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La Sportiva - Oxygym Climbing Shoe

La Sportiva Oxygym Climbing Shoe

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$74.25 Original price:$99.00
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Item #LSP000L




Tech Specs

Upper Material:
WashTex (3-layer), microfiber
AirTex Silver
hook-and-loop straps
LaspoFlex (1.8mm), [heel] EVA
Frixion (5mm)
Asymmetrical Curvature:
Claimed Weight:
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Oxygym Climbing Shoe

Ever since your climbing gym ran a locals-only special, that's your life: you climb, climb, and then climb some more, ruing your mammal status and wishing you were an arachnid. Whether you're a sport climbing newbie or on a first-name basis with the crew at your gym, the La Sportiva Oxygym Climbing Shoe gives you all-day comfort and the confidence necessary to experience some highs off the ground.

Synthetic material tends to stretch less than leather, so the fit you feel from the first time is not too different from the fit you'll get after several weeks of wear. Minimal asymmetry and a neutral profile make it easy to wear this grippy shoe for hours on end whether you're working on slabby under-vert or slightly over-vert problems. The round toe accommodates a variety of surfaces, be it a top-rope line at the gym or rock outside. The patented hook-and-loop closure system gives you two points of adjustment for a highly personal fit as well as the ability for rapid outfit changes. Slip-lasted construction takes away a bit of the stiffness so your wait for the wall isn't a foot-wrenching experience.

FriXion RS rubber on the bottom is the stickiest sole La Sportiva offers. AirTex Silver lining manages foot moisture and minimizes shoe stink by creating an environment hostile to odor-causing bugs. The 1.8mm LaspoFlex midsole gives this shoe a thin shot of torsional rigidity while offering some cushion from below, and an anti-shock EVA heel insert means walking on flat land isn't total torture. Triple-layer WashTex fabric lets you throw this shoe in the machine when it starts to walk towards the car on its own.

  • Comfortable climbing shoe made for multi-pitches and gyms
  • Flat profile with low asymmetry gives the utmost comfort
  • Washable, durable WashTex upper with breathable AirTex lining
  • LaspoFlex midsole with EVA heel for shock absorption
  • Frixion rubber sole gives traction on rock and plastic

Size runs small, not run true to size

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was concerned about these being too small given haht it's an Italian brand and reviews that I read on climbing shoes in general indicated they run small. so I contacted customer service via chat. They connected me with an "expert" who was confident that these run 'true to size.' Given that I take a size 8, they recommended the EU size 40.5 which does in fact equate to the US 8. when I got the shoes (they did arrive in 2 days as guaranteed), they were just too small. no way I could wear them. I'll have to go up a least a full size. I don't have wide feet either. they seem like a decent show for the price (although I was not able to test them) so I'll try the next size but it will cost me $6.99 to return these (which I knew in advance but is nevertheless frustrating).

Well first, EU sizing doesn't translate well to US sizing. A US 8 sits between a EU 40.5 and 41. So you kind of just have to pick one based on past experience and hope it fits or just know ahead of time there is a good chance you'll have to swap. Second, I have these and they actually run true to size but they stretch quite a lot after the first month. I'd say mine stretched a little more than one full size. Honestly they are a bit too big now. So I'd recommend sizing down at least a full size. It might hurt a bit at first but it'll be a comfier fit in the long run, without sacrificing performance.

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First shoes I ever bought. They're relatively neutral, and after 2+ years of consistent climbing, they still hold up with just a little wear and tear. I am female, but chose these because I have wide feet. They do stretch a little bit, but not much. They aren't great for heel hooks, but that's all the bad I can say. They're super comfortable and you can definitely keep these on for hours without any pain. I got a 40, same as my normal shoes, and that was great because I'd never climbed, but I'd suggest a size below.

Great shoe!

    These are comfortable. I like the closure and the low profile fit. The inner feels a bit rough but once getting used to it, it isn't an issue anymore. Street shoe W7 and got size 39.

    Great starter shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The best part about these shoes- they’re machine washable! I bought them in my street shoe size and they fit perfect, if you like your shoes tight I would go down a half size. If you have narrow feet, these might not be the shoes for you. The way the velcro straps are set up makes it hard to really tighten the down.

    Excellent all round shoe for the gym

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    (An update from my previous review). I’m on my 3rd pair of these and I have to say they are stable and edge well. I typically climb 5.10’s & 5.11s and I’ve not once been disappointed.

