Performance and comfort are finally synonymous.

Climbers have traditionally sacrificed comfort and packed their feet into toe-crushing, down-sized, painful shoes all in the name of greater performance. Thanks to a new innovative last, the Five Ten Stonelands VCS Climbing Shoe is able to provide a high level of performance by utilizing the natural and comfortable flat-toed position of the foot. So whether you're bagging towers in the southwest desert or putting in an all-day gym session, this is the ticket for pain-free performance.

  • Split grain leather uppers conform to the shape of your foot for a glove-like fit
  • Dual hook-and-loop straps provide a secure closure and allow for easy on and off
  • Moderate profile shape performs on everything from dime edges to narrow cracks
  • Innovative Stonelands last utilizes the natural flat-toed shape and position of the foot for both comfort and performance
  • First and Last midsole provides powerful edging performance with moderate sensitivity
  • Stealth C4 rubber provides legendary friction and edging performance
  • Padded tongue works with the hook-and-loop straps for enhanced comfort
  • Western Heel Cup provides a snug fit for improved heel-hooking performance
  • Reviews
  • Q & A


    Perfect shoe for multi pitch or smearing

    Comfortable slab shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    My use: I bought these for slab climbs and warm ups

    Fit: I disagree with most commenters that these run small, I find them true to size. I wear size 11.5-12EE (wide) street shoes. Bought these 11.5 and I could play tennis in them. Also have 5.10 Blackwings in this size, and 11.5 is an aggressive fit, so these are roomy even by 5.10 standards.

    -Super comfortable
    -Stiff, good for climbs where all your weight is on your toes.
    -Rubber seems decently sticky for a stiff shoe.
    -Construction quality seems good.

    _-No real complaints, a few comments:
    -You don't want these for anything crazy steep, there's basically no downturn on the toe.
    -Not super sensitive, but then that's the idea..

    I don't climb slab much, but I am happy with them. Have used them for multipitch face climbs where I wanted to keep my shoes on and they were great.

    Weird sizing

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    I wear some Anasazi mocs sized too aggressively at 10.5 and wanted a more comfortable shoe. Got these in 11.5 and I could barely put them on. Once they were on though, they weren't bad, but I'd have to size up one or two to boulder with them, and they max out at size 13 so a multi pitch option is probably out of the question. Looks like I'll be trying pinks and blancos to satiate my C4 addiction, and shamans and TC Pros if I can't get any 5.10s to work.

    Such a comfortable shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 12.5

    I needed a new pair of climbing shoes that would be comfortable on long days while outdoors, and these shoes fit the bill quite nicely. I was incredibly torn between these and the Anasazis (both VCS models).

    I ultimately went with these because they were that much more comfortable on my feet. The Stonelands have a nice, wide toe box which fit my feet perfectly. The grip is excellent with the C4 rubber and the strap system makes it easy to take on and off.

    Compared to the Anasazi VCS shoe, these are a bit less sensitive in my opinion. I felt like I had more precise and controlled foot placement with the Anasazis. However, the Anasazis had a much narrower toe box and hurt my feet a lot (granted these were a fresh pair and had not been broken in).

    Ultimately, I think the Stonelands make a great all-day shoe for sport routes and such, while the Anasazi make a better bouldering shoe. I'm glad I went with the Stonelands based on what I needed the shoe to do.

    For sizing, I had to actually size up from my street shoe size. I am normally a size 12, however with the Stonelands, I went with a 12.5, which seemed to fit perfectly. Both my left and right feet measure about 11.75" on the dot, for reference. The Stoneland VCS measure 11" exactly from end to end on a size 12.5.

    Great looking shoe, wrong size.

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small

    I bought these shoes as a gift to get my buddy out on the rocks. Looked like a great all day shoe that would not leave your feet broken and bruised. Unfortunately they did not fit and seemed to run slightly small. Once in the right size, I am sure he will be stoked!

