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Black Diamond Session Shoe - Men's

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Session Shoe

The Session Shoe is the most casual approach shoe from Black Diamond, designed for climbers commuting from climbing gyms to crags, and maybe stopping at a cafe along the way. Black Diamond's engineered knit upper feels both breathable and durable to keep comfy on warm trails, and the elastic heel maintains a snug fit that you can collapse to wear as a slip-on in between redpoint attempts. The lining is a sock-like bootie built to accommodate socks, or not. Underfoot, Black Diamond's BlackLabel rubber gives street-styled stickiness, and EVA cushions on trails and sidewalks alike.
  • Casual approach shoe goes from climbing gyms to crags
  • Breathable knit upper with rubber toe protection
  • Elastic heel can drop down to double as a sandal
  • Sock-like bootie brings the comfort with or without socks
  • EVA midsole maintains cushioning shock-absorption
  • BlackLabel-Street rubber sole is sticky on all terrain
  • Item #BLDZ97W

Upper Material
polyester knit
Black Diamond BlackLabel-Mountain rubber
Claimed Weight
[single, size 10] 9.98oz

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Favorite shoes ever?

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 3"
200 lbs

These are very comfortable minimalist shoes with enough just enough padding to not bruise my heels. I get compliments on these several times a month yet after wearing them everywhere for 7 months (and counting). I use these for sailing, coaching swimming, working out, and even for casual use around town. I also wear them at work everyday where I am on my feet constantly. They grip wet surfaces really well. Somehow, they show no signs of wear!

>Rating: 5

My Favorite Shoe for Everything

I've put it through the wringer
True to size

These shoes are my new favorites. Why? Because you can slip them on and off without untying. Why is that important? It's not that I am inherently annoyed at needing to tie my shoes, but i often find myself in a number of situations where its extremely convenient to just be able to slip my shoes on without having to untie/tie them back up. Below are some of the examples when it's extremely nice to not have to untie. 1. Fly Fishing - when I pull up to the river and want to throw on and off my waders, these make things simple. 2. Post skiing - After touring, especially in the early mornings after a dawn patrol. these are the easiest things to slip on and off after pulling my boots on. 3. Taking the dog out to go potty. Yep, slip em on, and be able to chase your little hellion after they make a midnight attempt at escape. 4. They make excellent shoes for driving a stick shift car. Not sure why this one applies as much, but they are super comfortable for driving.

>Rating: 4

Shoe performance in a slip on

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought

I picked these up as a townie cruiser for warm weather and have done some very chill bouldering / sport climbing approaches in these. Shoes are comfy and breath well for the warm months. But these are realistically mostly my around town and going to the climbing gym shoes. My favorite feature is being able to use them like slip on's via the elastic heel, but they still have laces so I kinda look like an adult.


Do you have a photo from the top? You have multiple photos of the sides and bottom but nothing from the top.