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Eats double-digit boulder problems for breakfast.

The Mad Rock Shark Climbing Shoe is back, and this reincarnation is a more effective killing machine than ever before. The concave shape of the AES midsole provides a high level of sensitivity without compromising edging performance, making the Shark an ideal choice for competition climbers, hard sport routes, and elite-level bouldering. Plus, the Arch Flex system gives you a powerful glove-like fit without the pain typically experienced in a high-performance shoe.

  • Syn Flex uppers provide a snug fit and next-to-skin comfort
  • Slip-on design with a single power strap makes for easy on and off
  • AES midsole is exceptionally soft in the center and stiffer on the edges to provide increased sensitivity without compromising edging performance
  • Concave sole shape enhances your ability to use your feet like a second set of hands
  • Science Friction 3.0 rubber is specially formulated to be sticky and durable
  • Asymmetric last shape and an aggressive downturn make the Shark ideal for the steepest terrain and competition climbing
  • Arch Flex system utilizes elastic R2 rand rubber to lock your foot into place without the pain typically experienced in a high performance shoe
  • Molded Edge Heel provides an improved fit and heel-hooking performance
  • Sticky rubber toe piece allows you to toe hook and bicycle with ease

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5 5

Great for steepness!

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

Great sensitivity and really good on steep boulders and sport routes. Toe is really good for grabbing small feet, and good ant hooking. I might with something a bit stiffer (demon, redline) for hard face climbs, as this really excels on the steepness.

I wear a 10 1/2 street shoe and the size 10 Shark fits perfectly.

3 5

Try em before you buy em

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

There was a Mad Rock rep who came into the bouldering gym I work at (The Mine Bouldering Gym in Park City, UT) and had a whole bag full of these funky shoes.
They look really cool and I was excited to try them on, but for the life of me I just couldn't find a pair that fit me right. They were all way too snug around the heel, to the point to where I couldn't really step down into them all the way. And I definitely don't have a wide fit by any means.
Anyway, I'm sure they're awesome shoes if they fit you, but they seem to be pretty limited in what kind of foot they can accommodate. SO, like I said, try em before you buy em and make sure.

5 5

Slab Dancing to Overhang Wrasslin

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

The shoes do it all. From being absolutely the best shoe on the market to bat hang in, to being absolutely the best shoe on the market to heel hook in, to being one of the most comfortable shoes - next to Mad Rocks M5.

I've danced up delicate granite slab, pulled on some steep prows with opposing toe hooks, double heel hooks, rocked roof climbs, and all around crushed face and slight overhang. These shoes do it all. And an unbeatable price for the best climbing shoe on the market.

5 5

It's not the shoe, it's my feet...

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

This is a fantastic bouldering shoe IF it fits your feet. Great Sportiva quality, good rubber and excellent design. I just couldn't tough it out long enough to stretch them right. I've got weird feet, though (long toes). I'd size them 1 to 1.5 sizes small and just be prepared for pain until they stretch (they will). They run narrow, as well. I think these would be killer shoes (aggressive, glove-like fit) for outdoor and gym problems--wish I could've made them work...

4 5

La Sportiva Solutions on a budget!

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

I would have to disagree with some of the other reviews on here claiming that the the rubber is sticky. Granted it may be in fair weather above 50 deg. F. In the cold, the rubber durometer plays a huge factor and it definitely loses in terms of stickiness when compared to the Vibram XS Grip2 found on the Solutions. In every other respect, however, these are GREAT!

About the fit: I had some doubts if I had bought the right shoe size. I bought a size 8.0 (normally I wear an 8.5 for street shoes). It was extremely tight. My *PROTIP* - use Dr. Scholl Odor-X powder, before any use. I also use this regularly after climbing because my feet sweat. The shoes stretched less than a 1/2 size, and are maintaining the same size (4 months of heavy use indoor and outdoor bouldering) Egress is still a little difficult and requires a "peeling" technique to roll the heel off your foot first.

La Sportiva Solutions on a budget!
5 5

Great Sending Shoes!

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

This is by far the best performance shoe out there, and you can't beat the price. The rubber is sticky, with a reinforced toe that makes the shoe last much longer than other brands' performance shoes. These are perfect for tough projects, especially steep ones. I've been climbing for fourteen years and have never had a shoe perform so well for me. These are a must buy!

5 5

Killer paws

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Great fitting shoes, run small in size so upsize. Very comfortable with good toebox shape. I have had no issues putting the slippers on as the tongue is open on one side. Strap is located in the right position for a comfortable fit. Rubber wears well and is the right stickiness compound. Great slipper, but has limited breathability.

5 5

Great from Heel to Toe

The shape took some getting used to, but the stretch allows some give for my toes, which have taken two decades of tight shoe abuse and turned gnarled.

The heel will NEVER slip off my foot, and the toe is very aggressive, great for edging!

