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Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 3/6/14
Reviewer: mike from Avon, Co
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great good-weather approach shoes; I primarily use these in summer and on days/locations that I know will stay relatively dry. I also keep a pair in my climbing pack as a "crag" slipper; they are easy to toss on between climbs and the fold down heel let's me and a climbing partner transition faster between routes. The pros - super light and low-profile. Insole is bigger than you would assume; shoes are not as close to the ground as the visible midsole would imply, which is actually pretty nice. Wearable barefoot. Can look surprisingly classy. Only detraction for me is the material is not designed for wet environments; love these in places like Moab, Rifle, and for routesetting in the gym (can still climb decently strong in them) but in forested places like Squamish, these are just in the pack as crag slippers.

Addict
Addict Posted: 2/21/14
Reviewer: Mike from Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a fan of slippers for most types of climbing, and these have held up solidly. Slip on pretty easily even when sized tight (helps that the front pull loop is directly attached into the upper), and the upper material conforms to your foot's shape well. I sized about a full size down, and they broke in quick to become some sensitive and adept climbing shoes. Definitely an all-around use shoe - good training shoe because of the softness, very precise shoe bouldering and sport climbing, and the upper is low without any excess material (like laces or velcro) so it can jam into cracks and hold easily. Definitely a good performance climbing shoe that fits comfortably.

Shaman LV
Shaman LV Posted: 1/21/14
Reviewer: danielle from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really enjoy these shoes! They were exactly what I anticipated and after wearing them in a little bit I noticed that they don't stretch and am glad I only got a half size smaller than my normal running shoe size. They fit perfectly snug and yes were kind of like Chinese foot binding in the very beginning but worth breaking in! they totally compliment my climbing experience.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 12/13/13
Reviewer: from Bakersfield, Ca
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe, excellent description. My son wanted them for Parkour and they are his favorite pair so far. And I swear, you order one minute and they are at your door the next. Fastest shipping anywhere!! Much appreciated.

Venga (Little Kid/Big Kid)
Venga (Little Kid/Big Kid) Posted: 12/10/13
Reviewer: Frances from South Carolina
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Order a whole size bigger. The run extremely small. I had to return the kids size 2 and get a 3 which fit perfectly.

Defy Lace
Defy Lace Posted: 12/4/13
Reviewer: Scott Hulslander from Ithaca, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Anyone that's worn a climbing shoe can understand that it could be hard to write a review on the comfort of them. I ordered a size up from what I normally wear. Wanted a shoe that wouldn't dye my feet different colors. Good sticky rubber and nice edging. Good climbing shoe for the money.

Pontas II
Pontas II Posted: 11/12/13
Reviewer: from Baltimore, MD
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm really happy with these shoes. The grip is really great. More aggressive than any climbing shoe I have used in the past. It has been fairly painful on the tops of my toes breaking them in, though it is getting a bit better. So far I've only used these in a gym and not yet outdoors.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 10/1/13
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I am not a rock climber but these shoes were great for hiking and general everyday wear. I have never had such comfortable shoes, my feet feel great in these. The size was the only issue, I had to buy a full size larger than normal.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 8/15/13
Reviewer: Corey from California
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought these for basic approach shoes, and that is pretty much what they are. They are awesome for wearing around the house or to the gym and on small approaches that do not involve a lot of hiking, but that is about it. I wear a normal shoe size of 10, and got these in a 10, and they are pretty tight, to the point where I pretty much cannot wear socks with them if I want a chance at getting them on. I tested them on a four hour hike up and down a river with lots of rock hopping/scrambling/lite traversing, and they stuck to everything great, but they were not very comfortable after the first hour of so. I do not have wide or narrow feet, and would consider my feet to be pretty average, and these shoes feel extremely narrow. The best thing they have going for them is they look sexy as hell.

Pontas II
Pontas II Posted: 6/30/13
Reviewer: Eric G from North Carolina
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The Pontas II fit my 11.5 feet a little too comfortably in a size 12, but when sized true to my street size they were perfect. I would not buy them in more than a half-size below your street shoe. The toebox has enough room such that your toes should be slightly curled, but not painfully so. This will give you more power when edging; however, the shoes are not down-turned enough for you to gain much additional performance by cramming yourself into something uncomfortable. The Pontas have a really nice toe for edging and good the 3rd strap keeps the sole tight for smearing, but the heel feels a little lacking. It will work well for most heel hooks, but I would really like to see something with more of a pronounced heel cup and an extension of the outsole higher up the heel. This is a solid all around shoe that is meant to be comfortable, so that you can enjoy being on the wall. By the time you wear them out, you'll have a good feeling of what features you want in your next shoe. They'll get you to 5.11 and v5.

