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Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe

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Shaman Climbing Shoe

La Dura Dura, Jumbo Love, Witness the Fitness—the world's hardest climbs were sent by the legendary Chris Sharma, and the Evolv Men's Shaman Climbing Shoe is his key to success (as well as years of experience, abs of steel, and pincer-like fingers). Updates to this aggressive sport climbing shoe include more toe rubber for toe-hooking, an inset front strap for stupendous toe scumming, and new stylish colors. Everything else about this unlined shoe is basically the same as last season, like the Knuckle Box to accommodate a tighter fit, and the Love Bump midsole for more comfort in a downturned position. The Shaman also features Evolv's Trax rubber for high friction and the Variable Thickness Rand for a longer performance.

  • Evolv's popular aggressive climbing shoe for sport and boulders
  • Asymmetric downturn designed with professional rock climbers
  • Unlined Synthratex VX upper is soft and surprisingly strong
  • Half-length midsole keeps the toe stiff and the heel flexible
  • Trax 2-piece rubber sole keeps the arch flexible
  • Variable Thickness Rand maintains an aggressive profile
  • Item #EVL000Q

Upper Material
synthetic
Lining
unlined
Closure
hook-and-loop
Midsole
half-length Love Bump (1mm)
Rubber
Trax (4.2mm)
Profile
aggressive downturn, Knuckle Box
Asymmetrical Curvature
aggressive
Claimed Weight
[single, size 9] 9.5oz
Recommended Use
climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

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>Rating: 3

Not very versatile shoes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
8.5
Height
5` 3"
Weight
170 lbs

I bought these when I was starting back on climbing after a two year hiatus and my feet do not want to fit into my old shoes any more. I found this on a review website claiming they are best for people with wide foot. I wear size 8 sneakers (my dress shoes size is 6.5EE and my sneakers and hiking shoes sizes are 7.5W/EE for the best fit) and I tried 7.5 to 8.5 and finally settled on size 8.5. I ended up with a pair that is just right out of the box and minimal pain. These shoes are alright. They are designed with steep climbing and bouldering in mind and they struggle a bit on technical vertical climbing with small foot holds. The TRAX rubber is very soft and I find it hard to trust them on small foot holds. Partly because it is hard to feel the small hold with the 4.2 mm TRAX rubber, partly it is my fault for sizing them for comfort. I ended up using these for warm up nowadays. My other shoes are primarily La Sportiva, and they (Miura VS, Katana Lace, Testarossa and Skwama) are all in size 39. The 8.5 Shaman is slightly longer than the 39 Skwama, while narrower, but with higher volume in the forefoot.

>Rating: 4

I just got myself a second pair

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11

Its takes a little while to break in, but the rubber is sticky, at least for the first 3-4 months. Not great for smearing, other than that it ticks all the marks with small feet, heel hooks, toe hooks. Can go a couple of re-soles. The straps and the other parts are well made and hold up for 3 days of climbing a week on average. I do try to take them off between climbs in the gym/outside to air them out. Can get smelly if you don't because the toe box is narrow.

>Rating: 5

Hands down the best sport shoe

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

For a few years I hadn't cared too much about what shoes I was wearing because I wasn't trying to climb too hard, but once I started getting back into it I was able to score a killer deal on the Shamans and in comparison to Mad Rock Sharks and all of the other shoes I've worn in my 20+ years of climbing these are hands down the best performing shoe I've ever used. The toes are extremely sticky and precise, the rubber is pretty durable, and you can stay reasonably comfortable with roughly "street shoe" sizing. If you're wearing them a lot they can stretch a bit and develop some heel lift so very frequent climbers might size down a 1/2 size or just rotate with a second pair. For those climbing 1-3 times a week I think the street shoe sizing is a pretty good fit. Given that this is a performance sport shoe I don't think novice climbers will benefit from wearing this since it isn't a good shoe for standing in. Generally, these shoes rock any small precise feet that are overhung or vertical in addition to heel hooks and toe hooks.

>Rating: 5

Best climbing shoe I've ever owned!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Get a size up for your normal climbing shoe. For example, I wear a 42 in La Sportivas and a 43 in the Shamans, and they're still pretty snug but in the correct way in my opinion. It's an aggressive shoe, so it fits like one. There's a break in period where they're pretty uncomfortable, but then they mold to your feet like suction cups! I had the Miuras before this, the Shamans are far superior! Took my climbing to the next level!

>Rating: 5

Heavenly

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are so rad. Decided to go with something a little more aggressive than what I had before, and I am very pleased with the performance of the Shaman's. I have a fairly wide foot, and that makes finding the right climbing shoe tricky at times. I found that these fit amazing, and feel super comfy while climbing.

>Rating: 4

abracadabra

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Good for wide feet. This is my first medium aggressive shoe after my intro shoe that was very neutral. Really comfortable and made me feel more confident in the boulder pit

>Rating: 5

Great for bouldering!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've only been climbing for a year and only indoor bouldering. These were my first legit climbing shoes; I had Mad Rock slippers before these that weren't fitted properly as I was a newbie wearing socks looking for a comfortable shoe. I typically climb 3-4 times a week for 1.5-2hrs at a time, and the soles lasted about 6mos. I actually sent these off and had them resoled, and they're good as new again. These are great if you have a wide foot and want a more aggressive shoe that's comfortable. Highly recommend.

