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    23 Reviews


    Put some zen on your feet.

    The hardest sends always seem to happen when you least expect it—you're not feeling great, or you're tired, or you don't really care, and then BANG! You're topping out. The Mad Rock Lotus Women's Climbing shoe aims to give you that top-out buzz every climb, with an aggressive downturn, slipper-style design that's ideal for extra-steep sport climbs and boulder problems. The Lotus rocks an ultra-sticky Science Friction 3.0 rubber sole that sticks to rock like gum to hair, and also uses Mad Rock's polycarbonate Arch Flex system to help provide a super-snug, sensitive fit.

    The top of the shoe features Mad Rock's Power Upper rubber toe patch to help you work your way through those overhanging toe-hooky problems, and the Edge heel is ridged to help you lock onto tenuous heel hooks. One hook-and-loop strap complements the Lotus' snug fit—the synthetic Syn Flex upper won't stretch or deform like leather—making the Lotus' super-easy to take on and off in between redpoint attempts.

    • Syn Flex synthetic upper and footbed
    • 3.8mm Science Friction 3.0 rubber with 2.2mm R2 rubber rand
    • Arch Flex AES polycarbonate midsole
    • Edge heel
    • Power Upper rubber toe patch
    • Moderately asymmetrical shape
    • Aggressive downturn
    • Single hook-and-loop strap
    • Item #MRC000F

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Syn Flex
    hook-and-loop strap
    Arch Flex (polycarbonate)
    [bottom] Science Friction 3.0, [rand] R2
    downturned, Concave DDS
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 9] 8.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, bouldering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Great value - but beware of the fitting

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    In live in South America, so I ordered these when a friend went to the US. Before ordering, I wrote Mad Rock about the sizing AND read every available online review. While Mad Rock suggested I order the same size as my street shoe (I'm a 6 US Woman) everyone online suggested I sized up two full sizes because the fit was waaay too tight. It has to be a very meditated desicion, as I cannot return them once received.

    So I listened to the people and ordered a US size 8.

    They were right. All the way. Two full sizes up my street size is the perfect size for me. My heel freels protected, my toes are crammed but are not in excruciating pain, and I can made through smal steeps. So great shoes, great value, but watch out for the sizing!

    Note: my feet are quite wide, in no way they are narrow :(

    Not great for narrow feet

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I hate to give these a bad rating since I didn't get to use them. They seemed really well made and I was excited to try them out, but I decided to return them. It took 2 pairs to get the right size since so many people recommended sizing up 2 full sizes from street shoe. In my opinion that's crazy, and a half size up from street shoe fit best. But in the end they just aren't a good fit for my very narrow foot. After cinching the velcro strap down as far as it would go the top of the shoe was still baggy and the velcro wasn't making a very tight connection so I had concerns about the longevity. I'm going to try the drone LVs instead. I wish any stores or climbing gyms around here (in this major city with a huge climbing base) sold Mad Rocks because I'd love to be able to try them on in person, but alas they all only sell the same tired Sportivas and Scarpas. The Mad Rocks appear to be super solid for way better prices than any other shoe brand so I think they'd be perfect for regular gym sessions.

    To each it's own foot

      I heard about these shoes from the outdoor gear lab. These are the best bang for your buck when it comes to technical climbing shoes! And I will say they look so great!
      I wear a street size 9 in shoes, I ordered these in a 10 since my last pair f la sportivas killed my feet. I don't know what to do with my big toe though. When I put these on it still hurt my big toe, and I have narrow feet so I couldn't go up another size since these were already loose in width. I've heard they loosen up so I will try it. Haven't decided if it's a keep or not since my big toe sucks haha.
      I like that they are unique and I won't show up to the gym and have the same pair of shoes as 60% of the people in there.

      Excellent Shoes!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I used these shoes for indoor bouldering. They're great on overhangs and super comfortable once you get the size right. I wear a size 9 street shoe and had to size up to a 9.5. In retrospect, I would have probably gone with a 10 because getting them on and off was a huge pain. At the inner edges of the toes, they've experienced a little separation of the fabric from the rubber, but I think it's because they were too tight for my wide feet. This hasn't been an issue as they have stayed mostly intact.

      I recently bought a pair of Scarpa Instinct lace-ups and the MadRock rubber is definitely way stickier. I also like the MRs better on steeper overhangs than the Scarpas. They're really flexible, so if you want more support these might not be the way to go, but if you like a sensitive, slipper-like shoe where you can really feel your feet, they're great! They also felt broken in on the first day. I will definitely buy another pair.

