Just regular Dudes That Really Love Our Shoes

Our team of shoe geeks started this website in 2018, but our love for climbing shoes began long before that.

My name’s Sam, and for as long as I can recall, I have been fascinated with climbing shoes. I recall getting my first pair as a young child like it was yesterday. They were a pair of first-generation Scarpa Helix that had served a long shift as a pair of gym rentals. Those shoes quickly became my prized possession and ignited my passion for climbing shoes. 

I went on a shoe crusade, desperately attempting to get my hands on every brand and model I could. Scarpa, La Sportiva, Boreal, Mad Rock, Red Chilli, Evolv – you name it, I wanted it. Over the last decade and a half, I have seen climbing shoe change drastically, and have been fortunate enough to try many of them along the way.

But this website isn’t about me. Climbing Shoe Review has grown because of the collective energy and love of an amazing network of climbers. From AMGA-certified instructors in the US, alpine adventurers in Patagonia, and pebble wrestlers in the UK, this website is a community where experienced climbers share their passion – and knowledge – for climbing shoes.

I hope the information on this website helps you on your climbing journey.  If you have any comments or questions, feel free to shoot us an email at geeks@climbingshoereview.com.


FAVORITE SHOE: Scarpa Instinct VSR
Over the last 20 years, Sam has climbed for both leisure and competition and has been fortunate enough to travel to some of the best climbing spots around the world. You can find his work in outdoor publications like Climbing Magazine, UK Climbing, and Gear Junkie.


FAVORITE SHOE: La Sportiva Skwama
Angel might be relatively new to the climbing game, but that doesn’t stop her from getting a bad case of the climbing bug. When she isn’t hanging out at her local gym, she is researching and writing about all the hottest climbing shoe news.


Adeline has been climbing in gyms for about 10 years. About 6 years ago, she quit her marketing job and started living in a van and climbing all over Western Canada and the US.
Her favorite places in the world to climb include; Chiang Mai, Tuolumne Meadows, Squamish, and Red Rocks.


We are always looking for motivated climbers in our team. Feel free to shoot us an email and let us know why you would be an awesome fit for us!

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