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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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In-Depth Gear Review

In-Depth Gear Review

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Check out this review from Blister climber Joe Mills.

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2nd-look-la-sportiva-tc-pro

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

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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

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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...

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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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Boo. My size is not in stock.

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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.

4 5

Awesome All Day Shoes

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

Upside is that they're comfortable out of the box and are well fitted. Downside is that the rubber is very hard and makes the indoor gym slightly more challenging. And neutrally, ventillation isn't great on the heel but that's to be expected.

5 5

downsized to perfection

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

I downsized these even smaller than my solutions. I wear a street 42.5 and got these in a 40. My toes were crunched at first and I couldn't even lace them without pain. After a couple weeks they fit perfectly, with toes still straight to the end. Great all around shoe, rope and bouldering. Great for edging, smearing, heel hooking(no more bloody ankles). Will still climb in a softer shoe for training though to keep my feet strong. These sometimes feel like cheating to be honest, with how I can stand on the smallest edge and not even try.

I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will...

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I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will the 46 in TCs be? Will it be usable as an all day shoe?

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John,
You could go to a 46.5 if you are looking for something truly comfortable for all day wear, but I think the 46 in the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge is going to give you an excellent blend of feel + all day wearability.

5 5

Hands down the best all around shoe!

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

I bought these shoes early 2012 after using a destroyed set of Sportiva "something or others" that a friend loaned me. I have absolutely climbed the hell out of these things and could not be happier. They perform flawlessly on just about everything from a basic screw around day out at the crag, to hard steep sport, to high alpine big wall trad climbing. I wear a 12-13 street shoe and I went with 45's for the TC's. They fit perfectly. Very snug, no foot slip whatsoever, but comfortable enough to wear ALL DAY LONG! MY buddy(Who also has a pair) and I free-soloed a 1700' granite big wall in the Selkirks in TC's. With the climb and walk off we hiked nearly 5 miles in these shoes. Granted, I wanted them the hell off my feet by the time we were done, but it wasn't completely unbearable. I also have a pair of Solutions that excel at many things as well (Particularly overhangy stuff). But you just can't beat the all around performance of the TC Pro's. Edging on the tiniest crystals, smearing, and jamming in cracks are all easy with these shoes. I have climbed hundreds of routes in these shoes and they are simply confidence inspiring. Heck, even on bouldering days when I should be wearing my Solutions, it is sometimes hard not to say "Screw it, I want to be comfortable today" and go with the TC's. They just perform that well.
Also, the high ankle on these shoes was another selling point for me. I have a jacked left ankle that tends to pronate inward a bit. Having a shoe that protects my somewhat exposed inside ankle bone is a HUGE plus! It has saved me from painfully shredding my ankle many times.
I just recently blew through the toe on one shoe and the edges are pretty shot at this point, but they still perform exceptionally well. I will be sending them out to get resoled soon because I can't stand not having my favorite shoe at my disposal. In the end, I will always have a pair of TC Pro's in my bag as my number one go to shoe.

5 5

Great Shoe Great Fit

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

I bought a size 42.5 in this shoe.
Size 10 Moccasym
Size 41 Mythos
Gives me a little bit of room in the toe but not too much. This shoe is a granite eating machine. They are a little expensive but after you climb in them a couple of times you'll be glad you pulled the trigger. All the rumors about it are true. This shoe is great!

5 5

Sizing help?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

These have been a challenge to figure out sizing. When you read the reviews on-line, I see a wide range of suggestions from 1.5 to 2 sizes below street shoe to even some larger than street shoe. Here is what I can contribute so far. Note, I have yet to put these to the test outdoors but will update the review when I do. First of all, I have slightly wider feet. My left foot is a street 41 to 41.5 and my right is a street 41.5 to 42. I have owned a couple pairs of Mythos in a 39. The left was a little tight at first but as everyone says, they stretch and are now PERFECT. The right I had to lace less tight at first and have now fit perfect. I have wore them all over including on 8-9 multi-pitches in Yosemite and work great. I just got a pair of Miura in a size 39 as well. They are very tight at first but starting to break in. More use needed to break those in and comment more. Note, I plan to use these TC pros for multi-pitch climbs and single pitch crack climbing such as Sail Away, White Lightning, Double Cross, and other Joshua Tree climbs at Intersection Rock. Where ankle protection is helpful and all day comfort a must. After all the reading, I decided to try the 40.5. At first they seemed comfy out of the box, but my large toe did feel it had wiggle room so I returned them. A local store finally had some stock so I went in to try on more sizes. I ended up coming back here to get some 40. More to come back when I get to use these and update the review. Note: I chatted on-line with a very helpful CS rep. They allowed me to return my shoes, at BC cost, and let me wait for some sizes to come in. That's REAL customer service. Later I chatted with Tommy G about sizing and he helped me pick the right sizing and get my shoes out quick. Again, amazing customer service. Some of the best I have seen of any gear store in quite a while.

I'd love a pair of these. A little confused...

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I'd love a pair of these. A little confused about the sizes, though. Worn 42s in various Sportivas for years. Currently got 42 in Muiras, very tight, probably prefer .5 up next time. But I also wear Mythos a lot, 41 or 41.5, snug fit. 11US in 5.10 camp fours. I'm guessing a 42.5 should be a nice crack shoe? Can't buy them downunder, so can't try them on first.
Any ideas about comparing them to the above? Any input greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Mr PP

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I sized up.5 from my street shoe and they were perfect. You can see my review below. I tend to downsize my Sportiva but for the comfort of all day climbing I went up in these. My street shoe is a 9 (42) and most of my climbing shoes (all Sportivas) are 39.5 (Solutions, Pythons, Muiras) and in these I got 42.5 and they worked out quite well.

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I'd guess a 42.5 as well. But they do stretch eventually. I wear a 45 in La Sportiva boots and wear a 45 for long trad days as well.

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