>Rating: 4

My spouse loved these.

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

My spouse and I climb at a gym. They really like this shoe for a couple of reasons. They really like the comfort the tounge wasnt just a flat piece of material it had some padding making it feel more like a slipper then tight climbing shoe. They also really liked the moderate point in the toe. They told me it helped them to use their toe on many different holds making them more confident in moves they weren't before. I did grab them a half size too small and I did grab the size they normally prefer??? could have just been more narrow in the toe though do to the moderate aggressive toe. They used them about 6 times.

>Rating: 4

Shamans

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Solid shoes with a fairly aggressive downturn. Love the easy on and off due to the triple Velcro system, as a boulderer thisway way easier than some of the slippers I rock. Super comfy with really lush padding, I actually rock my street size because the knuckle garage allows for my toes to be more flexed at their middle knuckle. My only beef is that the comfortable design causes a slight loss in sensitivity compared to thinner shoes.

>Rating: 4

Good Albeit Aggressive Shoe

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

The Evolv Shaman definitely fits the bill for everyone who wants an aggressive shoe. The downturn is super established and it caused me to have to size up almost 2 sizes higher than street shoe for me due to me having a more pronounced big toes. Hard for me to talk on the Love Bump as I don't have a ton of experience with down turned shoes though at the right size it is more comfy than it would look to be. The upper and rubber feel solid and have had minimal slipping on the smallest of toe holds. A pretty good option for folks out there who definitely want performance over comfort and have very even sized toes.

>Rating: 4

It is what it is

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

In my opinion, these shoes are made how they are advertised. They are super aggressive with a lot of stick to it. I was sending some v7s and I was able to stay on the wall with a good portion of my weight on a tiny foot chip. I think it could've been a bit comfier but that's aggressive shoes for yah.

>Rating: 5

Best Shoe!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

An amazing shoe! Made with great material on the inside, giving you a tight aggressive shoe without pain.

>Rating: 5

So Comfy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I climb in the gym all winter long and this is the perfect shoe for that. It's not too bulky and has great grip. Can't wait to bring these outside and test them on long days in the canyon!

>Rating: 3

Proably Great Shoes but not for me.

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

I wanted to like these shoes but I have a hard time fitting into Evolv shoes. They don't fit my foot well and that's really the only issue I had.

>Rating: 5

Pretty cool

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Great shoes, they fit pretty well. Really well made and I think they are gonna last for a while!

>Rating: 4

Comfy

I would say comfier than others but the sole has worn more than usual in my opinion.

>Rating: 5

Great shoe for wide foot with small heel

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have very wide toe area and small heel. Most shoes are too narrow in the toebox and have baggy heel. These are very comfy for me and the heel is the second best fit (the best heel for me is Five Ten Dragons). I wear 37.5 in most La Sportiva shoes and got these in 7.5

>Rating: 5

Aggressive yet Comfortable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've been climbing in the Shaman for the last year and a half. I have an extremely wide foot making most climbing shoes a pretty tough fit but the Shamans are an exception. Its wide toe box makes such an aggressive shoe quite comfortable to wear. This shoe excels at climbing pockets, and edges on steep terrain, but it also does surprisingly well in cracks and slabs. Absolutely love it!

>Rating: 5

Shoe Beta Brah

The Shaman exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I love the contour of the sole, and the rubber has phenomenal grip. I was very surprised with how comfy they become once you break them in, although the break in period takes a few climbs for sure. If you're using these for the gym, you won't find a better bouldering shoe!

so sick brah!!

>Rating: 4

Aggressive... but comfy!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
13
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

The Evolv Shaman is a great aggressive shoe. Whether you're pebble wrestlin' or climbing a steep route the Shaman will be a great choice. And the best part is you don't have sacrifice comfort. The lining of the shoe is nicely padded and the knuckle box allows for a tight fit without too much toe scrunching. The sizing was a bit small for me. I wear an 11-11.5 in street shoes and I ended up needing a 13 in the Shamans. Great climbing shoe!

I wear 11.5 in street shoes and wouldn't recommend sizing up if you want a performance fit. I found the 11.5 Shamans were pretty close and I could even stand around in them if I had to. If anything I might be concerned about stretch with time and sweating but the 11.5 felt perfect and synthetic uppers don't seem to stretch much.

>Rating:

do these fit the same as the old shaman shoe? I haven't worn them but have gone through three pairs before switching to five ten quantum and dragon. I'm looking for a easy quick slip on and off shoe and may try these out again. Five ten teams just never seem to get tight enough for my taste, maybe I'm spoiled by the laces but I can't ever seem to find a pair in Velcro beside the old shaman that fit to my liking even when downsizing.

Yes, I think the fit is the same.