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The world’s most innovative trad shoe designed by the world’s best trad climber.

Designed by big-wall legend Tommy Caldwell with the long, technical routes of El Cap in mind, the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe combines edging power with crack-climbing prowess. Inexpensive? No. One of the most high-performance trad climbing shoe ever created by humans? Damn right. That’s assuming you think Tommy Caldwell is human. This mid-height climbing machine features light ankle padding to ease the pain of vicious off-widths, and the vented tongue and rand help ward off sweaty feet during marathon days on the wall.

  • P3 platform for technical footwork and increased support on long pitches
  • Lightly padded flat toe for stuffing into cracks
  • Vibram XS Edge rubber sole for friction on the thinnest footholds
  • High-top design adds protection in wide cracks
  • Synthetic lining eliminates stretch
  • Padded tongue for more comfort when sending the Stovelegs

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Crafted for Granite

Crafted for Granite

My buddy sending Outer Limits - Yosemite. TC Pros are his go to shoes here in the Valley! And why wouldn't they being made by the big wall free climbing legend?!

Go to trad shoe.

Go to trad shoe.

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT: Taking pops on his first climb.

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Awesome picture Jake !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Awesome Comfortable shoe!

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

This shoes are awesome for multi-pitch trad routes. They are so comfortable! Have not tried a whole lot on crack, but the one I have climbed it jammed pretty well. The edging and smearing is great too on granite!. I was concern on going too big on the size. I wear solutions and testarossa for sports routes on size 41. I went 41.5 with the TC Pros and I think I have made the right choice. Definitely recommend this shoe for longer routes. Lasportiva shoes have never let me down.

5 5

the pursuit of perfect, but not quite

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

So I'll say what you've heard before, The good
-great at cracks
thick leather and toe rubber plus the high top for off width
-supreme edging
really stiff midsole and vibram xs edge save your energy while standing on small things.
-really comfortable
once you break them in, which takes a long time, they are pretty darn comfortable.
and everything else good you've probably already heard.
the bad:
-supreme edging results in loss of sensitivity
which is normal, but this shoe almost takes it too far, you can't feel a thing. But have no fear, you get used to it.
-supreme edging also results in loss of smearing power
it may just be me but I found that this shoe is put to shame when it comes to smearing compared to other shoes. which you think would be a priority for a big wall shoe.
the ugly:
-the price
if you can find em cheap, get em but it's hard to find this shoe for less than $100
-small cracks
I just tried these out this weekend at a smaller finger crack, they did alright. I thought rand smearing in them wasn't bad. as long as you can get something in the crack. But there was definitely a point where i wish i was wearing something with a thinner profile... until the crack thinned out more and i was using micro edges, then i was glad again.

sizing for me:
I wear a 12 street shoe and I got a 44 in these. I don't think i could wear these all day on a big wall but I can hang around and belay in them for a pitch or two. I would go another half size up (44.5) for all day comfort. I also wear
miura lace 43.5 - comfortable but performance sport
solutions 43.5 - bouldering tight
moccasym - 10.5 with some toe curl

conclusion: feel like I should give em 4 stars based on what I just wrote but I like em so much I'll give em 5. No 4, hmmm 4.5? ehh screw it we'll round up.

4 5

Great shoe!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these broke in great, and are currently awesome. I can wear them all day and they do good on aggressive climbs. My smaller friends have had issues with the stiffness, but at 6'1" 155, they feel great to me. From toeing a knob on a roof, to smearing some steep slab, or jamming a crack these things rock the rock all over. On the downside, the rand rubber delaminated immediately, and quite a bit around the ball of the foot area. Kind of tacky from a $180 shoe, but a little rubber cement and all good.
As far as sizing. I wear a size 10.5 street shoe, 10.5 to 11 evolv, 9.5 to 10 FiveTen, 10.5 scarpa, and i got these in a 42.5 which is like a 9.5 and they're perfect. So size down.

5 5

Comfortable. Durable. Best crack shoe.

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

Sized them up a half size from my muiras, i wear a 42 in muira and a 42.5 in the TC. Not much to say that hasn't already been said. 95% of the climbing I do is crack, which these are perfect in. Ive done a little sport with them and they performed well. They have seen maybe 50 pitches and haven't stretched at all.

4 5

Solid Shoe

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

Just got them, and in the process of breaking them in. Compared to my Miuras, they are amazingly comfortable even sized for a bit more of a precise fit. I wear a 43.5 in the Miura, and a 44.5 in my TC Pro, and a 45.5 in my Sportiva approach shoes. They edge amazingly well, which is amazing. However, with how stiff they are, sensitivity is lacking during my initial break in, and I think will take some getting used to.

I have another damn size/fit/stretch...

I have another damn size/fit/stretch question! I just got a pair of these and my toes are a little bit curled at the end, which make em a little uncomfortable for straight up crack climbing. How much can i expect them to stretch, or should i go up a half size? thanks!

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They will stretch a little but not as much as Muira or a 5.10 Moc for instance.

