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La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoe


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    39 Reviews


    Skwama: Sportiva's strong sending slipper.

    The Men's Skwama Climbing Shoe is La Sportiva's high-performance slipper for competition bouldering and technical sport climbing. P3 technology applies a Permanent Power Platform that ensures the Skwama's downturn stays downturned. The S-Heel construction optimizes heel hooking and gives a snug fit, while Vibram's XS Edge sole sharpens the sides for ideal edging, slicing, and dicing. This shoe's soft LaspoFlex midsole gives enhanced sensitivity, a better feel, and more control on microscopic jibs and technical, insecure moves. La Sportiva styled the Skwama's upper with laser-cut leather and microfiber reinforcements that reduce stretch.
    • P3 downturned performance
    • Leather upper with microfiber reinforcements
    • Rubber toe cap
    • Unlined
    • LaspoFlex midsole with soft stiffness
    • S-Heel construction
    • Vibram XS Edge sole
    • Item #LSP008X

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, microfiber, rubber
    0.8mm LaspoFlex
    Vibram XS Grip 2
    aggressive downturn
    Claimed Weight
    7.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was lucky enough to get these on sale at 25% off, but they'd be more than well-worth it at full price. They're my first aggressive shoe but it only took a couple of sessions to break them in and now they're super comfortable. I'm a pretty wide 10/10.5 US in my street shoes and got these in 41.5 - for my feet I wouldn't want to go any smaller but they fit like socks (definitely give them a couple of sessions to break in). Feel is great, super precise as you'd expect. Toe hooks and heel hooks very well.

    Keep 'em coming

      Passing this feedback along from a customer! hope it helps!
      I climbed in the skwama for two years, and I love them so much that I had to get another pair. My street shoe size is US 8, and my skwamas are sized 37 for performance (which is also my size for the Miura lace and the old Pythons). The shoes quickly broke in after a few gym sessions, but, as the photo below shows, the skwamas kept their shape very well over these two years. It never felt like any performance was lost.

      The rubber on the skwama is top notch - super sticky and durable. The upper toe patch rubber inspires confidence on toe hooks. It feels secure on just about anything you throw at it. La Sportiva's new S-heel adds rigid support up an already rigid and rounded heel. It's sticky and performs well on powerful heel hooks where you crank hard on holds. However, the heel feels a little too bulky for smaller edges and tricky sloping features. These shoes have a soft and sensitive toe box. The rubber outsole has a hoof-like shape which lets the toe box be flexible. They are very good for toeing into holds while climbing overhangs or maximizing rubber contact with the rock on larger volumes and slabs. The midsole adds just enough support to let the shoe edge on smaller footholds. I have climbed in these shoes at the Red River Gorge and many other crags throughout the south, and they absolutely crush sandstone. The skwama is my go to when I need a soft shoe.

      However, I have also found these shoes too soft and not supportive enough for limestone at the Virgin River Gorge and schist at Rumney. My toes feel insecure on thin sharp footholds - almost like its rolling over the rock. I use a stiffer shoe where the rock is less steep and feet options get too small and too sharp.

      The skwama is not the best all around shoe, but I can't ask for a better soft shoe. I will use these for as long as La Sportiva makes them

      Women's on the Way

      Check out La Sportiva's in depth look into the Skwama. New for 2018 will be a women's model of this shoe as well that will be hitting the site soon. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at or (801) 523-4052

      Hope they make em forever

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Best shoe I've ever owned. My feet were always too wide for Sportiva's but these fit perfect! Psyched to finally heel hook again after climbing in Five Ten for years.

      They're Great!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      My customer Kevin has this to say, about the Skwamas. HIs street shoe size is 10 and he likes the size 40 in the Skwama.

      I am excited to say that I made the right decision to size them down half a size from my Solutions. One reason I think this may have worked out is because my Solutions were my first super aggressive bouldering shoe and third climbing shoe so my feet have gotten more used to squeezing into a tight slipper. The second reason I think the downsize worked out is because the toe box does feel slightly bigger in the Skwamas compared to my Solutions even with the half size difference. I climbed for a long period in both today, leaving them on for extended periods. I still felt a painful pressure of my toes being squeezed together after having my Solutions on for almost 30 mins, but the Skwamas do not give me this pain. By the way, I do not have wide feet, but they definitely aren't narrow either.

      Other impressions: excellent heel and toe hooks. The heel felt very similar to the Solution heel. The strap system is better on the Solutions but still good on the Skwamas and does a good job at keeping the shoe on my foot during heel hooks. The design and color looks really cool, but I still think La Sportiva uses way too much yellow.

      In short, I'm keeping these. They're great!

