The Evolv Shaman climbing shoe, designed by master climber Chris Sharma, is simply one of the best climbing shoes made, perhaps ever made. Climbing Magazine gave it an Editor's Choice Award and called the Shaman Evolv's "first truly world-class shoe." High praise indeed, but once you break a pair of Shamans in, you might never go back to any other shoes.
The Evolv Shaman fits like a sock for most foot sizes and widths and is actually comfortable, a rarity for such an aggressive, down-turned rock shoe. It excels in vertical climbing, offering precision edging on technical terrain and great heel and toe hooking. The three-strap velcro closure system keeps the Shaman tight on your foot and heel and keeps the arch from flattening. The shoe's 4.2mm Trax friction rubber works great too, especially once it gets worn down a bit. The toe box and the love-bump in the Shaman's arch also transfer power to your big toe, keeping your foot in a primo power position.
The Evolv Shaman makes a great gift for yourself or for your best climbing buddy--just be forewarned though, she might be outclimbing you on the boulders at Hueco Tanks or the perfect limestone at Ceuse in those new Sharma Shamans!