    So from a technical perspective;

    Edging. I can stick my feet into a corner of a small chip and be confident that they will hold. I’m actually surprised on how well they stick.

    Toe holding. They stand up well to having toe fronts on chips, however I usually tighten the shoe up pretty/very tight on these kinds of technical climbs. The reason for this is so that I get compression at the front and the shoe design allows easy adjustment with the Velcro straps (a big plus).

    Smearing. These are sticky when you smear. They are a bit less compliant than Mythos or 5.10’s Anasazi’s. So smearing is not amazing but you have to compromise stiffness for stickiness. These shoes are the right kind of stiff and stick for me.

    Toe jams in cracks. The freaking hurt like a trail of biting fire ants on your arches!! The sole is not stiff enough IMO.

    Fit. As I mentioned I use these on relatively technical climbs. I cinch the shoes tight as I prefer the stability when the shoe is stiff and by being filled with my hobbit feet !! So with that said, I have wide-ish feet and relatively square toes (mild taper) which means that Mythos are way too thin for me. My feet spill over the sides of Mythos soles, whereas with these my feet sit right at the rand/sole intersection where they should. I’m normally a 12.5US Street but I’ve sized mine to be 45 EU (11.5 US) and I’m happy in them all day in the gym. I just loosen or tighten the Velcro as needed. My feet aren’t crammed but they are very snug.

    Heel hooks. As these are relatively flat, this is where they aren’t as good. The heel is there but the bowl is not as pronounced so you don’t get as much grip but they do work if you are more aggressive with your foot stretching.

    Negatives. I really can’t fault these too much. The rubber does seem to wear down relatively quickly (similar to Mythos in my experience - I’m doing more technical stuff now so that may not be fair c.f. to my Mythos. I would say they wear a bit slower than Mythos). I’m ready to re-sole a couple of pairs and hopefully I can get the Frixion rubber as I really like this formulation. Enough stickiness with enough support. I’m a bigger guy of 230lbs and these hold me very well. Again, another amazing thing about this technology that it can stand up to incredible pressures without splitting or leaving marks in the sole.

    Basically I love these shoes. It’s taken me a lot of different shoes to settle on these for gym work. They work well for Boldering and climbing.

    Great Gym Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These shoes work so well in the gym. A great shoe to start getting into gym climbing. So nice that you can wash them!

    Good as long as you stick to gym

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these shoes around a year ago awhile after i started climbing and i was mostly in the gym so these shoes worked pretty well, I've done a couple 5.11s and 12s in these and they're not terrible shoes. however, i cannot recommend taking these outside because they're uncomfortable and have pretty much no grip. so i can recommend these as long as you stay inside but take caution going out with them.

    Ok for the gym

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was looking for a more comfortable shoe for the gym and these certainly met that need. Not very aggressive or sticky, but they will do the job. Great value as these are a lower price point.

    Good Beginner Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I am a big fan of these shoes. They are washable, versatile, and are a steal when discounted. The fit is good, but can be a little loose in the heel. I've been climbing for a while in them, and they seem to be fairly durable.
    If you want a good pair of starter shoes, get these.


      New to climbing, so I can't speak to the shoe's quality in regards to climbing. They did not turn me in to Spider-Man, but they are better than the rentals I was using. Definitely a tight fit. I have a wide size 12 foot and I ordered a 13.5. Could have gone up to a 14 comfortably (US size). They scrunch at the tongue. The heel also feels a little lose. For the price, I will live.

      cheap beginner shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 40

      I choose size 7.5 which is smaller than my normal size 8, it's tight and give me
      confidence, fit my feet very well although somewhere inside uneven.
      I strongly recommend you to choose a smaller size, it will stick to your feet like skin, make it easier to control your body.
      shipment arrived on time.

      No complaints at all

        These are great beginner shoes. They are comfortable enough so that your feet can easily go all day at the gym in them. They are perfect shoes to use while learning new technique and spending countless hours in the gym. I would definitely suggest these to anyone. They make a great first pair of shoes and an unbeatable back up pair.

        Awesome shoe for narrow feet

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

        I bought this shoe for my girlfriend after trying some other pairs without success. She has quite narrow, flat feet and this shoe seems to support her well and her climbing has started to improve a lot over the rentals we were using before. Runs a bit small though, we went with 1 shoe size bigger than her running shoes which gave a snug but comfortable fit.