Shaman LV
Shaman LV Posted: 6/27/13
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. They fit snuggly to my feet and I don't have any air pockets. This is my first pair of climbing shoes so I can't really compare them against other brands, but I would definitely purchase shoes from this company again.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 6/4/13
Reviewer: from Rogers, Arkansas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have not climbed in these yet, so I don't know how they will do on a rock. But, I have been wearing them for about three weeks now and love them for general wear. They are really comfortable, easy to slip on, look great with shorts or jeans. I love them. The true color is a little darker than the picture.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 2/20/13
Reviewer: from Joshua Tree, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am absolutely in love with these shoes! They were comfortable right out of the box. I use them for hiking and climbing boulders, and I love how I dont need socks. I wear a size 11, bordering an 11.5 which is non existent, and the 12's are perfection. I have the purple ones, and they're adorable, and dont have a clown shoe effect at all. I will cry if they stop makig these.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 1/14/13
Reviewer: Paulina from SF Bay Area
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are a great pair of hipster-esque shoes with urban climbing capabilities. Super comfortable and good for walking around every day, but also capable of showing up those young kids doing parkour, or helping you climb some random objects in the city.

Cruzer
Cruzer Posted: 12/28/12
Reviewer: Crystal from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am not a hiker. I purchased these shoes (in black) for everyday wear and for walking around the city. I love them. They fit perfectly. They are so light and comfortable! The heel can be tough to slide on but the finger loop helps. I would definitely recommend these!

Royale
Royale Posted: 12/19/12
Reviewer: from Yorba Linda Ca.
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Received shoes quickly with no hassles. Shoes are a little tight at first (more the right foot). Stuck a boot last in it, laced it up and left it for a week. These shoes do stretch out. Overall very happy. Have bought from Zappos before, never had any problems.

Pontas II
Pontas II Posted: 9/20/12
Reviewer: tim naylor from taos, new mexico
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great all arounder. Comfy, fit in tight cracks, smear, edge, toe and heel hook, durable sticky trax rubber. Way better than Galileo I switched from.

Prime SC
Prime SC Posted: 8/26/12
Reviewer: Mike from Minturn, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The new Primes (SC and Lace up) have found their way into my regular rotation of climbing shoes, performing solidly on footwork intensive boulder problems, as well as long, technical face climbing. Quick Background on reviewer - 10 years climbing experience, 6 years professional coaching experience. Climbing in the 5.13 range. Shoe Pros - - crazy amount of rubber coverage, it's almost like a lightweight rubber sock pointed forward. Any angle you can place your foot on the rock has the capability to stick well. Semi-symmetrical last provides a good step of power across the first two toes. Edging and smearing are solid, and heel and toe hooking are baller. Nice construction; feels like it will last a lot of abuse. Could be better - - longer break in time than shoes with less rubber. First few sessions have these feeling tight and stiff. Break in to be comfortable and much softer, but the first few sessions are foot squeezy. Enough rubber coverage that it can make the foot sweat some on long routes.

Royale
Royale Posted: 7/22/12
Reviewer: Barry Mak from Overland Park, Kansas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe for the money, I ordered a size down from my street shoe, uncomfortable at first but not unbearable. Have had about 7 3 hour gym climbs in them now and have stretched to fit great. Smears well but the edging is fairly weak in them do to the rounded toes. All in all a great all day shoe.

Royale
Royale Posted: 7/12/12
Reviewer: Donovan from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great first climbing shoe. Careful with the sizing. I originally bought small based off of recommendations to have a very tight fitting shoe, but it was just painful. Closer to my true shoe size work much better, and the free shipping and return policy made this exchange seamless.

Pontas II
Pontas II Posted: 5/22/12
Reviewer: from Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

First off, with sizing it is difficult to say if shoes are "true to size" because each brand is a little different, and the shape of the shoe is always a factor. If you already climb in Evolv and want a good fit, I went one full size down from street shoe size. In Evolv's other, more down-turned and aggressive shoes, I only go down half a size from street. The fit is solid; the opposing strap idea works well to really keep the arch of your fit tight against the shoe, and makes it more trustworthy on major heelhocks. A bit stiffer of a design through the midsole; means these shoes perform great across a wide range of terrain, from being able to smear on slabs, stand on small holds on vertical walls, and still provide enough flex to toe in when climbing on steep walls. Style... too personal to judge, right? I like brightly colored shoes.

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