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    Solve your hardest problems.

    Troubled by a tricky toe hold? Biffed a route because of a hard-to-set heel hook? La Sportiva has the Solution (Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe) to your problems. The aggressive downturned toe stays in place due to the P3 Permanent Power Platform, and a high degree of asymmetry makes it easy to sneak into tight toe hooks. While not an extreme edging specialist, this permanently downturned shoe helps your climbing shine on super steep walls, troubling boulders, and difficult bicycle moves.

    Lorica, a synthetic leather, will stretch a bit from the initial fit, so keep that in mind with sizing. The P3 Permanent Power Platform helps this shoe stay on point and retain its aggressively downturned appearance. A whiff of lining in the toe box won't dramatically dampen sensitivity and serves as advanced notice that your shoes are wearing out. The one-two punch of the 3-D heel cup and lock harness system turns heel-hooking into hedonistic pleasure. Perhaps a bit thicker in back than the Muira, any of loss of sensitivity will be forgotten the minute you realize how much control you have when hooking on incuts.

    The Vibram XS Grip2 sole takes rigid and sticky to those pin-sized that-can't-possibly-work foothold and makes them workable. Because your toes tackle steep sport routes and burly boulders, La Sportiva added the barely-there 1.1mm LaspoFlex midsole up front as an added touch of torsional rigidity. The Fast Lacing System gives you the capability to customize the fit and the simplicity of a single hook-and-loop closure to keep it all together.

    • Synthetic Lorica leather upper
    • Hook-and-loop Fast Lacing System
    • Downturned toe, P3 Permanent Power Platform
    • Lock Harness, 3-D heel cup
    • Slip-lasted, less tiff sole
    • Vibram XS Grip2 sole, 4mm
    • Lined in toe box and arch area only
    • Low profile
    • High asymmetry
    • 1.1mm LaspoFlex midsole in toe only
    • Item #LSP000N
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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These shoes can officially be deemed classics! They've been around for a long time and are still one of the best shoes on the market. I've used them on steep boulder problems, and vertical sport climbs. Make sure you try them on before you buy, La Sportiva sizing can be a little wonky compared to other brands. I definitely recommend!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 39.5

    The La Sportiva Solution is one of my favorite aggressive climbing shoes ever. I'm currently on my third pair. The fit is excellent (for some), the bulbous heel allows for a secure fit & keeps the lock when heel hooking. This shoe is great for edging on micro size holds and keeping toes on steep overhung climbs. These are the go-to shoe for when you are pushing your limit and trying hard.

    I'm a Noob

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

    I have loved these shoes, used them a few times, they are quite aggressive but fit true to size. I was just getting started and these were highly favored by a friend of mine so I snagged them. Happy with my decision.

    Awesome aggressive shoe

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

    I want to thank gearhead Kari Kallin for suggesting these badass shoes! She was really knowledgeable with figuring out the perfect shoe based upon my skill level and type of climbing I enjoy.

    I climb indoor/outdoor primarily bouldering but occasional a little sport. This shoes have been a great all around shoe from sketchy slab with barely any chips to some solid overhung heel hooks. I've worn a number of other shoes including Miura VS, 5.10 hiangle, and Scarpa Instinct VS and these are my favorite. I wear 8-9 US street shoes and got 39.5 euro for a size and they are perfect...tight but perfect.

    GET THEM or first talk to Kari then get them!!!!

    La Sportiva's best product by far

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

    If you like any of La Sportiva's shoes, prepare to fall in love. These shoes are amazing to say the least. Its hard to find a shoe that can compete with them. If you look around at a climbing gym or any crag. You'll most likely find multiple pairs of solutions. They heel hook like no other shoe on the market. The aggressive down turn is great for overhung problems or very small toes. My solutions handle everything except for cracks and slab. As soon as a pair wears out, i get another on order cuz i love these shoes. I'm sure you will too. Feel free to email me with any questions about these shoes, i'd be happy to answer them.

    La Sportiva's best product by far

    Great aggressive shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    Love these. Great for tiny foot holds. My go to for all tough routes, obviously not cracks. Going in for resole soon. For an aggressive shoes the rubbee lasted a lot time. Heal and toe hooks great. Sizing is always tough mail order especially for a shoe like this.

    Street shoe 10 all day.
    41.5 in solutions for a performance fit. Toes curls slightly.

    Awesome shoes!

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

    "These are extremely durable climbing shoes. I had my last pair for over two years and I'm an aggressive climber! The velcro makes it easy and quick to put them on and take them off. Also, a great shoe for precision climbing. Highly recommended!" - From my husband

    Awesome shoe

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

    I love this shoe. i have a morton toe, which means my second toe is much longer than my first toe, which with climbing shoes means i cant fit into almost any agressive shoe at all. So i was looking for an agressive shoe that was somewhat centered. This was perfect. It was agressive enough for what i was looking for, and it was centered enough to fit my toes. If you have a mortons toe i cannot recommend this enough. It is also overall a great shoe. The toe area is solid, giving you the flexiblity but stability for leveraging, and the heel allows for heel hooks.

    The Solution to All of Your Problems

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    This is definitely my go to bouldering shoe from La Sportiva. Great edging, super stiff, and a really aggressive profile make this the ideal shoe for hard, overhanging routes and problems. I wouldn't necessarily pick them for long routes, but for shorter more bouldery style climbs, they are fantastic.

    If you're looking into climbing shoes and need a recommendation, feel free to reach out to me. I have climbed in most La Sportiva shoes on the market and many others as well!

    I’m typically in the office Monday-Friday and would love to talk, but if you call and I’m not in, make sure to leave the best number to call you back at or your email address in the voicemail.

    Contact information:

    Phone: 801-204-4680

    Great shoe!