        Great Shoes for the newbies

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        I like these shoes for a first timer or a spare set for a comfy day at the crag. I got these as a spare set to let friends of mine to use.
        They are washable as well. So that is another awesome feature! No more stinky shoes. I am loving the new colors as well. The old vibrant yellow shoes were fun, but were definitely supposed to be used as a gym shoe.

        Good Gym Show

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 9

        Son needed new climbing shoes for the gym. He loves these, says they have a great fit and are aggressive.

        Gym shoes

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These shoes would be great shoes for beginners looking for something that's comfortable and functional. I have been using these in the gym to try and preserve my outdoor shoes life. They edge great and smear really well too. They have a nice flex to them and not really aggressive at all making them great all around shoe to get started with.

        Great beginner shoe

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

        Fit was small as expected so I bought the right size in anticipation of that. My boy was stoked on the style and performance, just getting him into climbing and this definitely helped him have positive first experiences.

        Solid all-around gym shoe.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs small

        I mostly boulder and am at the gym 2-3 times a week, so I had been looking for an inexpensive gym shoe that I could relatively comfortably keep on my feet for a long session, and the oxygym does a respectable job.

        The good
        - The shoe fits well, I had to size down from my street size, but I have to do that for all Sportiva shoes
        - The strapping system may be the best on any shoe I've used; it hugs my foot nicely. They really need to put these straps on the solutions and futura
        - Breathes well, which is huge plus for a gym shoe
        - All synthetic makes it simple and easy to wash
        - Colourful. Yeah, they look pretty spiffy :)

        The mixed
        - FriXion rubber. A harder rubber than Vibram. Will last longer, but also doesn't stick like Vibram.
        - Rigid, these are not soft shoes, if that's what you're after. Performance on little chips is good and distributes more of the weight, but sensitivity and feel is lessened. Granted, I haven't had these shoes for too long, so I don't know how much they'll soften up.
        - Not aggressive. Fine if you're into a more relaxed shoe, and makes it more comfortable to generally leave on, but I was expecting a little better performance for bouldering.

        The bad
        - loose heal. Maybe it's just the shape of my foot, but I can pull my heel out of the shoe while it's strapped in without too much difficulty.
        - No toe rand: toe hooks are kinda useless. I struggle with toe hooks and bat hangs that would be trivial in solutions or sharks.

        Overall a good shoe for gym climbing. If you're trying not to blow a lot of money going through nice shoes at the gym, then the OxyGym is an attractive option.

        I believe they'd make an excellent beginner shoe. They're inexpensive, good all-around, and built to take a beating while refining climbing technique.

        Awesome review, Jason!

        A good climbing shoe

          I'm new to climbing and with these being my first climbing shoes I've bought, I have to say I'm very pleased with my purchase. I was looking for more in the comfy area and these climbing shoes do the trick. Also, the bottom of these shoes give you great traction and give you the confidence you need.

          New to climbing...

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times
          • Fit: True to size
          • Size Bought: 9

          new to climbing. started about 6 months ago. i bought these shoes after hand-me-down la sportiva nagos that were 9.5. i've worn the oxy's to the climbing gym for months now and they're great. they are definitely better than the nagos but after having them and getting more aggressive with my climbing, leading and bouldering, i'm happy with them but will definitely need a more aggressive shoe.

          size wise, these fit snug at 9 (42). that're perfect though. i'd recommend a half size smaller just to make sure you can really feel small chips, etc.

          i started to just walk from route to route in these and then it finally dawned on me why so many climbers are barefoot or in flops and only put them on to climb. my feet got so fatigued being crunched up that it now makes sense. these are just the things you learn from experience!

          good stuff.

          La Sportiva

          Adult Footwear
          4 35.5 5  
          4.5 36 5.5  
          4.5+ 36.5 5.5+  
          5 37 6  
          5.5 37.5 6.5  
          6 38 7  
          6.5 38.5 7.5 24
          6.5+ 39 7.5+ 24.5
          7 39.5 8  
          7.5 40 8.5 25
          8 40.5 9 25.5
          8.5 41 9.5 26
          8.5+ 41.5 9.5+  
          9 42 10 26.5
          9.5 42.5 10.5 27
          10 43 11 27.5
          10.5 43.5 11.5  
          10.5+ 44 11.5+ 28
          11 44.5 12 28.5
          11.5 45 12.5 29
          12 45.5 13 29.5
          12.5 46 13.5 30
          12.5+ 46.5 13.5+  
          13 47 14 30.5
          13.5 47.5   31
          14 48   
          15 49   
          Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!