Evolv Shaman

Priced: $132.94 - $150.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 41 reviews.
Evolv Shaman -

The Evolv Shaman is flat out one of the best rock climbing shoes you’re going to find, you guys. This Evolv climbing shoe features a microfiber lining in the forefoot, a “love bump” that puts the forefoot in a comfy position and helps fill the space behind the toes, and a “knuckle box” that allows the big toe knuckle to stay in a position of power while you climb. These design technologies are combined with unique materials to make the Shaman one of the most comfortable climbing shoes ever, and recognized as award-winning climbing gear.

FEATURES of the Evolv Men's Shaman Climbing Shoes.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Evolv Men's Shaman Climbing Shoes.


  • 3 rip-and-stick straps draw the arches of the shoes into your feet for an excellent fit
  • Three opposing direction strap closures for a dialed-in fit and snug arch
  • A third strap closure for added security and to create a sock like fit through the arch of your foot


  • Microfiber lining in the forefeet, cotton in the heels and leather on the footbeds limit stretching and offer great comfort
  • The multi pattern lining (leather forefoot liner for increased sensitivity and feel, cotton heel for non-stretch performance), give the best feel and function for demanding climbs


  • 1.5 mm half-length “love bump” midsole keep the foot locked in place
  • The ''Love Bump'' midsole puts your forefoot in a comfortable position of power and fills in the dead space behind your toes
  • Full-length MX-P 1.5mm midsoles have medium stiffness for edging power on long face routes yet are flexible enough for smearing


  • Flexible and durable synthetic suede uppers resist stretching and dry quickly


  • Three opposing hook and loop straps go on quick and secure


  • The tensioned heel and arch rand eliminates dead space in the arch for secure heel hooks and transfers power to the toes
  • Ideal for hard sport climbing and bouldering on steep terrain
  • High-performance, 4.2mm TRAX XT-5 high-friction rubber soles stick tenaciously to rock
  • High friction toe patch, a special Sharma addition for technical moves
  • Toe rands of varying thicknesses enhance durability in high-wear zones, such as the front of the toe, without being cumbersome
  • The evolv Shaman rock shoes are part of the Chris Sharma Signature Series
  • The ''Knuckle Box'' works in combination with the ''Love Bump'' to provide room for your big toe knuckle to stay in a position of power
  • Downturned shape features a roomy toe box to allow your big toes to stay bent in a position of power while you're climbing
  • Two piece 4.2 mm Trax high friction rubber
  • The ultimate performance climbing shoe developed from the ground up by Chris Sharma
Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Evolv Shaman is the most advanced, highest-performance climbing shoe that Evolv has ever released, designed from scratch by Chris Sharma. It fits like a glove, and is the most comfortable down-turned climbing shoe we've ever tried. Imagine: a no-compromises, aggressive, technical climbing shoe that doesn't feel like a torture device!
Built on a new last, with a strong downward camber and asymmetrical profile, the Evolv Shaman is perfect for hardcore sport climbing and bouldering steep terrain. The “knuckle box” distributes weight across your big toe, and the "love bump" midsole keeps that toe in a position of power for edging while also helping these shoes retain their downturned shape. The tensioned heel and arch rand eliminate dead space in the arch, transferring even more power to the toes, and a heel counter provides additional tension for secure heel hooks. Triple velcro straps keep the arch from flattening out on you.
The guys at Evolv have worked tirelessly with Chris Sharma on this shoe, tweaking and modifying prototypes repeatedly until they were absolutely perfect, and the Evolv Shaman is a worthy result. Even Sharma's girlfriend is impressed!


The ultimate performance climbing shoe developed from the ground up by Chris Sharma ideal for hard sport climbing and bouldering on steep terrain.

The Shaman incorporates several key design elements that work synergistically to perform at the highest level: The big toe “knuckle box” and “love bump” midsole keeps the big toe in a position of power to obtain maximum strength for edging and grabbing; the tensioned heel and arch rand eliminates dead space in the arch for secure heel hooks and transfers power to the toes; the multi pattern lining (leather forefoot liner for increased sensitivity and feel, cotton heel for non-stretch performance), give the best feel and function for demanding climbs.

