Everyone in basketball wants to be like Mike. In climbing however, everybody wants to be like Adam.
So what shoes does this living legend wear? And does it actually help him in his climbs?
While Adam might change pairs fairly often, I’m going to look at the two pairs he used to send his 9C ‘Silence’.
Yes, you heard that right, Two pairs!
Adam tried a couple of different pairs for this climb, and ultimately settled on the Miura for his left foot and a Solution for his right (Both La Sportiva).
So why did Adam decide to use two pairs on this climb? Well if you have seen anything about Silence, his 9c+ route then you might know about the crux.
The crux (hard part of the climb) involves wedging your feet and then contorting your body into a crazy shape.
Adam felt he needed a flat and stiff shoe to make sure he stuck the move, but he loves to climb in softer more aggressive (downturned) shoes. His answer to this particular climbing problem was to wear the Solutions and the Miura specifically for the Crux.
I think this was a pretty cool solution to the problem Adam was facing, and I don’t think I have heard of another climber doing the same.
The Mighty Miuras
So let’s talk about the Miuras. They have been a staple to Sportiva’s line up for about a decade now and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere soon. Speed laces and multi lined panels on the inners make this a pretty damn good choice for any climber or boulder looking for a new pair.
The shoe has a slingshot rand connecting to the powerhinge which is La Sportiva’s fancy way of saying the shoe will stretch more in the back than in the front.
Covered head to toe in that super-grippy Vibram® XS Grip™ rubber with a pretty steep downturned front, these are not for the faint of heart. As everyone knows aggressive shoes can be pretty rough on the feet to break in. But I can guarantee its worth it! If it’s good enough for Adam its good enough for you!
Hell, this shoe has even won multiple awards for best design (2006) and best in class (2014).