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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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People like to complain about the Solutions being too rubbery, not sensitive enough, with a heel that is akin to a tennis ball. Annnd, all of these things are true, but after 5 weeks of climbing in Hueco Tanks with them, I love them more than ever. If you are a decent rock climber, you can see if a foot is good and trust it. The toe is great for toe hooks, and the heel sticks and sinks. There is a lot of rubber on them, but it's always taken forever to blow out a toe on them as a result. Breaking them in is a bummer, but once they are broken in they aren't heinously uncomfortable. The straps are prone to breaking before the rubber wears, but Rock and Resole will replace them way cheap. Only complaint- what's with the ugly marbling on the new model? Woof.
First things first buy small. I wear a 11.5 street shoe and got these in a 9. Definitely an amazing shoe though. Feel like I could walk up a wall and make Spiderman look bad. But these are a more aggressive shoe so be prepared for that. They will hurt your feet for the first couple times you wear them.
As my second pair of aggressive shoes after my blackwings I decided to see what the hype was all about. After trying on 3 shoes trying to find the right size I ordered a pair.They were too large. So I sent them back and downsized half a size again to a size which put so much pressure on my acchiles that it forced me to point my toe downward. BUT the rubber was sticky the edges feel excellent. I prefer the heel of the blackwing but find the toe ox to be much more precise.After limited use however I am finding the shoe to be more comfy than I would have desired. I am a 9.5 street and am wearing a 40. I think another size down would be ideal. My blackwings are a half size down
This shoe is not for everyone. If you're interested in climbing all day multipitch, don't wear them. If you're trying to get on an epic slab route, don't wear them. If you're sport proj is 120 feet and you're gonna be hang doggin your way up, don't wear them. If you're reay only climbing 5.8, don't wear them. Your feet will hurt. Badly. That being said, they are powerful, technical, aggressive, stiff shoes, and are my FAVORITE for steep sport and tough bouldering. People complain about the lack of sensitivity, but trust the shoe, and your foot will not pop off that tiny chip. They have an incredible heel to meet all your techy heel hook needs. They're just the best shoe to meet all your aggro needs. Also- I'm a female and I prefer the men's to the women's. They won't make you climb harder, but they will help you climb better.
This shoe is unparalleled for steep bouldering. Toe fits perfectly in to small pockets and divots and stands well on small nubs. Rubber is super sticky and feels very secure. Toe and heel hooks feel really secure. I wear a 42.5 in Mura VS and a 41.5 in the Python, got these in a 41 and after a short break in they fit like a glove.
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