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.
I'm wearing them right now, and I can tell you I've never felt such precision on carpeted floors. This is a shoe I bought using the price match that wonderful Moosejaw offers. I use these shoes when I'm about to tie in for a tough sport climb. I wear a size 43 in the Miura so for the Solutions I ordered size 42.5 to get that tight precise fit. These shoes feel great, they edge really well and they keep their hold on overhung routes as well. They do stretch a little bit but nothing crazy. I've never worn them in the gym so I couldn't tell you about that. I've read other reviews saying the strap breaks, maybe I haven't worn them enough for that but in precaution I take care when tightening them, I don't just crank on the strap. All in all i like these shoes. -LTM
The Solution gave me much more confidence due to their structure and fit. The downturn didn't pain my heel or arch like other shoes I tried. I enjoy the exact toe and the "cup" beneath the toe for jugs. I wear 7's in normal shoes, and purchased 7's in solutions. They fit tight and great. I would not have chosen another size, having owned them for half a year.
"Sweet for bouldering and taking it to the next level"
These shoes took my climbing to the next level! They hurt so bad, I'm still breaking them in from when I got them five months ago, but it's amazing how you can stand on the tiniest little pebble and it feels like a ledge. My normal shoe size is an 8-8.5 and I sized these down to a women's 6.5 (37.5). Bomber heel hooking capability and are great for bouldering. They will def be my go-to shoe once I finally get them fully broken in!
ProsThese shoes are incredibly aggressive and great with toe/heel hooks and amazing on small footholds. I have really flat feet, and these are the only shoes that give me solid heel hooks.ConsAlso, the strap on the shoes has broken after 10 months of use - And that goes for all the pairs of these Solutions that I've owned. There are companies that can repair the straps and also resole the shoes, but I always just end up buying a new pair of shoes since the stench from the shoes becomes unbearable. Despite the small flaws in the shoes, I absolutely love these shoes. Will continue to purchase these Solutions...especially from Moosejaw!!!
These shoes are incredible. The break in period was about 10 hrs climbing. maybe a little less and it was kinda painful but they fit like a glove now. I will continue buying solutions from here on out. I wear a street 9.5 and wear 7(39.5). The heel is bomber. the rubber is sticky. the fit is perfect, the toe is durable. have had for 4 months climbing 10-30 hrs/week. Great shoe!
"Crazy good toe with an exceptional heel!"
What is there to say about this shoe that hasn't been said before? It's fantastic! I ordered mine in 38 even though 38.5 were super snug (no pain, no gain?) and it is almost painfully tight. almost. (I usually wear a 8.5 street size). This shoe would probably stick to a baby covered in baby oil and you could probably sleep upside-down with the heel. My only complaint is the stitching on the inside of the heel can really rub on your ankles, but then again it's probably my fault for buying it so small.... :D