Get a grip! Maximize the power needed for grabbing, smearing, edging and scaling even the toughest climbs by slipping into the EVOLV™ Shaman.
Designed by renown American rock climber Chris Sharma.
Down-turned profile and defined "knuckle box" for enhanced comfort.
Synthetic upper offers a snug, glove-like fit.
Leather forefoot and cotton heel lining for increased friction.
Hook-and-loop straps for a secure lockdown.
Heel pull loop for easy on/off.
MX-P, 1.5mm, half-length midsole features the "love-bump" to reduce the dead space under the toe area.
Two-piece, 4.2mm TRAX high friction rubber outsole.
VTR3D rand.
Made in the U.S.A.
Evolv's mad scientists melted down lightning bolts, kryptonite, pure attitude, and locks of Chris Sharma's hair to create the mold for the Shaman Climbing Shoe. At a top secret unveiling, several people were carried away on stretchers after fainting at the sight of the Shaman's revolutionary and aggressive profile. Built with input from the master himself, this shoe features a love bump under the toe to eliminate deadspace and a heel counter for structure and tension. Throw in Evolv's proprietary Trax XT high-friction rubber and the result is a shoe that's so advanced, it can even help you find features in drywall.

Oregon Mountain Community
Chris Sharma was instrumental in the design of the Evolv Shaman and its already won the Editor's Choice awards from both Climbing and Urban Climber magazines. A combination of exclusive technologies, unique materials, and a radical new last make this an ultra high performance shoe with an amazing level of comfort.

Mountain Gear
Designed by Chris Sharma, Evolv’s Shaman is intended for the highest level of sport climbing and bouldering on steep terrain.


Developed from the ground up by Chris Sharma, the evolv Shaman rock shoes incorporate an aggressive downturned shape and high-quality materials to meet your needs on steep routes.

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Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 6 oz.
Avg. Weight (Pair):1 lb. 4 oz.
Awards:2012 Award Winner
Can be resoled:Yes
Footwear closure:Rip-and-stick
Last Shape:Slightly Downturned
Liner:Leather forefoot and foot bed, cotton heel
Lining:Microfiber forefoot, cotton heel, leather foot bed
Midsole:MX-P: 1.5 mm half-length
Outsole:TRAX XT-5 rubber
Profile:Downturned asymmetric with the “knuckle box”
Rand:VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
Shape of last:Cambered
Shoe Profile:Aggressive Profile
Sole:Two piece 4.2 mm TRAX® High Friction Rubber
Upper:Synthetic (perforated Synthratek upper)
Weight:Weight-284 g. 100oz pair size 9
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Evolv Shaman Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Just wrote this review for the Rasta Shamans...obviously these are the exact same shoes, so I figured I'd post here. Wasn't sure what to expect. I had never had a pair of performance climbing shoes, with an aggressively down cambered toe. This was my first. Let me revise that. I'd tried some on, and they didn't fit. So I didn't buy them. And then I tried the Shaman. The Knucklebox fits my long toes perfectly. Even with my Morton's toe, this is the first asymmetrically lasted shoe (90% of climbing shoes) that fits my foot! And then the love bump is just a premolded part of the sole, but it makes such a difference for snug fit and feel. No void of space underneath my toes, they are ensconced snugly in rubber above and below. Heel is great, a little movement but secure enough that it'll never come off, no matter how sketchy the hook. Three velcro straps allow me to customize the fit greatly, if I was to want for something, it'd be some sort of way to reduce the heel volume for my less meaty feet. Asides from that magic adjuster, these shoes are above and beyond what I was expecting, and are worth every penny. And they don't look half bad, either :) I'm not so much into Rasta, so I call 'em my Rainbow shamans, or maybe Stoplight Shamans? Regardless, they're awesome. Fit is true, in the Demorto's I sized down 1 1/2 sizes to 10.5, here I stuck with a 12. Incidentally the shoes are the same length when I put them side by side. Once I get used to climbing with this much power and feel to my toe, I may end up sizing down to 11.5. We'll see. Hope this helps!
Byron G - customer at Zappos.com on 12/20/2011

The love bump and knuckle box combo is so evident the moment you put these on because your feet are in securely and snug but you don't have that one pair tear creep out the corner of your eye. these are super aggressive and can be really tightened up to ensure your foot is extra snug. I wear an 8 in street shoe and had to bump all the way up to a 9 in these. Now that I have climbed in them a little while they have broke in some which makes me think I should have gone with a 8.5 but do not count on these things stretching, they are synthetic. Also I being so aggressive and spending the money on these I was determined to find a shoe that really fit my foot and these things do the trick. Only thing that I don't really like is the rubber.. my first shoes were a pair of Five Ten Spires and transitioning from the Stealth C4 rubber to the Trax xt rubber it makes me miss my five tens sometimes. Whenever I have to get these resoled I'll just get them resoled with the stealth rubber instead. I haven't been able to get them on real rock quite yet unfortunately but I work at a climbing gym so I put plenty of hours in them. I have been told though they stick much better on real rock as compared to plastic holds but I do not know this for certain. They will give you a good climb regardless!

