Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 78 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.7 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 159

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Fit wide feet well.
  • Very sticky rubber.
  • Surprising comfort for such an aggressive shoe.
  • Very versatile.
  • The “love bump” adds comfort by letting the toes sit normally but still adding power.
  • Made from vegan materials.

Expert Reviews

  • The “love bump” does a good job of pushing the toe forward without being painful or overly tight.
  • These shoes grip particularly well in pockets, although the toes are a bit wide for security in tiny spaces.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Slightly cheaper than other shoes in its class.
  • Double tabs on the heel make the shoes easy to put on.
  • A well-fitting heel cup that is great for heel-hooking.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • The shoe is not very durable.
  • The sizing can be tricky to figure out.

Expert Reviews

  • The soft rubber is not suitable for really good edging.
  • The rubber is too thick to feel very sensitive and is not ideal for technical climbs.
  • Not great for smearing.


The Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe is a versatile shoe that people love for its comfort in an aggressive style. Made with sticky rubber and a “love bump” to keep toes towards the front of the shoe in comfort, they are enjoyed most while bouldering, but make a good all-around shoe, especially for those just getting interested in an aggressive style. The fit can be fickle though, so try these shoes on before buying and be aware that, after a break-in period, they will stretch considerably.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.