La Sportiva Solution

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The Men's Solution Climbing Shoe by La Sportiva is a high performance shoe purposely built to provide the solution for modern bouldering problems.

FEATURES of the La Sportiva Solution Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Solution Shoe.


  • 1.1 mm Laspoflex midsole (toe only)


  • Upper made of leather and Lorica materials
  • Slip-lasted construction; PD80 last

Traction and Grip:

  • 4 mm Vibram XS Grip; HF in toe box and arch area only


  • Molded 3D heel cup
  • Fast Closure System (FCS)
  • Patented P3 permanent power platform retains downturned shape of the shoe
  • Figure 8 tension rand provides power for all your bouldering needs
  • Patent-pending Lock Harness(tm) for secure heel hooking
Appalachain Outdoors
Stick to the wall with these innovative shoes. The La Sportiva Solution sports a molded 3D heel cup and the patented P3 power platform which retains the down-turned shape of the shoe. The Vibram XS Grip2 sole on this high performance shoe hooks, grabs, edges and smears on anything you step on. The Solution's Lock Harness System and fast lacing system surrounds your foot and weds it to the upper for a perfect fit. Please give these shoes a try, they will allow you to climb harder.
Rock/Creek Outfitters

The La Sportiva Solution Rock Shoe is a new shoe designed specifically for bouldering.  The most innovative part of this bouldering shoe is it P3 (Permanent Power Platform) randing system that works in combination with the base of the foot to spread and maintain tension through time, keeping your shoe tight and performance based as you climb. 
The upper of the shoe uses the Lock Harness System technology, which hugs the foot from the inside and uses the unique deep heel cups to ensure maximum flexibility when hooking on incuts, and overhangs.   Finally the Fast Lacing System has the tongue elasticized which ensures optimal adjustment of the internal volume, keeping  your foot in place as you aggressively use it on any problem you set your sights upon.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
La Sportiva's Solution is a high-performance climbing shoe for modern bouldering problems. A radically down-turned velcro shoe locks your foot into the perfect position for grabbing holds, toe scumming and powerful edging. The figure 8 tension rand provides optimal power. Winner of Rock & Ice Magazine's 2008 Best in Gear Award.

A revolutionary rock shoe developed specifically for bouldering. Winner of IF Design Product Award 2007 for its original design and the effective degree of innovation.
Whatever technical problem the rock presents, the Solution rock shoe gives you the support you need with the most innovative technology to overcome the boulder move. The upper uses Lock Harness System technology, which hugs the foot from the inside and combines with the unique deep heel-cups to ensure maximum flexibility when hooking, on incuts and overhangs.
The randing system P3 (Permanent Power Platform) is the active part of the shoe which gives it its versatility and works in synergy with the base of the foot to spread and maintain tension through time. The innovative Fast Lacing System combined with the tongue in elasticized fabric ensures optimal adjustment of the internal volume.

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Avg. Weight (Pair):1 lb. 1 oz.
Fit:Performance w/ High Asymmetry
IDEAL TERRAIN:overhanging sport routes, bouldering, gym climbing and technical face climbing
Last Shape:Aggressively Downturned
Liner Material:HF (toe-box and arch area only)
Lining:HF in toe-box and arch area only
Midsole:1.1mm LaspoFlex (toe only) with P3
Midsole Material:1.1mm LaspoFlex (toe only)
New marbled P3 rands:Each pair has unique marbling
SOLE:HF in toebox and arch area only
Sole Material:4mm Vibram® XS Grip
Upper:Leather, synthetic
Upper Material:Leather/ Lorica®
WEIGHT:8 oz / 210 g (average).
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La Sportiva Solution Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Solid bouldering shoe

I have only used the product for 3 sessions now and it is already broken in perfectly. The first two times were pretty brutal, but it's normal to have discomfort in the beginning. I went with a 42.5 (US 9.5). I wear a 10-10.5 street shoe and climb in a pair of La Sportiva Mythos for routes that are a 42 (US 9). The size is now perfect in the toe (though not comfortable) and the heel. The only sizing issue is in the upper because the strap does not draw tight enough. This has not affected performance, but if the shoe continues to stretch it could in the future. The "beak" (for lack of a better term) on the toe makes sticking feet easier, especially when pitched back, but comes at the price of general discomfort. The rubber wrapped around the toe and heel provides awesome grip and hooking and will ultimately make the shoe more durable in the long run. Overall, I gave it a 4/5 due to the price (I didn't see anything more expensive). I purchased the shoe for bouldering, what it is intended for, but for almost $160 it would be nice to not have to own/carry a second pair for routes. Additionally, EMS needs to reconsider policy/practice on selling high end shoes in stores. None of the EMS stores around here (Philadelphia/Central PA area) carry the product and trying it on first is crucial. I was able to find a local gym that had a pair (used) in order to get an idea of size. In the end I lucked out size wise, but if you want to sell high end shoes you have to start making them available in stores. Any item where fit is of upmost importance should not be a web exclusive.
Greg at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2009

Stick to the walls

I boulder every other day at my local rock gym in these shoes, and couldn't be happier with my first climbing shoe purchase.

