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Five Ten Kirigami - Women's Review

This shoe is a reasonably priced and very comfortable option great for beginner climbers
Five Ten Kirigami - Women's
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Price:  $90 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Inexpensive, comfortable, easy to get on and off
Cons:  Lacks stiffness, not designed for high-performance climbing
Manufacturer:   Five Ten
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 13, 2021
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  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Sensitivity - 25% 7
  • Edging - 15% 4
  • Cracks - 15% 7
  • Pockets - 15% 4
  • Ease of Use - 5% 9

Our Verdict

This shoe is extremely friendly and so comfortable that we almost forgot we were wearing it. Though it performed average in all metrics, the Five Ten Kirigami impressed us most by remaining comfortable no matter the situation. The Stealth C4 rubber is sticky, but the sole is not that stiff, making standing on small edges and aggressive footholds a bit challenging. The soft materials, comfortable fit, and extra padding made this a great option for moderate cracks — an ideal shoe for easy multi-pitch climbing when comfort is a concern. This model is great for anyone getting into climbing and anyone concerned with comfort.

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Pros Inexpensive, comfortable, easy to get on and offGreat edging shoe, precise, versatileComfortable, high performance, sticky rubber, easy to put on, good in cracks, versatileComfortable, extremely sensitive, great for smearing and steep climbing, easy to get on and offSuper sensitive, overall comfortable for aggressive design, great for pocket climbing, good for heel hooking
Cons Lacks stiffness, not designed for high-performance climbingSpecific shape can cause discomfort for some, expensiveStretch out quickly, costly, lack supportExpensive, No-Edge technology could be an acquired tasteExpensive, specific, can be painful for some
Bottom Line This shoe is a reasonably priced and very comfortable option great for beginner climbersA technical climbing powerhouse, perfect for crimpy limestone lines or long granite free climbsThe Skwama are impressive in many realms, combining comfort with a high performance fitIf you let them, they may revolutionize your footwork; they'll take some getting used to, but are top notch for steep climbingThis model gets our Top Pick for steep climbing and bouldering due to their aggressive shape, precision, and comfortable design
Rating Categories Five Ten Kirigami - Women's Miura VS La Sportiva Skwama - Women's La Sportiva Futura - Women's Solution Comp
Comfort (25%)
9
8
9
9
8
Sensitivity (25%)
7
9
9
10
9
Edging (15%)
4
10
7
7
5
Cracks (15%)
7
8
9
5
7
Pockets (15%)
4
9
8
10
10
Ease Of Use (5%)
9
7
9
9
8
Specs Five Ten Kirigami... Miura VS La Sportiva Skwama... La Sportiva Futura... Solution Comp
Style Velcro Velcro Velcro Velcro Velcro
Weight (Per Pair, size 37) 0.99 lb 0.94 lb 1.00 lb 0.91 lb 0.95 lb
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Fit Low Asymmetry High Asymmetry Asymmetrical High Asymmetry Asymmetrical
Upper Synthetic Leather Leather/Microfiber Leather/ Synthetic Leather/microfiber
Lining Synthetic Dentex Unlined Unlined Lycra tongue/ unlined
Sole Rubber Stealth C4 Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Grip2

Our Analysis and Test Results

A decent all-around performer with a reasonable price tag and notably high scores in comfort makes this shoe a great introductory option. We were amazed by how comfortable this model was throughout our testing regimen. As a long-time climber, our lead tester is used to painful, tight-fitting shoes designed for performance. When she tried on the Five Ten Kirigami, she was amazed that a shoe could be so comfortable and yet still perform fairly well on the rock. The overall fit, plus the use of C4 Stealth rubber, make this a great option for those on a budget and folks just getting into climbing.

Performance Comparison


Our test crew belaying in the Kirigami, because it is that...
Our test crew belaying in the Kirigami, because it is that comfortable.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Comfort


This metric is really where the Five Ten Kirigami shines. This soft, synthetic slipper has two Velcro straps to close and a super well-padded tongue to protect the top of the foot. When we slid this shoe on at the crag for the first time, we were inclined to wear it around the base rather than our approach shoes — it is that comfortable.


The heel is roomy, and the toe box is wide enough to accommodate a wide range of foot types. If you want to introduce someone to climbing without turning them off by what used to be considered requisite foot pain, the Five Ten Kirigami is a great option for beginners. Soft materials, a flat sole, and extra padding make this a great introductory climbing shoe.

All that padding on the tongue, plus the plush, soft uppers make...
All that padding on the tongue, plus the plush, soft uppers make this shoe extra comfortable.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Sensitivity


While Adidas (Five Ten's parent company) was determined to make this shoe affordable, they didn't skimp when it comes to rubber, which we appreciate. The Five Ten Kirigami has a Stealth C4 rubber sole which is sticky, but the shoe overall lacks the sensitivity of more aggressive models.


