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    13 Reviews


    Trad is rad!

    Given that Black Diamond’s Salt Lake City warehouse is five hours away from Indian Creek and a few miles from Little Cottonwood Canyon, it only makes sense for BD's footwear designers to come up with something like the Aspect Climbing Shoe—it even looks like the quartz monzonite that makes up Little Cottonwood. This shoe is simply meant to jam sandstone splitters and stand on slabby granite. BD meticulously chose the upper’s leather from the finest European tanneries to ensure a plush feek in between a rock and another rock, and the leather wraps around the laces and breathable, knit tongue to reduce pinching while jamming. The stiff sole is composed of a uniquely molded NeoFriction Edge rubber that is long-lasting and reliably sticky for Yosemite’s test-piece slab routes littered all over Little Cottonwood Canyon.

    • Climbing shoe designed for slabs and cracks
    • Plush leather upper feels cozy when paired with splitters
    • NeoFriction Edge rubber molded onto the shoe for durable traction
    • Stiff sole enhances support
    • Flat last ensures day-long comfort for multi-pitches
    • Item #BLD00QP

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather [tongue] knit synthetic
    NeoFriction Edge (4.3mm)
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    They Do The Job

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

    I used these once or twice when bouldering, and I felt OK in them. They aren't bad shoes, but I also didn't feel that "wow" factor that I've felt in other shoes I've owned and tried in the past. I use TC Pros as my main workhorse in the intermountain west, and it could be that coming from TCs, few shoes will live up to the expectations I have developed. These Aspect shoes do feel well made, so that is a good thing to point out. Overall, a fine shoe that will get you up the rock, but I think there are better options out there for trad shoes.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The aspects are a great shoe, they've held up well in the gym and a little bit into the ourdoor season as well. The toe box isn't exactly high volume, but it's not narrow either. They're not aggressive so they're comfortable to leave on between climbs or when you're belaying which is a pretty big pro for indoor shoes. Overall, not my go-to since I need something wide, but a really dope shoe in the end.

    Not convinced yet

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

    I bought these shoes specificially for a climbing trip in Joshua Tree I took back in February. I never felt confident enough wearing these shoes to really test them as much as I would like. Every time I'd try a route in them I was slipping. Now that I'm home I keep forgetting I have them, I do want to like these shoes, and I haven't put the time in them to really know them yet. On the plus side they are some of the comfiest climbing shoes I've worn, that knit tounge feels so nice. It took me a while to find a size that worked for me, I wear a size 8 street shoe and ended up buying a size 8. Hopefully after some breaking in these shoes will do the job.

    Inspiring Confidence

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These shoes fit pretty small. I typically wear a 7.5 street shoe and i actually needed to go a half size up for that, "like a glove" fit, but its a good shape for my mid volume foot. I could probably go up a full size to an 8.5 and still a comfortable shoe that preforms. A little more aggressive and stiffer than what i'm used to but not painful after a short break in period due to the style of construction. I really like the ability to dial in the fit with the laces and stretching out the leather to fit my foot shape. As a newer climber its good to have a shoe that inspires confidence and its going to last a while for different style of climbing.

    I also tired these on side by side with the BD momentum's, which are the less aggressive beginner shoe from black diamond but there is a big performance difference between the two. The Momentum's feel flatter and less padded which is nice for less aggressive approaches but i'd rather trust the Aspect's.

    Great shoes!

      These have treated me really well! I'm new to climbing, but from what my friends say, I started with a great pair! My feet don't cramp as much as I thought they would, plus the laces are nice to fit the form of my feet.

      Solid shoe.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I am coming from using the Moccasyms and Nexxos, so used to the most flexible shoe around, and one of the most aggressive. These are a little stiffer than the Mocc's, no where near as aggressive as the Nexxos, but a good middle ground leaning towards the Mocc's. They fit pretty close to size, maybe half down? The rubber seems to slip a bit more often than I'm used to with my Mocc's and Nexxo's but I imagine (read hope) that once the rubber gets more worn it'll grip better. Once the shoes are on, and laced up, no way in hell are they coming off. I have never had lace up shoes, so this is the first time I've felt incredibly secure while heel hooking. They edge well (except for the occasional slip at the front of the toe, sides seem to not have this problem) and smear even better (not sure how that works). I toe drag a lot so we'll see how long they hold up as it's only been four months of climbing three times a week. I'll update in a couple months when I have used them a little bit more in the gym. (Currently 8/31)

      Great Fit - On The 2nd Try

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

      For reference: Beginning climber, left foot is 10.5 high arch, right foot is 11.0 flat arch. Ordered a pair of these in 11.0, following other reviews; was able to get the left shoe on but the pain was unbeareable. Could not get the right shoe on. Sent them back and, luckily, skipped a half size and ordered a 12.0. The fit seems perfecto now, super snug with a certain amount of toe curl but nothing extreme. The overall construction seems very good and I like the stiff sole, it's confidence inspiring. For a newbie seeking something a notch or two above beginner shoes, these seem like a choice not to overlook.

