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The dream shoe for steep, aggressive climbing, the Shadow is a downturned Velcro shoe built for pulling HARD. Featuring our extra-sticky Fuse molded rubber with added friction strips for better toe-hooking, and a durable microfiber upper combined with our Engineered Knit Technology tongue, the Shadow is ready to send your project. READ MORE
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The dream shoe for steep, aggressive climbing, the Shadow is a downturned Velcro shoe built for pulling HARD. Featuring our extra-sticky Fuse molded rubber with added friction strips for better toe-hooking, and a durable microfiber upper combined with our Engineered Knit Technology tongue, the Shadow is ready to send your project. Learn More


When your project is so steep that it always casts a shadow, that’s when you bust out these secret weapons. Built for overhanging sport routes and hard bouldering, the Shadow features an aggressive, downturned last with our sticky rubber that’s molded—inspired by the way we forge our carabiners—and not cut from one sheet of rubber. This is our engineered solution to optimize our shoe’s rubber and rands for weight, consistency and comfort. The Shadow features a stretch resistant microfiber upper, and the shoe's vamp features an innovative combination of printed and molded high friction rubber. The molded rubber is strategically placed in high-use areas, while the printed rubber minimizes bulk, and in combination, these rubbers provide better top of foot dexterity and purchase when toe-hooking. The tongue is made from our Engineered Knit Technology, which is exceptionally breathable and increases mobility and comfort. With a minimalist midsole, the Shadow is ultra-sensitive and allows you to pull in on steep terrain.

  • Aggressive, downturned last for steep routes and bouldering
  • 4.3mm rubber is printed and molded for superior grip, optimal consistency, and performance
  • Engineered Knit Technology tongue provides exceptional breathability and comfort
  • Minimalist midsole for extra sensitivity on steep terrain
  • A combination of printed and molded high friction rubber maximizes durability, dexterity and grip for toe-hooking
  • Velcro strap for fit adjustability
  • Unisex

