The Shakra is your mantra.
Some people prefer going to yoga or seeing their therapists to relieve life's stresses, but you'd rather head to the boulder fields, slip into the Evolv Women's Shakra Climbing Shoe, and pull on rocks until your hands are raw. The Shakra boasts the same Love Bump and Knuckle Box as Evolv's high-performance Shaman—you know, the shoe worn by Chris Sharma when he sends the hardest sport routes—except it has a lower volume to fit narrower feet better. The Shakra also has a softer midsole than the Shaman for more versatile performance on less steep routes.
- High-performance climbing shoe similar to Evolv's Shaman
- Aggressive downturn and asymmetry for advanced boulders and routes
- Love Bump ensures a sharper downturn at the toe for more precision
- Knuckle Box places more power in the toes for a stronger rebound
- VTR Rand maintains the shoe's downturn for life
- Item #EVL000W
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
These look cool af but are so tiny. I have a pair of less aggressive (but still aggressive) Evolvs in a size 5 that are just a bit too tight. I decided to go with a 5.5 after measuring my foot and comparing to their size chart. Concluded they would be a perfect fit esp since my 5s are just a little too tight. I couldn’t even get my foot all the way in! My toes reach the end but there’s no way to squeeze my heel in. Giving them two stars because the toe box feels super comfy and roomy and I like the colors. I think it would be a great shoe if I could fit my whole foot in it but I guess I ordered the wrong size. A shame since I took so much time considering what size to get. Oh well, ya win some - ya lose some.
Finally met my match
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is my first shoe with a more aggressive profile. Even though I had to go up a full shoe size, these are the best fitting shoes I have ever worn. I have lower volume feet but larger toes that have been hard to fit in women's shoes. The knuckle box has made all the difference. No hotspots, no dead space. They still feel a bit aggressive, but not so much I'm dying to get out of them while I suss out a problem.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After reading many reviews I sized up a half size. I had the Shaman LV before this shoe and wore a 7 comfortably. I got a 7.5 in these shoes because of all the reviews saying they run tight and don't stretch.
I would disagree. They stretch a bit and because they are more flexible than the Shaman LVs, you don't need to size up.
I was surprised that these shoes have little to no Love Bump support; one feature I really liked about the LV's.
Overall, I still really like Evolv climbing shoes. I think these shoes will be good for summer climbing when my feet are hot and swollen (I live in sub-tropical climate). If I get another pair, I'd go true to size.
Flagging it :P
Mike's Face V3, White Pine Area, LCC
Photo Cred: Grant Kates
- Size Bought: 9.5
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 135lbs
Oooooh-wee, the Shakras have made me fall in love all over again. I have pretty long, low volume feet, and most aggressive shoes end up mashing my skinny toes while leaving me with dead space vertically--not so with these bad girls. The "love bump" under the toe fills in all the dead space I normally get and provide EXCELLENT power and edging. Evolv's rubber isn't my all-time favorite (Five Ten's Stealth or La Sportiva rubber take that cake), but the fit of this shoe absolutely is.
I wear an 8.5/9 in street shoes, a 39 in TIGHT women's Solutions, and went with a 9.5 for a comfortably tight fit in the Shakra--remember, these won't stretch much if at all. I could fit into the 9 if I reaaaaally wanted a performance shoe, but I like my bouldering sessions to last more than a few painful sends then retreating to flip flops.
Keeps Getting Better
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
I've been anticipating this shoe for about 2 years now. The first time I saw them was at OR (outdoor retailer) and I knew that I had to have them. I've been in the new Shamans for the past year and they have performed but it still did not have the right fit. The moment I put these on they were gold. A little tight but that's normal for an aggressive climbing shoe.
My feet are weird shaped. I have narrow heels, high arches and a wide toe box so shoes are hard to find for me. These fit me to the point where I can feel contact in my arch. bottom of my heel and my toes have enough room so that my metatarsals don't feel like they are being crushed into each other.
They perform beautifully. The edges are solid. the toes are down turned for maximum accuracy on small feet and overhung problems. The famed "love bump" is perfectly placed. The full rubber upper makes toe hooks easy and not to mention helps keep the integrity of the shoe shape.
I did have to size up a half size from my normal street shoe size (womens 6) so just a heads up there. Also takes about 2-3 hard bouldering sessions to break in.
Enjoy this shoe is AMAZING!
Is the sizing on this shoe the same as the old mint green/purple Shaman LV?