      Awesome shoe.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Love these things, great shoe for sport and bouldering. They feel solid on tiny edges, make heel hooks feel super locked in, and smear really well too. Bought a 42.5 (wear an 11-11.5 in vans and nikes) and have wide-ish flat feet, at first thought I might have sized down too much, but now they fit perfectly, almost a little big and don’t ever need to take them off during a long bouldering session. Seriously inspire confidence on the tiniest of holds. One wash and one year later of multiple days a week wear, and only a small a amount of de-lame on the rubber that runs over toe. I don’t think I’ll ever buy another shoe for sport and bouldering as long as they keep making these things.

      Might be great, might not

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      Bet they're nice, but I wouldn't know for sure. Ordered and they were too big. So, I arranged for a return to get a new size. They said it may take a few months since the shoes were on backorder, which was fine with me. Returned the shoes via USPS, and notified Backcountry via email the same day that they were on the way and to expect them on a specific date, and waited. Three months later Backcountry pops in to tell me that they didn't receive them, then refuses to honor my return when I could not locate the tracking number (because, remember, this is three months after they were supposed to have received the shoes). The credit card transaction for the return shipment and corroborating email notifying them of the day to expect the shoes was insufficient evidence for these scholars. Inexplicably, Backcountry could provide no indication as to why nobody acknowledged my email providing the date to expect the shoes, or notified me when the shoes (supposedly) failed to arrive on that date. Who knows where the shoes are? Likely, Backcountry did receive the shoes, but some bro didn't log the return correctly. Sloppy company, with bad customer service. Caveat emptor.

      Awesome shoe, that doesn't cost $200

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Great fit, right out of the box. The heel fits a bit different that the solution or Testarosa, it’s a bit bigger and the fabric goes further up the ankle. This shoe has great performance and fit! Awesome first impression. The more I use the more I like it.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These shoes are my go-to sport climbing rigs for nearly everything - they feel like a softer Solution, with the sizing/fit being very similar. I wear a 9.5 street shoe and I run a 41 a tight yet not overly aggro fit. They have enough structure for vertical pocket and edge climbing, while soft enough to paw and claw on severely overhanging boulders and sport routes. My favorite Sportiva shoe by far.

      Das Good

        Based on several reviews I ended up getting them a size smaller than I normally wear (size 42 in LS Miura VS, and Katana lace). I may still be in the break in period with these because as of now they are a little tight. I have to take them off between climbs/belays. Been climbing in them about 4 days total so yeah definitely needs more time.

        Love the width & the stickiness!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have been using these shoes for just over a year. I am at the gym at least 2-3X per week + a some outside - mostly leading - some bouldering. So, they have seen the wall a decent amount. I am just starting to see wear on the left toe.

        I have a wide foot. Before purchasing these, when I went to purchase new shoes, I tried at least 10 different types. I wanted something on the aggressive side but everything I tried destroyed my feet because of the width. These were great because they have an aggressive arch, good toe and wide box. I climb upper 10 - lower 11 and vary between overhangs and vertical with smaller foot holds and love they way they stick.

        I went down 1.5 sizes to a 42 (10.5 street) as they definitely run large. Once I sized down they did not feel as sloppy, and they were nice and snug but not uncomfortable.

        When these are fully worn down I will be buying them again.

        Good Shoes

          The single strap doesn't allow for much adjustability, but that's a small tradeoff for how easy/quick it is to get these shoes on and off. These shoes are comfortable and sturdily built, plus they seem to stick to the wall nicely. However, I do wish they came in another color because personally I found the yellow to be a little bit obnoxious.

          Not My Personal Favorite

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          I haven't used these enough to comment on the durability issues, but I do know that these seem to fit less comfortably than other La Sportiva shoes I've used, and I don't think that's just because of the aggressive shape. If you have wider feet like me, these shoes can start to hurt after even just a little bit of climbing. I even got a half size larger than I normally wear and me feet still felt cramped on the sides, but loose on the heel.

          A fit to last

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          The first time I put the skwama's on they felt perfect. I've had other la sportiva downturn aggressive climbing shoes but none as comfortable as the skwama's. They perform remarkable well and similar to the solutions but for less money (quite the bonus) The slipper with a velcro security just makes them all the more comfortable. The heel doesn't stick out compared to other brands and fits nicely into heel hooks. The rubber on the toes is nice and wide and just sticky enough for the toe hooks. I've been able to edge on remarkably small chips both at the gym and outside. In addition, they actually smear on slab wall! I was amazed and incredibly happy. For such an aggressive shoe to be nimble enough to smear was a godsend.

          sizing: i don't tend to wear tight like most climbers but these seem to take a little bit to break in with a hybrid synthetic and leather lower/upper (respectively). Maybe it's just my preference but my toes feel tight (however they feel tight in all shoes). I wear a size 8.5 (1.0 size down from my street size) and I"m still able to perform well at the gym (beware those developing bunions!).

          don't let other people fool you, these are high performance, not moderate. they are ranked (by la sportiva) as been a middle volume shoe (I have a normal arch) designed for aggressive performance a touch less than solutions. I seriously recommend them to anyone who does any technical climbing. I wouldn't recommend them for all day trad or cracks.

