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The La Sportiva Solution Shoe is a bouldering shoe for helping you conquer the rock. The Solution secures to your foot via a hook and loop closure crossing over the top. The Lock Harness System wraps the rand around the back of your heel, securing the shoe to your foot when hooking. The drastic downturn provides a performance fit and power on the rock. The Vibram XS Grip rubber is sticky and durable for day after day of climbing.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Solution Shoe
Patented P3 permanent power platform retains downturned shape of the shoe
Patented lock harness system for secure heel hooking
Molded 3D heel cup
Fast lacing system
New marbled P3 rands: Each pair has unique marbling
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Solution Shoe
Weight: 8.89 oz / 258 g
Upper: Leather/ Lorica
Lining: HF in toe-box and arch area only
Midsole: 1.1mm LaspoFlex (toe only) with P3
Sole: 4mm Vibram XS Grip2
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last: PD 75
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This isn't a project shoe, this is a sender. It's not comfortable to wear for hours at the gym, but would expect with a profile like that when a shoe shoes up in Google Image Search for "EVIL BIRD". Seriously, this thing is mean. It's aggressive. It will lever power to your toes like nothing else. Street size for me is 8 and I sized down to an 8 (40.5 UK), and they become unbearably painful for gym projects. Once your beta game is on point, you will send in these shoes.Downturned toe has magical powers on those overhung roof routes without sacrificing toe hook power at the same time. The suction of the heel cup has suction like a Dyson vacuum/Monica Lewinsky joke never went out of style.
I bought these looking for a nice, comfortable climbing shoe with potential for good technical holds. The heel is snug, and the toe box is stiff. The traction is incredible. I climb mostly indoors and I have finally found the perfect shoe. Heel hooking is a dream with this high arch design. Buy your actual size, it will be uncomfortable at first but they will stretch. I'm a US 12.5 normally with shoes and I'm glad I ordered a US 12.
Awesome technical shoe. They look good, feel good, and perform good. Plus the closure on the shoe makes for easy on and off between sends. Sends, not attempts, because these things are pro.The toe power on the Solutions is unmatched in my opinion and the fit is great for me. I have an easy time levering weird foot holds in magical ways. I have a narrower foot; for all the hockey players out there, this shoe is akin to a Bauer fit with a compacted toe box. I wear 11.5 shoes and the 43.5 in the Solutions fit like a charm. Breaking in took a few weeks, but now after wearing them for a few months they fit like a glove.The only thing that took some getting used to on my end was the heel work with this shoe took some time to master. I find that my heel hooking is more "pressure-y" in these, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but definitely requires some added precision.BUY THEM!
"This shoe is like having hands on your feet!!!"
This is the most aggressive shoe I have worn and it is well worth the money! If you need a shoe that you can count on to stick those hard moves these will do it. I wear mine primarily in the gym and on some of the overhanging problems at the crag and they perform awesome at both. While they are not as comfortable as my Miuras, they really are a performance shoe designed to put on, send the problem, and take off. I wear a u.s. size 13 tennis shoe and my Miuras are a 45 in euro sizing. I got these in a size 44.5 to give me a slightly tighter fit and love it. I had read reviews on their edging ability compared to the Miura and there is really nothing to worry about, they don't feel quite as secure on the super edgy stuff, but they will stick and work for all of my problems. They will not stretch alot but they will break in and get softer with wear as they mold to your feet. Definitely will be buying these again!
"Hell to break in, but awesome once you've done it"
I'm a trad geek, so I have always preferred neutral shoes--at most 'down-cambered,' which is apparently the space in shoe design between neutral and downturned. I had never really wanted an aggressively downturned shoe: all the demos I had tried previously ended up having toe boxes that didn't like the shape of my foot. But I needed to find a shoe as I sport climbed and bouldered more.These shoes changes my mind. Though I was a bit skeptical these shoes would ever adjust to accommodate my feet, they eventually did, enough even to allow me to wear them for multiple routes at the Gunks. The break-in period can take a while (it took me ~3 months of regular climbing), but they do have some 'give.'For sizing, get a mildly uncomfortable fit. Find the size that feels comfortable the first time putting them on and size .5 down. If it is still instantly comfortable, size .5 down. Stop when putting the shoe on is too uncomfortable to bear. Go up .5 a size from there.
