shoe, I love them but they are a little tight in the width. I have a wide foot so it's more uncomfortable than most shoes I own. Still I love to climb shorter routes in them.

5 5

So far, sooooo good.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was lucky enough to buy these shoes mid winter! ha. so i haven't been able to test them fully outside because the little climbing i've snuck in has been crack/trad which these shoes are definitly not built for, but they are absolutely crushing it as a gym shoe! and they're not getting worn out too quickly, so i might even be able to hop on some real rock with them!

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I've already written a review for this shoe, but danngggg I love it! Great fit, super aggressive and now a sweet price thanks to BC

Does anyone have recommendations for what...

Does anyone have recommendations for what size of these to choose if my fit for the Miura VS is a 8.5?

They won't fit exactly the same, but the Solution and Miura VS are pretty comparable shoes. Both from the same company, and both with an aggressive downturned toe for powerful edging. If you are planning to use them for the same style of climbing I would recommend you stay with an 8.5 (41) in the La Sportiva Solution.

5 5

Awesome shoes. Inconsistent sizing?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for ~6 years and they are great. Five stars. Positive reviews below pretty much sum it up. Aggressive, effective, well made.

Just bought a new pair, same size (38.5) as I've always had, and they were way too small. Felt like the heel was insanely tight compared to my old pair. I didn't think they were the wrong size, so I tried on another pair of 38.5s at a different shop. Fit perfectly. Just something to keep in mind, seems that La Sportiva may have developed a bit of inconsistency, I don't know if they were just mislabeled or built defectively.

For fit reference, I wear about a 41 plus or minus a half size in other La Sportiva shoes (approach, running). So I guess that means they run small? Or does that mean they run large? I don't know, try them on!

If I wear a Mythos in 38.5, should I order...

If I wear a Mythos in 38.5, should I order the Solution in 38.5 or 39+ etc? the Mythos were very tight when i got them but after a year they've stretched to be comfortable, borderline loose.

The great thing about La Sportiva is if you're a 44 in 1 pair your pretty much a 44 in all the other shoes. That being sad you may want to go down a half size as your performance fit. I have the mythos and the solutions as well. the mythos was my first shoe (back when i didn't know better or think about stretch) and I got a 44.5. I now own the solutions in a 43.5 which is tight but not crazy tight like some people get. Basically in La Sportiva i go 43.5 for performance, and 44 for comfort. if you really did get the mythos pretty tight i would call 38.5 your performance size (even though they stretched, god how they stretch). these guys don't really stretch though so if you want a tight bouldering shoe i would say go with these in a 38.5, if you're more in to comfort you might try out the 39. With backcountrys' return policy you have some room for error, that's the great thing about this site even if it isn't the cheapest, you get what you pay for in service and quality control.

5 5

To an overhang we go.

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

If you like cave climbing or bouldering, this is the shoe for you. I used to climb with the Python because I wanted a slightly aggressive shoe, but the Solutions put them to shame. My current favorite climbing shoe for sport climbing.

5 5

Oh what a relief it is

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

I have used around 10 different shoes now from Scarpa, Mad Rock, and La Sportiva and nothing I have used thus far have come close to these for holding an edge. For gym and bouldering this is my go to shoe. Both the P3 design La Sportiva has developed and the Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber they use are indeed the reason these shoes have such a great rating. Confidence is definitely key, and these just plain never let me down. I wear an 11 street shoe and I went with a 45 after trying on 44, 44.5, and 45. I found they do stretch a bit, but with the P3 toe design I never slip out and there is no loose material. I highly suggest trying them on before purchasing, because if you have a high arc or flat foot the shoe's design will definitely affect what size you need to get. All in all, the price tag reflects the quality of the shoe. Pay for the best if you want the best.

5 5

Toe & Heel Hooks Made in Heaven

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

After having worn the 5.10 Dragons, Mad Rock Shark 2.0, and La Sportiva Solutions I have to say that these are by far the most condfidence inspiring climbing shoes for either indoor or outdoor climbing. The Vibram XS Grip2 is the best feeling in terms of suppleness and tackiness on any surface. Though, for my wider set of toes, I cannot say that these are the most comfortable, but when I endure the Solutions, they are amazing. Toe hooks and heel hooks are a dream! No other heel caps are as supportive, with a massive molded rubber piece. I normally wear an 8.5 street / sneaker shoe and purchased a 40.5 EURO in these. If you are looking for your next aggressive bouldering / sport climbing pair of shoes, these are it!

Toe & Heel Hooks Made in Heaven
4 5

Like Testarossas, but with Velcro

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

I tried a pair of these in my search for more aggresive shoes. The fit is very similar to the Sportiva Testarossa in terms of downturn and toebox. The heel is a bit tighter, however, and the fit is less able to be personalized since they are Velcro rather than laceup. For reference, I wear a 14B in street shoes, and a 44 in Solutions.

