I was super excited when I was invited to test out and review some of Five Ten’s newest editions. I was given the Coyote VCS Canvas Women’s for review and was pretty exited to try them out since this style of shoe isn’t my usual go to.
Straight out of the box I saw how the Coyote VCS has a super simple low profile design, flat last, and shallow heel. When I tried the shoe on I was most surprised how effortlessly the shoe fit on my foot. It’s a serious minimalist shoe that would be great for a new climber, used on long trad climbs where you're in your shoe for a whole day, and/or as a warming up and gym shoe.
The super low volume heel doesn’t cut into the ankle area at all, nor does it feel like it’s going to slip off the foot. It’s built on a flat surface foot bed, so there is no accentuated arch and fits well on a narrow foot. The full canvas uppers means almost no stretching, so I would buy this shoes as it fits comfortably on your foot in the store.
Overall I was most impressed by the comfort and simplicity of the shoe. I wouldn’t wear this for steep climbing where you need a more down turned toe, but it performs well on vertical climbs or any terrain with bigger foot holds. This shoe would be awesome for any beginner or occasional climber, as it’s comfy and doesn’t need much breaking in, as well as the fact that it performs well on beginner and intermediate climbing terrain.
I’ve included a sizing chart below since that’s the most common question I run across when asked about shoes. The first is “Do you like that shoe?” then “How do you size it?” Because so many shoes have different last or fits for different purposes, there’s often different sizing depending on those factors. I tend to wear different sizes in many of my climbing shoes. This chart is not gold, it’s just a guideline of how I wear/fit different styles of my Five Tens. Hope it helps!