Mad Rock Shark Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Mad Rock Shark Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 90 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 68

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Ideal for roof problems due to the amount of rubber.
  • Heel hooks are sturdy.
  • The shoe is ideal for those with wide feet and small heels.
  • Arch Flex technology conforms to your arch shape.
  • The rubber has sensitivity and stickiness to adhere to multiple surfaces.
  • Ideal rubber placement at the toe for hooking.
  • Good for edges and smearing.
  • Top-notch on limestone, by being able to adhere to the smooth edges.
  • Enough downturn to be somewhat of a high performance shoe, but not too much to be uncomfortable for beginners.
  • Great for indoor and sport climbing.

Expert Reviews

  • Features an Arch Flex system, which is designed to be stiff around the sides and soft in the center, making the shoe efficient at both smearing and edging.
  • The 2.2mm R2 rand rubber allows the shoe to be suited for toe hooking and scumming.
  • The form-fitting heel and rubberized heel cap make for great heel-hooking.
  • The heel locks against your foot, and the vacuum seal keeps your foot secure.
  • Comfortable enough for longer sessions.
  • The low-profile toe grabs, stands, and dime-edges proficiently.
  • An affordable choice.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • The arch flexes easily and can tire out your calves.
  • Not very comfortable for jamming into cracks.

Expert Reviews

  • Very difficult to get on and off.
  • The rubber is somewhat hard and clunky, and can feel slippery.
  • Some aggressiveness of the shoe is lost after prolonged use by standing or in heat.
  • Can be painful to toe-jam due to the soft material near the pointy toe.
  • Not very breathable for warmer days.


The Mad Rock Shark Climbing Shoe is a great choice for climbers who specialize in sport climbing, indoor climbing, bouldering, or steep gym. The balance between aggressive design and comfort makes this a top choice for all-day use, and is proficient in edging, sport climbing, smearing, and toe/heel-hooking.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4.