Climb Shoe Comparision

Shadow Climbing Shoes is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shoe but tension band tore After buying the shoes and climbing in them for 4 months the tension band tore above the heel. Using both pull tabs to slide my heel in the tension band tore losing tension in the heel. I love the shoes and there performance just a little disappointing having them rip with very little wear.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible shoes, very comfortable I recently purchased a pair of Shadows and absolutely love them. I did however, have quite an interesting time finding the correct size for my feet. I read several reviews before purchasing, and everybody said to buy your street shoe size (US Men's 8 in my case). I purchased the size 8 and a few days later they showed up in the mail. I was so excited to try them out.. If I had a crowbar, I wouldn't be able to get my foot into a size 8 Shadow, no way. I tried on every half size up from that until I could get my foot into one, and settled with a 9.5 (EUR 42.5). I wear a 40 in La Sportiva. This seemed a little crazy to me, but I suppose US brands size differently. I exchanged my way-too-small 8's for a 9.5 and hit the gym.. These shoes climb amazing, great heel and toe hooking and you can really trust your toes on small foot holds & smears. I did have an issue, though.. During my first day climbing in these shoes, the edge split (right on the big toe). Whether or not it was a shoe error is beyond me, but I had never seen this happen on a pair of shoes before. Maybe a volume in the gym had a screw sticking out, who knows.. Black Diamond was more than kind and sent me a replacement pair before I had even sent mine back to them. That's incredible customer service. Once again, these shoes are killer, and so is BD for being so helpful. Would recommend a million times over.
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic shoe I bought these roughly 8 months ago and they are fantastic and fit my foot really well. I’ve got pretty narrow heels but super wide feet up front and this shoe fits like a glove. I normally go up to size 12 in street shoes but went to an 11 in these and when I first got them they were a little bit of a struggle to get on but the rubber is soft enough where it was actually pretty comfortable after I got my foot in. It was a pretty stiff shoe at first but after a couple sessions it definitely became one of the softest shoes I own. This shoe is very performance oriented, it’s great at smearing, good with precision, the softness allows you to feel the footholds super well and the rubber on top of the shoe makes it where you can toe hook pretty much anything really well. The only complaints I have is that there seems to be a decent amount more knit in the heel than there is rubber so on very precise and powerful heel hooks the heel will move slightly where the knit is causing my foot to come off and that on very very small footholds that you need a very precise and powerful edge on it seems the softness just doesn’t help with. But when I need both of those I tend to just switch the shoe in which I’ll be heel hooking/edging and keep the other shadow on because I like the shoe this much and it is on very rare occasions that would happen and I’ve yet to do that on anything under V9. Another psa. I’ve really only used this shoe on southern sandstone and indoor plastic so I’m not sure how great it is on other surfaces but this shoe is fantastic for what I’ve used it on.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inaccurate Sizing I wear a US men’s size 8 street shoe, so I ordered a pair of 41s (US 8) and can’t come close to getting my feet into them. I had somebody else try them on (who wears a 39 climbing shoe) and they could barely get them on. This is very strange. I wear 40.5 in other climbing shoes and my feet fit comfortably into them. So why is this pair of 41 climbing shoes nearly an inch shorter than my other shoes that are a “smaller size” ?? Very odd.. Be careful when ordering these bad boys. I’ve been so excited to get my hands on a pair, this is a little disappointing.
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great shoe with a tragic Achilles Heel (literally) In the past two months I've had 3 pairs in total, first pair was amazing but bought to big and had to downsize further. 2nd pair was absolutely phenomenal, great fit, no hot spots, great heel and incredibly sticky rubber. All around perfect shoe and then around the 3rd sesh in them at the gym, the felt type of material that lines the sides tore and I wasn't too worried about it, but by the end of the session the rubber tension band on the side began tearing straight down as well. BUMMER. So thinking this was a fluke and thinking maybe I just got unlucky I bought a 3rd pair, but after literally just putting them on and off out of the box, the felt part around my ankle has already begun tearing and I can only assume it'll reach the side rubber part as well. Hopefully gets fixed.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STICKY, SOFT, DURABLE I'm on my second pair now, and the first ones are off to get resoled. I got my first pair in November 2017 and put them to work on all types of rock on my way across the country. I sent them to get resoled last month. The NEO rubber they use is why more durable than i thought it would be. These shoes are rad if you like a soft shoe, and a shoe that has really sticky rubber. They are my go to shoe for steep limestone. The toe rubber is the only flaw. The rubber on the toe delaminates over time. Maybe it's the thickness of rubber, or the shape of the patch. Maybe I just suck at climbing.. Who knows.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sensitive, Good fit, Sticky These shoes are actually quite good. Rubber held up, snug fit. I love how soft they are and perform decent enough on small(ish) feet. Great for the gym, steep sport, and moderate bouldering. Ive even jammed a few days with them. That being said the heel is not supportive at all and collapses regularly when you go for that aggressive heel. You can manage, but if they threw a ball of rubber on there this shoe would be fantastic.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BD Shadow - Super Sticky, Super Comfortable I haven't seen any detailed reviews, so I'm hoping to share my experience with the Shadow when compared to some other aggressive models from other brands in hopes of offering additional consumer advice. I've been climbing in the Shadows since their release, with 80 percent of that climbing time spent on an indoor bouldering wall with notoriously glassy holds. The remaining time has been spent climbing granite, mostly vertical with some overhanging routes. I have a very narrow, low volume foot for a guy, with an especially narrow heel and Morton's toe. I wear a size 9.5-10 with everyday footwear/boots/approach shoes and I purchased the Shadow in a 9.5. The Shadow has a suction-like fit, with no dead space underneath my arch or excessive bagginess in the toe box. It fits my heel beautifully; arguably, the Shadow fits my foot better than any other brand I've worn. No doubt the very soft rubber and minimal mid-sole help with this sock-like fit. I have enough room in the toe box to articulate and move my toes without hot-spots or pressure points. Rubber: SUPER sticky. When compared to comparable rubbers on the market, I find the Fuse to be the stickiest rubber. I've actively swapped out shoes when attempting the same route to see how the various rubbers will respond to super glassy, slick indoor holds - the Fuse rubber will stick where the other rubbers slack and slide off. Comfort: After 2-3 sessions on the bouldering wall, I found that I can easily wear these shoes without discomfort for an entire climbing session. The knitted upper breathes quite well - I live in Southwest Arizona - and the single Velcro strap keeps everything fitted. I find them to be the most comfortable of the three aggressive shoe models I'm currently using. Edging: Because the rubber is so sticky, I find these shoes to edge pretty well if your calves and feet are strong enough to hold the edge without the assistance of a stiffer sole. I don't find them to be as great of an edging shoe when compared to other brand's aggressive options that I own, but the Shadow is a super soft shoe in comparison and not as stiff in the forefoot or mid-sole. Sensitivity: Extremely sensitive. The molded Fuse rubber allows for wonderful sensitivity; I can wrap my toes and my foot around holds with minimal effort, feeling very small features and edges in the rock. Far more sensitive than the two shoes listed above. Versatility: I've managed to smear, climb steep overhangs, small cracks, and micro edges all very well in these shoes. They smear well enough due to the soft, very sticker nature of the Fuse rubber. The low-volume toe box has allowed me to wedge my foot in fist-sized cracks without pain or discomfort. With overhangs, the super snug-like fit of the shoe keeps the shoe firmly in place when heel or toe-hooking, with the rubber over the toe box keeping your foot firmly in place against the rock. Again, when edging, the soft, sticky rubbers keeps your foot planted on small grooves and crystals. Durability: so far, I haven't seen any chunks torn out or excessive wear in the rubber. The knitted upper hasn't experienced any tears or snags. They also haven't stretched at all on me. The upper has molded to my foot, but I don't find them to have stretched at all. Issues: the shoes are a pain to put on. It takes a moment to really get your foot squeezed and slipped into the knitted, sock-like upper. I've also noticed that I'm losing the downturn in the shoe; they're flattening out faster than my other shoes, which all have retained their shape while being older and used a lot more. Overall, I'm extremely impressed with these shoes. They're my go-to shoe for most of my climbing, both indoors and out. Really, the only time I find myself swapping shoes, is when I need something stiffer either due to super tiny micro edges or burning calves and feet. I find the fit to be the best of any shoe I've worn up to this point; the rubber is crazy sticky; they're versatile and well made. I'm eager to try out the BD Focus, considering how much I've loved the Shadow. Hope this review help you decide!
Date published: 2018-08-07
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