Reviews for Cirque Pro Approach Shoe - Womens
Average Rating : 2.91 out of 5
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The single most overrated piece of kit I've bought.
Review by: sungam, 2009-08-19
Maybe it's different in the smaller sizes, but in my size (12) these things are really, really badly designed. There's way too much material at the base of the heel, making my heel shift to the side as I walk, and since it has such a narrow sole, this puts awkward pressure on your ankles. the heel cup cinching down thing is a total gimmick, and the only thing going for them is that they look "outdoorsy" and have a full rand. I strongly recommend not getting these shoes.
I walked into the Bugaboos in my fully rigid boots just so I wouldn't have to wear these.
Review by: MikeSaint, 2009-08-09
Durability is nonexistent.
Review by: speedoflight, 2008-04-11
I have had this shoe for half a year and taken it backpacking three times and bouldering four times. Upper durability is great, love the sturdy toe box, but the sole wears out quicker than I would like. the treads are nearly gone on some edges. But it still has great traction on rock and better than average edging.
Climbs great, doesn't walk well
Review by: climbingaggie03, 2007-12-20
I bought these new at and REI scratch and dent sale for 25 bucks, while on my way to the valley. They were returned because they didn't fit, and the tag said they'd never been worn outside. They looked brand new. I wore them around yosemite off and on over the course of 3 weeks with a total of about 7-10 days. I loved how well they climbed stuff. The rubber is really nice and sticky, the profile of the toe makes it fit well into cracks, and it is pretty sensitive for an approach shoe. Walking in this shoe sucks though. the shock absorption seems really lacking, and every step is jaring to me, also they are really stiff and don't let your foot flex very much. Like others have mentioned the soles are not very durable. Within my first week (not wearing them every day by any means and not on very much pavement at all) the dots on the heel part of the soles had worn off. The uppers have been very durable and I haven't seen any holes or excessive wear in the toe box, but the soles have not held up as well.
overall, not a bad shoe, but it will probably wear out before it is really broken in.
Review by: slablizard, 2007-10-23
I was looking for a pair of approach shoes and I am a big fan of La Sportiva, so I got a pair for $90.
I sized them a bit snug, since I wanted to climb with them after the approach, that has been good for climbing, not so good for comfort.
The design is typical of a climbing shoe, apart the obvious "Mythos" lace up system and the shape, they are much thinner than any other approach shoe, they stick very well on any type of rock, dry or wet, are fairly comfortable for the hike up and for climbing (up to 10d so far) less comfortable for the hike down. Your feet are swollen and "tired" from a day of climbing, the shape and design of the shoe offers little grip for the foot inside the shoe that wil push against the end of the shoe. I will try using intersoles.
The small shape of the sole offers great grip on dirt downhill, sometimes too much, lacking any sort of "shock absorbing material" your knee will pay the price of the shoe getting a firm grip on anything.
But try them for climbing moderates...they will feel like super comfy climbing shoes, with enough grip, edging and smear power to take you up hard 10s or easy bouldering sessions.
A very good techincal shoe, if you don't mind carry another pair of comfy sneakers for the drive back...or size them bigger than I did and loose a bit of the climbing performance.