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    17 Reviews


    Sharma climbed, Sharma approved.

    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.

    • Synthratex VX upper
    • Unlined
    • Half-length Love Bump midsole
    • Two-piece Trax high friction rubber sole
    • Variable Thickness Rand
    • Item #EVL000Q

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    half-length Love Bump (1mm)
    Trax (4.2mm)
    aggressive downturn, Knuckle Box
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single, 9] 9.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Evolv climbing shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    This was the first pair of aggressive climbing shoes I have used having always climbed in Evolv Men's Shaman Climbing Shoe. These shoes took some getting used to. The toe fit is a little different with a slight bump up underneath your big toe and the one next to it. I only used this shoe one day at the climbing gym and mostly bouldered. It definitely felt nice on certain moves. They fit great but think I will stay with a less aggressive shoe for the style of climbing I do. If you have any questions hit me at 801-523-4075 or email me at

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    Awesome climbing shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    These climbing shoes are great if you want to be able to get a footing on basically anything out on the wall! Super grabby, super aggresive, super supportive! Definitely would suggest trying a pair out!

    What You've Heard is True

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    One of the best sport climbing shoes I've ever worn. They are quite comfortable (including the extra room for the toe box so your toes aren't cramped up front) for how aggressive and precise they are. I wouldn't wear them all day but for bouldering, sport routes and gym climbing they are great. I prefer two velcro to three straps, but the three on this is fine. Great shoe and I'd recommend it to friends.

    First Aggressive Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 13.5

    I wear a 14 street shoe, a 12.5 in a La Sportiva Jeckyl (loose), and bought these in a 13.5. Took about 3 months to fully break in. They climb great, very solid on small stuff, and help substantially on overhung terrain. I use these mainly as my gym shoes, and save my feet with my La Sportivas on long days of guiding or multi-pitch outside. I'd wear the Shamans all the time if I could.

    A great shoe

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10

    This shoe looks great, love the styling. And it offers much more. I'm not at the level of Chris Sharma (this shoe's namesake), but I've been climbing since 2000 and was attracted by the specs, features, and design. Because of sizing issues I never climbed in these shoes. A size 10 shoe accommodates a 10 inch foot, so the sole of a size 10 climbing shoe will be about 11 inches long; their size 11 had a 10 inch long sole. I gave up and selected another shoe, but I did have time to closely examine three pairs! The workmanship is excellent; not true of all climbing shoes. These will feel good on your feet (if you get the right size) and they will STICK. I ran my hands inside them and the interiors have no defects that will cause a blister or other problems. I'm still tempted to get a pair of these.

    Evolv Does it again!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 6

    I love the new update and I can't wait to see the new women's version. Saw it at OR and I'm very excited for it's release. The reason I really like this shoe is because I have a lower volume foot but wanted a more aggressive shoe and this fits the bill. They fit very similarly to the old Shaman LV which is what I had prior. Also the rubber is just fine my shoes have actually lasted longer than my friend LSP Solutions. I would recommend this shoe to anyone that has had a good experience with Evolv's fit. I wear a womens street shoe size 6 and got a mens 4.5 = womens 6.

    They are Okay

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 7.5

    This shoe runs a little small I wear women's 7.5 And I got these in a 7.5
    The toe box is comfortable. The rubber is pretty thick on the toe so it is harder to feel holds. The heel is not as comfortable but hooks work fine.
    They hold up well outdoors.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    The original shoe was far better, as the update has soft, flimsy rubber, and chintzy buckles. After one month or less of use the leather strap which houses the buckle ripped clean through, rendering the shoes worthless.

    The heel pops off with aggressive hooks as well, yet another flaw from Evolv. Furthermore, they design all their shoes with sewn pieces that run up the inside of the heel, causing painful depressions in the heel of your foot after short sessions. I feel Trax rubber is not only flimsy, but isn't as sticky as others on the market as well.

    Honestly, I wouldn't recommend these or any of Evolv's line of shoes. They just don't stand up against competitors like La Sportiva and Scarpa.

    Great shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Super grippy, seems to hold up well. Fits true to size, uncomfortably small on the first couple fits, but then it stretches out just a bit to the perfect fit

    Awful rubber, loose heel

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 13

    I like the toebox in this shoe, but that's it. The slingshot rand is not nearly "cupped" enough which makes the heel feel loose compared to the rest of shoe. The worst part, however, is the rubber. After only 5 days of climbing on semi-sharp limestone the rubber around the toes is 80+% worn through! My last pair of la sportiva's lasted a full season and a half on the same stone! Really disappointed with the quality of this shoe.

    I am having the same problem. Loved the older model, and they lasted me about 6 months before a resole was needed with no rand issues. I have had these shoes for less than a month and in 10 indoor climbing sessions the rand is already worn away on one of the shoes. I'm hoping it is a manufacturer's defect, because I expect more than 10 climbing sessions out of a $155 shoe.

    extremely sexy shoe. But runs small

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 13

    so this was my first rock climbing shoe that I bought. I bought a shoe this aggressive, because I am an aggressive climber and progress fast. everything was perfect besides the fast that it was TOO tight on my front tows. I could only wear them for about 10 minutes tops before my feet were in a lot of pain. I hated sending them back, because they looked just so damn good. I criticize Backcountry on this one, because they only went up to size 13 for this shoe and I know I would have been in love with a size 13.5. But for some reason they do not do special orders which pissed me off. I even offered to pay ahead of time so they knew I wouldn't back out. THESE SHOES FIT SMALL. I would recommend a going half a size or even maybe a full size up from your street shoe.

