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Adam Ondra is regularly touted as the greatest climber of our generation, and to keep up with all that crushing, Ondra has a serious collection of climbing shoes.

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His Top Pick

Solution

The tried and tested shoe Ondra has relied on for the majority of his iconic boulder and sport climbs.

Futura-1

For Bouldering

Futura

The popular pick for competition climbing, especially on the bouldering wall.

La sportiva katana lace

For Edging

Katana

When precise and powerful edging is the name of the game, it’s the Katana Ondra turns to.

La Sportiva Miura Lace Climbing Shoe

For Everything

Miura

The all-rounder performance shoe which Ondra heavily relied on at the start of his career.

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When it comes to professional climbers, they don’t come much better than Adam Ondra. Whether it’s plastic or rock, the World Cup circuit, or an unheard crag in Europe, this man can crush it all.

Of Adam’s many accomplishments, perhaps his biggest achievement to date was the first ascent of a route graded 9c. Adam topped out Silence on the 3rd of September 2017 after more than four years of rigorous mental and physical training. Silence aside, Adam still has plenty of other impressive ascents, having logged over 1550 mind-blowing routes graded between 8c (5.13b) and 9c (5.15d) and even clipping the chain on the Dawn Wall during his first visit to Yosemite. 

Adam Ondra Climbing Shoes
Ondra on Silence 9c/5.15d. By Pavel Blazek

With all that climbing, Ondra burns a fair share of rubber. Adam estimates he goes through about twelve pairs of shoes every year. For more intense projects, like the Dawn Wall, Adam burnt through a staggering seven pairs of Katanas in less than four weeks.

What Shoes Does Adam Ondra Wear?

Adam uses a diverse range of La Sportiva climbing shoes depending on what he is climbing. The two most frequently used shoes throughout his career have been the Solution and Miura. Here’s an episode from Adam’s ‘Road to Tokyo’ series where he gives us an interesting insight into his shoe collection and when and where he uses each shoe.

Adam Ondra Climbing Shoes: the Top 6

If you are curious about the Adam Ondra shoe collection, you’re in luck. I have the some digging on some of Ondra’s biggest ascents and logged his favorite shes throughout the years.

Ondra’s Top Pick

La Sportiva Solution

La Sportiva Solution Review
Overall
8.65
(5 reviews)
  • Edging - 9/10
    9/10
  • Smearing - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Steep Terrain - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Comfort - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Sensitivity - 8/10
    8/10
  • Value For Money - 10/10
    10/10

Pros

  • Laser precise toe is awesome for technical footwork
  • 3D molded heel is great for heel hooking
  • Secure fit thank to the hook and loop strap

Cons

  • A little expensive
  • Not suitable for all-day climbing
  • The straps can break easily

Used for: Silence, Disbelief, One Slap, Brutal Rider 

Whether Ondra is wrestling boulders or topping out an overhung sport route, the chances are a pair of La Sportiva Solutions won’t be far away. 

Adam Ondra Climbing in Catalunya Spain
Ondra sending hard in Catalunya, Spain

Adam has mentioned on several occasions that the Solutions are his favorite climbing shoes, and there’s plenty of evidence of that in his iconic ascents. Not only did he use one (on his right foot) for his ascent of the world’s first 9c but he also donned the Solutions for 50% of his V16 boulder top outs. 

In more recent years, Ondra has begun to add the Solution Comp to his regular roster of shoes. On the IFSC comp circuit, he is regularly seen in a pair of Solution Comps, both the male and female models, offering slight variations in the flexibility of the forefoot.

The All-Arounder

La Sportiva Miura

La Sportiva Miura Review
Overall
7.7
(3 reviews)
  • Edging - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Smearing - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Steep Terrain - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Comfort - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Sensitivity - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Value For Money - 9/10
    9/10

Pros

  • Great edging
  • Versatile
  • Low and high volume variations

Cons

  • Laces wear fast in cracks
  • Jack of all trades, master of none
  • The stiffer profile isn’t ideal for indoor climbing

Solutions might be Adam Ondra’s climbing shoe of choice, but the Miura seems to be a close second. If you look at all his hardest sport climbs, the Miura has been used on over 70% of his 9b+ ascents.

Adam himself says he utilizes the stiff and downturned characteristics of the Miura for outdoor climbing, especially for hard vertical routes. 

On his iconic ascent of Silence, Adam turned to the reliably stiff profile of the Miura lace to help pull off that gravity-defying foot jam, something that wouldn’t be possible with a softer shoe.

Ondra In the La Sportiva Miura
Image by Petr Piechowicz

There are plenty of other classic Ondra ascents that the Miura (both the lace and Velcro) have made an appearance. During that iconic battle for the first ascent of La Dura Dura against Chris Sharma for example, Ondra used the Miura to claim that sweet first ascent. 

