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    The world’s most innovative trad shoe designed by the world’s best trad climber.

    Designed by big-wall legend Tommy Caldwell with the long, technical routes of El Cap in mind, the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe combines edging power with crack-climbing prowess. Inexpensive? No. One of the most high-performance trad climbing shoe ever created by humans? Damn right. That’s assuming you think Tommy Caldwell is human. This mid-height climbing machine features light ankle padding to ease the pain of vicious off-widths, and the vented tongue and rand help ward off sweaty feet during marathon days on the wall.
    • P3 platform for technical footwork and increased support on long pitches
    • Lightly padded flat toe for stuffing into cracks
    • Vibram XS Edge rubber sole for friction on the thinnest footholds
    • High-top design adds protection in wide cracks
    • Synthetic lining eliminates stretch
    • Padded tongue for more comfort when sending the Stovelegs
    • Item #LSP0126

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8.71 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.0

    Awesome shoe. really comfortable for longer days on the rock. jams and edges well. Does exactly what the shoe is designed to do. I got these after recovering from a foot injury and the support and performance from the shoe helped give me a little extra mental comfort in trusting the healing foot.

    Don't be Cheap

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45

    Let me try and keep this as concise as possible. I don't want to be overly redundant on what everyone else has said about these shoes. Yes, they are great quality. They better be for $185. But was the hype legitimate? ABSOLUTELY. I have been through so many different shoes, and I find that one shoe excels in one area, but sucks in another. IE comfort vs. performance. I tried many cheaper shoes, and have managed to find different strengths in most. I say that, to say this. This is the most well rounded shoe available. Period. Comfortable, to the point where you actually forget for a second that your wearing climbing shoes....Check. Able to stand on micro edges where my other "all day" shoes don't stand a chance?.....Check. The best shoe I've ever used in OW cracks?....You better believe it! The bottom line is that these shoes have been on my radar for a while, but my inner cheapskate always found something that I thought had the potential to be just as good, but never was. Did I have a hard time explaining to my wife that I spent almost 200 beans on another pair of climbing shoes?....You have no idea.
    The bottom line is that if I would have just trusted other climbers when they told me to just pony up and get these, I would have saved myself a small fortune. I will resole these repeatedly, until they're worthless. Then I'm gonna get another pair of the same thing. Save yourself money and do it right the first time.
    I want to thank my Gearhead Case for the sizing advice, cause we got it right the first time through. I hope this has been helpful to anyone looking for the one shoe that does everything.

    Trad Slayer

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

    I picked up a pair of these as a gift for my girlfriend, who's getting ready to aid The Nose and wanted to replace an old pair. Here's what she had to say:

    "One of the most comfortable shoes for multi-pitch climbing. I feel equally as secure toe-jamming in small cracks as I do smearing or standing on small edges. I think they’re best suited for granite but I’ve also used them on sandstone with similar experiences. Great all-around shoe!"

    Great edging

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46

    I am really happy with these shoes. They are great for edging. I'm a big guy and where us 12.5 - 13 shoes. I bought size 46 TC Pro's. I can leave them on for a good long while without a break.

    Sizing comparison + I'm not worthy

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 34

    I'm a shoe whore, and because climbing shoes have the triple purpose of also being for climbing my favorite pasttime, and are tools, climbing shoes are IRRESISTABLE to me. So I was no match against the TC Pro. Unfortunately this review is mostly a sizing datapoint since I'm not yet worthy to wear this shoe.
    Street: 4.5-5 womens, / 3.5 mens/ 35 EU
    Mythos: 33
    Katana: 33.5
    Miura: 33 (supertight at first) or 33.5 & even 34
    Anasazi: 3.5 mens
    Blackwing: 5.5 womens
    Scarpa: 34.5, 35, 35.5 depending on model
    For the TC Pro I prefer size 34. I can fit 33.5 but think with foot swelling it would be too small. 34.5 may work also.
    They fit great, the airmesh so comfy. I secretly put them on under my desk at work and imagine myself climbing I feel their medium stiffness, but not as prostheticly stiff as my Boreal Ballet Golds, their leather hugging my feet and caressing my ankles. They are not very downturned. One day I will wear them on a climb, I tell myself. But my deep, dark secret is, I have never worn these shoes climbing. You might ask why. While I lead sport regularly and have led a few single pitch trad/gear climbs at the RRG, sport multipitch in El Potrero Chico, and a very easy trad mulitpitch climb against a dihedral, I don't lead multipitch trad routes in Vedauwoo (where the ankle protection would be amazing), Indian Creek, or El Dorado Canyon (except for single pitch). I only follow a bolder leader there. Therefore I'm embarrassed to break out the TC "pros". Because how can I wear these expensive, pro shoes while merely following someone?? I don't feel worthy .... maybe next year. Although I'm not worthy of my Anasazi Verdes I do wear them when playing follow the leader because they are less ubitiquous and don't tell everyone I think I'm bolder than I am.