3 5

Re-REview

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After about 1.5 months climbing in these with weekends out on steep German limestone, 2x per week nights in the gym, and 1 week long trip to Font, these are no longer aggressive or tight fitting. When I first started wearing these they were the hardest shoe to put on I've ever had, and I don't think I could have gotten a smaller size. This week in the gym I felt my toes rolling inside the toe box, and my heel was coming out while hooking. I did get a lot of use out of them in 1.5 months, but not as much as I think I should have.

Re-REview
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I had the same experience in the same amount of time.

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A friend of mine works for Madrock, he recommends machine washing your shoes and then leaving them out to dry. It recovered some of the fit but I just did it so I can't tell you how long that will last.

5 5

my favorite shoe!

Since picking up a pair of these shoes they've been my go to shoes for hard sport climbing and bouldering. Having a thin foot always made it difficult to find a shoe that was a good fit that didn't absolutely kill my foot! I love how comfortable this shoe is while still remaining such a high performance shoe. A good toe with rubber on the top makes for great toe hooks, a tight heel with a small strip of rubber makes heel hooking on both large and small holds great without slipping off your foot. The sizing is a little different so I ended up getting a pair about a half size smaller which made putting the shoe on a little weird the first few times but if you fold the heel and get your toes in first, then put the heel on, it makes it pretty easy. I would recommend this shoe to just about anyone.

4 5

Shark 2.0

The sharks are an all around awesome shoe. They were the hardest shoe for me to put on but once their on they are.t coming off which is amazing. The shoe its self has some amazing features my favorites are the small line of rubber on the heel because it makes it so easy to heel hook small holds, and the full piece of rubber on the toe.The rubber used for the shoe is so sticky its awesome. All around a really good shoe.

3 5

Pretty good while it lasts

I've had these for a few weeks now and they are a good tight fitting aggressive shoe with a moderate downturn and an amazing heel, but they wear away way to fast. I climb everyday at my local gym and the little bit of concave at the toe is completely flat now and they do not breath, AT ALL. But those are my only complaints about it. They are also the hardest shoe I've ever tried to get my foot into but once they're in it solid for heel and toe hooking. As far as sizing I just downsized by half a size and it fit great once I got my foot in. Overall it is a good shoe but it just isn't that durable and after a while they stink pretty bad.

4 5

Very aggresive

I have had these for a few weeks and have been putting some time in them so I thought it was time to review them. The shoes are great for short duration wear and solved the issue I have had with solid heel hooking. The heel on these leans forward very hard, so you'll need to work into them slowly to keep your achilles from aching. They are also one of the hardest to put on shoes I have ever tried, but once you get your heel inside they are moderately comfortable. A friend who is very familiar with these shoes recommended buying the same size as your normal street shoe with .5 down sizing at most and I think that was very accurate. I would also be aware that compared to the scarpas I normally wear, there is a bit of excess material around the arch and side of the foot. This is just a volume issue as I have skinny feet and could not possibly wear a smaller size, but does not affect the performance of the shoe.

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5 5

Great on all surfaces

I love my Sharks. They are very flexible, which means I can wear them for extended periods of time. There is just enough of an aggressive down turn in the toe area that I feel comfortable on steep terrain, but my toes are not in pain. Edging quality is high, I don't have to worry about my foot slipping ever. Inside and out these shoes are great on plastic and real rock. They are easy to slip on and off. I am a fan of heel hooking and these shoes perform well for this as well as toe hooking with the extra rubber on top. Great shoes overall.

5 5

Much have!

shark fits so well on me, not much break in pain any more! Perfect heel, edging and stylist!

5 5

superior shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upon opening the box, I was visually pleased with how the shoe looked. They were difficult to put on the first 4-5 times, but after the initial break in process, they are the bomb. Once you figure out the subtleties of putting the shoe on, its a piece of cake.

I have been a devoted Demon user, but I feel this shoe does everything the demon does, and it does some things better. The ridge on the heel makes hooking smaller edges very secure, and I have not noticed a decrease in performance with hooking larger - smooth slopers.

I have used them on techy vertical routes, and on steep terrain where toe and heel hooks, bicycles are mandatory. I have comfort and stability on the smallest of edges.

I was really psyched to have more rubber on top of the shoe under my big toe. There is a problem at Hueco that involves a painful left toe hook, and I would love to go back and try that problem with the SHARKS.

The only test I have not done is on real rock. All of my testing was indoors.

Great shoe!!!!

5 5

J Foley

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just started wearing this shoe this month.....So I have not fully "put it through the ringer"yet. I have used it in steep limestone caves, and overhanging sandstone jug hauls. I had assumed this was a steep terrain only shoe but the other day I was out with some friends who offered me a first ascent on a vertical technical climb and this was the only shoe I had in my bag....so of course i gave it a go! They performed really well on this 35 meter vert wall and I sent first go. What a fun and versatile shoe!
They are a bit hard to take off. I found if you peel the heel straight down first this makes it easier.