Evolv Cruzer

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Evolv Cruzer
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FEATURES of the Evolv Men's Cruzer Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Evolv Men's Cruzer Shoe.


  • Heel designed to fold down for use as a casual slipper


  • TRAX high friction rubber EVA outsole with edging platform.


  • Thin, minimal drop EVA midsole ups the cushioning power while keeping the overall profile low and casual


  • Cotton canvas upper with medial vents.
  • Cotton canvas upper breathes well so your toes don't overheat during the approach
  • Light, microfiber-lined cotton duck uppers


  • Heel pull tab for easy storage and comfortable fit.
  • Full laces allow you to customize the fit you need
  • This shoe is sized in unisex/men's sizes - add 1-2 sizes to get the equivalent women's size depending on how you want it to fit.

Lining and Layers:

  • Barefoot friendly, moisture wicking, microfiber lined memory foam insole for lasting comfort


  • Moisture-wicking microfiber liner is barefoot-friendly for added convenience and style

Traction and Grip:

  • TRAX® rubber outsole gives you all the traction you need
  • High-friction Trax outsole allows for superior grip during your approach


  • Heel pull tab for clipping to harness or backpack
  • Lace-up closure with two metal eyelets and dual overlap tongue.
  • Collapsible heel for slip-on use
  • Rubber toe and heel rands add extra protection against wear and tear
  • Memory foam insole is like walking on the wisp of angel breath
  • High friction and durable rubber toe rand.
  • Unique split tongue
  • Plush insole
  • Rubber heel and toe rands are designed to take abuse from the approach, the climb or the ride home
Rock/Creek Outfitters

The men's Evolv Cruzers are minimalist performance casual shoes that live happily in the gray area between rock shoes and approach shoes. With a pair of Cruzers equipped with high friction TRAX rubber, you can scramble up granite slabs, or clip them on your harness when climbing a classic multi-pitch route and cruise down sketchy descents in comfort. You can kick back around the campfire in slipper mode or wash up and head out for a night on the town wearing your clean designer jeans in style.


The Cruzer looks like the perfect laid-back shoe to chill out in, but the brains at Evolv having given it a TRAX rubber outsole to give you better traction for the trail, parkour, and even some climbs! When it's time to go downtown for some pizza and friends, fold the heel down to get a comfortable slipper.

Stay nimble and stylish in the rock-to-town versatility of the EVOLV® Cruzer.
A versatile performance-ready shoe that lives between rock shoe and approach shoes.
100% cotton canvas upper with medial vents.
Durable, high-friction rubber rand.
Heel pull tab for easy toting, as well as an easy on and off.
Soft, moisture-wicking microfiber lining.
TRAX® high friction rubber EVA outsole with edging platform.
Mountain Gear
By climbers, for climbers - The Cruzer Approch Shoe from Evolv is decked out with everything a climber needs on the rock and around town.

Occupying that coveted gray area between rock, approach, and casual footwear, the Evolv Cruzer Shoe is a minimalist kick that loves to live life on the move.

Stay nimble with the versatile and functional Cruzer by EVOLV.
Half-Moon Outfitters
Barefoot friendly, moisture wicking, microfiber lined memory foam insole for lasting comfort
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Closure:Lace closure with two eyelets and dual overlap tongue
EVA OUTSOLE:TRAX� high friction rubber with edging platform
INSOLE:Microfiber lined memory foam
Mid Sole:Soft Microporous
Outsole:TRAX rubber
Profile:Trail running shoe last
RAND:High friction durable rubber toe rand
Shoe Lining:Microfiber
Shoe Sole:TRAX high friction rubber platform
Shoe Upper:100% Cotton canvas with medial vents
Sizing Scale:US
Sole:TRAX high friction rubber with edging platfom
Upper:100% Cotton canvas with medial vents
Upper Material:Cotton
Weight:7.7 oz (1/2 pair size 9)
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Evolv Cruzer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I wear these around town and to work a lot because they're really comfortable. I get comments on them all the time. I like them at the crag for two reasons:
1) The fold down feature on the back that turns them into slip on shoes is fantastic for single pitch sport crag days when you're switching off as climber and belayer often.
2) Hiking off a multi-pitch they're great because they're light, offer enough protection and grip to get down safely, and they clip onto a harness extremely well.
I do NOT take these backpacking, on approaches, or even on day hikes. I climbed the Grand Teton via the Uppoer Exum Ridge route and my partner had these on. His feet were destroyed by the end of our trip. I wore a pair of Adidas Terrex Solos and they were brilliant.
Mine have started to come apart on the outside edge where the sole meets the shoe, and the stitching where the back portion of the canvas is sewn into the front, where that sharp angle is. I've owned the for a year and do wear the pretty often, so I'm satisfied with their durability.