After climbing for 10 years, the best piece of advice I can offer to newbie climbers is buy a good shoe that fits your feet. Really the only way to do this is try on tons of shoes in every half size you can find. A shoe that is too small will encourage bad footwork because it will be too painful to push or pull with your feet. Finding a shoe demo day at a local gym is ideal. If you cant find a store and have to buy online, I am on my 5th pair of solutions buying multiple sizes and have found that .5 size down from my street shoe had the best overall fit for the solutions.The solutions themselves are truly a great shoe.I've demoed most shoes in both the 5.10 and Evolve lines and nothing that I have found holds onto an edge or a small crystal likes these. I've worked several boulder problems in my all-around shoe without luck and either stuck the move or sent the problem the first time with the solutions. Usually its you, sometimes its your tools. Best non all day shoe on the market
When I first climbed on these, I was able to use chips that seemed impossible to use before. Heel hooks also felt bomber, and I have yet to have a foot blow out when I'm working on an overhang. Buy these.
I HAVE BEEN USING THE SOLUTIONS THE PAST 2 YEARS. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE HEEL! OVERALL THE SHOE IS PRETTY COMFY AS FART AS A CLIMBING SHOE GOES.. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE HAD IS THE TOE (TOE SEEMS TO TAKE ON A ROUNDED EDGE LIKE AS IF THERE WAS A RUBBER BOUNCY BALL AT THE TIP OF MY SHOE,HARD TO STICK ON LITTLE CRIMPS) HAVING SAID THAT I HAVE HAD THEM A WHILE AND I CLIMB V7 V9 SO THEY HAVE HAD THERE WEAR AND TEAR. I WISH I COULD TAKE THE TOE OFF MY RED DRAGONS (5.10) AND USE THEM ON MYU SOLUTIONS. THE WOULD BE THE REAL SOLUTION. GREAT SHOE MOOSE JAW ROCK!!!! OH AND MY STRAP MY RIP SOON
"Your problem has a Solution.. and its made by La Sportiva"
These were my first advanced aggressive climbing shoes.. I have worn them for over three years and plan and resoling them when the need it. They are by far the perfect partner to becoming a better climber.. Easy on and off with surprisingly amazing heel hooking ability to only have one strap..I will say, I did notice in the beginning that I had some cramping in my arch, but after wearing a flatter shoe in my early days of climbing that was to be expected. The transition to the downturn was fairly painless and the results were accommodating..They are many wonderful problems these shoes have seen and they are my go to shoe for problems that need Solutions!!
"Great toe, limited stretch, and won't let go of the wall unless you ask it to politely. Cons:"
These shoes are a great comparison to Muira Vs, Shamans, or Team 5.10's. Personally I bought them for the awesome toe and how form fitting the inner "sock" is. I have heard of issues down the line with the strap tearing/detaching from the Velcro, however after wearing the shoe I see no reason to crank down the strap that much. I could easily do some intermediate climbs even without the straps on.Stretch: Very minimal. I put on the shoes expecting a world of hurt (normally a size 43 in climbing but I bought 42.5 for the fit). I was recovering from an ingrown-toe removal on my big toe and let me just say the shoes did great.
I'm currently on my 5th pair of solutions. I'm an avid boulderer and climb around 3-4 times/week. These shoes last max 1 year of heavy indoor use and occasional outdoor when I have time to drive a few hours on a weekend. They are incredibly aggressive shoes and great for heel/toe hooks and really poor feet. Cons: Shoes tend to stink up pretty quick. Also, the strap also breaks after around 9 months for me. I may tighten my shoes a little too tight?Overall best climbing shoes. Though everyone has different climbing styles.