Scarpa climbing shoes

SCARPA

SCARPA

SCARPA has been at the forefront of outdoor footwear since 1938, with a 50 years history of manufacturing climbing shoes. These Italians have been churning out world-class performance shoes that has solidified the company’s spot as a world-class shoe manufacturer.

Location:  Asolo, Italy
Big-name Ambassadors: Nathaniel Coleman, Alex Puccio, Nina Williams

NEW &
SHINY.

NEW SCARPA CLIMBING SHOES

NEW & SHINEY.

NEW SCARPA CLIMBING SHOES

SCARPA has been churning out some cutting-edge climbing shoes for decades, and they just keep getting better and better. Here are a few of their newest models to hit the shelves.

Scarpa Boostic Review

Boostic

A next-generation upgrade of a SCARPA classic, this is a super-stiff shoe built for technical face climbing.
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Scarpa Quantic

Quantic

The latest all-arounder from the Scarpa workshop, the Quantic strikes a balance between performance and comfort.
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Scarpa Chimera

Chimera

One of the softest shoes in the Scarpa line, the new Chimera is back to delight boulders and sport specialists with a fresh new design.
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HIT THE 
BOULDERS.

SCARPA BOULDERING SHOES

HIT THE BOULDERS.

SCARPA BOULDERING SHOES

Looking for a specialized bouldering shoe? SCARPA has some great performance shoes to help send your boulder projects.

Scarpa Drago Review

Drago

Arguably one of the best gym shoes ever made. It’s not just amateurs that love the Drago, this shoe was one of the most popular choices for Tokyo Olympic athletes.
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Scarpa instinct VS

Instinct VS

A cornerstone in the Instinct performance line, the VS uses Virbam’s XS Edge rubber that contributes to the shoes laser precision and solid all-around ability.
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Scarpa Furia Air

Furia Air

One of the lightest climbing shoes ever made. The Furia air is super-sensitive, breathable, and 100% vegan-friendly!
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FOR THE
NEWBIES.

SCARPA BEGINNER CLIMBING SHOES

FOR THE NEWBIES.

LA SPORTIVA BEGINNER CLIMBING SHOES

With a wide range of beginner climbing shoes, SCARPA has the perfect shoe for every climber looking to learn the ropes.

Scarpa Helix

Helix

The Helix is a no-frills option providing all-day comfort for entry-level climbing.
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Scarpa Reflex V

Reflex V

Built for beginner gym rats, the Reflex V uses knit uppers for increased ventilation and comfort, perfect for those hot gym days.
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Scarpa Arpia new

Arpia

Striking a balance between performance and comfort, the Arpia is perfect for beginners starting to push grades.
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TAKE A
HIKE.

SCARPA APPROACH SHOES

TAKE A HIKE.

SCARPA APPROACH SHOES

From urban style to backcountry functionally, SCARPA offers a range of approach shoes suited to every adventure.

Mescalito Mid GTX

Mescalito Mid GTX

Built for those big adventures, this hiking boot can tackle the rugged approaches to those remote crags.
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Scarpa Spirit Evo

Spirit Evo

A stylish approach shoe that harmonizes fashion with eco-conscious construction.
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Scarpa Rapid

Rapid

A running shoe, hiking boot, or a bit of both? The Rapid is a lightweight approach that can do it all.
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Our SCARPA Reviews

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

Scarpa Drago

Scarpa Drago

This super-soft performance shoe allows you to feel every divot, bump and crack in the rock like no other high-performance shoe.

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Scarpa Instinct SR

Scarpa Instinct SR

How do you update, and hopefully improve, one of the best all-rounder class climbing shoes on the market? That was the challenge facing Scarpa when they brought out the Instinct SR, the new slipper variant of the Instinct family of shoes.

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Scarpa Chimera

Scarpa Chimera

The brainchild of Scarpa shoe genius Heinz Mariacher, the Chimera is described by them as “the pinnacle of modern climbing shoe design and innovation” and without mincing words – it’s true.

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Scarpa Instinct Lace

Scarpa Instinct Lace

Looking to up your climbing game? Then the Scarpa Lace Instinct could be the shoe for you. Take a read of our full review now!

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Scarpa Velocity V

Scarpa Velocity V

The brief the design boffins at Scarpa had with the Velocity V was to “build a shoe that offers unrivaled comfort, climbing ability and value”. That’s a big statement!

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SCARPA: The Extra Bits

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

01. Climbing History

Scarpa has a long history of manufacturing outdoor footwear. The company was founded in 1938s by Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness, an Anglo-Irish businessman and the heir of the Guinness Brewery estate. Under his instruction, a collective of skilled leather workers was organized in the Asolo region of Italy, a place where Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness had grown fond of, and even owned a large estate.

