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Black Diamond
Method S Climbing Shoe - Men's

4.153846153846154 out of 5 stars
13 Reviews


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Why We Like The Black Diamond Method S Climbing Shoe

When the angle goes beyond vertical, we pull on the Black Diamond Method S Climbing Shoe to send. The curved, downturned profile delivers efficient power transfer to help us hold tension, while the rubber wrapped toe box and molded heel give our hooks a bite. The split sole's ultra-sticky rubber helps us trust our feet, and its soft midsole enhances sensitivity, letting us really drive through the toe.


  • Aggressive slipper-style climbing shoe for overhang performance
  • Moderate downturn and curvature for power and precision
  • Black Label Fuse rubber is Black Diamond's stickiest rubber
  • Soft synthetic knit upper will stretch about a half size
  • High-tension knit tongue is soft, breathable, and wicking
  • Stretch panel and hook-and-loop strap for a quick on-off
  • Soft midsole enhances sensitivity and hooking performance
  • Item #BLDZ9PB
Upper Material
engineered knit
1 hook-and-loop strap
Black Label Fuse
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 1 year
bouldering, sport climbing, climbing training
Claimed Weight
Asymmetrical Curvature
moderate downturn

Overall Rating

4 based on 13 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 5 reviews
5 Stars - 6 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

April 30, 2024

Jack of All Trades

The Method S surprised me with how solid it is as an all around shoe that does well in all aspects of climbing. It can keep up with hard bouldering and sport, but is comfortable enough to wear for a long time at the gym or for sensitive slab climbs. It has many modern features that are becoming more common like a big toe patch, one velcro strap, and a 3D molded heel. I have pretty wide feet so there are some pressure points in the mid-foot and the heel felt a bit sloppy. I would also recommend going up a half size from your street shoe size unless you want a really sensitive and tight fit.

Seth K.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 30, 2023

A new contender

Looks like BD has arrived at the top level with their climbing shoes! These feel like the love child of a Skwama and Solution with Moccasym dna mixed in. Been bouldering, sport climbing and even jamming a little in these. Solid edging and confident smearing. A little tough to put on, but cozy enough that you can leave them on. Holding up well so far. Size wise go bigger than you think. I'm a 38 Skwama and these fit perfect at 41.5. Right on BD. Keep up the good work.

Olivier B.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

November 6, 2023

Impressive out of the box, but with some constructive criticism

I've been climbing for ~25 years and have been through an innumerable amount of shoes. The BD Method S is off to a good start save for a couple of key feedback points to consider. 1. In the photo you can see the "factory second" approach to the stitching on the left shoe's velcro closure tab. You might think, "no biggie" and yes but if you are trying to whole-foot toe hook this makes it feel like there is a marble on top of your foot. Not exactly great and an honestly poor attention to detail. For this alone I was pretty disappointed and thus the 4 of 5 stars, BUT there are several positives about the shoes also. 2. Sizing. I was shocked after a long chat discussion with the BD rep that they recommended to get the exact same size as my BD approach shoes. For a performance rock shoe fit I prefer it quite tight, as would most anyone looking to push their own limit. My performance rock shoes have always been 0.5-1.5 sizes smaller than my approach shoes depending on the brand. To buy the same size as my approach shoes left me feeling VERY dubious, but the rep was spot on correct. This may not hold true for other BD rock shoes, but it worked for the Method S. 3. The gluing in spots is a bit suspect and we will see how it holds up. This goes back to the attention to detail comment in #1. 4. The fit and comfort of the shoe is quite nice after you've climbed in them for only a few minutes. There is an interior bootie that is seamlessly integrated into the shoe that is very comfortable. Similar to Tenya's interior bootie, but more comfortable and requiring less effort to wiggle into the correct position every time you put the shoe on, the Method S's interior bootie slides on smoothly like a sock each time and fits immediately without the readjusting that the Tenya's demand. Summary: The Method S fits great and performs immediately out of the box. I'll be curious and excited to see how they wear but so far I'm impressed with the rubber's stickiness. Just a bit more attention to the small production details would make this a 5-star shoe.

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Scott J.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

October 22, 2023

Great comfortable shoes

Great shoes for sport climbing! Not as good for bouldering as the shadows especially since the upper foot pad doesn’t have nearly the same grip.

Raymond M.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 21, 2023

Still breaking in but great so far

Look super sleek but a little bit of glue visible at some spots. On overhangs they feel good especially on smaller foot holds and divots. Not as good for slab though. They are also pretty narrow so if you have wider feet like me it squeezes a bit hard but I think it just needs to be broke in.

Andrew N.

Originally reviewed on

1 out of 5 stars

June 14, 2023

Weird/painful fit in spots

The grey tension band that crosses under the mid foot to the heel hurts the outside of my foot to the point where I can only stand the shoes for a few minutes, and cause so much discomfort that it’s hard to focus on footwork. I’ve never experienced that level of discomfort in that spot with any shoe that remotely fit my foot. Other than that one spot, these shoes seem great, but I haven’t gotten a chance to really test them.

joseph k.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 14, 2023

Aggressive and stylish

Rubber is sticky, aggressive downturn, great looks. Great for bouldering. Had to return and go a half size up.

Harrison M.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

June 12, 2023

Great fit..

I finally found a shoe that fits my regular shoe size.. typically, I go down or up a half size

Carl G.

Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

June 5, 2023

Not accurate for sizing

Full disclosure, this is a sizing review…I never got to try them in the gym. If you feel confident that you know your climbing shoe size preferences, think again on these foot torture devices. I’d say size one whole size up.

Patrick H.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

April 22, 2023

Men’s method s

I’ve been using these shoes for about a month now and I am so glad I got them, they are very flexible but still feel very secure and my personal favorite they are very stylish. I recommend getting your street shoe size unless you know exactly how they fit.

Daniel Y.

Originally reviewed on