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Cirque Pro

Cirque Pro

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Cirque Pro

Manufacturer: La Sportiva

Your Opinion: 
 - 11 Votes


Page By: Smith93

Created/Edited: Jan 31, 2007 / Jan 31, 2007

Object ID: 2444

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Product Description

A master's class approach shoe that locks in on vertical terrain, using the internationally patented Mythos lacing system to wed your foot, via uniform tension, to the shoe. Serious climbers only need apply. Fits wider feet!


•Combination split-grain leather and Lorica® synthetic leather uppers for lasting performance and breathable comfort
•Beefy 360° Frixion® rubber rands protect feet and uppers while enhancing smearing and edging in the vertical world
•Soft padded ankles and tongues with wicking nylon linings protect feet from lace pressure and absorb excess moisture for quick drying
•Patented Mythos to-the-toe lacing system locks feet in for a more precise fit; heel and toe loops aid entry and storage
•Removable EVA footbeds add extra cushioning to board-lasted micropore EVA midsoles, delivering all-day cushioned comfort
•Flexible 2mm polypropylene midsole supports offer extra stability on rough terrain and extra support while edging
•Sticky Frixion® XF/Dot rubber outsoles grab rock tenaciously and offer superb climbing performance on steep routes


COLOR: Brown
UPPER: Leather/ Lorica®/FriXion® rubber rands
LAST: Boulder
SOLE: FriXion® XF/Dot Rubber
MIDSOLE: Micropore EVA
INSOLE: 2mm polypropylene
WEIGHT: 1 lbs 10 oz



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Smith93Really Comfy Approach Shoes

Voted 5/5

I bought these when they first showed up in the store and I love them. Used them for a few day hikes, bouldering in Steel Valley, rock climbing in J-Tree and I wear them to work regularly. Great shoes with plenty of comfort, no break in needed and super sticky rubber. Plus they look cool!
Posted Jan 31, 2007 6:42 am

agreenstreetsuper comfy, climb well

Hasn't voted

I bought these used because they were super cheap, and found they would be worth the full retail price. SUPER sticky rubber, comfortable and climb really well. I have climbed 5.10 in these, although it was kinda sketchy. As anyone who has climbed in mythos knows, the lacing system keeps the shoe glued to your foot.

My only complaints: The insole that comes with the shoe sucks, get a pair of superfeet. And the rubber although very sticky, wears out fast if used for climbing with any regularity. Other than that, they are a great shoe.
Posted Feb 16, 2007 7:32 am

Dan DaltonGreat shoe...

Voted 5/5

I have had mine for over a year now and they still work great for getting my to the crag. Good rubber, that becomes slightly less sticky when older, makes for a great hiking shoe as well. Really pleased with these shoes. Also great for messing around on boulders to figure out a sequence before lacing up or putting on rock shoes.

Posted Mar 16, 2007 3:18 pm

mtngeekOverall superb

Voted 5/5

I've had these for almost a year and use them for everything from around town to those long approaches. Very comfortable and hold really well. Looks a little like a bumble bee shoe, but who cares as long as it does what it is supposed to.
Posted Mar 19, 2007 11:55 pm

CurtFavorite shoe so far

Voted 5/5

I've had these for a little over four months, so I can't really speak to durability although there are no indications that it will be a problem. They fit me really well (my foot = narrow heel, forefoot wider but still in normal range) and have been an excellent, comfortable hiking shoe. As far as climbing goes, they have performed well on routes rated up to 5.7. Perhaps if I were a better climber I'd try them on harder stuff. I have seen another climber lead 5.10 wearing Cirque Pros with no apparent trouble.

I agree with agreenstreet about the stock insoles; ditch them immediately and replace with green Superfeet, or your insole of choice.

My biggest complaint: it would be nice to have a gusseted tongue or some such to help keep gravel, twigs and other rubbish out. This year's model doesn't have one.
Posted Jun 29, 2007 12:39 pm

SundanceKid203Buy this shoe

Voted 5/5

I bought a pair of the Cirque Pro shoes and was 100% satisfied. I specifically bought them to wear while climbing the Grand Teton and was not disapointed. The hybrid approach/climbing features made it the perfect choice, and I recommend these shoes to anyone that will be doing a mixed-bag trip.
Posted Jan 24, 2008 12:45 am

davebobk47Nice shoe

Voted 5/5

Good shoe. Used for some Class 3/4 scrambling and some low Class 5 and some longer approaches. Worked well on the easy hike in and stuck well to the rock during scrambles. Did okay on slightly wet rock but avoid the really wet stuff (although I think that is true of just about any shoe).
Posted Aug 11, 2008 2:24 pm

Tsuyoshiexcellent shoe!

Voted 5/5

i've used these for about 6 months now for everything from walking to the store to climbing multipitch route. the rubber is super sticky and confidence inspiring on slab and the mythos lacing holds the heel in when edging. work well with strap on crampons for glacier approaches and with a different insole than the one that is included, are comfortable for 18 hour car to car epics! i've climbed 5.11 on top rope in these but it wasn't actually fun... but they'll be just as good as rock shoes or boots on anything up to 5.7 ish... could do more, but it might not be worth the insecurity to some.

i'll definitely buy another pair when these wear out.
Posted Mar 4, 2009 6:38 am

dshoshoneDon't buy

Hasn't voted

Without a doubt the worst shoe I've ever owned. They only lasted a few weeks until the seams blew apart. A lot of money for only a few trips.
The company completely blew me off also.
Posted Apr 14, 2009 3:13 pm


Hasn't voted

They are sticky but I'm unimpressed by the lacing system. Even double knotting them they won't stay tight. I have to re-tie every hour or so. Plus the tongue does not stay in place as it is only attached near the toes.
Posted Jun 11, 2009 1:14 pm

strat1080Solid shoe

Voted 4/5

I have had these shoes for a couple of years. The rubber is pretty sticky and I feel very comfortable climbing the rock on most of the routes that I climb. I have had some issues with durability and have had to have one of my shoes repaired. These don't mix with sharp rocks. I was traversing a mountain ledge here in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and a sharp rock busted one of the seams on the inner part of the shoe. Apparently these shoes are prone to this as other have had this happen to them. Other than that, I've been pretty happy. I can't expect a 2 lb pair of shoes to be extremely durable in the mountains. As it is, I routinely shred up 3-4 lb boots up here.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 12:16 am

WDW4Tread problems.

Voted 3/5

The grip on these shoes is not effective for anything other than rock. On mud, dirt, grass, and leaves they just don't give great traction. Living in the east this is a problem for me.
Posted Feb 3, 2012 11:00 pm

Brian CBlisters!

Voted 2/5

These gave me the worst blisters ever after the first use. I have skinny feet and usually La Sportiva works well but these didn't work for me.
Posted Aug 5, 2013 11:48 pm

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