5 5

Versatility, comfort, confidence

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You get what you pay for. This shoe edges as well as my aggressive sport shoes while allowing multi-pitch comfort. Also climbs crack well, smears/slab adequately. There are better smearing/slab shoes on the market; mythos, moccasyn, but as this shoe softens/wears, I expect it to improve in that category. Durable thus far.

Sizing: I'm a 10.5 running shoe and got the 42. Was somewhat painful at first, but has stretched a bit and when I realized that tightening the laces produces pain with no improved performance, I have been keeping them looser with improved comfort. Probably could have gone 42.5, tough to say. I probably still have some breaking in to do even after several multi-pitch days judging by other reviews.

TC Pros killin' it on Private Idaho

TC Pros killin' it on Private Idaho

Making my way to the small offwidth section of Private Idaho. City of Rocks, Idaho.

5 5

All day shoe

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

Got these shoes in a comfortable size with the purpose of longer trad routes. After lacing them up pretty tight for the first week of climbing I realized that wasn't necessary and definitely didn't feel good. Laced loose I can last all day. Took me a bit to trust the toes, but now that I am used to them I absolutely love them. Definitely recommend these shoes!

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Agree. tightening laces didn't produce any better performance, just pain.

5 5

Crack to slab in comfort and control

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

I know it is hard to see why anyone would want to spend this much on a shoe but believe me it is worth every penny. These are shoes I will not hesitate to resole again and again. Most fans of TC pros prefer this, especially since the break in period on these shoes can be rough. Once broken in, its hard to have more confidence in any other shoe . Even when you are jamming and twisting your toe in the most brutal cracks their stiff soles minimize the impact on your feet while keeping your toes engaged for when your ready to step out onto that slab. I rarely see serious climbers in little cottonwood canyon without these on. The TC pro is more than a popular shoe of choice its a subculture of climbing.

Crack to slab in comfort and control
5 5

It is the best

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

No need to describe too much technical details but just give you one example while most of the other climbers slipped several times on a wall at Joshua Tree and I did it without a second try, that's because of the shoes! I can't use my other climbing shoes after getting used to this one, even in the gym. I worn it out for heavy use, decide to buy a second pair.

5 5

TC Pros for crack, Miura for Sport!

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

I love these things! I ordered a 1/2 size up from what I wear in the women's Miura, which are great shoes but slightly tight/painful for crack. So basically, the sizing of the TCs is very similar to the Miura. These things really save my ankles though! After my first trip to Indian Creek, my ankles were a bloody mess for 1-2 months afterwards. The next trip, I brought these bad boys, and boom! No scuffs at all! I still use the Miura for sport though, because I feel like the Miura edges and smears a little better. Plus, the sole is thinner and more flexible/agressive in the Miura, which I'm just used to. It's a minor thing, but worth mentioning. If you're going crack climbing, this is the shoe to have.

TC Pros for crack, Miura for Sport!

I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order...

I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order the same in TC Pro?

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I might go down half a size, as these are slightly more aggressive than the Mythos, but they're not a downturned shoe so the fit will be pretty similar.

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I don't agree with Angus, I tried half down from my mythos, and they were way too tight! I'd stay the same size or even go up .5-1 sizes

5 5

TC PROs are epic

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

I just ordered a second pair so I'll never have to be without them. I have had my TCs for about a year and am sending them back to be resoled for the third time. I get them resoled at Rock and Resole in boulder for $40 for half sole. This time it will be more because I need both half sole and for the rand which finally wore out. In addition to TCs I also have a pair of Muiras and 5.10 Galileos. After a climbing trip with my non-TCs, I'm going to permanently retire both of these shoes or just wear them for gym climbing because I climb everything better with TCs (slab, all cracks, steep crimps, offwidth, etc) and I'm tired of shredding my ankles and having really sore feet after a day of climbing multi-pitch. My Muiras are pretty tight and are size 40.5 and my Galileos also tight are size 9. I wear size 9 street shoes with slightly wide feet with my second toe slightly longer than big toe. Size 40.5 TCs fit perfectly after 3 or 4 times out because they stretch approx. 1/2 size. After they are dialed in, they are definitely the best all around shoe as indicated by Tommy Caldwell of Dawn Wall fame, the current best all around climber. I hesitated to buy these at first even after all my buds had them. After pulling the trigger, I never should have waited so long and I just got a second pair for when I resole them.

5 5

Solid Shoe

  • Gender: Male

I've climbed a few El Cap routes in a pair of TC Pros including big parts of the Freerider and the Nose in 6 hours. The shoes provide solid edges and last a long time. I've sport climbed in them a lot and always feel really cool when I crush some sport proj in a pair of these high tops. Size them up a little bit and they'll still perform really well. Get them regular size and they edge to perfection. They are hard to break in because of their stiffness and have a large toe box. Best Yosemite shoe.

Solid Shoe
5 5

Trad all day

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

Epic shoe. I don't say that often. I have fat feet and only wear scarpas cause they seem to cater to a wider foot. Was hesitant to buy these for trad but so far have been epic. Stretch a half size. Wear all day comfort. Love them.