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Black Diamond Shadow Climbing Shoe

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    6 Reviews

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    BD's most aggressive.

    With its sharp asymmetry and deep downturn, the Shadow Climbing Shoe is undoubtedly the most aggressive option in Black Diamond's exciting lineup of new footwear for the vertical world. Instead of vertical, however, the Shadow shines on overhung boulders and routes. The NeoFriction Fuse rubber sole has a sensitive, sticky nature so you can feel micro-edges on your toe, and instead of making the sole out of several cut strips of rubber, Black Diamond molded the rubber directly onto the upper to reduce peeling and increase longevity. Equally unique, the upper features a soft, breathable knit microfibers with rubber strips for effective toe-hooking.

    • Black Diamond's aggressive, downturn shoe for climbing overhangs
    • Knit upper with printed rubber strips for effective toe hooking
    • NeoFriction Fuse rubber molded onto upper for long-lasting traction
    • Soft midsole enhances sensitivity for better precision
    • Item #BLD00QX

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Engineered Knit Technology, printed rubber
    Closure
    hook-and-loop
    Midsole
    soft flex
    Rubber
    NeoFriction Fuse (4.3mm)
    Profile
    downturn
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    aggressive
    Recommended Use
    climbing

    Tech Specs

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    Amazing aggressive shoe!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times


    I'm an intermediate climber and was looking for my first pair of aggressive shoes. I heard about the BD shadow and was immediately entreated by the style a description. With a larger foot and street shoe size of 10.5 - 11, I settled with a size 12 and they fit just right. For a comfortable fit with minimal growing room, I recommend going a full size up from street shoe. Take it from me 11.5 hurt, and 12.5 was too large, however, the 12's fit just right. The heel is pretty wide and the toe box is comfortable. For now, the rubber holding out well, it will be interesting to see how long it will last. After about 20 min of climbing in the shoe, I find my self-taking them for a short recovery. All and all great shoe, only time will tell, as to it stands up to accessive wear and tear.

    True to Size

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

    These are true to size, so just go with your street shoe.

    They perform well, and good on small feet. The rubber is great. Not sure how it will last, yet.

    The heel box is similar to 5.10, so a bit roomy. Also, it's tight to pull on, but then comfortable after that. These don't have a long break in period.

    True to Size

    Trust Your Feet.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    As soon as I heard BD was coming out with shoes I had to get my hands on a pair. I was lucky enough to try a pair of 10.5's. I have been using them for about 2 weeks now and can say with confidence that these are an amazing pair of shoes. I haven't had the best of luck finding the "right" shoe but with these the aggression and down turn is just enough to be able to really trust your feet and not having them blow out. The edging with the Shadows help with the perfect placement. And when needed the smearing on these is really nice.

    The sizing is finicky. I was talking to the BD reps and they said at the very least, for a performance fit, go your street shoe size. I wear a 9.5 and with the 10.5 had a bit of wiggle room in the toes but nothing to be concerned about. The heel fits incredible for a shoe that is a full size bigger! Through the break-in there will be hot spots and some discomfort, but that is to be expected.

    Overall, love the shoes and for BD's first time designing shoes I think they nailed it.

    Call me or email me if you have any questions or sizing concerns.
    801-523-4066
    jrepman@backcountry.com

    So close..

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Short version is: I really wanted to like these shoes, but the fit just wasn't right.



    Pros: The knit upper is super comfortable, the rubber seems ultra-sticky, nice aggressive shape, and it looks really cool



    Cons: The cons all come down to the sizing and shape of the shoe.

    First on the sizing - these shoes are really, really tight (even for climbing shoes). As an example of how downsized they are, both shoes in the picture are US size 9.5. I tried on my street shoe size and couldn't even stand up in them because of the pain in the toes. Make sure you size up if you don't want to be in constant pain (I had to go up a full size).

    Once you get the right size, it all comes down to foot shape. I have a medium-volume foot, and these felt super baggy, especially on the top of the foot. In comparison, I tried on a pair of Scarpa VSRs and they fit like a glove. If you have larger feet, these seem like they could be great, but, absent that, probably better off with a different shoe.

    So close..

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      These shoes are awesome. They are so comfortable and give you so much control and power. They are a great all around shoe and give much support with heel hooks. They do run a bit small. I am a huge fan of the scarpa instict VS, these run about a half size smaller than those. If you like a really snug fit, I would go 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your normal shoe size.

      beautiful shoes & fit small

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

      I just got those shoes and they feel really awesome! They are definitely one of the best performance and most beautiful shoes. I just wanna talk about the sizing because I got size eight for miura vs, solutions and these shadows and those fit really small. They are the same size but the solutions are the largest then it's the miura, and the shadow s are much smaller. They even feel smaller than the eight shamans. It was a struggle to put them on. So just take that into account when you are buying them.

      beautiful shoes & fit small