After having casually and sporadically climbed for years, I decided to get more into the sport. After doing some research, I bought size 36 (usually 6.5/7) Mythos as my first pair of climbing shoes a year ago. In that year, I began climbing in the gym several times a week and took 10+ weekend trips (including a full week crack climbing in Indian Creek!) The Mythos were easily broken in and the laces allow the user to adjust for the perfect fit as they stretch. While they are a great beginner shoe, they transition into intermediate level climbing better than some cheaper options. The extra $30 upfront definitely bought me a shoe that I didn't outgrow (in skill level) immediately. They are not aggressive, but that means they are more comfortable to wear for extended periods. I think the comfort to effectiveness ratio is perfect on these.After a year of constant use, I am ready to buy a new pair of shoes. Although upgrading to Muiras, I still expect to find some uses for these.
So I bought my pair of Mythos a couple of weeks ago because my hand-me-down pair of MadRock's were held together with duct tape. When I bought these shoes I did mainly sport climbing, which in turn, they are GREAT for! They are comfortable and practical. I went to the Obed last month and took these babies with me, and on the first day they held up well (mainly because we were just lead climbing), but we went out to the Lilly Boulders for the rest of the week and these are not too great when working on problems that require you to hold on with your toes and fingers. The shoe just is not arched enough, nor does it have enough of a talon for those kinds of problems. Over all though, this shoe is wicked. Because I'm more of a sport climber, I can't knock them for not being aggressive enough to boulder in.
I bought these as my first pair of shoes back in December for my first big multi-pitch trip. I wore them straight out of the box (in theory, so stupid) but they were SO COMFORTABLE! I've basically torn them up big time since then but they've held up as well as to be expected. My one complaint is that they have stretched--a lot. I'm partially guilty, though, as I'm not the best at changing shoes immediately after a climb.I bought a 37 which really required me to jam my foot in there initially, but the next pair I buy will likely be a 35 or maybe even 34.
Got these shoes a couple of weeks ago. I've worn them at the gym and at the crag and they have proven great at both! It does take awhile for them to get broken in. I wear a 6-6.5 street shoe and got these in a 4.5 (35). I've heard that they will stretch, but I haven't had them long enough (or been out in crazy warm weather) for this to happen yet.
"Comfortable, Durable and Highly Effective"
I've owned all kinds of climbing shoes and the day I bought my first pair of La Sportiva's was the day I realized I could never wear anything else. These shoes truly illustrate the basic principal that is "buy right or buy twice" (or in some cases buy 3 times or 4, ect). Like all of La Sportiva's other climbing shoes, the Mythos exceeds expectations in quality, durability and comfort. The thick sticky rubber soles last longer than any other shoe I have ever destroyed and will keep your toes on the rock!
I absolutely love these shoes. I have nothing negative to say. I wear size 38 regularily but got 37 to fit snugly. I would definately reccommend these to a friend. In fact all my lady climbing friends have the same ones and we all dig them.
"This is how I fell in love with climbing."
My roommate took me climbing for my birthday and let me use her backup shoes. They happened to be the La Sportiva women's Mythos. I was startled by the fit at first, but as typical with great climbing shoes after a few climbs they began conforming perfectly to my feet. I think this is a fantastic shoe for beginning and experienced climbers alike. So close to the savings I set aside for my own pair!
"more comfortatble than a rock climbing shoe should be"
these shoes break in and fit your foot perfect, and the way they lace up makes sure they stay tight even after they stretch out, make sure you definitely buy them much tighter than you would ever want to walk in them because they did stretch more than other shoes i've had
This is my go-to trad shoe. Only thing I use for cracks. Edges well when brand new but I'll use my katanas for edging. Pros:- Great all round shoe- Pretty durable rubber- Great in cracks; low profile- Lacing for exact fitCons:- La Sportiva rubber isn't the stickiest- Good all-round shoe but doesn't excel at any one thing - A tad on the expensive side
"Got these for my lady and she likes the LOTS BUT.................."
My lady likes them but they just didn't fit her weird feet. I know a ton of girls who are pumped on this shoe especially for the comfort level. But..... my girl just didn't seem to think they fit right. Try em on before......