    Just got them on some rock

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10

    I got the shoes a couple months ago and just started breaking them in. They feel good on the feet and gave me the upper hand on some tiny edges.

    Wrong foot shape

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

    This shoe is made for a very symmetrical foot, so even though my big toe is tight, I end up with some spare space around my toes, which makes edging very tough. I am yet to try this out for crack climbing though, still have high hopes that it won't crush my foot!

    Yo-ho, Yo-ho all the sizing we will do!

    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 41

    No but seriously, Sizing was crazy for me due to the fact that I read so many reviews of folks with street 10.5 rocking 42.5... Those bad boys had my feet swimming in 42.5.

    But I have an absolutely awesome CAM buddy at and because of her I wanted to let you folks know my experience.

    I have a narrow foot so maybe that is why but I went all the way to 41.0 in order to get that tight feeling with my toe curled enough where it pinches when I step down. Once these stretch I should be good again, tightness but no punch on my big toe knuckle.

    As for performance, I'll come back to see if the hype is real. Been waiting forever to try these, finally thanks to BC and their 30% off sale, I will know.


    Best Trad Shoe - High Ankle Coverage

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Eu: 39

    From Yosemite Granite flakes to Indian Creek sandstone splitters - this shoe is great for long days on the rock. I've owned them for about a year now, I've replaced the laces twice - other than that, they're my favorite rock shoe on the market.

    Best Trad Shoe - High Ankle Coverage

    Worth it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 42

    I love these shoes. This is my second pair. They're comfortable and fit my feet perfectly. I don't often crack climb but the ankle protection still comes in handy. I don't have to second guess the odd off-width or crack. I even re-soled my old pair so I can wear them at the gym or anywhere I don't want to beat up my good pair.

    Expensive but they'll last you a long time. If you can try them on and they fit well, consider going for it.

    Granite Wizard shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: EU 40.5

    They shoes eat cracks, slabs, and faces for breakfast and still manage to be comfortable. How is this possible?!

    Other shoes I wear to help with sizing: Five Ten Anasazi Blancos/Anasazi VCS (US M 9), Tenaya Masai (8.5), Tenaya Ra (8.5), Evolv Shaman (US M 10). All shoes have been sized aggressively.

    Fantastic shoe

      These are my go to shoe for trad lines or multi pitch where I'll be in them a while and don't need something aggressive. They have a great edge so I use them bouldering on tiny foot holds if the problem is mostly vertical. The ankle protection is super nice and they have held up great to being torqued in cracks

      Fantastic shoes

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

      The TC Pros are my pick if you told me I could only climb in one pair of shoe for the rest of my days. I primarily climb granite and they are exactly what I need for cracks, glassy slabs, weird flares and standard granite funk. The only problem I have with these shoes is the toe profile is a bit high so they don't jam well when the cracks thin down but they smedge so well it usually doesn't even matter. I wouldn't suggest hiking around in these given the price tag but they've scrambled down the friction descent on Tahquitz several times without being taken off. The only thing I probably wouldn't use these for is over hanging bouldering or sport climbing and gym climbing aside from that, these shoes are the jam! (PUN!)


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 40.5

      These are good, but maybe my expectations were a bit too high. I've fallen in love with my Katanas over the past 2 years and I was expecting these to be the same with more traction. To be fair, I've only used them about 5 times indoors, so I will update when I've broken them in a bit more.