Landon Ward at Backcountry.com on 10/08/2013

This summer I used two shoes mainly. The Evolv Shaman and the 5.10 Dragons (lace). The fitting on the Shaman definitely hurt at first with about 5 or 6 times of use plus some wearing them around the house during work. The Dragons on the other hand, right from the beginning, fit like a glove.
After putting both of these to the test on multiple different types of climbing I really believe that the Shaman is the shoe for me. Not just in my pair I am currently stoked on - but for my future pairs of shoes for years to come. I plan on buying a second pair when the weather gets cold and we all retreat to the gym (new Momentum, woop woop).
Another huge factor that I believe these shoes have over the Dragons is the rubber just seems more sticky/wears slower. I have worn the Shamans about 75% of the spring/summer and they still feel like they have more grip than the Dragons. Very strange since I am a big fan of 5.10. I just sincerely believe they are out performed by the Shaman.
This was my 3rd year of rock climbing and the Evolv Shamans really helped me progress this year. I truly believe that I would not have progressed as much without these shoes in my gear closet.

Grant Kates at Backcountry.com on 08/29/2013

Great Shoe!!

I could definitely tell a difference between these and my previous shoes (Evolv Pontas). It was a HUGE step up! I loved wearing these shoes! It seemed as though I was kind of between sizes, and after breaking them in with 3-4 hrs per day, 4 days a week for nearly a month, I could tell that after they formed to my feet more, I needed socks with them (originally sized without socks). These shoes did everything I asked of them! They performed wonderfully whether it was edging, overhang, pockets, it didnt matter! The only reason I gave them 4 stars was because they dug into the back of my ankle pretty bad. And shortly after deciding to take them back (but before I could return them) I noticed that a small slit had formed at the top of the rubber on the side of the shoe where it goes to the synthetic material. But I have heard no complaints of this kind in other reviews. I loved the shoes but decided to get the La Sportiva Miura VS' and really love them so far! but I will have a review for them also (soon!)! And the REI policy cant be beat! They have never let me down in any field! (Service, customer care, products)
Luke Raper at REI on 12/12/2013

Get Used to it.

I use these shoes on the rock both bouldering and sport routes. I've worn katanas, predators, and defy's (gym shoes).

If you're looking for comfort on a multi-pitch maybe these aren't for you. But if you're looking to stay on the rock whether slab or an over hang the arch and toe box are phenomenal. I thought the pointed toe would cause smearing to be a struggle but it actually makes it easier.

BUT, you have to get used to the different feel of the pecuilar approach to being an aggressive shoe. The shaman really excels if you are wearing it correctly. I could also see how if you have morton's toe or longer toes in general you could have problems with the toe box. The shoe is synthetic and will stretch very little. It is also hard to resole these shoes because of the rubber's shape and the rands.

If you're ready for the next step definitely look into these. Never jump into a pair of shoes because of a review though, find a store and try them on. I would suggest going a half size down because they will form to your feet. It's like making a best friend.
Dusty at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 10/10/2013

First, and most importantly, I normally wear an 8 street shoe and I had to size up to a 9 in these to even get my foot in! So I super suggest trying these on somewhere before ordering them online, I had to return my first pair (8.5) that I ordered.
Remember, these are aggressive shoes! They're not supposed to be comfortable, don't expect them to be. If you're a beginner climber, get shoes without a downturned toe (aka with a flat sole) that will teach you how to use your feet properly. Upgrade to these only when you're ready. With that said, for how aggressive they are, I'm actually pretty surprised about how comfortably they fit. Honestly I can wear them for a while without having to take them of, which is awesome.
I am a women and have a wider toe box so I normally order men's shoes and and these fit my feet great, no slipping in the heel or anything. They're my first pair of velcro shoes, and I love them! I'm definitely spoiled, now I can't even imagine having to lace up every time I want to boulder...

Ana Ally at Backcountry.com on 12/12/2013

Super aggressive shoe!

