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La Sportiva
Python Climbing Shoe

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The Python was built specifically for our climbing team to satisfy the need for the perfect comp shoe. The ideal tool for high level modern climbing where you need sticky rubber over the toes and full rubber coverage on the outside of the heel for technical heel hooks. The Python has an added tension strap for lower volume feet that can’t get a good fit in a slipper. Unlined and super sensitive for technical smears, scums and body tension moves where your feet are barely on the wall.

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Gender: Unisex
Weight: 7.05 oz/200 g
Season: F13 S14
Vendor ProductId: 864
Review ProductId: 26116

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La SportivaPython Climbing Shoe
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Comfortable (4)
  • Sensitive (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering (4)
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    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    4.0

    Good Bouldering Shoe

    By Joey

    from Chattanooga, TN

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Sensitive
    • Soft

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bouldering
      • Gym climbing

      Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

      The La Sportiva Pythons are a pretty solid bouldering shoe. They are soft and sensitive, allowing climbers to really feel what they are placing their feet on. They smear well and edge well enough. There is a good amount of toe rubber on top of the shoe, and the softness really allows the user to pull their toes back and conform to the rock when toe-hooking. The heel fits my foot perfectly and sticks to most things I throw heel-hooks on. This type of shoe works very well for bouldering around the southeast. The shoes are leather and will stretch a good amount. I wear an 8.5 in most street shoes and in Five Ten's more aggressive shoes, and sized down to a US size 5 or euro size 37 for the pyhtons. The shoes broke in quickly and are quite comfortable now. I have not done any sport climbing or climbing in any region other than the southeast, so I can't attest to their performance on other styles of rock, but overall they are an awesome bouldering shoe.

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      5.0

      Rather awesome

      By Bruce MacLachlan

      from Bellevue, WA

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

            I've been happy with my Jokers but decided to try something a little more aggressive. My climbing partner has Pythons so I decided to give them a go.

            I ordered one size down (as recommended) and at first was rather disappointed because my toes were so scrunched up they were agony to wear.

            However, from the first time I used them I could balance and lock onto crimps and nuggets that otherwise I would have slipped off of and could really see their power. Putting my Jokers back on felt like I was climbing in bedroom slippers – comfy, but not great for climbing.

            Now after a few visits to the gym they are stretching out (as all the reviews said they would) and I'm adapting to them well. I wouldn't do multi pitch in them, but for assaulting a sport route and getting to really exploit every tiny pocket and miniscule edge and stick to a surface like a suction cup, they are without equal.

            (if your feet sweat a lot, the material WILL turn your feet orange the first few times)

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            5.0

            Best heel I have felt so far!!!

            By The Giant

            from Lemont, IL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright
            • Comfortable
            • Heel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bouldering
              • Heel hooking
              • Looking stylish
              • Not Slab Climbing
              • Steep Climbing

              Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

              Sizing: I have owned 4 pairs of Sportiva shoes and I think the best sizing is to go 2 European sizes down on their shoes that are made of leather. This was good for my Miura VS, Solution, and no the Python. I went 3 sizes down on another pair of solutions, and my foot was way too cramped. All of this is my preference too, so take with a grain of salt.

              Performance: First off let me say that I was never a person that though a shoe was a game changer for climbing - meaning I didn't think a shoe would help me in any particular way that was really noticeable. However, this shoes heel is so spectacular that I have to comment. I have been working on a pretty tough boulder problem in my gym with a really technical heel hook that required a lot of pulling with the heel on a small hold, far away, and around a little arête. The solution heel was too big and always slipped off, My Evolv Predator G2 heel was way too loose and held only once, and the Miura heel just plain slipped. After receiving this shoe I got on the problem and stuck the move the first time I tried and it shocked me so much that I fell off the problem. I repeated and heel held solid, time after time after time. Bottom line, the best heel I have felt so far.

              Comfort/Feel: The shoe is very comfortable and pretty sensitive through the toe. I love the feel and feedback I get from the shoe and the Vibram Grip2 rubber is awesome. I would not recommend these for slab climbing unless your toes are uber strong as they do not provide a lot of support like a Grandstone would.

              Overall: a great bouldering/steep climb shoe. I would buy again and would definitely recommend to anyone looking such a shoe. Slip on feels great by itself and the backup of the strap is a nice feature. Wish I could have this heel on a solution platform.

