Award Winner - Climbing Magazine Editor's Choice - 2012
The Evolv Shaman is flat out one of the best rock climbing shoes you’re going to find, you guys. This Evolv climbing shoe features a microfiber lining in the forefoot, a “love bump” that puts the forefoot in a comfy position and helps fill the space behind the toes, and a “knuckle box” that allows the big toe knuckle to stay in a position of power while you climb. These design technologies are combined with unique materials to make the Shaman one of the most comfortable climbing shoes ever, and recognized as award-winning climbing gear.
FEATURES of the Evolv Men's Shaman Climbing Shoes
Microfiber lining in forefoot for comfort and durability
"Love Bump" midsole puts your forefoot in a comfortable position of power and fills the dead space under your toes
"Knuckle Box" works in combination with the "Love Bump" to provide room for your big toe knuckle to stay in a position of power
Three opposing direction strap closures for a dialed-in fit and snug arch
SPECIFICATIONS of the Evolv Men's Shaman Climbing Shoes
Profile: Downturned asymmetric with "Knuckle Box"
Upper: Synthetic (perforated Synthratek upper)
Lining: Microfiber forefoot, cotton heel, leather foot bed
"These shoes are meant to pull down hard!"
There’s a reason that these shoes have been around now for a couple of years, and it is because they are freaking amazeballs! The rubber is plenty sticky, the edges are sharp, and the toes are downturned to give you that necessary pull on those overhung boulder problems. The extra rubber on the top of the toes is great for those of you out there like myself who just love to toe scum to pull your butt in when things get steep. As for funktuity the Shamans are right up there with other synthetics. Your climbing will thank you, but your friends may run in horror at the stench that is released when you take these shoes off. Oh well, just the price we pay to climb that much harder. Sizing… always the tricky part. Well for me I wear a 10 in most street/running shoes and in these a 10 is spot on (tight like a tiger). I would not suggest going smaller than your street shoe size, unless you’re a masochist. Overall synopsis, buy the Shamans you'll love them.
This shoe is great for bouldering. The heel hooks are solid and the toes grab tiny chips when you need it the most. They also fit my fat feet great. Only complaint is that they are stinky and get stinky FAST.
I purchased these and honestly didn't find them to be anything great vs my 5.10's and my LaSportiva's in all honestly - and these cost much more. The toe is too 'squarish' for my liking and didn't 'toe in' well on small nubbins or micro-holds, or, 'toe in' cracks or pockets well IMO. I wind up selling mine since they had been used and took a $100 loss on them. Perhaps they aren't as desired as I thought they would be even tho I sold them only used 1-2x!
all the stuff youve already heard: surprisingly comfy, edges amazingly... those are all true. i do, however get some dead space in the heel, but isnt limiting my ability to heel hook. toe hooking rubber works nicely, not as good as solutions of team five ten, but still really good. the velcro straps and split tongue make for easy on and off, a plus for gym climbing/ bouldering. i got mine a half size small from my street shoe and it was pretty darn tight, but they have since strecthed and molded to my foot. i'd say theyre a bit wider than the evolv predator, so the shamans fit me better for my wide ish feet
"Work excellent on the smallest of chips"
These bad boys are tight, but not too tight. I had got the Primes in a full size down and could not walk in them. A half size was perfect. They are stretching nicely. The shoes climb great and are very aggressive. It feels like I need to put less pressure on my toes to stay on the holds. Also, they work excellent on the smallest of chips. I say they feel too narrow, that was when they were right out of the box and my little toe was crushed. They have since stretched a little to allow room for my littlest piggy.
Perfect shoes for over hangs and face climbing. you can really tell a difference with the power pocket, super sticky for the small little pockets and the three straps really make the shoe fit like a glove
This shoe is a great everyone i have let use them shares the same love that i do for them. very sticky shoe. i have used the tip of the toe to post my leg on a hole no larger than a nickle to support myself. i was impressed. they are comfterable when properly sized and you can go a little biggr than your usual shoe i can fit into a 9.5 and i wear my shamans at an 11 same as my running shoes i could have probably gone 11.5
"Great aggressive shoe... and comfortable"
After my first trip to the gym, I nailed some routes that I had been struggling with. The stiff aggressive sole is great for edging on micro holds and definitely gave me more confidence in my footwork. Given that my last shoe was the 5.10 Coyote and not aggressive at all it's not surprising that these outperformed them, but the difference was truly night and day. The best part is these are pretty comfortable. I ended up going a half size up (10.5 to 11) since they didn't have my normal size, and that's also what Chris Sharma told me to do on YouTube. They are still quite snug and definitely do the job, though I think my regular size would have been perfect.
These are definitely my favorite climbing shoe I have ever used. I got them a half size smaller than my street shoe size and they fit really well. They are really tight, but really comfortable. I think they have helped me improve my climbing. I started trying crazy boulder problems that I would have never have tried before I got these shoes. These are, no doubt, a great pair of shoes!
"No better than my $85 5.10 Coyote shoes IMHO!"
I think these shoes are over rated d/t Sharma's name in climbing. Nice shoe - for sure - soles are super sticky - but I didn't find my climbing improved or was any better with these than my 5.10 Coyote's costing 1/2 the price these shoes did honestly. Had I not worn mine once already I'd be returning them for a refund for sure.Just not worth all the fuss and noise that others seem to be making over them.Velcro is nice for easy 'get them on' and 'get them off' easily and quickly - however - that feature can be had in shoes on sale or costing much less IMHO!Bottom line - over rated. Buy if you are into keeping up with the latest and greatest gear or are a gear nut.
"Go ahead, look up a discount code type it in and get the best steal of a freakin' deal."
I have a couple friends who use these at the gym, and they seemed really pleased with them, my old shoes (5.10 coyote lace ups) were worn out and limiting my climbing. So I was going to buy the 5.10 Rouges. BUT THEN I came across this deal and jumped on it. I'll be waiting for my pair to arrive but so far my friends are doing an impressive job. I will write a better review once I get mine. now gimme my points moosejaw.