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La Sportiva

La Sportiva has been at the forefront 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. 

No. of Climbing Shoes: 44
Founded: 1928
Location: Ziano di Fiemme, Italy
Athlete Ambassadors: Adam OndraAlex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell

Tried & Tested

La Sportiva shoes

The La Sportiva climbing shoes our team has tested.

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La Sportiva Skwama

The king of soft shoes, precision and power have harmonized to form the Skwama. Designed…
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La Sportiva Futura

Touted as a favorite by some of La Sportiva’s biggest brand ambassadors and a leader…
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La Sportiva Katana VCS

The velcro alternative to the classic lace version, the Katana VCS still offers the same…
La Sportiva Miura Lace Climbing Shoe

La Sportiva Miura

Not only is it awesome for standing on small edges and pockets, but the La…
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La Sportiva Katana

Technical footwork has never felt so easy. These shoes are an investment that will pay…


It’s not a coincidence that La Sportiva makes some of the best climbing shoes in the world. Their clever R&D team has come across some clever shit over the years, which has not only kept them at the forefront of the game but has helped push the development of climbing shoes.

Ever seen a pair of slip-on climbing shoes? That was a little something La Sportiva introduced in 1984. They were also some of the first people to start making lined shoes and competition-specific models.

P3 Technology

An active rand system that creates tension that allows for a secure fit, increased precision, and longer-lasting shoes.

No Edge Shoes

A new approach to precision using a rounded toe box instead of sharp rubber edges, allowing for closer contact.

Dynamic Technology

Maximizing contact surface on a diverse range of footholds, the side-wrapped sole allows for unrivaled spreadability.

La Sportiva Sizing Top Tips

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, they have something to fit every foot shape.

Generally, LS recommends downsizing 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.

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

The Extra Bits

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

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