The company was bought out in 1956 by Luigi, Francesco and Antonio Parisotto, three young brothers local to the region. The brother were skilled tradesmen in their own right, with Luigi completing his apprenticeship with the SCARPA company at age 11.

The company’s reputation continued to grow globally over the next few decades, thanks to its superior quality products, with global exports making up 60% of sales in the ‘70s. The SCARPA range expanded to 40 different shoe models, ranging from hiking shoes to ski and telemark boots. 

It was in the ‘70s, that SCARPA first entered the climbing shoe market. One of the first models they introduced was the Rockmaster, a shoe that followed the traditional construction style inspired by mountaineering boots. The Rockmaster adopted the style of a flat last, high-top model and stiff outsole, the common construction for climbing shoes at this time. Over the following decades, Scarpa continued to build their reputation as a leading climbing shoe manufacturer with iconic models like the Rock Star, Cragratz, and Superatz. 

Fast forward to the turn of the century, and many manufacturers start to build modern performance shoes. In 2006 Heinz Maricaher, a climber turned shoe designer, joined the SCARPA team. Heinz was already a renowned climbing shoe designer, having previously worked with La Sportiva and assisted in designing some of their most iconic models.

Heinz’s extensive understanding of climbing and experience designing shoes had an immediate impact on the already successful SCARPA line. One his first projects involved creating a performance line for women, and for the first time in history, built designed a shoe last especially created for female feet. This ultimately led to the creation of milestone models like the Rockette and Sphinx. 

But this was just the beginning for Heinz. He was also hugely influential in the creation of the Instinct line, a hugely popular range of performance-oriented shoes. Today, Heinz and the SCARPA team still create futuristic climbing shoes from their workshop in Italy and have worked on some of the companies’ most successful shoes to date including the Drago, Chimera, Furia.

02. SCARPA Athletes

Having one of the most diverse ranges of athlete ambassadors of any climbing shoe brand, there’s plenty of great athletes wearing SCARPA’s shoes. By our count, there are over 121 professional climbing ambassadors repping the Scarpa shoe line. 

They have a range of specialists on their roster; from alpine adventurers like Aaron Mulkey and Colin Haley to professional pebble-wrestlers like Nina Williams and Alex Puccio.

They also have a boatload of plastic-puling sports climbers too. If you watched Sport Climbing’s Olympic debut, you might know that a whopping 25% of the Olympic climbers were wearing Scarpa climbing shoes, with the Drago being one of the most used shoes of the Olympic Games. 

A few highlight moments include:

Nathaniel Coleman taking Olympic Silver with his Scarpa Dragos
Alex Puccio sending The Penrose Step (V14), as well as 3 other boulders of the same grade, in the Scarpa Instinct VSR.
Christof Rauch topping out over 400 problems graded 8A or higher

It’s not just professional athletes that SCARPA support though. The company is known to sponsor community events and competitions, as well as provide equipment to outdoor educators and guides. You can find out more about their pro purchase program here.

03. SCARPA Size Guide

Scraps currently have 20 dedicated last shapes on which they build their climbing 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 provides the perfect fit for your foot.

Like many manufacturers, SCARPA climbing shoe sizes use European sizing. This is because there are smaller increments between the European sizes, meaning the 30 different European sizes cover the same size range as the 24 US sizes, allowing for a more precise fit.

Most climbers find that SCARPA’s shoes closely follow the size of their street shoes, especially if you are sizing for comfort or all-day use. If you are looking for a performance fit, SCARPA recommends downsizing ½ – 1 full size from your normal street shoe.

You can find out more about the sizing of SCARPA products here.

04. SCARPA FAQ's

Do you have some more burning SCARPA questions? Here’s a few FAQ’s to feed that thirst for knowledge.

Q:  Where can you buy SCARPA climbing shoes?

A: SCARPA has a global distribution network for their climbing shoes. You can buy their shoes directly from their website, online retailers like REI, as well as in traditional brick and mortar stores.

Here are a few of your favorite places to buy climbing shoes.

 

Q: What does SCARPA Mean?

A: The name ‘SCARPA’ is very clever and actually has a double meaning. Firstly, ‘scarpa’ is the Italian word for shoe. But the company name is also an acronym for ‘Societa Calzaturieri Asolani Riuniti Pedemontana Anonima’, which is why all the letters of the company name are capitalized.

The acronym roughly translates to ‘Society of Footwear from Asolo Foothills’.