SCARPA has been at the forefront of outdoor footwear since 1938, with a 50-year history of manufacturing climbing shoes. These Italians have been churning out world-class performance shoes that have solidified the company’s spot as a world-class shoe manufacturer.
No. of Climbing Shoes: 34
Location: Asolo, Italy
Big-name Ambassadors: Magnus Midtbø, Shawn Raboutou, Nathaniel Coleman, Alex Puccio, Nina Williams
Tried & Tested
Every Scarpa climbing shoe our team has tested.
Scarpa Shoe Tech
Scarpa’s R&D department is responsible for some of the most interesting shoe developments we have seen in recent years.
Led by legendary shoe designer Heinz Mariacher, the Scarpa team has developed a wide range of propriety technology including some seriously sticky rubber, a few interesting rands, and a wide range of unique last shapes.
Scarpa Sizing Top Tips
Scarpa has over 20 last shapes that they use as the foundations of their shoes, 9 of which are lower volume options to accommodate a range of foot sizes, especially women. Regardless of your foot shape, there is bound to be something in the Scarpa range that perfectly fits your foot.
Like many manufacturers, Scarpa climbing shoe sizes use European sizing, which allows for a more precise fit. This is due to the smaller increments between each EU size, which would have 30 different variations compared to the standard 24 US half and full sizes.
When it comes to sizing, most people find that they need to downsize Scarpa shoes to get a performance fit. I wear size EU 44 street shoes, and from my personal experience, I have found that I usually hover around the 42 EU in Scarpa models for the perfect fit.