Five Ten Spire

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Five Ten Spire -

The Spire Climbing Shoe by Five Ten is the best-selling rock shoe in the U.S. It's the perfect all-around climbing shoe, engineered for the climber seeking ultimate value, unmatched comfort, versatile performance and premier materials.

FEATURES of the Five Ten Spire Climbing Shoe.


  • Flat profile shape and a low asymmetric curvature provide a comfy fit right out of the box
  • Full-length laces allow a precise fit
  • All-leather uppers provide long-lasting durability and will stretch up to a full size over time for a custom fit


  • Stiff Coyote Midsole gives beginners the support they need to stand on small edges


  • Padded tongue

Weather and Wind:

  • Side exit heel seam; Dual pull-on loops


  • Low asymmetrical curve and roomy toe box makes this shoe incredibly comfortable

Traction and Grip:

  • Stealth C4 rubber sole provides legendary traction on the rock or in the gym
  • Stealth C4 rubber provides excellent grip on any type of rock


  • Unlined leather upper; Stealth C4 sole


  • Asym toe
  • Asymmetrical toe; "Slingshot" heel
The Five Ten Spire has been a best-selling climbing shoe for years thanks to its comfortable fit and excellent price. With bomber durability, the Spire survives the learning curve if you're a beginner and takes you from the climbing gym to outdoor routes. (2013)

For comfort and all-around performance at a price that won't break the bank, it doesn't get much better than the Five Ten Spire Lace-Up Climbing Shoe. The stiff midsole and flat profile shape provide the support you need to confidently stand on small footholds while the Stealth C4 soles provide the legendary grip that has made the world's hardest routes a reality.


Comfort and versatility make the Spire a great all-around option for beginner through intermediate climbers. With unmatched out-of-the-box comfort, the Spire excels in the climbing gym and on the rock. Amazing durability survives your early climbing days, and the style is well-balanced so you can figure out what exactly your style is. A wonderful option for your first climbing shoe.

Upper Material: Unlined split-grain leather

Closure: Lace
The perfect all-around rock climbing shoe.
Engineered for the climber seeking ultimate value, unmatched comfort, versatile performance, and premier materials.
that stretches to fit.
Lace-up closure system.
Stealth® C4 rubber sole technology.
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Outsole:Stealth C4
Shoe Profile:Flat Profile
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Five Ten Spire Reviews:


For ages I've climbed in various La Sportivas. The Mythos has long been a favorite of mine. However, about a year ago I started giving 5.10 a try. I have a pair of Grandstones, which are my goto for most outdoor climbs, particularly cracks... but the Spire has quickly grown to become a favorite as well.
I have narrow feet... and Morton's toe (second toe is longer than my big toe). It often makes finding just the right shoe very tricky. La Sportiva Mythos have always been my standard. Supple leather, fit like a glove, and I can wear them for hours. Although the Spires took longer to break in, after a week or two of climbing they narrowly surpassed my Mythos as my favorite.
The Grandstones are a close second behind the Spires. The toebox on the Spires is a perfect fit for my toes. The leather, after a little break in, is as supple as La Sportiva Mythos. The toebox on the Grandstones can be a little sloppy, and cramps my Morton's toe. The Spires do not. I can wear my Spires for three hours or so before I start feeling some hot spots.
Whether its outdoor or indoor, crack or slab, there aren't any shoes that I can recommend as highly as the Spires. Grandstones excel in cracks and on long outdoor climbs, but the Spires just do it all, and they fit like a glove. Whether you're edging on a dime width flake or praying while you put all your weight on a smear on a slab... the Spires are trustworthy. Put your faith in them and they'll reward you.

Banning Lyon at on 09/03/2013

let me start by saying i've only just started climbing. as i began to learn about the sport and gear, i decided that quality shoes were the first purchase i would make.
i was a bit puzzled by the varied opinions on how uncomfortably tight climbing shoes should be. i'm an 11 in street shoes and decided to buy the 10.5s based on the fact that they would stretch a bit. they were snug and felt good for several minutes, but got painful not long after that. my toes were just barely curled. i didn't think that i'd be able to last like that for very long in the gym. what convinced me to return them and go for the 11s was actually what was written on the 5.10 box... climbing shoes shouldn't be painfully tight.
the 11s are PERFECT! i LOVE them! they have stretched a little, but nothing that tighter lacing can't overcome... they fit like a glove. i even bought two more pairs for the kids and found the sizing to be true to their street size as well (however, take the time to have your foot measured so you know what your real size is to start).

john drake at on 09/04/2011

Like many other people who wrote a review about this shoe, it was my first actual climbing shoe. It's a very comfortable shoe and excels at many things. One of those things is crack climbing. They fit perfectly in the cracks and stick in them like glue, until you pull them out. Another thing is smearing. It rocks (pun!) at smearing. If I wanted to climb 5.15, I could with these shoes not using the footholds, they're so good at smearing. Some leather shoes that are colored leave traces of the dye off on you and color your feet blue. But not this shoe. It comes off without a trace of dye on your foot. The only complaint I have about this is that it doesn't last very long, or at least it didn't for me. I had to get a new pair of shoes within 6 months because the edge was being peeled away from the leather. But otherwise I highly recommend this as a great beginners shoe at a low-ish price.

