The La Sportiva Python Shoe is a Velcro climbing shoe for the multi-purpose climber. The Python performs at the gym, on the rock, and at competitions with a performance fit and high asymmetry. The rubber outsole is a sticky Vibram XS Grip 2, covering the toe and over the heel for hitting the tiniest ledge or locking a heel hook. The leather upper is unlined, providing stretch and lots of sensitivity. The tension strap locks in those with low volume feet for a well fitting slipper. Party at the top.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Python Shoe
Asymmetrical heel design for a performance fit with maximum rubber coverage
Elastic hook and loop closure strap for a high tension fit in a slipper
Ample toe rand coverage for scrums and hooks
Lined leather upper for moisture management and stretch control
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Python Shoe
Weight: 7.05 oz / 200 g
Midsole: 0.8mm LaspoFlex
Sole: 3.5 mm Vibram XS Grip 2
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last: PD 75
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The Pythons are a great aggressive shoe. They fit like a dream after a few days climbing in them. Great for bouldering and climbing in gyms and in the great outdoors. Love them and would definitely recommend them.
This shoe is my staple. Indoor, outdoor, sleeping.. seriously that comfortable. It feels like an additional layer of skin that happens to be made of rubber. The flexibility is supurb. Hands down the most comfortable climbing shoe I own. They do run a tad big as they are easily stretched, but the Velcro strap helps keep them snug on my feet and I dont feel like they will slip off. Next time I order these shoes I will get a 39 rather than a 39.5
I love these shoes. I find them versatile as both an indoor and outdoor shoe. The high flexibility makes these shoes feel like an additional layer of skin that just happens to be made of rubber. They do stretch out a bit and I bought them the same size as my other Sportiva shoes but they are a little bigger, next time I'll go with a 39 rather than a 39.5.
"The most comfort and performance in one shoe"
Pros ~ This shoe fits perfectly to my feet, unlike the bulbous heel of the solutions. What this shoe lacks in a downturned toe is easily made up with it's exceptional feel and AMAZING toe-hooking and heel-hooking abilities. A lot of people use this as their gym rat shoe but I've found it to be the perfect fit for many hard boulder problems outside.Cons ~ Obviously there's no downturned toe so if your not comfortable with a little more flex and a little more strain in your toes this shoe isn't for you. Also, the rubber is thinner then most shoes and that means it wears out quicker. How quick depends on how hard you run them.
"Fits like a great pair of socks! But these aren't socks. These are shoes."
In all seriousness, these shoes are dope-arama. They fit perfectly, and have great aggression. So far, these shoes have been tough, but still thin enough to feel even the smallest chip on the wall. The rubber is grippy enough to grab the wall when there are no holds! The aggression is perfect to get even smaller crimps! Very pleased with them, I highly recommend!
"Perfect heel, very sensitive, great fit (for me)"
I am on my seventh pair of La Sportiva Pythons now, they last me about 4-5 months since I am mostly bouldering in the gym. The shoes themselves are very sensitive and precise (I can stand in the screw whole of foot holds), it is kind of soft and barely has any downturn. I can wear them for hours on end without getting uncomfortable, the shape of the heel is perfect for heel-hooking and the rubber on the toe box is worth its weight in gold for toe hooks. They tend to stretch a bit, I am downsizing from 42.5 street shoe size to 40.5. I have fairly wide feet and the Pythons are the only shoes that really fit (I have been using several different Five Tens before, but I couldn't do a heel hook without the shoes coming off with them).
"great shoe for bouldering and overhangs with the best fitting heel of any shoe"
great comforatuble bouldering shoe snuggest heel I have ever of any shoe I have tried solid even unstraped (most shoes have dead space or are kinda floppy, I have an a very narrow heel) there a soft thin shoe making them sensitive to what your placing your foot on and edges well for such a soft shoe. as far a sizing, size down a lot im a 10 street and wear 7 or 391/2 but might down size a half a size because of the stretch next time. only problem I have with the shoes is the xs edge 2 rubber, its good and sticky but starts rounding off quickly and im not hard on shoes they have lasted 9 months before needing a resole but would prefer just xs edge instead so they keep and edge a bit longer. bad ass heel
Great shoe. Super comfortable while still being a high performance shoe. Doesn't have the p3 rand that the solutions do but that also means they get more comfortable quicker. It has alot of rubber and is the perfect gym shoe. Does everything well (though I am not a crack climber). I have top roped 5.12, led 5.11 and bouldered up to v6 in these in the gym and they handled everything. Great heel and awesome edging, but its the leather that gets me every time. After the initial break in period they are just incredibly comfortable. Word of caution..... size down! I wear a 8-8.5 street shoe and have gotten both 37 and 37.5. 37s were pretty tight but great for blundering.
Having worn the testarossa and solution (la sportivas other high performance, down-turned bouldering shoe), these stand out for three reasons:1. The price; they are reasonable not outrageous like the other two.2. The rubber on the sole is thinner. This allows for more precise footwork and ability to feel rock. The other two have really thick rubber, which lasts longer but could be the reason your foot keeps blowing.3. The heel! The heel isn't that ridiculous cup they put on the other two. It's a narrow strip of rubber (copied from the dragons). This allows for heel-hooking on tiny holds (if you're into that). These shoes are the best thing they have made so far. Size them right since they are a slip on with one strap :)
As a second pair of climbing shoes (I upgraded from the FiveTen Coyotes), these exceeded my expectations of a more aggressive shoe. I have seen a dramatic increase in my ability to keep my feet on the rock or holds, and the ability to use my toe to the fullest extent is an immaculate addition to performance. I would recommend these to any person looking to get a pair.
Liked this show for overhung stuff...thats about it tho, worthless for edging due to the soft nature of the thin rubber. I will say that were comfortable, did not accumulate stank and were amazing for toe hooking. However, all in all, I would not recommend these shoes to a friend unless they were looking for a cheap shoe to climb overhangs with. Even then I like my katana lace ups and solutions better
I have had a pair of these since last December and I have worn 2-3 times a week since. I downsized about 2 sizes from my street shoe and they fit great. They suction to your feet so heel hooking is not a problem. The rubber and toe make for anything from holding your wait on a crystal barely sticking out to smearing glass. I've used them for everything; boulderling, sport and trad. Though downsizing like I did makes for a slightly uncomfortable trad route, I would still wear them. I will be resoling mine soon.