      Initially Unsure

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 8.5
      • Height: 5'0"

      They run small - I had Miuras size 6.5 and bought these in 8.5.
      They actually fit quite well and are very comfortable for an aggressive shoe.

      RUN EXTREMELY SMALL... but they're great!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 10
      • Height: 5'4"
      • Weight: 135lbs

      My street shoe/high heel size is (95%) of the time at 7.5. I purchased a size 9 originally and it was wayyy too small. I ended up getting a size 10 for this shoe to fit correctly. Other than that.. the shoe works well when I'm climbing and I'm happy with them.

      Would have been great it they fit

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 8.5
      • Height: 5'3"

      As other reviews pointed out, these shoes run super small. My street shoe size is women's 7.5. I wear a 37.5(6.5) on Miura, 37(6) on Solutions, for these I could barely fit in size 39(8.5). I ordered sizes 8, 8.5 and 9. It turned out that 8.5 is probably the right size for me, unfortunately these shoes run very narrow as well. I uploaded a photo of my Miura size 6.5 with the Lotus size 8.5, they are the same in length, yet, the Miura is much wider, and my feet are quite narrow themselves... I couldn't put my full weight on one foot without the pinky toe hurting badly. The size 9 is too long for me even though the width fit better. I ended up having to return all of them. Really hoped they'd work..

      Would have been great it they fit

      Bright, solid, aggressive shoes!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 10.5
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 145lbs

      This is my second pair of climbing shoes I have ever bought, so the reviews from everyone else were super helpful to me. Like many others, I sized up 2 sizes (I thought this was crazy, but you need to do it!), from 8.5/9 in regular shoes to a 10.5 in climbing shoes. These shoes are more aggressive than my other shoes (La Sportiva Nago, lace-up), but they are comfortable. That said, I did have to break them in, and the first time I wore them they turned my feet bright magenta, and my heels and big toe knuckle had to get used to the feeling, but now they perfectly conform to my feet! The rubber is nice and sticky, both indoors and outside. It is nice to have such a trusty pair of shoes! I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to take a step up from their beginning pair of shoes, and become more confident in your feet!

      In love, but they're tiny!

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 6.5
      • Height: 5'5"
      • Weight: 140lbs

      I normally order climbing shoes 1.5 sizes smaller than my street shoe. So I ordered a 6.5.. bad decision! I have returned and currently am waiting on an 8!! Please, let these fit!! Lol

      So Far so Good

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

      I agree with everyone else on the fit. I went up two sized from my regular size, and the first time I wore them, I wished I had gotten a half size bigger. I am over the idea that aggressive shoes have to inherently hurt. Are these the stickiest shoes? No. Are they flexible shoes? No. I think the rubber is as sticky as the Miuras, but not the Futuras (both La Sportiva). But I mostly do indoor climbing at a gym with sandpaper walls. So they are thicker and not the stickiest, but in my opinion that makes them last longer. The second time I wore them, quite literally, they were already broken in and most of the pain I felt the first time was gone.

      Also, they look dope.

      Also, also, they call their rubber 'Science Friction' Amazing.

      Lotus position is what my feet were in!

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 6.5
      • Height: 5'1"
      • Weight: 100lbs

      These run super small, I wear a 5.5 street shoe and tried these in a 6.5 and my feet could barely get into these let alone relax and be happy. I wanted to love these, but the size is so off..they do seem as though they would be an excellent aggressive shoe. I may try another size to dial this in. I do like the overall design, where the velcro tabs are . I had to return these :(

      Best shoe for it's value!

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

      Sizing: These run a bit small. Street shoes I'm a 6. I had to size these up to 7.5 and they're perfectly tight and snug.

      Favorite features: I really liked the rubber on these. I've always been a fan of the 5.10 C4 rubber, but the rubber on the Lotus' are stiff and perfect for precise feet. The real winner on these shoes is the heel cup. You'll honestly be heel hooking like you've never heel hooked before.

      Overall, I'm really amazed by how well these shoes performed. At a great price, these shoes are a real winner all around.

      Aggressive, comfortable, and amazing!

