evolv Cruzer

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This is a great casual shoe that also does quite well…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65

Summary

This is a great casual shoe that also does quite well on the approach. It is very comfortable to wear all day, and very lightweight on harness or in the pack.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Minimalist look is nice for casual use

Cons

  • Marking sole
  • Stitching came undone
  • Sole wears quickly

I have used this shoe for two summers in Europe and for everyday casual use for two years. In that time I have gone through two pairs.

I got this shoe to replace Sanuks, my previous casual shoes which the sole came off of in Vidin province of Bulgaria (ie the poorest/most remote/least industrialized region of the poorest/least industrialized country in Europe). I wasn't going to let that happen again, traipsing through the Balkans in duct tape soled shoes.

I got these shoes when I returned in the 'slate' color. Evolv has been having problems with this canvas fabric changing color, and when they began turning a light-purple-going-orange type of color from a few months of Arizona sun. I returned these and got a new pair.

The new pair was the same but the color did not fade. The shoe was comfortable, (fits a little bit snug and narrow, I usually go 12 or 45.5 in Scarpa casual shoes in casual shoes for a tight fit and take a 13 in these). I picked the shoe mainly becuase of how it looks, simply and low profile. The toe rand looks a little odd and people ask what type of shoes they are, but many people compliment them. The two-part tongue design it excellent, as it doesn't go to the side like most of my other shoes. The rubber sole grips very well, but does mark and wear quickly.

The shoes have a pretty minimalist design. They are lightweight and pretty basic construction. Rubber sole, foam cushion and footbed, foam insole, lined canvas upper.

The first pair was great, but for summer 2013 I got a new pair because the old ones were getting to be pretty well used.

The new pair has also been great, but it is beefed up a little since the first model. The differences are it has a dual density insole and the lined canvas upper has a foam between the lightweight inner liner and canvas. It is slightly heavier but not noticeable, and it holds its shape better than the old model, which had little structure in the upper.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit evolv's Cruzer page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Occupying that coveted gray area between rock, approach, and casual footwear, the Evolv Cruzer Shoe is a minimalist kick that loves to live life on the move.

- Backcountry.com

The winners of the Editors Choice Award from Urban Climber Magazine Cruzers are minimalist performance casual shoes that live happily in the gray area between rock shoes and approach shoes With a pair of Cruzers equipped with high friction TRAX rubber you can scramble up granite slabs or clip them on your harness when climbing a classic multipitch route and cruise down sketchy descents in comfort You can kick back around the campfire in slipper mode or wash up and head out for a night on the town wearing your clean designer jeans in stylePROFILE Trail running shoe lastUPPER 100 Cotton canvas with medial ventsLINING MicrofiberCLOSURE Lace closure with two eyelets dual overlap tongueINSOLE Microfiber lined memory foamMIDSOLE Soft microporousEVA OUTSOLE TRAX high friction rubber with edging platformRAND High friction durable rubber toe randWEIGHT 77 oz 12 pair size 9

- Bentgate.com

The men's Evolv Cruzers are minimalist performance casual shoes that live happily in the gray area between rock shoes and approach shoes. With a pair of Cruzers equipped with high friction TRAX rubber, you can scramble up granite slabs, or clip them on your harness when climbing a classic multi-pitch route and cruise down sketchy descents in comfort. You can kick back around the campfire in slipper mode or wash up and head out for a night on the town wearing your clean designer jeans in style.

- RockCreek

By climbers, for climbers - The Cruzer Approch Shoe from Evolv is decked out with everything a climber needs on the rock and around town. These barefoot-friendly shoes wick moisture and have a memory foam insole for comfort and fit. Their lightweight design along with the loop tab in the back make them perfect for clipping to your harness on long multi-pitch climbs with scrambling descents. The TRAX rubber sole gives you secure grip on rocky terrain so you can be confident in your footing.

- Mountain Gear