Who should buy the So iLL Street LV

The So iLL Street LV is a remarkable climbing gear both in utility and style. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that gives senders a better feel of the surface.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides extra snugness, especially for narrow-footed individuals.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that can be used on steep terrain and verticals, whether indoors or outdoors.

So iLL Street LV logo

So iLL Street LV's profile

Downturn. So iLL Street LV comes with an aggressive downturn. Its highly down-cambered toe box helps the foot to secure edges and pockets without requiring too much effort from the climber. As it will drive the forefoot to curl, its level of comfort may only hold up in single-pitch projects.

So iLL Street LV profile

Applications. Sport, trad, and bouldering are the types of climbs for which Street LV is made. It can be used on steep terrain and verticals, whether indoors or outdoors. It is primarily an aggressive rock shoe for intermediate climbers.

Fit

The Street LV from So iLL is a low-top unisex climbing shoe with a low-volume fit. Men are advised to go up half a size for precision on higher-level ascents. Women, on the other hand, may need to go up a full size from their regular sneaker size to get an accurate fit.

So iLL Street LV fit

Within its confines, the foot may be forced to bend inward, thanks to the asymmetric last around which the shoe was engineered. The brand claims that it has little in the way of stretch. Its Velcro strapping system gives owners a customized and secure lockdown.

Provides adequate slip and skid resistance

Dark Matter is the name of the outsole responsible for providing climbers with adequate slip and skid resistance in Street LV. It is made of military-grade rubber, with an overall thickness of 3.5 millimeters.

So iLL Street LV outsole

Tough yet flexible cushioning

Support on tricky footholds comes from the shoe’s tough yet flexible midsole.

So iLL Street LV midsole

Provides underfoot sensitivity and protection

It has an ultra-thin build, giving wearers underfoot sensitivity and protection at the same.

So iLL Street LV arch support

Easy to wear

The So iLL Street LV comes with a fully synthetic below-the-ankle upper. Fans of the climb can get in and out of it with relative ease using its pair of heel pull loops.

So iLL Street LV loop

Comfortable cushioning

Comfort is heightened within its confines thanks to the shoe’s padded tongue and partly cotton, partly canvas liner.

So iLL Street LV upper

Provides abrasion protection

Every inch of its base section is sufficiently randed to grant users a combination of traction and abrasion protection in every send attempt. The toe box also comes with a sticky patch for the same purpose.

So iLL Street LV upper 1

Heavy-duty closure system

Two highly adjustable straps make up the Street LV’s closure system. Both of these hook-and-loop straps are set through heavy-duty synthetic buckles.

So iLL Street LV strap

Additional Info

  • This So iLL offering is fully vegan. The brand claims that no animal substance was used in its production.

Facts / Specs

Base model: So iLL Street
Construction: Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Material: Synthetic
Lining: Lined

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Author
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.