      Much needed for crack climbing

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 42.5

      Just got started training for out door climbs which involves gym crack climbs for now. These shoes definitely do the trick and my toes don't hate me (as much)!

      Would recommend.

      2 Pair for 2 Reasons

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 41 1/2

      I rock two pairs of these. I have one pair in 41 and another in 41 1/2/ I use the 41 for the super thin stuff that involves extra sensitivity on my toes and the bigger size for the all day long, more relaxed approach. Also 2 pairs because if I have to have 1 resoled, then I don't want to climb without my favorite shoe.

      Hands down, Excellent crack/all day shoe.

      The All-Day Shoe

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

      I finally picked up my second pair of TCs, this time a size larger than my old ones, so they're more comfortable for long, multi-pitch routes.

      The TC Pros are seriously a do-it-all alpine shoe. If you're cruising up a crack, the toe is nice and narrow so it grabs nicely in the small stuff, while the mid-height design protects you from bloody ankles in wider cracks.

      When it's time to move onto the face and get your slab on, they still crush it. The stiff sole and toe edge takes some getting used to, because it's harder to "feel" your foot placements, but once you're used to it, they edge and smear extremely well, even on the smallest of nubbins.

      I haven't noticed much stretching on my two pairs, and they definitely take some time to fully break-in.

      I wear a size 8 street shoe and I picked up a size 40 for my second pair. My big toe just barely compresses inside of the shoe. Performance fit for sure, but not awfully painful after several pitches on the rock.

      Love this Shoe

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

      I absolutely love this shoe! I use it for trad climbing and love it! I wear a regular shoe size 6.5/7.0 and got a size 35.00. They are very snug but that is how I like my shoes but if you have the same shoe size as me I would definitely a get size 35.5 unless you like really tight shoes. It took me about a week to break my shoes in and it hurt but now they fit me perfectly but it isn't that ideal to break in a trad shoe. The rubber on these shoes is awesome and the fit is perfect I tried on many pairs of shoes that I could use for trad and liked these the best. They are great!

      Unanswered Question

      Has the issue with the seam splitting been fixed in recent years/revisions (if any) of this shoe? I haven't seen much mention in the past 3 years of reviews. I love the reviews on the performance of this shoe but I hate to spend 180 dollars as an intermediate climber just to have it fall apart. Second, is seam sealing easy to do?

      Unanswered Question

      Recently tore a bunch of ligaments in and around my ankle. Just sold my Mythos after a long ten years together and am looking at getting a new pair of shoes. Anyone have any experience with these shoes providing a little extra stability in the ankle region? I'm a novice, although I climb fairly consistently I might not be able to notice the more subtle advantages of this shoe as more advanced climbers can. The lace up around the ankle though seems very appealing these days.

      I am a 41.5 - 42 in the Miura VS and yet a 40 in the tarantulace. Whats a good size on these?

      How much can I expect these shoes to stretch? I am looking for an all day shoe for multi-pitch trad and alpine. I just ordered a size 42 and 43. 42 is performance tight (toes slightly curled) and won't fit the bill for an all day shoe. 43 is very comfortable, and I could probably get a sock under it if needed. I've had people tell me to expect a 1/4 size stretch. If that's the case 42.5 might be what I'm looking for after the break in. If the won't stretch that far, I'll just go with the 43. What do you folks think?

      Unanswered Question

      I've got a pair of cobras in a 38.5 and they are pretty tight and very good at edging. Looking to getting a pair of these for longer trad routes but having them also be proficient on single pitch cracks and face climbing. Any size suggestions?

      I have another damn size/fit/stretch...

      I have another damn size/fit/stretch question! I just got a pair of these and my toes are a little bit curled at the end, which make em a little uncomfortable for straight up crack climbing. How much can i expect them to stretch, or should i go up a half size? thanks!

      I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order...

      I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order the same in TC Pro?

      I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will...

      I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will the 46 in TCs be? Will it be usable as an all day shoe?

      I'd love a pair of these. A little confused...

      I'd love a pair of these. A little confused about the sizes, though. Worn 42s in various Sportivas for years. Currently got 42 in Muiras, very tight, probably prefer .5 up next time. But I also wear Mythos a lot, 41 or 41.5, snug fit. 11US in 5.10 camp fours. I'm guessing a 42.5 should be a nice crack shoe? Can't buy them downunder, so can't try them on first.

