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.

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

Our Reviews

Here are the Scarpa climbing shoes we have put through their paces.


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.

Bi-Tension Rand

One of the many clever ways Scarpa creates tension in its shoes. The Bi-tension pulls your toes in, as opposed to cramming them forward, allowing for precise footwork without the pain.

M50, M70 & S-72 Rubber

Scarpa mostly uses Vibram for its outsoles, but many models also use Scarpa’s own rubber for their toe patch, heel, or rands.

Relaxed Performance Fit (FKJ Last)

By adding more space and rounding out the toe box, Scarpa has created one of the most comfortable last shapes we’ve encountered.

climbing shoes size guide


Scarpa currently has 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 perfectly fits 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. Scarpa recommends downsizing ½ – 1 full size from your normal street shoe if you are looking for a performance fit.

The Extra Bits

Everything you ever need to know about Scarpa climbing shoes.

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