    Comfortable all arounder

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Only complaint on this shoe is that it is quite soft. Both in the rubber and the support. Makes it fantastic for comfort, sensitivity, and smearing, but not so much for edging on really small stuff. My Miuras destroy these guys when edging and heel hooking, as the heels are pretty clunky too. Have lasted a good long time as long route/warm up/gym shoes though.

    Another great shoe from FiveTen

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I've owned a few pairs of 5.10 shoes, and have yet to be disappointed. The rubber is sticky, the construction is solid, the shape of the last is pretty comfortable as well.

    I wear between an 8.5 and 9 in street shoes normally and went with the 8.5 Stonelands shoe. The fit is snug, but comfortable enough for a several efforts on a route/boulder problem. Hook and loop closure makes these super easy top pop on and off between climbs.

    The shape of the last sort of surprised me out of the box. First thing I noticed was how square the toe box was. The front of the toe is almost flat, like the old Rock Wrench shoes(bonus points for you if you know what I'm talking about). My toes don't quite go as flat as the toe box is shaped, but I still get really solid edging performance on slab and slightly overhanging rock. Decent sensitivity overall too- good blend between sole durability and performance. I would have rather gotten the lace-up's for better fit, but those have a synthetic upper so they'll stink like crazy. Going to be very thankful for leather shoes while I'm living out of a van...

    These shoes are great for moderate climbing, whether it's on edges or cracks, these shoes will feel at home!

    Sizing: 8.5/9 street shoe, 38.5 for La Sportiva shoes(mythos, cobra, speedsters) and 8.5 for FiveTen(Dragon, Quantum, Hornet)

    I love these shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I recently bought a pair of these, and am quite impressed. Keep in mind, i'm quite a novice climbing. I've done a few sport climbs and bouldered around quite a bit in these and I have nothing but positive things to say. The product fit true to size, and the stoneland last if perfect for my clunky feet. The c4 rubber is way sticky also

    I have wider feet and am looking for a...

    I have wider feet and am looking for a good yet pretty comfy shoe for multi pitch climbing. I'm not set on a brand. Any recommendations?

    Wide feet and trad, you remind me of myself. Get a pair that has laces down to the toe so that you can make them as wide as you want. Examples: by 5.10; Coyote, Hueco, Newton, Anasazi guide. By evolv; royale, demorto. La spotiva mythos. Nothing from mad rock. Good luck.

    Best Answer

    I have wide feet and love multi-pitch trad. I have both Stonelands lace ups and velcros. Love them both - best shoes ive ever had (been climbing for 22 years and have been through a few shoes so thats saying something!) The velcros are a little stiffer so better for edging, whereas the lace-ups are super soft so perfect for slab.

    Love these shoes.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    I've used these and they are great. perfect for edging and doing normal climbing, but isn't well suited to super overhung climbings. Very comfortable and easy to get on and off. I bought a 10.5 and wear a 10.5 street shoe. It is rather tight, as a result, but not so tight that you can't wear them for extended periods.

    Stonelands.. buy them!

      I am super impressed with the rubber on these shoes, it's very sticky and seems to be extremely durable! Easy to get on and off with the 'hook and loop' feature. I got a half size smaller then my normal street size and the fit is nice and tight. I love the velcro, so easy to take off your shoes between climbs.

      Great shoes

        These don't fit me quite as well as my Anasazi Blanco's. The heal is too loose if I fit it with my toes in anything but a completely torturous position. I let a friend use them and his feet fit much better than mine. The rubber and everything else on these is great. Toe position and edging, even smearing are all great. I wear size 11.5 street and bought size 11 Stonelands.

        How should I size these?? I wear a size...

        How should I size these?? I wear a size 10 street shoe. I want them to be comfortable for long multi pitch routes.

        Matt, I would size these the same as your street shoe if not 1/2 size larger for multi pitch climbing. They are pretty small for their size compared to other five ten models.

        The problem with these shoes is if you buy them any bigger than street size the heel is really loose.