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              4.0

              Never had a better slipper

              By Billy G.

              from Boulder, Colorado

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Aesthetically Pleasing
              • Comfortable
              • Good price
              • Precise

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mid-length Sport Climbs
                • Technical bouldering

                Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

                - They fit slightly larger than my last pair of La Sportivas', so my sizing is a little off. I am climbing great in them anyway.
                - The flexible arch makes steeper climbing a little more strenuous, but barely noticeable.
                - The sharp toe is awesome
                - The rubber on the heel paired with the fit of the shoe is making for the most stable heel-hooking I've done to date.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great ultra-sensitive shoes

                By Bob

                from Berkeley, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • High Quality Build
                • Sensitive

                Cons

                • Break-in time

                Best Uses

                • Bouldering
                • Steep sport climbing

                Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

                As advertised, this is a an ultra-sensitive shoe for steep terrain. To make the most of it, you will need lots of toe strength. If this is your first pair of sensitive shoes, you will have to be patient until your toes get stronger. Trust me, you won't regret it!

                Because they are made in leather, they stretch quite a bit (size them tight, but not painfully tight). But after the break-in period, these shoes will be perfectly molded to your feet! As a bonus, leather shoes don't smell nearly as bad as synthetic ones.

                In a nutshell, I love them for steep terrain. Because they are so soft, they are not ideal for slabs. I have another pair for that.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pythons were worth the wait

                By Homan M.

                from Columbia, MD

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Fit
                • Great heel
                • Similar to Cobras
                • Stretch a little
                • Velcro

                Cons

                • Toes are still painful

                Best Uses

                • Bouldering
                • Heel hooking
                • Toe hooking

                Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

                Bought Pythons in the same size as my Cobras. Overall, I am very pleased with the shoe - I only boulder. I should have gotten 0.5 sizes larger since the Pythons don't seem to stretch as much as the Cobras did. There is a definite improvement in toe/heel hooking (as in, heel hooking is possible). Shoes feel a little more sensitive than the Cobras. Still feel like a slipper but the velcro ensures that my feet stay snug. Love the shoes!

                 
                4.0

                STICKY ICKY ICKY!!!

                By matt

                from philly

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Light
                • Snazzy
                • Sticky
                • Velcro

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Climbing rocks

                  Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

                  They're a solid 1 size larger than Solutions marked at the same size, otherwise, i love them

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Stellar

                  By Baby Alex

                  from Dallas, TX

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quick break-in
                  • Sensitive
                  • Soft leather
                  • Stellar Heel-Hooks

                  Cons

                  • Heel height
                  • Velcro Sewn Spots

                  Best Uses

                  • Heel Hooks
                  • Indoor climbing
                  • Outdoor climbing
                  • Steep Terrain

                  Comments about La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe:

                  I love climbing shoes. I have too many climbing shoes. And of all of the ones I've had so far, these are definitely my favorites. I've been a huge fan of the La Sportiva Miuras, and these are a step ahead in my book.

                  Sizing:
                  Python Size 39

                  Other shoes:
                  - Street shoe 9.5 -- slightly narrow/low volume foot
                  - Evlov Talon G2 - 9
                  - La Sportiva Miura - 39*
                  - 5.10 Projects 9
                  - Mad Rock Demon 2.0 - 9.5
                  * probably a half size too small

                  ===== Pros =====
                  **First thing I noticed out of the box was that the leather on this shoe is extremely soft. Immediately after putting this on, it felt more friendly towards the foot than my Miuras did out of the box.

                  **Sensitivity has been pretty good. Not quite as sensitive as the 5.10 Projects or Blackwings, but better than the others listed, and any other shoes I've used.

                  **After a week or so of climbing, shoe seemed to have stretched and fit to foot. Hasn't stretched much since then.

                  **Heel-hooking is STELLAR. I was skeptical, but my current project requires a good amount of left and right heel hooks, and I'm amazed at how tight the heel holds to my foot. When I remove the shoe, there's a *suction* sound that comes when it pops of my heel, probably due to the slingshot rand.

                  ===== Cons =====
                  **Height of the heel is just a little high, and if I set the heel in the shoe wrong, it puts pressure on my Achilles. A quick adjustment fixes this.

                  **The part where the velcro straps are sewn on on the inside of the shoe protrudes about 2mm, and the corners of the square leather piece can occasionally put pressure on the inside of my heel, below the ankle-bone.

                  ===== BOTTOM LINE =====
                  Love these shoes, and the sizing was perfect. The Miuras in a 39 will go on my foot, but it's rather unpleasant even after break-in. Got these the same size, and they fit perfectly. Still a shoe that I'll take off after 2-3 climbs, but not uncomfortable on the first time in a session. After a long night of climbing and foot-swelling, the shoe gets tight, but, again, not too uncomfortable. Awesome heel-hooks, and sensitive enough for overhangs.

                  Typical bleeding of the dye onto my skin, just a slight orange hue.

                  Definitely will be buying more of these shoes, they're the first ones I reach for in my bag (that has too many shoes...) and the last ones I take off every day.

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