Well, first off, I want to say these shoes are worth it! As the review above says, "toes for days!" and it's so true! Amazing edging power due to its super aggressive shape. You can dial your toe into the smallest of edges and be assured its not going anywhere! As many have also said, this shoe doesn't flex or adapt to your foot, what comes out of the box will stay that way. On that note, my only "issue" with the shoe is the sizing. I had to order 3 before getting the right size for my foot. I ended up going a half-size larger than my street shoe! You definitely don't need to downsize to guarantee performance, it's already built into the shoes design. With this in mind, these are slightly more comfortable than other down-turned shoes, but I wouldn't recommend wearing these for more than 1 pitch. Also, I'm not sure if my foot is extra narrow, but after strapping these on my feet, I have a lot of excess strap hanging off which has gotten caught on stuff while climbing. Other than that, great sport climbing shoe!
khowe765 at REI on 05/05/2013

First off I had to go up a full size in these. I tried going up a half size and it was just to snug on my feet. I gave them a few climbing sessions and could tell I had to move up a full size from my normal street shoe. I have pretty narrow feet and these feel great on me.
Now that I've had these shoes for about two weeks and 10 solid days of use I can say these shoes are great! They're super sticky and will definitely give you that extra piece of mind your feet will stay where you want them to. I've used them on real rock (they feel excellent on real rock) and on the free outdoor wall near me which is fiberglass natural features and plastic holds.
For how aggressive they are they're very comfortable however I still don't wear them if I'm not on the wall climbing.
Be sure to try a few different sizes on from your regular street shoe size to a full size up to get the appropriate fit.

Ryan Straker at Backcountry.com on 11/10/2013

A great shoe with one drawback.

So, this is my second review of this shoe. After climbing in the shoe for 5 months, I now feel the need to write a more thorough review of the Shaman. I still think the Shaman's rigid and non-flexing shape provide tremendous power on the rock. I believe that aggressive downturned shoes like the Shaman's are absolutely essential for that boulderer or sport climber wanting to push into the more advanced climbing grades.

My only legitimate con with the shoe are the 3 velcro straps. #1: Straps are long and once tight on my foot, have an inch or more hanging off which is really annoying. I have cut off about an inch on the middle strap, but they still manage to get caught on just about everything! #2: Velcro has a limit to it's durability, i.e. expect the velcro to eventually fail. The Shaman is great, and I have loved climbing in them, but I don't think I'll buy another pair of climbing shoes with velcro straps.
khowe765 at REI on 09/09/2013

Excellent all-around shoe

I've been climbing with the Shaman since it came out - nearly a year. I've projected really thin, slightly slabby limestone sport routes in these, and climbed very overhanging boulder problems as well. In these ~10 months, I've used The Shaman for bouldering (sandstone in Joe's, Font; granite in Bishop, Montana) and for sport climbing (dolomite in Ten Sleep, limestone in Spain, granite in Sweden and Norway) - and I've been increasingly more pleased with them wherever I take them. As a lot of people say, the shoe starts rather stiff (but not *that* stiff). However it breaks in extremely nicely, and has an incredibly long life. With its leather lining, the shoe is very comfortable against the skin. And, as by design, the shoe still performs even when fitted slightly toward the large size. The shoe generally fits the foot well, not putting strange pressure points on the foot (ball, toes, heel), so you can climb without feeling like you're deforming your foot. I love this shoe.
Christine at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2012

Neutral Reviews:

I would have loved this shoe, but I have narrow, long feet.. this shoe is made for wider feet so be warned! Also, whenever I wear these, I feel like im putting my foot into a cement block.. They weren't even tight(i could fit my feet+ 3 pairs of socks in these shoes). also, there was alot of dead space in the heel and toe box for me. I switched to La Sportiva solutions and they're perfect! So if you have narrow feet, don't get this shoe, get sportivas. You can preform better with shoes that fit you like a glove, and not that have dead space.. My guess, is that most people would fit perfect in this shoe, but my size 14 narrow feet, don't..

Jeff S at Backcountry.com on 10/24/2013
These shoes, in my opinion, are "pretty good". I don't think they edge as well as Sportiva solutions and aren't quite soft enough to be a super sensitive slipper. Just my opinion, I use these for mid-grade all around climbing but can't give 5 stars.
JJ - customer at Zappos.com on 08/01/2011

climb on

toes for days!
G4 at REI on 05/05/2013