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

      I decided to try the Mad Rock Lotus when my trusty Miura VS's began to aggravate my big toe. I'm still a Miuras devotee, and will use them for performance and outdoor bouldering on teeny weeny footholds, but I needed something for day-to-day gym training that wouldn't cause me so much pain. I climb 3-4x per week at the gym, and I get outside nowhere near as often as I'd like. I split my gym time between bouldering and TR/sport, and the Lotus have been fantastic for both.

      Sizing was a bit complicated. I'm used to sizing down for climbing shoes, but for these, I had to go a whole size bigger than my street shoes. Once I figured that out, I was in love before I even tried them out on the wall.

      The rubber is super sticky. Honestly, it's as good, if not better, than my Miuras. I love the rubber over the toes. I'm venturing into toe-hook territory and it will come in handy (footsy?) for that. For those of you who have high arches like me, you'll fall in love with the way the sole is structured for support. The heel has a distinctive ridge down the middle, which makes it feel like I'm walking on high heels or ice skates when I'm puttering around the gym. I got used to it, though.

      The Lotus are synthetic, so they won't stretch like leather shoes. However, after several months of consistent use, I find that they get more comfortable the longer I wear them. I rarely feel the need to take them off between climbs, which tells me they might make excellent multi-pitch shoes in the future.

      The velcro system is my only (small) complaint, and it's not enough to knock off a star. Since these shoes seem to be designed with high-arched feet in mind, it would be nice to be able to undo the straps completely. Instead, they can only be loosened to a certain extent, which made the first few on-offs a challenge for me. It's getting a little better, but it's a good thing I don't need to take these shoes off as often as I do my Miuras.

      I won't deny that aesthetics are a consideration of mine when I pick out climbing shoes. And these do not disappoint. The colors are feminine and rich, but not too girly. I really like the shape of this shoe and how it looks on my feet. They have gotten a lot of attention from my fellow gym climbers. Everybody wants to know what kind of shoes they are. I've become a walking advertisement for Mad Rock and their friendly pricepoints.

      Which brings me to my final point - the price. It's great. It makes me wonder how other brands get away with charging so much, to be honest.

      Thumbs up, all-around. I'm planning some outdoor climbing trips for this summer, so I'll get to see how these hold up on real rock. My gut tells me I have nothing to worry about.

      I wear a 41 in Miuras, but they're a tad too small (hence the toe issues - half a size up would have been too big, so I'm between sizes). I wear a street 11 and had to buy a 12 in the Lotus, which is almost embarrassing to admit, but they fit like a dream.

      Amazing shoe, Amazing price.

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

      YES THEY RUN VERY SUPER SMALL. I wear a 6.5 in Street and La Sportiva, and had to size up 2 full sizes, 8.5. This is still painful but I am able to wear these 2-3 hours at a time.
      PERFORMANCE- Megan Mascarenas wore these when she defeated Puccio (10x national chap) at ABS Boulder Nationals. They are aggressive, amazing and can do anything. I've full bat-hang, heel hook, heel-to cam, etc with these.
      PRICE & COMPARISON- Very comparable to the La Sportiva Solutions in aggressiveness and features. Except better because the velcro strap is more durable, synthetic doesn't stretch as much, the heel ridge allows you to heel hook on smaller nooks, and the price is like 2/3 of the Solutions. Win, Win, Win. While I do love my solutions, I hate having the same shoes as everyone else. Thanks Lotus!

      Beautiful Lotus Shoes!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 10.5
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 158lbs

      These babies are AWESOME - I'm a piss-poor heel hooker and these have completely transformed my crushing abilities. I sized up from and 8.5 to a 10.5, probably could've done a 10 but I prefer to feel my toes. So, BE WARNED, they run super small. I boulder, so I like my shoes snug but still comfortable. It's a nice, pretty change with plenty of technical ability.

      The Go To

        A great flexible shoe! Fits like the shark, but a little more narrow and a higher arch for a smaller foot. The shoe runs a little small, but once on, it suctions to your arch perfectly. The shoe is perfect for an easy slipping on and off for bouldering and has great flexibility for toe hooks. It is also comfortable enough for long sport routes. It is the perfect mix of agreessiveness and comfort. It is my
        go to shoe!


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

        Womens sizing, but according the European scale, the shoes still run small - excellent shoe though, similar to the shark 2.0 (my favorite shoe on the market) but they have a slightly smaller heel, and i feel like the midsole has been moved back a bit. That color as well! Bomber shoes!

        Unanswered Question

        For sizing, when ordering a size 7 here, is that a men's size 7 or a women's?