Joshua Bruch at on 06/25/2012

These are a great pair of shoes for beginners. My street shoe is about a 11-11.5, I ordered size 10's knowing that they would stretch, definitely a chore to get on the first time and not very comfortable my first two times climbing, but they loosened up extremely quickly, and now I don't even notice them even after wearing and climbing in them for hours. A few notes, the toe is rounded, and fitting it into a little pocket will just not work, also, the heel could be a lot better for heel hooking. But the laces all the way down allow for a very tight but not uncomfortable fit, the rubber will outlast your awful footwork, and the comfort of these shoes will really let you focus more on your climbing, and enjoying the climbing, instead of you constantly thinking about how bad your toes hurt. Definitely a recommend for beginner climbers. I gym climb about 3-4 times a week, and 8 months after purchasing these I'm still loving them

Jared Harzan at on 01/06/2012

The 5.10 Spire was the first shoe I ever climbed in, and they are still my favorite. I've tried several other brands and styles, but I keep coming back to these (this is my 3rd pair). The C4 stealth rubber is great, the fit is perfect (I have slightly wider than normal feet and these shoes fit well), and I like the way I climb in them. My only tiny complaint is, well, tiny: the laces on these things are stupidly long. After lacing them up tight, I have enough left over to choke a horse (note: I do not actually choke horses). I have to triple-tie the bows to avoid stepping on the excess. But other than that, a great shoe, and after 20 years of climbing, still my go-to shoe!

aud5690595 at on 08/05/2012
Great Shoe, but it will STRETCH. I agree with the other reviewer that the Spire is an excellent first climbing shoe purchase. It will do everything you ask of it as you're learning the basics of movement on rock and will perform well up to the 5.11 range. The Spire is a very comfortable shoe as well, a fact it owes to it unlined leather upper - as you log vertical mileage in the shoe it will soften and literally mold to your foot. Any unlined leather climbing shoe will stretch some both in length and girth and the Spire is no exception! I wear a 9.5/10.0 US street shoe and sized my Spires down to an 8.0. Perfect fit after a short - if uncomfortable - break in period.
Steve S - customer at on 03/17/2007

I am new to climbing and recently purchased a pair of those Mad Rock toe crushers. I returned them shortly after trying them on. OUCH!!!! How do people wear those things? That's like asking Shaq to fit inside a Voltswagon Bug. I searched for a climbing shoe that fit more like my street shoe and I came across these Five Ten Lace-Ups. Wow, what a great climbing shoe for the first timer. I wear a size 12 street shoe and I purchased these babies a size smaller. They do take a little getting used to, but they will stretch. I purchased a second pair of these a half size smaller this time with a much better overall fit and comfort.

Erik Barnes at on 07/09/2011

I wasn't sure how I felt about these at first, but as I've worn them more and more I'm convinced I should buy another pair. These were my first pair of climbing shoes and they've been great. Things I love about them:
1.) The fit- I wear a 14 street and they actually fit as I'd want them. I ordered a 14 in this shoe and it's perfect.
2.) Nice toe box
3.) They don't stink
4.) All-leather, so they mold nicely to my feet.
5.) Pretty darn durable
6.) Comfortable - I can be in them at the gym for 2-3 hours and not have my toes hurt
In summary, great starter shoe, comfortable, with no down-turned toe

bud5521395 at on 11/06/2012

I'm new to climbing and mostly doing gym climbs at the moment and I really like my Spires. I bought them true to size as my street shoes (11.5) and they fit nicely, and I can wear them pain-free for hours. The laces have ridges in them which allows me to fit the shoe very snug to my foot. They leather doesn't stink, the dye doesn't transfer to my foot, the C4 rubber is sticky. I will be buying another pair, maybe a 1/2 size smaller to rotate when this pair needs resoling. Yes, the laces are long, but I just double tie the bow and it's manageable.

frap515489 at on 05/07/2013
This is the first pair of climbing shoes I have purchased. I have been climbing and renting different shoes for about a month now. I really love these shoes so far. I have only gone to the gym twice with them so far but I have noticed a vast improvement over the rentals. I used to have to take the rentals off after each climb because my feet were hurting. I can leave these on for a couple of hours with no real discomfort. I'm guessing as I break them in a little they will only become more comfortable.
Dustin H - customer at on 11/07/2011