For The Gym

La Sportiva Futura

La Sportiva Futura review
Overall
8.45
(2 reviews)
  • Edging - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Smearing - 9/10
    9/10
  • Steep Terrain - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Comfort - 8/10
    8/10
  • Sensitivity - 10/10
    10/10
  • Value For Money - 7/10
    7/10

Pros

  • Incredible sensitivity
  • Great at edging thanks to No-Edge technology
  • The fast-lacing system

Cons

  • The price tag
  • Wears fast

If you tuned in to see Adam crushing it on the comp circuit over the last 10 years, then you have probably spotted the Futura more than a few times. 

The Futura is the softest shoe that La Sportiva manufactures and also makes the most of its no-edge technology. These features make this shoe super sensitive and the king of the large volumes and high-friction moves found on modern bouldering problems. 

La Sportiva Futura Munich 2019 IFSC

Adam almost always brings out a pair of Solutions and Futuras at World Cup events. For the small edges and delicate footwork problems, Ondra uses the Solutions. For the smeary problems, he cracks out the Futuras. Or sometimes, a combination of the two. 

Don’t think this shoe is just for messing around on plastic though. Plenty of pro climbers use this to crush world-class lines, including Adam himself, who has used the Futura on both 9b+ sport climbs and V16 boulder problems.

For Edging

La Sportiva Katana

La Sportiva Katana Lace Review
Overall
7.85
(3 reviews)
  • Edging - 10/10
    10/10
  • Smearing - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Steep Terrain - 7/10
    7/10
  • Comfort - 8/10
    8/10
  • Sensitivity - 7/10
    7/10
  • Value For Money - 9/10
    9/10

Pros

  •  Great for edging
  • Climbs everything
  • Flat, yet downturned (is that even possible?)
  • Comfortable performance shoes

Cons

  • Not the best for dynamic bouldering
  • Lacks sensitivity

Ondra is a renaissance man of the climbing world. He climbs sport, he wrestlers boulders, and he tops out sh*t-scary big walls. When he is working on the latter, it seems the Katana is Ondra’s weapon of choice.

Remember that Dawn Wall project Tommy Caldwell spent 7 years working on? Less than a year after Tommy and Kevin’s ascent in 2015, Ondra came into the valley and crushed the route in less than seven days. Seven. Days. WHAT?!

Adam Ondra on the Dawn Wall
Ondra sending the Dawn Wall

The Katana was on the feet of the Czech machine’s feet after this record-breaking ascent. While there’s no arguing that the Katana is a laser-precise shoe that excels at technical climbing, it’s slightly unusual Ondra chose the Katana over the TC Pro, the shoe virtually everyone else in Yosemite is wearing. 

For Crack Climbing

La Sportiva Tc Pro

La Sportiva TC Pros

Used for: Belly Full of Bad Berries

He might not have used it for the Dawn Wall, but Ondra is no stranger to the TC Pro. High-top climbing shoes are ideal for crack climbing and offer superior ankle protection to the ‘ballerina’ shoe style we are all familiar with. 

For Adam’s handful of off-width ascents, like Belly Full of Bad Berries, he has laced up the TC Pros, or at least one anyway.

For Speed Climbing

La Sportiva Cobra

La Sportiva Cobra Eco Review
Overall
7.5
(2 reviews)
  • Edging - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Smearing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Steep Terrain - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Comfort - 9/10
    9/10
  • Sensitivity - 8/10
    8/10
  • Value For Money - 7.5/10
    7.5/10

Pros

  • Basic but quality shoe
  • Very comfortable
  • Eco-friendly

Cons

  • Not suitable for high performance
  • Prepare for a lot of stretch

It’s rare to see Ondra looking uncomfortable on a climbing wall, but when it came to speed climbing, a requirement for the 2020 Olympic Games, it was clear he wasn’t enjoying the discipline.

The final shoe on our list is the La Sportiva Cobra, Adam’s go-to shoe for speed climbing. This unique sub-discipline requires very little precision for foot placement, so this soft and neutral shoe is perfect for the job.

La Sportiva brought out an updated version of this classic in 2020, named the Cobra 4.99, which boasts an updated design, and a half sole for an even lighter weight.  

While Adam might not be beating any speed records any time soon (you can see his speed-climbing PB here) he will certainly be spending plenty of time in the Cobra 4.99.

As you can see, the answer to the question “what shoes does Adam Ondra wear” isn’t exactly an easy one. The better question is probably “Which shoes does Adam Ondra not wear?”

Like a lot of pro climbers, Adam understands the importance of climbing shoes and the varying characteristics each model brings to the table. Whether is for their downturned profile, stiffness, or their ability to perform individual moves, it’s blindingly obvious how seriously Ondra takes his climbing shoes.

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