sgap72599 at Backcountry.com on 09/01/2013

I recently purchased these and have not been climbing yet on account of it being the winter. I think these shoes are awesome so far. I wear them as my primary around town shoe now (replacing my Sanuk's). I also love how the heal collapses so easy, but when it isn't collapsed it is still a sturdy shoe, this will make it great for switching between my climbing shoes and these when I'm not on the wall. But...
I can see how everyone is saying these will not hold up for Approach shoes. I am planning on going climbing this week so we will see how it goes. I am going into it thinking I need to be ultra careful to not start ruining the canvas sides or not to rough up the rubber on the toe.
Also, when I purchased them I got a half a size larger because of previous reviews. This is super important because I don't think they would've fit with my regular size. They also seem a little tight around the foot at first (I actually think I have a fat foot).

Riley Bracken at Backcountry.com on 01/27/2013

I loved my first pair of Cruzers -- comfy, and they're much better for approaches for multi-pitch routes than my previous approach shoes due to their lightweight and low profile when clipped to my harness. However, within a week or two of wear, two seams began tearing, and the most significant tear -- across the toe -- has now turned into a 2" x 1" hole in the canvas layer of the shoe after a couple months of wear.
But I still liked the shoe enough to order a second pair, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they've modified the shoe a bit to address this issue; there's no longer an overlapping seam along the toe.
Beware, however, that the fit has also changed; what was originally a comfortable fit was unpleasantly tight in the new shoe at the same size. I realized the biggest contributor here was a thicker insole. Putting the old insoles in the new shoe felt much better. But I think the toe box is still a bit lower volume in the newer shoe.

kevp332952 at Backcountry.com on 05/20/2013

These have quickly become my favorite pair of shoes. I was in the market for an approach shoe as a do it all, from light hiking, approaches (obviously) and just wearing around town. Most approach shoes are basically lite hiking shoes w/ sticky rubber. I tend to roll my ankles a lot in conventional shoes, so I needed an minimalist version. These shoes fit the bill perfectly. Basically the shoe Sanuk should be making. Just enough padding to take the edge off, weigh nothing, zero support, and a super sticky sole that works great in the foothills of Colorado. My ankles and knees are sooo much happier in these than any other shoe I have ever worn. When funds allow I will probably buy a few more pairs in case they stop making them. I really wish there were more minimalist shoes out there like this. I don't run, so the standard crop of goofy barefoot running shoes don't fit the bill, these do, and look good enough to wear around town too!

trep13367 at Backcountry.com on 09/04/2012

I know the general consensus around here is that these are not made to last, but my experience with them so far have proven otherwise.
I've had these for about a season and a half and they have gone through hell and back. These include, but are not limited to, hiking around the Gunks, getting caught in rainstorms at the New, approaches around Seneca, hopping around Pennsylvania talus and I've even thrown heel hooks on easy boulders. And guess what? I have not a single hole or sole splitting.
I honestly don't really take any special care of them, so I'm not sure how the quality of mine seems to be so much higher.
Otherwise, all the other features mentioned are great. The folding heel is a boon as I sometimes don't even use it as a real shoe for entire trips.

