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Laurensuzanne wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these shoes after enduring a whole summer of climbing on various terrain with the la sportiva solutions (which I LOVE) but they were pretty painful on longer and/or slabby routes. I bought these to be my comfortable multipitch/slab shoes and they are great for that purpose. For bouldering/gym climbing they are not the best, they have fairly good edging on small nubbins and such, but I would not recommend them for any overhang. I sized down a full size and they fit tight but not uncomfortable by any means. They get a little slimy and sweaty I think because they're synthetic despite their advertised "breathable mesh upper". Overall a good shoe for beginners or comfort shoes.

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Laurensuzanne wrote an answer about on May 11, 2014

A couple years later...a word of advice for anyone skeptical of the fit of their shoe:
I was looking at the katanas as a step up from my beginner's pair of evolv elektras, however I clearly noticed something wasn't quite right about the fit; they were baggy in the back and around my arch while my toes were curled at the front of the toe. This should be a warning sign that this is not the right shoe! Unfortunately I didn't know much better at the time. But it is true what they say: climbing shoes should fit like a glove. When you put them on for the first time there really shouldn't be deadspace. Keep trying on shoes because when you know you know. I tried on the la sportiva solutions after some years of advancing in the sport and all I could say was wow! They actually fit every contour of my foot. While fairly uncomfortable, EVERY part of my foot was smooshed, not just parts here and there. It was a tight fit, but the right fit. Just keep that in mind while you're buying climbing shoes and make sure you try on lots of shoes before you settle!

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Laurensuzanne wrote a question about on May 11, 2014

So I've tried on the men's version of this shoe but, of course, as I am a lady and have tiny feet, they didn't quite have my size yet seemed to fit me very well. I've never thought of my feet as "low volume" considering most climbing shoes I've owned have been men's shoes and they fit me perfectly (e.g. the la sportiva solutions). However, I'm interested how these LV women's shamans compare to the fit of the men's. And if I vary between a 6.5-7 (in women's street shoe sizes) should I lean towards the bigger size?

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Laurensuzanne wrote a question about on July 23, 2012

I tried these on recently and am pretty much set on buying them after doing thorough research. However, I'm a street size 7 and have tried on the 6.5 and 6 and can't tell which fits better. In the 6, the entire shoe molds to my foot but my toes are pretty curled and might even be overlapping...in the 6.5 the heel is a bit baggy and my foot seems to move around a little more than it should given it will only stretch.

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