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Defy Climbing Shoe

4.375 out of 5 stars
8 Reviews


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Defy Climbing Shoe

When it comes to gravity in climbing gyms, most people either fight it or defy it. Those who fight it look like bears thrashing their ways up trees and destroying anything in their paths, while those who defy gravity look like dancers who reach the same destination as the bear, but without all the physical grunting. You'll generally decide whether you're going to climb like a bear or a dancer when you learn how to climb. If you want to dance, Evolv's Defy Climbing Shoe boasts the comfort required to help you learn how to defy gravity, instead of fight it.


  • Evolv's best-selling climbing shoe for beginners and intermediates
  • Low, flat asymmetry assures comfort at gyms and multi-pitches
  • Stretch-resistant Synthratek upper with odor-resistant mesh lining
  • Trax high-friction rubber ensures long-lasting traction
  • Runs small, so we recommend sizing up for ideal fit
  • Item #EVLZ037
Upper Material
Synthratek VX (synthetic)
anti-odor mesh
dual hook-and-loop
MX-P (1.4mm), sensitive
Trax high-friction rubber
Claimed Weight
Asymmetrical Curvature
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 8 ratings

Review Summary

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4 out of 5 stars

July 3, 2023

Quick Guide To Find Size For You

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
8.5 womens
5' 2"

First timer buying climbing shoes and well I learned a quick lesson after ordering my first pair, they run small (very small) and each brand is very different. So please NOTE * I did not use this pair to climb in but only to find a pair that fit. Needless to say, I wear a size 8 in women's consistently and ordered a half size up (8.5) which is a 7.5 in mens and it was still too snug. I'd recommend ordering 1 full size up. A size 9 in women's would have probably been ideal. On backcountry's site this is considered a "unisex" shoe which uses men's sizing. I hope this helps.

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4 out of 5 stars

December 23, 2022

Good Climbing Shoe: Def Order Up A Size

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
5' 10"

Got these shoes for my adult son and he loves the shoe but I had to send them back to get a bigger size! Great shoe for indoor climbing!

Rachel B
3 out of 5 stars

June 23, 2022

Shoes are fine, Sizing is off

These shoes perform absolutely fine given their intended use/demographic, but it seems to me that Evolv is dealing with some sizing discrepancies that I would like to see sorted out. The TL;DR here: I wear a Men's 11 in virtually all street shoes, but in this shoe I wear a size Men's 13 (out of the box, toes touching the ends but not quite curled over). If you are looking for shoes that fit similarly, my suggestions are as follows: For your size in Women's street shoes, go with the same size or 1/2 a size up from what is listed as the Men's size on the Evolv Defy. For your size in Men's street shoes, go 1.5 to 2 sizes bigger than what is listed as the Men's size on the Evolv Defy. COMPLETELY ignore the EU and UK sizes. Compared to the Evolv Titan, this shoe is exactly 1.5 sizes smaller (the typical men's to women's size conversion for most shoe brands) than what's listed on this website in Men's. It seems to me that what's listed on this shoe as the men's size should actually be the Women's size, and that the true Men's size is actually 1.5 sizes larger. Personally, I size up by 0.5 from my street shoe in the Evolv Titan, so I had to up 2 full sizes in the Defy. Evolv, please fix your sizing! Try these shoes on and give us some logical numbers to go off of!

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Originally reviewed on Evolv

5 out of 5 stars

January 2, 2022

Great entry level climbing shoe

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 10"

Had an issue with sizing and exchanged them for a size up which fit me perfectly. Just got back into climbing after a few year hiatus. These shoes are neutral and work well in the climbing gym for an entry to intermediate climber. One thing to keep in mind is that the upper is suede and will stretch very little. I'm pretty consistent in a size 10 US across the board in different types of shoes but I needed these in 11.

Scott R
5 out of 5 stars

December 10, 2021

Best Speed Climbing Shoes on the Market!

The Defys offer the perfect combination of high-quality robustness, comfort, and stiffness for effective power transfer to climbing holds.


Originally reviewed on Evolv

5 out of 5 stars

November 11, 2019

These are great shoes for beginner climbers who are just getting started.


Originally reviewed on Evolv

4 out of 5 stars

August 5, 2019

These shoes are pretty cool. they're taking a little longer to break-in, but I'm not thinking about them when I'm climbing and they fit pretty snug, plus they're a great price.


Originally reviewed on Evolv

5 out of 5 stars

August 4, 2017

Great Shoe, Great Price.

Snug fit and grippy sole make me feel like I can walk straight up any climb. The only bad thing I can say about these shoes is that they rub the sides of my big toe. I just tape my toes before I put then on and we can go all day. Truely an awesome and budget friendly shoe.

Jon Ball-

Originally reviewed on Evolv