As a climber you have probably seen the La Sportiva – Solution climbing shoe quite often and there are a ton of reviews out there. Actually, it’s the most popular indoor bouldering shoe as you can see in my recent survey on this topic.
If you are thinking about getting the Solutions you might have asked yourself which size to pick. Look no further: I asked 84 climbers from around the world about the sizing of the La Sportiva Solution and what their thoughts about this climbing shoe are.
Of course the size depends on your foot shape and your climbing skills but on average, males downsize the La Sportiva Solutions -1.3 sizes (US) compared to their street shoe size. Females downsize -1 size (US).
Make sure to check out the insightful table where I share all the survey results with the specific foot shapes and size comparisons for males and females below.
The La Sportiva Solution – Design History
Before we take a deeper look at the data, I want to share a few background information about the Solutions.
The first release of the Solution was in 2007 and in the same year it has been awarded a 2007 iF Product Design Award by an international jury.
Quickly, it has become a classic for climbing and bouldering shoes and it’s still one of the top picks even more than 10 years after its release.
In 2018 La Sportiva released a new version with a few cosmetic changes and an upgraded closure system for the straps.
Before I knew that difference, I found it quite confusing to see those different versions with the same name while searching the online shops so I hope it’s clear for you now as well. 😉
La Sportiva Solution – Sizing Facts
I asked 84 climbers and boulderers who own the Solutions the following questions:
- What foot shape do you have?
- Which street shoe size do you have?
- Which size do you have for your La Sportiva Solutions?
- How do you like the fitting of the Solutions?
- What do you like about the Solutions?
- What don’t you like about the Solutions?
Looking at the survey data was very interesting and I selected a few key insights to highlight here:
On average, males downsized their Solutions for 1.3 sizes (US) compared to their street shoe size.
Actually, one participant with a wide forefoot and a thin heel and midfoot even upsized his shoes half a size which is quite unusual.
Only two male participants used the same shoe size for their street shoes and climbing shoes as well.
On average, females downsized their Solutions for 1 size (US) compared to their street shoe size.
Again, we have one female with narrow, long, high instep feet who took the unusual approach to upsize her climbing shoe size half a size compared to her street shoe size.
Here, only one participant used the same size for both climbing and street shoe sizes.
What do people like about the La Sportiva – Solution?
“Once they break in, they should be fabulous for most purposes, not an all-day shoe though.”
“So tight on the foot. When I wear them, I’m feeling like I can step on everything.”
“Love the 3D-moulded sensation on the middle of the feet. So much power on the toes.”
“Super aggressive with a precise toe. I just prefer the Scarpa – Instinct VS for the softer rubber”
“I like how much they focus the pressure into your big toe. Feels very precise with aggression but also support through the ball of your feet. Trust these to heel hook for my life.”
“I got the newer one (2018) and it fits my foot perfectly. Its toe hook and point are amazing.”
What don’t people like about the La Sportiva – Solution?
“The stitching by the end of the Velcro on one shoe started to come undone after about a month. But, I still love them!”
“The strap broke two times. I prefer the Scarpa – Drago.”
“The heel is a little big and the womens version doesnt have the same stiffness as the originals.”
“Price 😂.. also since the rubber is so sticky they wear down fast.”
“They take a long time to break in and after owning them for about 3 months the stitching for the Velcro was coming loose and I had to fix it.”
“They tend to rub up against the knuckle of my big toe, but I just put a small piece of cotton or a band-aid there and I’m good to go all day.”
Below you can see the tables with the survey responses for males and females. It is very helpful to figure out which size you need for your La Sportiva Solutions depending on your foot shape and street shoe size.
This table looks best and is most useful on a desktop computer, so make sure to send it to your inbox to read again later or try to flip your phone.
You can use the search bar to filter the table for your shoe size or specific foot shape characteristics like “low volume”, “wide foot” or other specifics you might be interested in.
Male Sizing Data
Female Sizing Data
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