La Sportiva climbing shoes

LA SPORTIVA

LA
SPORTIVA

La Sportiva has been at the fore-front of climbing shoe innovation for over 40 years.  Climbing shoe technology like downturned profiles and slipper closures have their origins in La Sportiva’s workshop.   

Location:  Ziano di Fiemme, Italy
Athlete Ambassadors: Adam Ondra, Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell

NEW &
SHINY.

NEW LA SPORTIVA CLIMBING SHOES

NEW & SHINY.

NEW LA SPORTIVA CLIMBING SHOES

These are the latest and greatest shoes La Sportiva has to offer. If you’re in the market for next-gen cutting edge shoe design, look no further.

La Sportiva Aragon Review

Aragon

Comfortable and practical, the Aragon is an affordable beginner shoe with great versatility.
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La Sportiva Zenit Review

Zenit

Moderately downturned and great for outdoor sending, bridging the gap between performance and comfort.
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La Sportiva Theory Review

Theory

Aggressive and stylish, these super-soft bouldering shoes will excel at your local gym.
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HIT THE 
BOULDERS.

LA SPORTIVA BOULDERING SHOES

HIT THE BOULDERS.

LA SPORTIVA BOULDERING SHOES

Aggressive, powerful, and capable of sending V12 outside, these shoes will have you channelling your inner Adam Ondra.

La Sportiva Solution Review

Soltuion

The original bouldering shoe, the Solution  is designed to tackle modern sport routes. Great for bouldering and a pro-climber favorite.
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La Sportiva Skwama Review

Skwama

Indoor or outdoor, vertical or overhung, the Skwama is a versatile soft shoe, especially good for gym climbing.
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La Sportiva Futura Review

Futura

One of La Sportiva’s softest shoes ever, the Futura puts their No-Edge technology to good use on this specialized sport shoe.
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FOR THE
NEWBIES.

LA SPORTIVA BEGINNER CLIMBING SHOES

FOR THE NEWBIES.

LA SPORTIVA BEGINNER CLIMBING SHOES

Just starting out? Don’t want to break your budget, or your feet for that matter? Check out some of the best shoes for brand new climbers.

La Sportiva Finale Review

Finale

Comfortable and efficient, this beginner-friendly lace-up shoe could be on your feet all day and you won’t even notice.
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La Sportiva Cobra Eco Review

Cobra Eco

Slip it on, slip it off. Crazy easy! Not to mention the great sensitivity and toe performance, the Cobra are great for those easy going days. 
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La Sportiva Miura VS Review

Miura VS

Perfect for the intermediates, The Miura’s stiff-construction and moderate downturn allows you to approach micro-edges with total confidence.
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TAKE A
HIKE.

LA SPORTIVA APPROACH SHOES

TAKE A HIKE.

LA SPORTIVA APPROACH SHOES

If you casual sneakers, hiking boots and climbing shoes had a baby, they would look a bit like this. Welcome to the world of approach shoes.

La Sportiva TX Guide Review

TX Guide

A technical approach shoe that has taken inspiration from running shoes for the rugged adventures in your life.
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La Sportiva TX2 Review

TX 2

Lightweight and comfortable, the one-piece knit uppers provide optimal breathability and drainage for those rainy days.
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La Sportiva Approach Shoes Boulder X

Boulder X

The Boulder X uses sticky Vibram® rubber and solid ankle support to let you scramble with confidence.
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Our La Sportiva Reviews

Here are a few of the latest Evolv shoes we have put through their paces.

La Sportiva Skwama

La Sportiva Skwama

The king of soft shoes, precision and power have harmonised to form the Skwama. Designed to crush anything you can throw at them.

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La Sportiva Miura VS

La Sportiva Miura VS

Whether you’re in the gym, crushing your latest bouldering problem or edging on a dime, the Miura VS can do it all.

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La Sportiva Katana VCS

La Sportiva Katana VCS

This all-around shoe has been around for a while now and is currently on its third iteration. While the Katana VCS’s been updated with some minor feature upgrades and a new colour palette, they mostly remain the same and are just as reliable as ever.

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La Sportiva Miura

La Sportiva Miura

Not only is it a top pick when it comes to climbing on edges, pockets and even smearing, but it’s also probably one of the best shoes on the market, period.

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La Sportiva: The Extra Bits

Everything else you could ever possibly need to know about La Sportiva climbing shoes.

01. Climbing History

In 1928 a small shoe company was founded by Narciso Delladio to provide footwear for the local lumber-jacks and farmers of the Fassa and Fiemme valleys in northern Italy.