noozne2244857 at Backcountry.com on 01/08/2014

Comfortable and sticky

I'm a big fan of minimalist footwear, so it was love at first sight when these arrived at SH. I've used mine to run in rain and sleet (they aren't waterproof, so my feet still got wet) with temperatures of upper thirties to forties °F, and I have even tried them for some acrobatics. When you need a lightweight shoe with traction that keeps you upright, these are awesome. On the trail, they still performed to my expectations, offering a smidge of cushion but still light enough for me to flit along the trail. Even better, they look good for around town as a casual shoe.
Jessica at SummitHut.com on 07/07/2012

Very happy so far

Generally speaking I have been wearing these as casual shoes, but they are solid all around. They are great for biking when I don't use clipless pedals. I have not used them for this yet, but I am sure they would be fine for some low grade climbing as well.

You can also wear them with or without socks, they don't seem to get smelly like normal climbing shoes.

The only thing I don't really like about them is the split tongue. It is not too annoying, just a little odd.
Colin at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2013

I've been wearing the cruzers for about 5 or 6 months now and they are the best shoes I have owned for descending after big traditional climbs. They are light weight and don't take up much space so I can put 'em onto my harness without issue. I can approach,scramble and descend in them no problem.
These fit like a 'barefoot' shoe and are pretty minimalist, but I have worn them for several mile approaches and descents without any issue.
I love these things and would highly recommend them.

hoipolloi at Backcountry.com on 09/03/2012
I have not climbed in these yet, so I don't know how they will do on a rock. But, I have been wearing them for about three weeks now and love them for general wear. They are really comfortable, easy to slip on, look great with shorts or jeans. I love them. The true color is a little darker than the picture.
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 06/04/2013

Nice light shoe.Great for approach,scrambling,and
some long easy climbs. Not design to take abuse, like long crack climbs. Heel has an air pocket, which sometimes bugs me, but that might be because they designed the heel to fold in and use as a slipper.Love the shoe, pretty comfortable.

gary beil at Backcountry.com on 12/02/2012

Negative Reviews:

first off, i LOVE Evolv. they are an awesome company with amazing shoes, but this pair really disappointed me. after only 4 approaches (very easy ones at that) these shoes are almost destroyed. the rubber is awesome, but the upper part is very thin and incredibly weak. if you barely brush against a rock they rip. if you go for a light foot jam, they rip. if you have them around rocks at all, they rip... i have one hand and am only 110 pounds. i am very smooth with my feet and the approaches that messed up my shoes were so easy i didnt even have to use my hand. when i started to see rips forming i was confused on how they got ripped so i went slow and was very cautious with my foot work. even still new rips kept forming. these are so thin and weak that i honestly can't believe evolv called them approach shoes. even my $10 pair of normal shoes were more durable than this(wore out the bottoms on them but never had a rip in the upper), and those ones have actually been through some very rough and technical approaches.
i would almost recommend these as everyday shoes, but i wouldn't even recommend that because these smell just like all evolvs. (my feet never stink normally, only in evolvs)
so really i wouldn't recommend these shoes to anyone for any application.
i still love evolv and will only climb with their shoes, but apparently i need to find a new brand for approach shoes...
this is the first time evolv has let me down, and i hate leaving a 1 star review for my favorite company, but these were well deserving of it...

moo4689375 at Backcountry.com on 01/04/2013

I bought a pair of these shoes after reading a review of them in a climbing magazine which had rated them 'the best approach shoe of 2012'--they were quite the opposite. I wore them only a few times a week, on easy hikes, approaches to climbs, and longer walks, and after only a few months of this sort of use they began to fall apart. I thought that the wear and tear was minor and they wouldn't degrade further so I took them on a Grand Canyon river trip to use on day hikes on side canyons, the sole to one of them began to separate from the shoe under the heal and came almost completely off; the rubber on the toe of the opposite shoe began to do the same and the heel tab ripped completely off. I was very disappointed with these shoes and will not be buying any other products from evolv. (A side note, I bought a pair of $30 Converse low top tennis at about the same time as the evolvs and began to use them in place of the evolvs. Now, almost a year later of almost daily use for every purpose, I am still using them and they are still in great condition.)