    Great performance shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    These are my first Evolv's that I really liked. I wear a 10.5 (43.5) in almost all La Sportiva's and I wear 11.5 in these so size up.

    The Good:
    The cushioned upper makes them extremely comfortable. They are very light weight (especially compared to my Solutions).
    They have great feel throughout the shoe
    The toe rubber is ridiculous for toe hooking
    Rubber is great and seems to be holding up nicely
    3 strap system is great for dialing in the fit.

    The Bad:
    The heel is extremely thin, which adds some sensitivity but also doesn't feel great on certain heel hooks. (Think the polar opposite of the Solution heel cup) The thin strip of rubber down the center is thick enough but the sides have nothing. Not a huge deal but something worth noting.

    Free from flat!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 11

    This is the shoe that freed my foot from the prison of the flat soled. I am six months in to climbing and love it! My partners have said I am a solid 5.9 climber, but tend to struggle on bulges and overhangs. I have been using Evolv's Royale for my beginner shoe and it has become a decent gym shoe. Anyway, I wanted a more aggressive shoe that would be useful on a wider variety of climbs. My foot is low volume and even lower volume in the heel and low arching. I tried La Sportiva's Miura, Katana, and Solution, which are all fine shoes, except my foot always had just a hair of wiggle room. Farting non-stop. It seemed as if a flat shoe would be the only way for me to achieve full contact. I was researching the Mythos and Scrapa's Techno X then Evolv came out with the new Shaman so I bought the old model on a hell of a sale in my street size 10.5. Want to talk about toe pain? I put those on, tried to step up on a chair...I cried. Sent them back got an 11 in the new model (they were out of the old) for 20% off, thanks to Back Countries customer service, and they fit like a glove! Or a climbing shoe I should say. The few other shoes I tried always had a little farting in the midsole or heel cup. The Shamans lock my foot into place. The sizing may be a bit small and perhaps an 11.5 would be better but I have only experienced minimal pain in my big toe after climbing all day in them on sport routes. After these warm up (which is after climbing about three routes with no rest in between) there has been some midsole fart but not enough to complain about. My main point is the fit. For my long, narrow, and fairly flat foot these are an aggressive answer to my search for versatility. I don't have to torque the straps down to get the fit I want either. As far as performance goes, climb on.

    Great Update!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 13.5

    If you're a fan of the originals, you'll love these! The fit is very similar, but with solid improvements. Overall they feel less bulky and the heel feels slimmed down ever so slightly, making for a more snug fit. Also, the materials feel much softer on the foot. The split-tongue makes them easy to put on, and actually feels more padded than the previous version. Also the materials used inside the shoe, especially in the toebox, has an incredibly soft feel -I've never felt a more comfortable shoe right out of the box and I've tried many different kinds.

    I will say though, with the padded tongue and added toe rubber they do feel like a hotter shoe with less breathability, but I can't fully attest to that since I've only worn them a few times.

    The new orange section at the arch adds flexibility and a little more sensitivity while also creating more of a suction cup feel. Awesome! They also edge great and drive power to the big toe just like the last.

    In terms of sizing, I had 13.5's in the previous version which felt tight and slightly painful at first in my big toe, but with some usual break-in time they became quite comfortable so I went with the same sizing in these. Maybe it's the softer materials in these, but I wonder if they run slightly larger as they felt extremely comfortable right out of the box. I also noticed that backstepping didn't seem quite as sturdy but I'm also a heavier guy which plays a role. I think I could go to my street shoe size (13) and have a more performance fit, but with some added pain/break-in period. Overall, I'm glad I sized up .5 for an all-around climbing fit without a need to frequently take them off.

    Aggressive & Stiff

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    These shoes are aggressive! They fit very well and feel locked on once you strap that velcro down. The shoe is very stiff but still allows for precise movements on small holds. I wear an 11 street shoe and went 10.5 in these guys. They are the good kind of tight, not the tears in my eyes, can't climb through the pain tight. I've got a few routes down in these, waiting out the snow until I can really test the limits of the shoe but I have no doubts they'll be the performance shoe I'm looking for.

    Solid Update

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I was a fan of the previous version of the Shaman, particuarly in the fit - always felt locked in and precise on the toe. That said, the final strap was too close to the front of the foot and would get in the way toe hooking, and the shoe would feel quite stiff until warmed up.

    The new version keeps the exact same fit, but uses much lighter materials and has some improvements over the older Shaman. The toe-patch and final strap are re-arranged and this shoe can pull way more technical toe hooks, and the lighter, orange section pulls up very tightly to the arch, giving it a more sensitive feel as well. Legit.

    I sized them the same as the older ones and at first thought they might be too big, but it's turned out to be pretty perfect six months in. I also picked up a pair a 1/2 size smaller, because I think I psychologically benefit from tight shoes when trying to redpoint!

    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.