With a focus on hand-crafted wooden leather boots, it didn’t take long for Narciso to make quite a name for himself. After World War II, the demand for his reliable boots grew exponentially.  It didn’t take long before the good name of “Calzoleria Sportiva” flew through the hills and valleys.

It wasn’t until 1981 and the release of the Mariacher that the first La Sportiva climbing shoe was born. The shoe followed a similar style to the hugely popular Boreal Fire, a revolutionary shoe that had hit the market less than two years prior, with the addition of a softer rubber and a more precise edge.

The Mariacher marked the start of a long line of revolutionary La Sportiva climbing shoes. Over the next two decades a flurry of exciting designs were released, some of which are still in production to this day. The Ballerina, the first slip on climbing shoe, was released in 1984, and the Mirage, the first aggressive shoe hit the market in 1994.

Of all their creations, the Mythos (1991) and  the Miura (1997) were important pre-turn of the century milestones for the Italian company.  Both these shoes marked a huge step forward in shoe design and technology.

La Sportiva Today
In 2019 the company opened three new retail stores: one in Spain in the Siuriana climbing mecca, two in Italy in Pozza di Fassa and in Trento, the regional capital, brining the their total number of European stores to 10 locations.

Like a lot of companies, La Sportiva did their  bit to help fight the global pandemic. Their factories were used to make surgical masks, and even proceeded to create their own masks, that are great for active wear and daily use.

02. La Sportiva Athletes

There’s no doubt that La Sportiva climbing shoes are world-class. This company’s dedication to creating high-quality climbing shoes is shown by the number of athletes that choose to use their shoes on a regular basis.

As of 2021, there are 62 La Sportiva ambassadors that specialize in rock climbing. Their ambassador program includes everyone from rock legends like Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, Olympic hopefuls like Margo Hayes and Adam Ondra and even social influencers such as Kimmie Tu and Jeff Yoo.

These athletes have an endless list of impressive ascents and awesome adventures under their belt, but here are a few of our favorite moments of La Sportiva athletes crushing:

 

  • Check out this video of Alex Honnold rocking the Solutions on “Atonement” in south-central Utah. Beautiful location and very challenging wall.
  • If the Theory’s stood out to you at all and you’re looking for some inspiration, here is Adam Ondra absolutely destroying “The Edge Problem”  in Brno, Czechia. This problem is rated at 8b+ (V14).

02. La Sportiva Size Guide

As with any shoe brand, you should put some thought into how to size La Sportiva climbing shoes. Historically, La Sportiva sizing has had a reputation for creating narrow shoes, although this is certainly no longer the case. As you can see from the graph below, they have something to fit every foot type.

La Sportiva Sizing Guide

Once you have decided on a shoe that is the right width for your foot, all you need to do is find the right size.

Generally, LS recommend downsizing  your climbing shoes to get that glove-like fit, although knowing how much to downsize by is the trick. Their shoes are made using European shoe sizes, as this allows for more size variations compared to the US or UK shoe size guidelines.

If you are trad climbing, or spending extended periods of time on a wall, you will want a little bit more comfort out of your shoes, compared to boulders who won’t spend more than a couple minutes at a time climbing. A softer shoe might also need to be sized slightly smaller than a harder rubber compound, as these style of shoes reply on that snug, ‘elasticated’ fit.

Most people will find that the right La Sportiva climbing shoe size for them will be be within one or two (European) sizes of their street shoe.

Remember: Leather shoes will stretch considerably more than synthetic shoes, so bare this in mind. You feet should never be in pain! You can learn more about sizing climbing shoes here.

Even if you are an experienced climber, finding the perfect size climbing shoe without a ‘try before you buy’ opportunity can be a pain in the ass. When buying new shoes online, I almost always buy a couple of different sizes. Having multiple sizes to try helps me distinguish which size feels the best on my feet. The ones that don’t make the cut just get returned!

03. La Sportiva FAQ's

Do you have some more burning La Sportiva questions? Here’s a few FAQ’s!

Q:  How do I choose La Sportiva climbing shoes?
A: Choosing La Sportiva climbing shoes will ultimately come down to your foot shape and what type of climbing you will be doing. If you have narrow feet and can’t get enough of technical vert climbing, then the Katana could be the right shoe for you.

If you have wide feet and plan on predominantly gym climbing, then the Skwama might be the right choice for you. If you are really struggling to pick a shoe, why not try out climbing shoe test?

 

Q: Are La Sportiva shoes vegan?
A: Some, not all, of La Sportiva climbing shoes are vegan. While the majority of their shoes use leather, there are a handful that doesn’t. Keep an eye out for their ‘Eco’ alternatives to classics designs of Mythos and Cobra. Not only do they not use leather, they also use a recycled rubber compound to help reduce waste!