      Any ideas about comparing them to the above? Any input greatly appreciated.


      Mr PP

      I sized up.5 from my street shoe and they were perfect. You can see my review below. I tend to downsize my Sportiva but for the comfort of all day climbing I went up in these. My street shoe is a 9 (42) and most of my climbing shoes (all Sportivas) are 39.5 (Solutions, Pythons, Muiras) and in these I got 42.5 and they worked out quite well.

      Best Answer

      Well, I've been wearing the 43 TCs for a while now and am appreciating the extra support with my dodgy ankle. They really are supportive. Hard to break in but they do settle a fair bit. Felt very tight at first (too tight) but are reasonable now and still getting better. I went from 40.5 / 41 Mythos, 42 Miura (vtight) to 43 in these. Great boot. Awesome in handcracks.

      Gotta love BC!

      Now, if I can work out the size for Katana lace-ups ...

      I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and...

      I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and I'd like these to fit about the same. Would you recommend I stick with the 43.5 or bump it to 43 or 44? (Do they run the same as the Nagos?) THANKS!

      How much are these going to stretch out....

      How much are these going to stretch out. I currently climb in the Katana's (size 43) and they fit great for single pitches or bouldering but I'm looking for something more comfortable for cracks and multi-pitch. I'm thinking about just going up half a size (43.5), but if they are going to stretch a lot maybe the same size. Any thoughts on the topic?


      These shoes have a synthetic lining so they really won't stretch much at all. I wear a size US 10.5/EU 44 in street shoes and mountain boots; I wear size EU 43 in the TC Pros. If you're looking for standing on granite dime edges a half size down further would be advised, but if you're stuffing your feet into cracks I would keep it one EU size down from your street shoe size, no more.

      Agreed. You'll see just about no stretch. Mostly because of the materials, but also because you don't want to size them quite as tight as other shoes (and having your tight foot push on and stretch the upper). They have a super stiff sole so you don't really need them as tight, plus it's nicer to have flatter toes for jamming cracks. Best trad shoe ever. Period.

      I am in search of the best outdoor trad...

      I am in search of the best outdoor trad shoe. I have looked all around and have found many great edging shoes, and many great crack shoes. What I am looking for is the best of both worlds, and I have heard this is the shoe for me. Is it?

      T.J. this is the shoe for you. They are incredible at edging and cracks. stiffest sole I've ever had on a shoe(amazingly they still smear pretty well too). Size a little bigger than usual so you have comfortable toes, making these great for all day multi-pitch as well as better for stuffing into cracks.

      I'm just wondering if there is a tracking...

      I'm just wondering if there is a tracking number for the shoes I ordered? I had expected them to arrive today.


      How do these compare to the old Kaukulators...

      How do these compare to the old Kaukulators for OWs?

      I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot...

      I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot jams in my mythos is causing a shooting nerve pain in my big toes. Would these shoes, being stiffer and thus more supportive, protect my toe from the pain?

      I'd suggest trying them on before buying also, but I had the same issue with Mythos. Foot jams in bigger cracks hurt my feet badly. Mythos are much softer than the TC Pros. Personally, I found the TC Pros made a huge difference just because it was stiffer. Pretty much don't touch my mythos now.

      Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want...

      Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want to know how well the toe box slots into thin cracks. I'm having problems with my Miuras because my toes are slightly curled and looking for a shoe that has a flatter toe box. Also, any comments on edging performance would be great. Thank you!

      according to Sportiva's website, the TC...

      according to Sportiva's website, the TC Pro has the same last as the Kantana's (mens & wms) "LAST: PD 55"

      Can anyone comment on how they sized relative to Katanas, Miuras, or Mythos?

      TC Pros will not stretch nearly as much as any of the models you've mentioned. I sized down 1 full size for a tight, but not uncomfortable trad fit. The toe-box is as roomy as the Mythos. The Miura doesn't feel even vaugley the same; i can stand on dime edges with the TC Pro while in my Miuras I can, but i FEEL IT.

      Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows...

      Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows how much the TC Pro will stretch? Thanks.