The symmetrical toe box and overall flat shape of the shoe are catered more toward all-day comfort than standing on tiny footholds. That said, the Stealth rubber adds a layer of confidence when standing on smaller holds is necessary.

Shown above is the Kirigami's lack of stiffness. This is a soft shoe...
Shown above is the Kirigami's lack of stiffness. This is a soft shoe across the board, making it a bit floppy and not great for precision footwork.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Edging


Again, the shape of the Kirigami is not necessarily designed for standing on small edges. Compared to stiffer, more aggressive models, the medium-stiff midsole will probably feel a bit floppy if this model is worn on powerful, edging-style routes. Without support in the midsole and a stiff last to create a platform to stand on, feet can get very tired very quickly when trying to stand aggressively on edges. This was certainly the case in the Kirigami and its main flaw when it came to its edging abilities.


We definitely felt like this shoe was best at edging right out of the box. As the toe cap became more worn down with use, the edging abilities of the shoe became much less inspiring. It should be noted that this shoe, in general, will become much softer after a few uses, reducing its edging abilities and making the overall fit feel much looser.

Attempting to edge in the Kirigami. Because it lacks stiffness...
Attempting to edge in the Kirigami. Because it lacks stiffness, edging gets tiring on the foot quickly in this shoe.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Crack Climbing


Here, the soft synthetic upper and extra padding on the Kirigami really comes in handy. This shoe is surprisingly great for crack climbing. The padded tongue and simple Velcro closure make it comfortable in hand cracks and wider.


While not our go-to shoe for fierce finger cracks or relentless jamming, the Kirigami is great for long multi-pitch climbs where comfort is key. If you're dreaming of pitch after pitch of moderate crack climbing, the last thing you want is foot pain to get in your way. The Kirigami is a great option for this style of climbing since it's so comfortable. You'll hardly need to take them off between pitches.

All that extra padding protects the foot in hand cracks - an added...
All that extra padding protects the foot in hand cracks - an added bonus for this comfy shoe.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Pockets


With a wide toe box and symmetrical shape, plus little to no downturn, the Five Ten Kirigami is not really meant for pocket climbing.


Climbs with large, juggy pockets are a great option for this shoe, but anything steep or aggressive and the Kirigami will not perform as well as a more downturned, asymmetrical climbing shoe. Vertical walls and larger holds are both situations where the Kirigami will perform well in pocketed terrain, but the rounded and fairly large toe box will not fit into small pockets found on more aggressive routes.

Ease of Use


Just as this shoe rocked it in the comfort metric, the Kirigami also impressed in terms of ease of use. The flat midsole and lack of downturn make this shoe among the easiest to get on and off in this review.


The heel cup also impressed us in this metric since it is fairly wide, stretchy, and accomodating to a variety of heel shapes. In the past, Five Ten has had a notoriously narrow heel, to the point where our lead tester couldn't really fit into any of their shoes. The Kirigami marks a change in design and, in our opinion, a much better-designed heel than what Five Ten used previously. This shoe fits true to size, maybe a hair on the bigger side, and is great for wide-footed climbers (our lead tester has notoriously wide feet, and the Kirigami fit like a glove).

Huge pull taps and an easy, widely adjustable Velcro closure make...
Huge pull taps and an easy, widely adjustable Velcro closure make this shoe easy to get on and off.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Two Velcro straps secure each shoe and are highly adjustable to fit a wide range of foot shapes and sizes. The straps and wide opening also make the Kirigami super easy to get on and off (though this shoe was so comfortable, we rarely wanted to take it off between climbs anyway).

Value


It is here where this model really shines. The Kirigami is extremely inexpensive compared to the vast majority of climbing shoes in this review. Even its entry-level competitors tend to have higher price tags than this model. We appreciated that even with the reasonable price tag, Adidas still made this shoe with Five Ten Stealth C4 rubber. Using a quality material for the sole adds immense value to this shoe. Overall, the price tag, plus the fairly impressive performance across the board in our metric comparisons, made the Kirigami a solid contender among the top shoes in this review. We were happy to see a highly functional shoe retailing at a fairly affordable price.

The Kirigami is extremely user-friendly and a great way to get...
The Kirigami is extremely user-friendly and a great way to get somebody into climbing without causing them pain.
Photo: Alexa Flower

Conclusion


The Five Ten Kirigami is undoubtedly a beginner's shoe. It is comfortable, affordable, and easy to get on and off. We appreciated this shoe for its comfort, and while we were not blown away by its performance, it held its own where it counted. The shoe edges decently well and works great for low-angle cracks. The Kirigami is certainly not ideal for steep terrain, but again, that's not really what it is designed for. This shoe is designed to be comfortable and encourage new climbers to enjoy themselves as they learn a sport that has traditionally been fairly painful for the feet.

Jane Jackson