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

    Very powerful shoe, love it! Majority of the use on this shoe as been at the gym with minimal usage outside. I wear a mens 8 and sized down to a 39. This shoe was very painful at first, but, after some usage the material stretched. The shoe is now perfect!

    They're Solutions... just buy them

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

    11/11.5 normal shoe size/ 42.5 Solutions size. Fit is snug but not too painful. Probably could have gone down another half size if i really wanted to be in pain.
    If you have long and narrow feet like me these shoes feel like they were custom-fit. The heel cup on the solutions fit like a suction cup on my feet. Heel hooking in these shoes feels more solid than any other aggressive climbing shoe i've used. The toe box fits just snug enough, and the rubber on top of the toe is actually in a logical place for toe hooks.
    There's a reason these are the shoes you always see on the feet of professional sport climbers and boulderers. If you're looking to buy a pair of aggressive shoes and deciding between these and something else, just get the solutions.


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

    I'm just getting back into climbing and decided a new pair of shoes were in order as my 5 year old pair of Tarantula's were just too cozy. At first I thought I didn't need/deserve such an aggressive shoe but after my first route in the gym with these on my hooves I changed my mind. Great shoe. I have WAY more confidence with these on my feet.

    I wear an 11/11.5 street shoe and the 42.5 fit great - not "wear while belaying great" but great on the climb. For comparison I wear 42.0's in my Tarantula's and couldn't even get the 42.0 Solutions on my feet.

    No go for wide toes and skinny feet.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5

    I had to send this item back. I have wide toes and a skinny foot. Toe box was super tight as was the heel, but the sides gave my foot room to roll which prohibited me from edging. I had to return this item. If you have an odd foot like me, go laces.

    Bomb Diggity

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 38.5

    My third pair of shoes (following some older, entry-level Evolv's and the 5.10 Rogue).

    Got into climbing again, mostly bouldering and these things ROCK! Some adjustment time is necessary for the feel of your toes/heel but they'll stretch a bit.

    The feeling you get either to the bouldering wall or the rock outdoors is superb. The aggressive curve and pointed toe make traction to the 'traction-less' possible. The velcro strap is super easy and adjustable. Good leather and mesh feeling to the feet.

    Highly recommended shoes that look great!

    Thanks La Sportiva

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

    These shoes are awesome, great for steep boulders and routes. They edge great and are pretty comfortable for how aggressive they are, get a pair of these to add to your collection of climbing shoes and you wont regret it.

    the best

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

    Best shoes for sport climbing and bouldering. A lot of people complain about the heel but I don't mind it. 40's in solutions 8.5-9 street.

    Route Smasher

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 36-39

    Before purchasing these, I must have read years worth of reviews. In short, most of them had nothing but good things to say. I can agree now the general consensus on these shoes. They are LEGIT. I did have some problems sizing them since I think they have a unique fit given the extreme downturn. I wear a 39 street shoe, a 39 in the Testarossa, and had to downsize to a 36 for the Solution. The 36.5 fit perfect out of the box which told me that it was going to be too big (consensus says stretch is about 0.5). I settled on the 36. It was excruciating to say the least for the first few weeks. I first wore them just watching TV and couldn't even put weight on my feet. Then I graduated to wearing the shoes only during warm up climbs for about 10 minutes. After about a month of this, they are finally comfortable enough to keep on for more than 10-20 minutes at a time. Granted, you should be kicking them off between climbs. The performance is exceptional except for smearing secondary to the downturn but it is a small compromise to make in such a great all around shoe.

    Powerful shoe for the quiver

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    I bought these shoes after I acquired a pair of Katana Laces, and discovered that La Sportiva's last must be a copy of my foot.

    I typically climb in very soft, sensitive shoes, but I wanted to add an aggressive edging shoe to my quiver. The Solution seems to really strike a great balance between being a powerful, precise edging shoe both for the vertical and the steeps, but not being so stiff as to completely lose feeling with the rock (see: the old Scarpa Feroces with the plastic insert!). I never owned the previous design but I find the heel cup on the current design to be quite excellent, with that coveted suction-cup fit.

    I found that the correct size for me (no dead space in toe or heel) was almost painfully tight across the toes, but stretched out probably 1/4 size over two weeks of climbing with them, plus a shower with them that turned all my toenails yellow.

    For sizing info:
    Street size ~39.5 with wide forefoot, narrow heel
    La Sportiva Solution 38.5
    La Sportiva Futura 38
    La Sportiva Katana Lace 39.5 (aggressive fit) or 40 (comfort fit)
    Tenaya Oasi 38.5

    Also...not sure why folks are saying this shoe runs small! If you have to DOWNsize the shoe size from your street size...then your nominal "street size" was too large!

    Always a good choice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I usually cycle between these and the muira lace any given day at a crag. My muiras are my go to trad and lower angle sport shoe but the solution covers all of the steeper ground. I used to cycle between these and the muiras when I was bouldering based on the demands of the problem, but now I find myself more often than not just bringing my solutions because they work so well. Once you get these guys broken in they just feel amazing on any kind of foot and fit like a glove. I really enjoyed these on a trip to the red because the downturned toe just drops right into those huecos so well. I also used them for some routes at Mill Creek and they felt really good on the sharp sandstone. For bouldering up in RMNP I know these are always the shoes I have on for the steep faces. For what they are made for they are excellent and I would highly recommend them. If I had to wear them for anything longer than a pitch though I think my toes would fall off. I sized these down a full size and a half. The first two weeks I really thought I had made a mistake they hurt so bad, but once they broke in I was sold.

    is there any difference between these new...

    is there any difference between these new solutions and the old ones besides the swirl coloring? like maybe a stronger strap for the Velcro?