          Love my shoes

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size
          • Size Bought: 38
          • Height: 5'5"
          • Weight: 145lbs

          These are my go-to shoes for sport climbing and bouldering, I love them at the gym and outdoors. They are precise but still comfortable and they hold up well over time.

          Nice semi-slippers

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: Runs large

          These combine a solid downturned toe with a softer rest of the shoe. The cut-out and softness in the middle does seem to help the whole shoe work/deform so you can smear, but overall it works best when edging on toe. Fits like a sock around the front of my foot after a little stretch.

          Downsides... The heel is a little too high volume, but not so bad as, say, the Anasazi's bubble butt. Hurts the top of my toes. Runs way big. I am an 11-11.5 and the 42.5 fits. The comfy liner ends about halfway up the foot; around your ankle and heel is uncomfortable skin on rubber. Don't seem built to re-sole and use for years.

          Ended up moving on from these.

          Aggressive yet comfortable!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: Runs large
          • Size Bought: 40.5
          • Height: 5'10"
          • Weight: 140lbs

          I've used these shoes about 5 times a week doing mostly indoor and competition climbing. For comps they're great, they're comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time yet aggressive enough for the climbing that I do! LS got the balance perfect on this one! The smearing and edging has been great, along with toe hooks and heel hooks. My street size is a 44 but I went down to a 40.5 for an aggressive fit and taking into account that the shoe runs large. For as long a LS makes these, they will be my go to aggresive shoe!

          Connor how would compare this in sizing in comparision to Testarossa, Katana Lace or Miura Lace... I want to get a pair of this but since I live in Mexico I can not get the model to test them on before buying.

          Dario- I'm not sure, but from what my friends at my local gym tell me is that they run larger than other LS models. They do stretch out quite a bit so if you're in doubt I would say go lower rather than higher!

          Good start lacking towards the end.

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: Runs large
          • Size Bought: 45
          • Height: 6'3"
          • Weight: 200lbs

          First off I love this climbing shoe. It truly was a good performing show in the beginning to mid way through use. Precision, good sensitivity, snug fit, and comfy even with me going a full size and a half down. Really love the heel hook power and durability.

          Now towards the bad. Before I get into that I am going to say I have truly used these shows not stop in the gym and outdoors. I don't baby them. First off right now they stink so bad! Which I guess is normal but just had to point that out. Next they stretched to the point that I try to edge some times and I can feel the shoe rotating or not supporting my weight properly. Next there is some rubber on the innner toe area that is coming off the leather. I don't know if these are faults of early models because as soon as it was released to public purchased them.

          I still will continue to use them but I definitely will be getting a set that I baby for special stuff and use these for mileage.

          Good start lacking towards the end.

          I had the EXACT same experience with this shoe. They fit a little snug out of the box, which is perfect because that's what I expected. They stretched out a bit over the first few months, and performed wonderfully.

          After about 6 months of consistent use, they became nearly unusable. About 30 minutes into my gym sessions, they'd be so loose to the point that my feet were moving around in the toebox. I like the shoe during the period where they perform well - but after that I really don't like them at all.

          I've owned the skwama in 39.5 and 40 (I'm a 42 street) and had similar experiences to Rob and Christopher. If you size them TIGHT they will stretch to a good performance fit after a bit of use and likely be good through part of a resole. For the 39.5 they started to feel less precise/sloppy halfway through the first resole.

          In the 40 now they are getting sloppy right as I approach the resole point.

          Unlined leather toe boxes don't last fit wise.

          Great gym, but very specific fit.

          • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

          These things are great if they fit you. They didn't fit me, and I've worn only Sportiva boots for years. My issue was in the heel pocket where they were a little baggy.

          Unanswered Question

          SIZING??? I have never owned a pair of aggressive shoes but I put on a pair of these and they seem like the right shape for my foot. I put on a 41 (smallest the shop had) and it was definitely too big. I usually wear between around a 41/42 street shoe (also never owned sportivas) and was wondering what size I should get. I also know that they'll stretch because of all the leather, so how much stretch is expected on these?

          I'm a long time La Sportiva Python wearer, size 39 fits me exactly perfect. Street size is 42 (US 9). What size should I get the Skwama?