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Evolv burst onto the climbing scene in 2003 and has since built an impressive range of kick-ass climbing shoes. With a diverse team of serious crushers regularly slipping into a pair of Evolvs, you know that these shoes mean business.

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

Our Reviews

Here are the Evolv climbing shoes we have put through their paces.


Evolv is continuously refining its line of clever shoe technology. From their proprietary rubber formula, known as Trax rubber, to their Dark Spine and VTR (variable thickness rands), the R&D team at Evolv HQ rarely disappoints when it comes to cool climbing tech.

Evlov was also one of the first manufacturers to champion vegan-friendly shoe design. They currently boast one of the biggest collections of vegan climbing shoes of any brand, including many of their performance models such as the Shaman and Phantom.


Evolvs creates its own rubber for all its shoes, currently divided into three formulas; SAS, XE, and Enduro.


The Dark Spine creates a ridge down the center of the heel cup to protect your calcaneus bone and allows for secure hooking ability.


By varying the thickness of the toe rand, Evolv is able to increase the longevity and performance of its shoes.

climbing shoes size guide


Evolv bases its shoe sizing on US street shoe size, so more often than not, you will find that the right size climbing shoe is very similar to your normal shoe size. Many climbers, myself included, find that upsizing by 1/2 – 1 size offers the right balance between performance and comfort.

As with most shoe manufacturers, many Evolv climbing shoes now come in Low and Mid Volume variations to cater to a diverse range of foot shapes. Their range of low-volume shoes features a lower heel cup, as well as a narrower and lower profile, fit the back and forefoot.

The Extra Bits

Everything you ever need to know about Evolv climbing.

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