tyl4453714 at Backcountry.com on 06/24/2013

If you buy it small enough to climb in the seam across the toe box rips within days. If you buy it bigger, it is worthless. I went through two pairs in as many weeks. c'mon evlolv. Only good if you are looking for a pair of tom's you can wear at the gym.

Josh Stark-Dykema at Backcountry.com on 09/17/2013

Used these as a camp shoe with minor use as an approach shoe as well. The seems on the sides began to split within the first week, and by the end of being out for several weeks both have gaping holes on the outsides. Light, climbed well, but unfortunately they're basically falling apart.

alep201690 at Backcountry.com on 08/27/2013

Sticky soles and good fit, that's great. But these shoes are super fragile. The outer seam blew out in a matter of days, after a handful of hour-long approaches. $75 is too much for shoes that don't last. I sent them back.

Jonas Kirov at Backcountry.com on 02/08/2013

I have hiked several times in those shoes, maybe 20 miles total and soles already started to separated from the shoe. That's pretty bad for $75 approach shoes.

Aleksei Potov at Backcountry.com on 08/25/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Approach and around for bouldering: Very good. Slipper feature is awesome
Approach to cragging: Good. Comfortable with decent traction. flimsy heel makes it difficult to pull on and off since there is only one heel loop.
Long approach with lots of gear: OK. Small light weight shoe has minimal support but is fairly comfortable even after several hours of approach. Compared to your climbing shoes your feet will be glad to be back in these.
Easy/moderate climbing: OK. the sole is pretty soft and the shoe doesn't edge well. The heel loop is already coming off, so if I downsize more my foot wouldn't get into the shoe without tearing the heel loop off completely.
General Scrambling: OK. Overall traction is good. Fine if you don't need to edge.
Aid climbing: Bad. The sole is too soft and after standing in aiders for a day the foam between the sole and the rubber started to crack/tear. Also quite uncomfortable if standing in aiders for a long time. These shoes clearly weren't designed for wall climbing but they were the only shoes I had at the time.
Next time I need approach shoes I will either look into a new shoe or go back to the 5Tennie guides.

bmo4378072 at Backcountry.com on 04/07/2013
I bought these for basic approach shoes, and that is pretty much what they are. They are awesome for wearing around the house or to the gym and on small approaches that do not involve a lot of hiking, but that is about it. I wear a normal shoe size of 10, and got these in a 10, and they are pretty tight, to the point where I pretty much cannot wear socks with them if I want a chance at getting them on. I tested them on a four hour hike up and down a river with lots of rock hopping/scrambling/lite traversing, and they stuck to everything great, but they were not very comfortable after the first hour of so. I do not have wide or narrow feet, and would consider my feet to be pretty average, and these shoes feel extremely narrow. The best thing they have going for them is they look sexy as hell.
Corey - customer at Zappos.com on 08/15/2013

If i got caught having to hike 3 miles up steep terrain to the crag i would not choose these as my shoes of choice. However if it was a well traveled short path to the boulder or crag then this isnt a bad approach shoe. It is light and stylish. It is comfortable and small enough it isnt that big a deal to warm up in these, they actually climb decently well. If you want an easy approach shoe these are worth a try.

Jordan at Backcountry.com on 08/13/2013

I've had the same issues as everybody else, with exception to my soles separating. One week after walking around town and commuting the outer toe-box stitching came undone and the canvas is now coming apart and forming quite the hole. These shoes are awesome looking. Super comfortable, and have cool features like the folding heal, they just aren't designed tough, at all.

notrub2412412284 at Backcountry.com on 01/02/2014