The Five Ten Women's Blackwing Shoe. Think Dragon with a Velcro closure. The padded tongue has a super-soft, fleecy microfiber lining. It wicks sweat and gives the top of your foot support and comfort, no matter what the angle. The new Blackwing fits like a glove, but slides on easily. The team shoe heel cup is extra snug and the Mystique outsole is specifically designed for ultimate friction on overhanging rock. Five Ten's high performance competition shoe designed specifically for women.
DECENT FEATURES of the Five Ten Women's Blackwing Shoe
"Super aggressive. Performs in overhangs well. Bouldering > Ropes."
I've been climbing for just under a year, and most of my time is spent bouldering in the gym (V4/V5s.) The soles on my Scarpa Reflex shoes were pretty shot, and my friends suggested trying out a more aggressive style shoe. Super down toe makes for an awesome feel in any overhang situation. The heel hook isn't extraordinary, but definitely does its job. As far as sizing, I wear a 7.5/8 street shoe. I wound up going with the size 8, but they are definitely not a Cinderella fit. I've climbed in them four times in the past week, and haven't seen a change in fit. Probably should've gotten a half size up based on other reviews I've read about them not stretching a whole lot.