La Sportiva Solution Climbing Shoe

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The La Sportiva Solution is an aggressive, unique, and high-performing climbing shoe that is designed for modern bouldering, overhanging sport routes, technical... Show more >
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La Sportiva Solution Climbing Shoe

The La Sportiva Solution is an aggressive, unique, and high-performing climbing shoe that is designed for modern bouldering, overhanging sport routes, technical face routes, and gym climbing.

The La Sportiva Solution (the "solution to all your problems", as La Sportiva say) is pretty ubiquitous amongst boulderers and in climbing gyms. The main difference from other high-performance shoes by La Sportiva is that the Solution features a medium-stiff midsole which will provide extra support on edges and longer boulder problems. But other features include the Lock Harness System® that wraps around the heel of the foot for extra security on heel hooks and blocks, as well as the Fast Lacing System® for a secure fit that doesn't restrict the movement of the shoe. The patented P3® rand system also maintains the shoe's powerful downturned shape for longer!

The Solution is lined in the toe-box and the arch area only, so expect it to stretch around half of a size. La Sportiva recommend that you fit it in the middle of tight and loose for the best performance.

Tech specs

Upper material
Suede Leather
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Medium Foot
White / Yellow
0.44 kg (Size 40 EU)
High Asymmetry
Sole material
Vibram XS Grip 2
Sole thickness


Solution Climbing Shoe

Vibram XS Grip2™

Rubber compound built for pure friction, recommended for use where maximum grip is the primary need - bouldering and sport climbing, indoor climbing, or extremely smooth, polished routes.

Solution Climbing Shoe

P3® Permanent Power Platform

After intensive abuse, downturned climbing shoes can start to lose their distinctive shape. La Sportiva’s P3 rand system prevents from this happening so your shoe maintains its powerful profile, permanently.

Solution Climbing Shoe

Full Features List

• Marbled P3® rands - each pair is unique!
• Fast Lacing System® uses a thin, overlapping strap to provide a more comfortable and overall secure fit than one velcro strap - and it's fast!
• Lock Harness® is an x-shaped rand in the rear of the shoe that secures the heel to provide better support and grip during heel hooks
• AWARDS: Climbing Magazine - Editors' Choice, Climbing Magazine - Editors' Choice 2014, Rock and Ice - Best in Gear, Gear Institute - Best in Class 2014, IF Product Design Award 2006

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Solution Climbing Shoe
Based on 63 ratings
La Sportiva = 0 stars

Within 10 weeks this shoe fell apart, the rubber peeled away and was clearly a manufacture fault... The dealer has ignored me and also la sportiva team has ignored me. Zero customer service, absolutely shocked that both companies ignored my e mails about the shoes. Steer clear of these if not for the fact they could fall apart after 30 climbs the fact that if you have an issue with anything La Sportiva will ignore your issue as they don't give a damn about customers.

For everithing

Buenos gatos para cualquier tipo de escalada.

amanzing shoes

i took these shoes after la sportiva miura vs and it is a big diffrence in favor of solution shoes. Even if i took a half size smaller then miura the break in time was much shorter. The grip is fantastic i read it somewhere that you almost feel like cheating when wearing them and i say that you are actually cheating :))) . The precision you have with the tip toe is outstanding i missed a grip once and i stayed on a screw hole on the panel and i realised this after a while. I would definetly recomend this product.

amazing climbing shoes

it´s the first time i´m trying this shoes and i´ve to say that i´m really amazed with them. All the people suggest me to buy this shoes since i´d improved my climbing level as a consecuence i need a more technical shoes. I´d tried other shoes but noone fit in my feet as well as La Sportiva solution.
When i climb with this shoes i fell a kind of precision i´ve never feel before. not only the heel´s adjustment it´s perfect but also the tiptoe give you an incredible reliability. this give you a great confidence in your feet and this is essential to climb your best.
This climbing shoes because of their characteristics have a great polyvalence, it will give you a solid performance in great overhangs allowing you to use heel hooks and toe hooks, feeling as you´ll break the hold rather than lose it. Also this shoes will give you an incredible precission in slabs with small foot holds.
The rubber of the sole give you a perfect friction and the characteristics allows you to resole them if you need without lose precission, it will give a longer useful life for your shoes.
All this things makes La sportiva solution doubtless the best climbing shoes i´ve ever tried and i´ll repeat over and over again.
I hope this review help other people to make the choice to buy this shoes. It will be the best

Heel of Steel

When I got these shoes I was about a year into climbing and had been using clown shoes to entertain the regulars at my local climbing gym. I needed something that would allow me to stand on very small edges and allow me to heel- and toe hook without slipping.

First time trying these shoes, my feet immediately cramped. I had never worn shoes this tight before, so I began to slowly break into them by putting them and off every 5 minutes. The first couple of weeks were pure pain, so I would recommend not choosing these shoes as your second ever pair of climbing shoes but rather something like the la sportiva muria as an intermediate.
Even with the pain, I did feel an immense difference to my previous climbing shoes. The shoes are very aggressively downturned which allows you to use the very tip of your toe to stand on incredibly small footholds. Secondly the outer edge of the shoes work very well once you get a little accustomed to the shoe, making movement I didn't think existed possible.

The most important difference I realised from day one was the heel. This thing is machine in that category. It sticks almost anything and you can generate a tremendous amount of force even on the smallest of holds. Due to the shape of the rubber, the heel barely slides allowing for very comfortable heel hooking while pushing hard.

Now the toe hooking ability on this shoe is quite good, however due to the drastic change in foot size I had to undergo just to wear these shoes without agony, my toes began to naturally curl making toe hooks quite painful. More importantly as the shoe is down turned, you need to crank your foot even more into the wall to stick the toe. It's only now, a year later, that this is getting a little easier for me...
On rawk, this shoe performs quite well in terms of keeping rubber on the shoe, however after you will notice some damage after a while which are pretty unavoidable given how the shoe is built.

Regarding problems, the only I can think of is the strap of the shoe. As the strap is pretty thin to begin with it start to erode more and more through the months and might even break at some points. That's something la sportiva really gotta work on, as it deems the shoe unusable afterwards.

All in all though, the shoe has helped me quite a lot, went from 5a to 7a boulder in this without having to buy another shoe. If your style of climbing revolves around campusing and heel hooking, this shoe is bae.

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