Not true. The testarossas and the solutions have entirely different toe shapes and camber. The testarossa is shaped towards edging and back stepping with a toe more similar to the miura. The solution is shaped to direct all the weight and power to the point of the big toe. Also, the solution has more rubber on the heel and toe for heel hooking and toe hooking.

Yeah I think rmp2546899 is right dude. The testarossa and solution heels are polar opposites, The solutions are this thick rubber designed to take a beating on heel hook while the testarossa's is actually kinda thin (but appropriately so). as far as the toebox, you're right the testarossa are more adjustable, but I didn't find them to be the same. BUT I would say the camber on the shoes was similar, the only difference is the testarossa doesn't feature the P3 platform which keeps the down camber on the solutions in shape for those extreme overhung bouldering moves where as the camber on the testarossas is meant for steep sport routes and roofs.

They definitely do feature the P3 platform this is from La Sportiva's site for the testarossa:

Tech Info

Suede leather combined with microfiber slip lasted.
Pacific toe and heel. tongue in Dry-Best� unlined in the middle.
Anatomical midsole in Hytrel combinedwith the P3 system.
Vibram� XS Grip2 3,5 mm.
P3 System (Permanent Power Platform)
33 - 45 (including half sizes)
420 g (pair, size 39)

Main differrences are the heel rubber and the top of the toe designed specifically for hooking which is why I chose them.

Thanks for the feedback, guys. I was mostly commenting on how they fit on my feet compared to the Testarossas, since such details are often difficult to find. I wasn't trying to compare them to Testarossas in terms of intended use or various moves, just for fit. I'll see if I can edit things to make that a little more clear.

5 5

Aggressive sport shoe

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

Great shoes for bouldering and sport climbing. Took these to Joe's Valley and kept on my toes for all day climbing. I wear a size 8.5 street shoe and I wear 7.5 for these. love the support in the toes and heels. Super sticky! Love these!

5 5

Sport's Action

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

Recently picked up another pair of these after climbing in other shoes for about a year or so. After the first few pitches back, I realized that I should have just stuck with these as my go to sport climbing shoe. Not the biggest fan for bouldering, as I like a more sensitive shoe, but this is definitely the best all-arounder I've climbed in. Also, this is one of the only shoes that actually fits my slim heel. Get 'em small, because they do stretch a bit.

5 5

Climb better. Climb harder.

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

I got these for my boyfriend and he loves them. The shoe is great for working hard sport and boulder problems. The fit is bomber, pretty aggressive and holds your heel snug for those heel hooks. He wears a 12 street shoe, he got these in a 42, same size as his miura lace ups but his testarosa's he wears in a 43. He did size down for a much more aggressive fit.

5 5

Best Shoe I own!

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

Love my Solutions. Hands down most aggressive, sticky, well made shoe. Very comfortable even with mine being sized 2 down. Amazing for bouldering and hard face climbing. I would recommend spending a few extra $ and get these instead of the Pythons. Ohh and these will stretch about 1/2 size, so include that to your sizing

Best Shoe I own!

hey chris, nahh that route is Rock Wars, 5.10a at Long Wall, Red River Gorge KY. Really fun, classic climb!

Reed! I live 4 miles from long wall, worst approach trail ever! I make my daughter hike it for punishment when she gets in trouble at school! Took A 30 ft SCREAMER in Oct on that route,ill climb anytime contact me

haha Ottice that is a solid punishment, hate the approach! mhh that's scary man! i ran it out big time, but was really psyched so pulled through. one of my favorites routes i'd say! and definitely dude, i'll hit you up when i'm in the area, thanks!

Sweet! You and your crew can post up at my cabin, we had to resort to handwarmers in our chalk bags this week.... im in the phone book, leave a message

5 5

Never use any other shoe

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

I have mid or narrow sized feet and these fit my feet perfectly! They are extremely comfy too! I also own a pair of evolv shamans, and I hate them. I feel like im cramming my foot into a cement block and I end up with a bruise on my big toe. I have my solutions sized even smaller than my shamans (solution: 10 1/4, Street shoe: 14-14.5) I will probably get another pair half a size smaller since after mine stretched and formed to my foot, there still painful after a bit, but i think i can fit into smaller. You can really cram into this shoe and still be decently comfortable, meaning that you can toe hook without feeling like someone just stabbed your knuckles with a red hot needle. So in the end, I love these shoes! Once mine wear out, ill be back with more solutions. Buy these and dont look back

4 5

initial impressions are good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Just got these the other day and used them today for first time. I got the same size as my La Sportiva Tarantulace and these are more than aggressive and are tighter in the toes. I expect them to stretch a little, but will take getting used to. I found that if you rotate foot inward once you have them on they settle in better. Overall much tighter than used to, but think it is just the growing pains of new and different style shoes.