I bought these half a size too small (I'm a size 40 in comparable shoes like the Vibram Fivefingers, got these in a 39.5) and although they were uncomfortable for the first couple times I climbed, they stretched and fit perfectly after some good sessions.

I can wear these for a good hour and a half before I have to take them off for a little break. Surprisingly, they don't make my feet sweat! I have yet to see any real wear on the shoes, and the rubber is just as sticky as when I took them out of the box.

The only thing that may deter me from recommending these to a friend is if you know that you don't like the downturn the shoe has. This is not necessarily a con, just a reminder for people that have yet to wear a shoe like this. It is uncomfortable for me to walk on surfaces that don't have any give (concrete, wood) as my feet stay arched. If at all possible, try these shoes on before buying them.

With that said, the downturn in the shoe really helps you pull yourself towards the wall and helps you make those big reaches out of caves/roofs.
Wufu at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2011

Best Engineered Climbing Shoe

There are a number of different selling points for this shoe. The downturned toe is created by a cup in the sole of the shoe. This eliminates the space created by curling toes in flat-bottomed shoes making the soution a comfortable, air-tight fit. In turn you get more pull (as opposed to just push) from your toes and your feet will cut less, expecially on overhanging routes.
The soft yellow rubber heel cup, at Tiva calls it the 'power platform', molds to your foot so the shoe never comes off. This does cause the shoe to stretch a considerable amount when being broken in. Ideally, you want to buy this shoe small enough that you can barely get your foot into it new. The soft arch will stretch and form to your foot. Unlike most shoes, these shoes will continue to stretch throughout their entire lifetime. Makes for a comfy warmup shoe once you go through the rand.
The rubber on these shoes is sticky, rather thick, and will typically last a long time. You do loose some sensitivity here. The rubber on the hell cup is not well suited for technical heel hooks on small holds. (more a consequence of shape than rubber selection)
mcaporizzo at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2010

THE Solution

I recently bought a second pair of these from Rock Creek after I split through the toe on the first pair. (The first pair lasted me 9 months of climbing 3-4 days a week indoors and several outdoor trips.) These shoes are nothing short of fantastic, albeit pricey. The fit is so perfect they make a sucking noise when I take them off/on. They are not very comfortable to walk in as they are very aggressive, but my feet never hurt or feel cramped while climbing. These are a dream for bouldering and allow me to feel confident putting weight on the tiniest holds. There is rubber on top of the foot which makes for great toe hooks/bat hangs, and the heel is also wrapped for confident heel hooks. The shoes are real leather which keeps odor to a minimum. (Unlike my STINKvolves, which smelled so bad my friends would make me strap them to the roof rack when driving home from the crag!)

For size comparison, I wear a men's 10 in loafers/dress shoes and a 42.5 (~9.5)in these. They were very difficult to put on at first but after a few uses they slide on without issue.
Matt at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2009

super technical

I tested these shoes out for only one week in my search to find a more aggressive than my FiveTen Rouges. The Solution is definitely an aggressive shoe with an extreme down turned and pointed toe. a fantastic feature if you're mostly bouldering on steep to overhang walls, cutting your feet will never happen again with the Solutions. for this reason alone, they're worthy of four stars.

The lack of rubber along the mid sole provides great flexibility to the shoe and helps to keep the overall weight of the shoe down. I think it actually helps strengthen your feet as well.

unfortunately the shoes didn't work out for me and here's why: the extreme downturn and the shape of my foot created a pocket of air between my heel and the heel cup, making them really annoying to wear.

otherwise a fairly comfy and powerful shoe that can really boost climbing performance.
jp at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2010

A great climbing shoe.

