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My feet are extremely picky when it comes to rock shoes and some have caused great pain and suffering for my piggies in the past. I have a condition known as "Morton's Sydrome," meaning my second toe is freakishly longer than my big toe. Also known as "hammer toe" and said to signal royalty and intelligence in some circles, it's a bitch when it comes to uncomfortably-fitting rock climbing shoes.
Enter Evolv's Rockstar Shoe for women. This versatile, all-around climbing shoe fits my narrow foot like a glove and inspires confidence whether for sport climbing, bouldering or all day multi-pitch climbs. This is actually my second pair of Evolv Rockstars and so far both have served me well over the past three years.
In 2009, I made the mistake of purchasing my first pair of Rockstars a full size smaller than my shoe size, and endured some pain breaking them in as a result. The synthetic upper material of the shoe is exceptionally resistant to stretching, and this caused some discomfort for me on long trad routes in Eldo and unforgiving splitter cracks in the Creek early on.
I suffered through it nonetheless, and the shoes still fit great and perform after a full resole and plenty of extended wear on various routes three years later. My new pair of 2012 Rockstars are hot pink versus canary yellow, and I went with my true shoe size this time around. Evolv offers half sizes, so it's possible to have a tight fitting shoe that is still comfortable right off the bat.
After about 10 years or so of recreational climbing, I'm all about comfortable rock shoes and women's specific shoes seem to fit more true to size for my narrow feet. I especially enjoy the Rockstars while climbing longer, moderate trad climbs and anything that requires extended time on the rock or long walk-offs.
The 2012 Rockstars feature a new rand design for improved edging and smearing on hard sport and bouldering problems. This provides beginner or intermediate climbers a good tool to hone their skills. The Rockstar's sticky rubber provides awesome friction and inspires confidence for airy moves or lead climbing. Coming in just under $100 retail, this is a great, all-around shoe that provides exceptional value for the dollar. (MSRP $99)
Theresa Blake moved to Colorado in 1998 from Boston, MA to pursue mountain living and all its splendor. She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing, and has since spent the last 13+ years living the dream in various mountain towns across the state, including Leadville, Eldorado Springs, Nederland and Durango.
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