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86 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews
The one shoe every climber should own.
While the Mythos is great for beginner climbers or those looking for all-day comfort, it is not an incredibly versatile shoe.
When I wear my Mythos, they make me feel like a superhero.
The Mythos offers dependable comfort and performance and it’s the shoe I recommend most for my clients.
No matter your skill, these shoes will stand up to your toughest climb.
On rock, the Mythos proves to be a versatile performer.
-The Mythos from La Sportiva is constructed with features designed for slabs and cracks. Its unlined leather upper promotes comfort, the full-length LaspoFlex midsole yields support, and the Vibram rubber outsole sticks to different types of rocks.
Downturn. The Mythos is a neutral-styled rock climbing shoe. It features a medium asymmetric shape, which spreads the weight to the toes. The result is a versatile rock shoe that performs on all-day multi-pitch routes.
Applications. La Sportiva markets the Mythos as a rock shoe ideal for crack and face climbing. It can also be used when sending big walls.
Midsole. The Mythos from La Sportiva wears a full-length 1.1 mm LaSpoFlex midsole. This sturdy material renders underfoot support while still allowing climbers to feel more connected to the ground.
Outsole. This rock climbing shoe features a Vibram outsole. The Mythos for men’s use a sturdier rubber compound, the XS Edge. It is developed to provide maximum support and durability. Male climbers will be able to focus their weight even on the tiniest of holds.
On the other hand, the La Sportiva women’s Mythos uses a Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber, featuring a compound that provides an optimal level of friction. It has a softer feel than the men’s shoe
La Sportiva Mythos (men’s and women’s) upper is made of soft unlined leather for comfort. Further enhancing its cozy feel is a Dry-Best lining at the tongue that helps wick away moisture from the foot. The base of the upper has a full rubber coverage that amplifies protection and durability.
The patented lacing system of the Mythos aids in fit management. It goes around the heel area, so when climbers cinch the laces, the tension on the heel is also customized, eliminating dead space. A pull tab is placed at the back of the shoe for easy on and off.
The environment-friendly version of this rock shoe, the La Sportiva Mythos Eco carries the features of the iconic Mythos, but with a spin. 95% of the components used in the Eco come from recycled materials. Its laces, the sole, the webbing, even the tongue padding are made from elements that have less impact on the environment. Additionally, its engineers use metal-free tanning, biodegradable leather, and water-based adhesives in building the shoe. The ECO outsole is crafted by recycling rubber used during the production process without affecting its performance.
Does the La Sportiva Mythos stretch?
The Mythos has an unlined leather upper. That said, after some vertical mileage, owners may expect that the Mythos will stretch and will be able to adapt more to the shape of the foot. Additionally, it is important to remember that unlined shoes stretch a bit more than lined uppers.
What should I consider when sizing La Sportiva Mythos?
Generally, La Sportiva recommends getting two to three sizes smaller than the usual when purchasing soft rock shoes. Slip-lasted gear, like the Mythos, will rely on the climber’s toes when edging compared to a model that has a thick midsole. Also, interested buyers should consider the last. (For more detailed information regarding the last used in the Mythos, see Fit section above.)
-Those who are looking for other lace-up rock climbing shoes may also look at the Momentum Lace from Black Diamond and Helix from Scarpa.