The patented Mythos lacing system lets you get the perfect fit for whatever type of foot you have. The soft unlined leather upper adapts to whatever shape your foot is and it is great for all day multi-pitch routes where your feet tend to swell. The Vibram® rubber rand is perforated to allow for stretch and comfort. This is the perfect shoe for crack climbing with its low profile toes-flat-fit and the overall neutral round shape of the shoe.
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|Weight|| 470 g|
Single : 235 g / 8.29 oz
European sizes 33-43, including half sizes.|
La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Trad / Crack|
Sport / Face
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : WRN 25 This means the last has a round toe, it is arched and has medium-low asymmetry.
|Midsole Material||1.1 mm LaspoFlex|
|Sole Material|| 4.0 mm Vibram® XS Grip2|
|Footbed Lining|| |
Unlined (Dry-Best® in tongue only)
VIBRAM® XS Grip2
All the details of Mythos shoe, a very well discussed review of Mythos shoe.
We think this shoe is ideal for moderate all-day multi-pitch climbs and for people with exceptionally narrow feet who have a problem fitting climbing shoes. In these two applications, these shoes really shine. This is not the pair to use for overhanging pockets or tiny edges.
When purchasing these shoes, keep in mind that they are unlined leather, so they stretch a lot. You may want to go down a size than you normally wear in climbing shoes.
Climbing shoes have a huge turnover rate within the gear market; every year there are at least a dozen new sticky-rubber kicks to choose from. So for a rock shoe to stick around for more than 20 years—with no major updates or changes or dropping out of the line entirely—that’s a strong testament to its tried and true performance. While we don’t have any solid statistics on this, we feel comfortable saying that the majority of climbers we know have owned at least one pair of La Sportiva Mythos in their lives. Designed by the genius Italian cobblers of La Sportiva, the Mythos offers versatility, comfort, and performance in a package that fits almost every foot. “The only thing I don’t use the shoes for is climbing overhanging sport routes, but I’ve still seen people crush 5.12 roofs with the Mythos!” said one tester. By keeping your foot in a flat position and wrapping it in cozy, unlined leather, the Mythos are ridiculously easy to wear all day while keeping your feet happy.
Wearing my mythos, I never once felt sketched even when I had to equalize two brass nuts before pulling the crux bulge on the Ament Route. As for comfort, the Mythos are hard to beat, I’m not saying that I would go to dinner wearing them, but I never had to take them off on route, or for lunch! Mythos have been around since 1991 and except for colors they have not changed. As an artist, I know when one of my oil paintings is complete and when it is time to put down my brush. La Sportiva’s design of the Mythos is a thing of beauty and they knew not to add a single stitch to a climbing shoe that is already a Mona Lisa.
With long routes comes many different types of climbing techniques and having a shoe that does it all gives you the confidence to ascend and the comfort to stay the course all the way to the top. Having had many opportunities to use different shoes over the years these are still the ones I always make sure I have two of all the time. The Mythos offers dependable comfort and performance and it’s the shoe I recommend most for my clients. I just hope I don’t have to put a call into my “Family” to get La Sportiva to start making the Purple version again!
La Sportiva has designed a women’s-specific version of their classic Mythos by narrowing the width of the shoe and lowering the height of the heel cup. Like the original Mythos, the women’s version is an ace on thin cracks, pockets, and smears, though it falls short in the edging department. Despite the lowering of the heelcup, the Women’s Mythos heel hooks quite well, thanks to its around-the-heel lacing system. Just remember to size tightly, as this unlined shoe is prone to stretching.
With the Mythos, La Sportiva takes the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” to heart — they introduced the Mythos in 1992, and today it’s their all-time bestseller. Built on a straight, flat last, the Mythos has a toes-flat fit. The unlined leather uppers are meant to stretch to fit, and the laces extend all the way to the rounded toe and around the ankle, which allowed a marked range of adjustability. Our testers liked the Mythos’ all-day comfort; generous toe and rand rubber (Vibram XS Grip), for jamming; flexibility, for smearing; and moderate edging power.