Who should buy the So iLL Street

The So iLL Street is an incredible piece in both function and form. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that responds to climbers who wish to send challenging projects in style.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that has a slip-lasted construction and an extra-thin midsole.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that has the right amount of tension, giving a comfier in-shoe experience.

So iLL Street logo


Downturn. So iLL Street is an aggressively downturned rock climbing shoe. The finely edged build of its heavily downturned front end enables users to gain a secure purchase on nubbins and similar projections. Kicks having this level of downward camber is ideal for single-pitch climbs.

So iLL Street logo 1

Applications. This aggressive So iLL offering is great for sports routes and bouldering. Its makers furnished it with a set of components that aids users, especially intermediate climbers, in scaling overhanging terrain. Senders can use it both indoors and outdoors.


So iLL’s Street is a below-the-ankle rock climbing shoe. As it is a unisex gear, female customers are advised to go down a full size and a half to get a precise fit. Stretch might be minimal in its synthetic upper. The asymmetry of its construction gives the shoe an inward curve, forcing the foot to bend within its confines. Lockdown and fit personalization are courtesy of the Street’s hook-and-loop strapping system.

So iLL Street strap

Excellent surface grip

A military-grade rubber outsole called Dark Matter is what supplies adequate surface grip in the So iLL Street. It is a 3.5-mm thick component.

So iLL Street outsole

Excellent underfoot support

The Street uses a hard-wearing midsole that gives extra support underfoot.

So iLL Street midsole

Provides sufficient sensitivity

Its ultra-thin design brings to the table sufficient sensitivity without the unnecessary bulk.

So iLL Street midsole 1

Easy to wear

So iLL Street has a fully synthetic main shell. It comes without an inner liner. A pair of heavy-duty pull loops are attached to its cuff, giving on-and-off assistance. 

So iLL Street loop

Excellent smearing performance

Its thin tongue comes with enough padding, providing added comfort. Its lower region is adequately randed, giving climbers enough adhesive power on smears and during tricky lateral maneuvers.

So iLL Street upper

Provides sufficient slip and skid resistance

What provides sufficient slip and skid resistance during toe hooks, on the other hand, is the shoe’s sticky toe patch.

So iLL Street upper 3

This rock climbing shoe comes with a pair of straps that have Velcro (hook-and-loop) fasteners for adjustability. Each strap is set through a beveled buckle seemingly made of hard plastic.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8oz
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic
Lining: Unlined

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Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.