      Multi Pitch & Cracks Beware!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These shoes have performed extremely well for me within the realm they are intended for. The stiff mid sole and good rubber allow for precise edging on vertical and less than vertical climbs and they smear very well. They also excel when jammed into a crack as one would hope for a shoe that is touted as a crack and trad shoe. I have worn them for hours on end and they have been as comfortable as one could hope. This is not a shoe i would recommend for new climbers as it does have limitations. I would also not recommend it to climbers looking for a do it all or especially over vertical performance shoe. These are a shoe that are best as a part of a shoe quiver to be used in the correct situation on the right style of climb. Sizing was true for me to all the BD shoes i have tried so far. I went with a 9.5 and my street shoe size is between 9.5 and 10. If you are looking for a trad or crack shoe this may be the shoe for you! They definitely have been for me!

      Multi Pitch & Cracks Beware!

      Too stiff and not well made

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These shoes are too stiff and the rubber is not that sticky. If you're climbing somewhat overhung routes with slopers or pockets, a lot of times the shoes end up slipping off the holds. Also, both me and my roommate got these, and both pairs developed holes in them after some use. The "molded" rubber technology seems to leave bubbles in the rubber which later develop into holes. I personally love the Black Diamond brand and these shoes have been somewhat of a disappointment for me. They're probably decent shoes for a beginner but not for you if you're climbing 5.11 and beyond unless all you need is edging.

      I haven't used them much for crack climbing. About vertical / less than vertical I would say if you have clear edges that you can place the shoe nicely, they hold well. But the more rounded and slopery the placements get, they start to slide off. I think the shoe and the rubber are a bit too stiff to cover the holds and get a nice contact area with the rock.

      First climbing shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      They are awesome. Super durable and a good fit. I definitely recommend starting with these shoes if you are getting into climbing! I got them for my boyfriend and they've got the job done.

      First climbing shoes

      Great Edging

        I haven't climbed a ton in these yet, but they're great so far. They can edge extremely well because of the hard rubber and Pebax plate in the midfoot. Also, they're very comfortable, I wear a US 9 street shoe and got the US 9 as well for the Aspect. If you want very high performance get a half size down, but it will be very tight at first. Here's a link to an in-depth review of the engineering behind this shoe.

        Sandstone to Granite

          My first impression of the BD Aspects was on Jah Man tower outside of Moab, Utah. I was a bit hesitant to take new shoes on a multi pitch day right off the bat but wanted to put them to the test of a longer climb. I wear a Women’s size 7 street shoe normally, and from other reviews I was advised to go with my street shoe size for the Aspect. I tried on both Women’s 6.5 and 7, the 6.5s and were a perfect small toe curl fit and the 7s were comfortably snug no curl. Due to the fact that I was going to be wearing them in Indian Creek for a week the very next day, on long splitter routes and potential multi pitches I went with the 7s. I will tell you now continuing to wear them in places such as Little Cottonwood, I wish I went the 1/2 size down. In the end they were more than comfortable, and I did not take them off at any anchor in pain! The Aspects have a good toe point on them that I enjoyed smearing in the smaller cracks. Some features I really like with the Aspect is the tough toe added with a soft flexible midsole. These great features help protect your toes while still giving that needed flexibility to twist and jam. Edging on this shoe is pretty phenomenal and defined, I can see it more on this BD shoe than the TC Pros. The Neofriction rubber was good for smearing granite and again that flexible mid-point helped in that area. I would like to see some ankle protection on this shoe! With that all said and done, I am loving the Aspects and they have now been my outside trad shoe ever since I picked them up! Still have some breaking in to do, but off to a good start.

          Sandstone to Granite

          Off to a good start

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I got the chance to test these out this past year I'm sold. I've only climbed in La Sportiva's and the feel is very familiar, especially with the edge. The lower, outside lace holes are covered, preventing the laces from getting torn up and the side rubber gives a little extra padding for those long, crack pitches. On 90+ degree days in Utah, the rubber surprisingly stuck to 10+ little cottonwood slab! I wear a 12.5 street shoe and got the 12.5 size of this shoe. This was good for 1-2 pitches, as well as bouldering, but for all day wear, they were a little too tight. I would go with 13 next time.