Evolv climbing shoes

Evolv

Evolv

Evolv entered the climbing shoe scene in 2003 and has since built a line-up of award-winning climbing shoes with a world-class athlete team to suit.

Location:  Los Angeles, United States
Big-name Ambassadors: Daniel Woods, Dai Koyamada, Colin Duffy, Ashima Shiraishi, Paul Robinson

NEW &
SHINY.

NEW EVOLV CLIMBING SHOES

NEW & SHINEY.

NEW EVOLV CLIMBING SHOES

Here are a few of the newest Evolv climbing shoes, straight off the manufacturing line. Evolv continues to build on their success with the introduction of new models, and reinventions of some classics.

Evolv Geshido

Geshido

Ultimate performance on a range of terrain and climbing styles. Available in both velcro and lace, as well as low and high volume variations.
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Evolv Zensit

Zenist

Designed to conquer the world of indoor bouldering, the Zenist will have you sicking those high-friction gym projects like a boss.
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Evolv Defy Lace

Defy Lace

The lace alternative to the hugely popular Evolv Defy. A beginner-friendly shoe, built to support new climbing across a variety of disciplines.
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HIT THE 
BOULDERS.

EVOLV BOULDERING SHOES

HIT THE BOULDERS.

EVOLV BOULDERING SHOES

Evolv has the secret sauce recipe for building world-class bouldering shoes. Here are a few of their most popular models.

Evolv Phantom

Phantom

Built in collaboration with mega-crusher Daniels Woods, the Phantom has become the brand’s selling shoe, and for good reason.
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Evolv Oracle

Oracle

Built for precision, the Oracle is a semi-stiff performance shoe that is at home on technical face climbing, or anything remotely difficult.
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Evolv Shaman Review

Shaman

Originally built as part of the Sharma Signature Series, the Shaman has been a cornerstone of Evolv performance shoes since 2011.
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FOR THE
NEWBIES.

EVOLV BEGINNER CLIMBING SHOES

FOR THE NEWBIES.

EVOLV BEGINNER CLIMBING SHOES

Built for comfort and support, these shoes from Evolv will help you find your feet in no time.

Evolv Defy Review

Defy

One of the most popular shoes Evolv has ever made. The velcro shoe is built on a flat last.
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Evolv Elektra

Elektra

Built with all-around climbing in mind, this shoe is built especially for beginners with lower-volume feet.
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Evolv Kronos

Kronos

The big brother upgrade for the Defy. Ideal for beginners or experienced climbers looking for a run-around shoe.
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TAKE A
HIKE.

EVOLV APPROACH SHOES

TAKE A HIKE.

EVOLV APPROACH SHOES

Their range is inspired by street style rather than the traditional hiking boot style of other manufacturers, aimed at the modern, fashion-conscious climber.

Evolv Cruzer

Cruzer

A vegan-friendly shoe that feels at home for the city and the mountains.
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Evolv Zender

Zender

Suitable for everyday use, as well as rugged approaches, the Zender finds the sweet spot between ultra-light and approach shoes.
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Scarpa Rapid

Rebel

Oozing with awesomeness, the Rebel is a robust shoe that is perfect for every situation.
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Our Evolv Reviews

Here are a few of the latest Evolv shoes we have put through their paces.

Evolv Agro

Evolv Agro

These are fast becoming my new favorite shoes for bouldering and steep sport climbing.

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Evolv Shaman

Evolv Shaman

The Evolv Shaman 2 is a comfortable performance shoe that gives you the tools necessary to tackle the more vertically inclined routes.

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Evolv Defy

Evolv Defy

One of the best selling climbing shoes in the world. Designed for beginners, but hold its own on hard-core climbs too. Take a look at our full review!

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Evolv: The Extra Bits

Everything else you could ever possibly need to know about Evolv climbing shoes.

01. Climbing History

Evolv burst onto the climbing scene in 2003 at the hands of Brian Chung. The company enjoyed early success thanks to a wave of quality climbing shoes made in the USA, which were frequently seen on the feet of their legion of sponsored athletes. From the beginning, they have been a leading manufacturer of vegan-friendly climbing shoes.

But if there was one move that pushed the American-made shoe manufacture into the spotlight – apart from their reputation for well-constructed shoes and TRAX rubber – it was their high-profile collaborations. Their biggest collaboration to date was with Chirs Sharma when joined the team as an athlete, as well as a product developer, in 2006. 

Sharma captured the attention of the climbing world with some of his most iconic projects like Es Pontas, La Rambla and La Dura Dura, all being sent in Evolv climbing shoes. During their 13 year partnership, Evolv created the Sharma-signature collection which included a range of performance shoes designed with the input of Sharma himself, including the Shaman, Optimus, Pontas and Nexxo.

Whilst developing a range of collabs with elite climbers, Evolv continued to develop their own range of shoes, with the modern reinvention of classics like the Agro and Geshido, and new additions, like the Oracle and the X1.

02. Evolv Athletes

Although Evolv currently has a more refined team of professional athletes than that of other shoe manufacturers, their roster is jam-packed with world-class talent. 

Sharma was, of course, a huge figurehead of their early team. Even though their partnership ended in 2018, Evolv wasn’t exactly left with a shortage of talented climbers. Dai Koyamada has been one of their longest-lasting athletes, having been part of the Evolv team for well over a decade. Steph Davis has also been a long-term ambassador for Evolv. 

There’s also plenty of fresh faces added to the Evolv team over the years.  Young gun stars like Ashima Shiraishi, Kai Lighter and Evolv Olympic super-star Colin Duffy are a few of the next-generation athletes waving the Evolv flag. 

But the biggest name in the Evolv team is currently the bouldering mega-crusher known as Daniel Woods. Woods jumped on the Evolv bandwagon then sent ‘off the wagon’.

He even managed to join the highly exclusive V17 club in April 2021 with his massive first ascent of ‘Return of the Sleepwalker.

03. Evolv FAQ's

Q: Do Evolv climbing shoes stretch?

A: Yes, Evolv climbing shoes stretch. As with any climbing shoe, the amount of stretch ultimately comes down to the material the uppers are made from. Leather climbing shoes, especially unlined ones, stretch significantly more than synthetic shoes do.

As Evolv has one of the largest selections of vegan climbing shoes, you might find many of their shoes won’t stretch much in the break-in process. Make sure to take a lookout for what materials our shoes are made from when choosing the right size.

Q: Are Evolv climbing shoes good?

A: Evolv shoes are awesome! Evolv climbing shoes have shaken off the mountaineering/alpinism vibes that linger around many established shoe manufacturers. Their shoes draw inspiration from urban street style and have one of the most aesthetically pleasing shoe lines around.

Their own rubber compound ‘TRAX’ rubber, is also brilliant. Like Sharma once said “TRAX rubber has the perfect blend of stickiness and durability for extreme climbing of all types. Whether I am on a granite slab or on an overhanging limestone sport route, I have total confidence in every foot placement with Trax rubber.”

Q: How do you wash Evolv climbing shoes?

A: Like every climbing shoe, you want to take care when washing Evolv climbing shoes. Excessive heat or harsh chemicals can interfere with the shoe construction and meddle with the well-balanced forces at all.

You can read about cleaning climbing shoes here.

Q: Where can you buy Evolv climbing shoes?

A: Evolv sells their shoes via their website, although they also have a great distribution network through both online and offline retailers.