Who should buy the Evolv Shaman

The Shaman is an astonishing Evolv piece in which climbers can send projects with increased confidence. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer aggressively downturned footgear.
  • Prefer a sturdy foothold on small edges.
  • Need a shoe that can be used on both indoor and outdoor surfaces.

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Updates to Evolv Shaman

Co-designed by Chris Sharma—a world-renowned professional rock climber and the establisher of the grade 5.15c, the Evolv Shaman is a climbing shoe engineered with a set of technologies that grants wearers the ability to take on steep ascents. It comes built with two Evolv-exclusive technologies: Love Bump and Knuckle Box. The former fills in dead space under the flex point of the toes, while the latter gives the knuckle of the big toe enough room for a curled position. Together, these two give climbers additional edging power. This Evolv offering is advertised as a vegan-friendly climbing shoe. Vegan products are built free of any animal substance—in some cases, even the tools and equipment with which they were created.

Evolv Shaman Updates 1.0

Sticky outsole

Trax-SAS is the name of the Evolv Shaman’s sticky outsole. It is 4.2 mm in thickness. It has split construction, which gives the shoe sufficient flexibility around the arch zone. The compound used in it delivers tenacity over a wide range of temperatures.

Evolv Shaman Outsole

Easy to make the toe curl

The Shaman has a sturdy platform for edging and maneuvers thanks to its stiff midsole, called MX-P. Its half-length construction has a thickness of 1.6 mm. The Love Bump technology gives it a curved design at the forefoot, allowing the toes to curl into position without too much effort.

Evolv Shaman Midsole


The Evolv Shaman’s unlined upper is made of Synthratex VX which is entirely synthetic. It is furnished with molded VTR (Variable Thickness Rand)—a proprietary randing technology that lessens hotspots and pressure points without sacrificing performance and durability. Helping users to get in and out of it with convenience is the collaboration between the two heels pull loops and the split tongue. Three hook-and-loop straps make up its closure system.

Evolv Shaman Upper 1.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 269g
Construction: Slip lasted, Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic

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Teddy Dondanville
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.