Living in Michigan without great outdoor climbing nearby, I mostly use these at the gym. Like any shoe, they're not going to make you a great climber. You have to do that yourself...yada, yada. However, these shoes allow you to do the things that a great climber must know how to do without limitation. The heel cup is the most secure I've ever felt when heel-hooking. For getting your toe into a tight hold on an overhang, this shoe is fantastic. Smearing is still possible, but I would say it's not what these shoes are designed for. These are aggressive shoes and they will be uncomfortable at first. Buy them small because they will stretch. I am a size 10 and I wear a European size 41 in these. That's around an 8.5 US. Overall, these are awesome when your climbs require the most out of your shoes.
Mark at Campmor on 10/10/2012

Impossible to cut feet with these shoes

I've only had these shoes for about a month, but instantly there was a huge leap in performance; on one project route I've been working you have to get a high foot and crank up on it, and my old shoes would keep slipping; with the Solutions I've never slipped on it, they stick and grab like nobody's business. The velcro closure is awesome 'cause it has the ease of velcro with the closure of laces, creating a very snug fit that goes on/off in a flash. Only downside is that since my left foot is slightly bigger it tends to feel cramped after a while, but that's remedied by taking the shoes off and putting on the 'flops. All in all I love these shoes and can't wait for weather to get nice to go outside with them.
tromoly at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2009
Out standing bouldering shoe! The heel is amazing; it’s actually very thick rubber on the heel. They edge and hook very well. Very good for hard sport routes and bouldering. The only down side is that they are kinda hard to get on and off. Once they are on they are fairly comfortable for a serious bouldering show. I wear a 9.5 street shoe and I got a size 39 in these. I wear a 9 in Anasazi VCS, and a 39.5 in Muira VS. I would consider a smaller size but would need some one with a smaller foot to break them in for me, because when they are new they are almost impossible to get on. I am worried about the strap breaking on me, so I don’t strap them down real tight.
Jacob K - customer at on 02/27/2010
These might be the best climbing shoes on the market. The 3d heel cup suctions perfectly, and the toe box is large enough to be comfortable without sacrificing performance. The little dome feature under the toes drives force to the edge of the shoe making this shoe edge super well despite the seemingly round outer edges. The heel hooks awesomely and the P3 rand keeps everything down turned even after a whole year of hard use. I'm a V5/6 Boulderer and a 5.12 climber, and I've tried a lot of shoes, and this one is the best. Wearing Solutions is like cheating. WARNING: Size down aggressively! I wear a 8/8.5 street shoe, and I'm wearing a 38.5 Solution, and I COULD stand to size down to 38.
Anonymous - customer at on 06/14/2011

Great Solution to a Problem!

I'm mainly a boulder. I've been pretty loyal to the La Sportiva Katana's. The Solution's are true to fit of the Katana. I wear a 10.5 and found the 41.5 is a great fit for me. The Solution's are great so far. I'm curious of how long the toe will hold up. My Katana's seemed to only hold about three months at climbing about three times weekly. The only con, they're a hot shoe. The re-enforced upper rubber and lining gets a little toasty in the sun. Throw on the flops between climbs and the con becomes a pro! Other than that they seem to stand up to the hype, great edger, great heel and the harness strap keeps them snug. Try'em out!
Geep at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2008

Negative Reviews:

Highly aggressive blocks of wood

I tried these when they were first released because I had heard the hype and wanted to see what was up. At the time I was wearing Dragons and V10s and other aggressive 5.10s but was still using Katanas for my casual shoes. I loved the way these fit out of the box and was psyched to try them out. After at least 5 sessions in these I came to the conclusion that I would rather be wearing Dutch wooden shoes. I prefer a much more sensitive shoe and these offered very little sensitivity. I also hated the rubber used on the heel cups. Why they couldn't have wrapped them in standard climbing rubber I don't know but the super hard rubber on these heels was not to my taste at all. I really wanted to like these but I just couldn't get into them.
Chatty Bolderer at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Doesn't hold up to a beating

The shoe was great for about a month, then things started falling apart. First, the mesh upper that has a soft, sock-like feel to it started ripping up. This happened on both shoes and just made it a little awkward to get them on. While the rubber held up pretty well and was extremely sticky, the strap connected to the pull tab on one shoe actually snapped in half when I was putting the shoe on. This was after only 3 months of use. I was pretty bummed and fixed it by tying a knot near one of the metal eyelets so I could still wear the shoes, but it ended up ripping out the metal part too (all in about a 30 minute timeframe). I returned the shoes and got a full refund. So, the bottom line is you have to be gentle with these shoes. The rubber quality is superb, but the heel may take getting used to since it is very stiff. And, don't pull too hard when you're putting them on!
Climbtoomuch at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2012