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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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5 5

All Day Comfort

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 135 lbs

After a few years of jamming my feet into aggressive shoes, it was a hard transition into an all day shoe like this. I kept trying to buy them too small, or tighten them too much so that they would feel the way climbing shoes are 'supposed' to feel. Once I allowed myself to be comfortable in them and stop tightening them so much, I realized the performance remained without the discomfort. Now I am loving these shoes, but dreading the next time I have to put on something more aggressive.

All Day Comfort
4 5

Great shoe, sized larger than Katana

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

Comfortable for a shoe of this performance level. I'll compare it to the Katana which I have had a couple pairs of. In sizing this is sized at least half a size larger than the Katana. I ended up getting a 44 in the TC Pro and it is about the same length as my size 44.5 Katanas. Compared to a size 44 Katana they are noticeably larger. I determined this by placing the shoes sole to sole. The TC Pros also have a wider toe box than the Katanas, which allows all my toes to lay flat, whereas the Katana scrunched up my smaller toes even in a size big enough for my big toe to lay flat. Another significant difference is that the TC Pro is not downturned. Overall it feels like a much better all day trad shoe for me. They climb well, and I won't feel like taking them off at belays.

5 5

Great all around shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: 43

Just purchased my second pair of these and love them. They really can't be beat for crack and slab climbing. Very solid in all other forms of climbing I have tried as well.

5 5

Simply amazing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: 40.5

All around great climbing shoe. Slightly more aggressive than my mythos, which are also very good. Let's get things straight here, I'm no pro climber, and I'm not sending fallen arches anytime soon or probably ever for that matter. I do lead 5.9 trad and follow into the 10's so that's where I'm coming from. I'm impressed with the edging, smearing, comfort, and crack ability of these shoes. It's my go to in lcc, loved them in the gunks, and got on some pretty polished routes in Boulder canyon where they still smeared pretty nicely. Another feature I really like is the higher profile, not as many cuts around my ankles these days. I generally wear an 8/8.5 in street shoes. I wear a 40.5 in both these the mythos, and the Boulder x approach shoes I have. they stretch nicely after a few days and are very comfortable on long routes or multi pitch climbs. Great on granite and quartzite but haven't jammed them into any sandstone yet. Still stoked on them and would recommend them for sure.

How much can I expect these shoes to stretch? I am looking for an all day shoe for multi-pitch trad and alpine. I just ordered a size 42 and 43. 42 is performance tight (toes slightly curled) and won't fit the bill for an all day shoe. 43 is very comfortable, and I could probably get a sock under it if needed. I've had people tell me to expect a 1/4 size stretch. If that's the case 42.5 might be what I'm looking for after the break in. If the won't stretch that far, I'll just go with the 43. What do you folks think?

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Mine stretched just a bit, I think 1/4 size is probably pretty accurate. They are very comfy and will make a great all day shoe for sure!

5 5

If the shoe fits...

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

I honestly bought these not knowing a lot about climbing shoes. I ski a lot, and therefore have some pretty gnarly bone spurs on my heels, making buying footwear (especially tight fitting performance footwear) a real chore. These ones were more expensive than some, but they fit very well and so i bought them.

After climbing in them a ton, they have shown very minimal wear. they are super comfortable for the longer multi pitch climbs, and i really like the high-top so i don't scrape the hell out of my ankles when I'm looking for that desperate tiny foot hold. I would definitely but these again! Really can't think of anything i dislike... i guess a velcro version could be nice.

TC Pro

TC Pro

Ashley cruising up a crack at Pat and Jack Pinnacle- Yosemite

5 5

Best All Around Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 183 lbs
    Size Purchased: 43

TC Pros can be worn all day long, on routes, on the ground, then back on the route. I trust them in crack, slab, and very thin flakes or nubs. They amaze me ever time I stick a hold that looks too thin. I have size 43. I tried 44 and 43.5 for a bit cause they were good in the store.. but they loosened up too much so I went a little smaller. They're leather so after a few weeks of climbing they settled into my feet really nicely.

3 5

Not bad, Not great

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

I bought a pair of these mostly based on reviews that I read here and other sites, as well as from people who use them and love them. I was looking for a shoe that could do anything well, that could jam up a crack, edge without issue, and smear up a slab. Everybody said this is the shoe for the job! So I bought a pair, not impressed. They were very comfortable, and the high top is great for OW, and they do edge great, but thats where it stopped for me. I had a very hard time smearing in them, and jamming cracks. They probably work great for most of the people, just not me. Very well made shoe, not an issue there. Try before you buy, if you can.

Unanswered Question

I've got a pair of cobras in a 38.5 and they are pretty tight and very good at edging. Looking to getting a pair of these for longer trad routes but having them also be proficient on single pitch cracks and face climbing. Any size suggestions?

5 5

I LOVE CRACK

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

TC Pros are my go to shoe for everything crack. Whether it is splitters in the Creek or climbing granite in Yosemite, these things slay it and are extremely comfortable too. I resoled my last pair once and then opted to buy a new pair instead of resoling a second time. The reasoning behind that was that since I generally spend most my time in these shoes climbing Indian Creek, the toe area sees a lot of action. The leather lace holders in the toe tend to get ripped up after a lot of use rendering a resole worthless unless you want to spend time repairing the leather. I am not downgrading this shoe at all because, honestly, this is to be expected with any lace shoe that gets twisted in cracks all the time. With that said, I already bought another pair and love them more than ever.

I LOVE CRACK
Responded on

How did you size them relative to your street shoe or other climbing shoes you have?

Responded on

Size 12 street shoe, 44.5 Katanas worn tight for sport, 45 in the TC Pro leaves my toes flat, 47 evolv shamans also sized for sport

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. Smearing gets better with time.
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.