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La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoe

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Why We Like The Skwama Climbing Shoe

Here to help us take it to the next level, the 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 Grip2 sole offers high sensitivity, so you can feel what's underfoot. 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.

  • High-performance climbing shoe shaped for boulders and routes
  • P3 downturned performance provides extreme aggression
  • Leather upper with microfiber reinforcements ensure durability
  • Unlined to conform to your footshape for customized comfort
  • LaspoFlex midsole is soft and sensitive for a precise performance
  • Vibram XS Grip2 rubber sole is grippy, durable, and sensitive
  • Item #LSP008X

Upper Material
leather, microfiber, rubber
Lining
unlined
Closure
hook-and-loop
Midsole
0.8mm LaspoFlex
Rubber
Vibram XS Grip 2
Last
slip
Profile
aggressive downturn
Asymmetrical Curvature
high
Claimed Weight
7.5oz
Activity
climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 5

Good all-arounder for me

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
39
Height
5` 3"
Weight
165 lbs

I have these shoes for several month now. They are to the point where they will need their first resole. I use them exclusively indoor. Sizing/Comfort/Break-in: Out of the box, they are very tight across the forefoot on me (I have very thick feet). I have Katanas and Miura VS in 39 and I don't recall a more painful break-in period. First 10 sessions or so I cannot wear them for more than one climb. Now they are fully broken in, I would consider these my all day comfort shoes. They feel 1/4 size looser than a pair of old 39 Miura VS; it could also be the more symmetrical last also. If you are used to Solutions, these feels shorter and wider even though they are build on the same last. These heels on these are also softer than Solutions and easier to get into. They are also a tad softer in the midsole than the Solutions (for what it is worth, the midsole on the Skwams are 0.1mm thinner). Performance: Most of the time, I can trust them on the tiniest foot holds (say 1/4" wide, quarter size). Even sized comfortably for me, I trust them completely on edging. You sacrifice a bit of comfort when edging compared to XS Edge rubber shoes, but they stick well. The half sole design make them very responsive on high feet where you have to dig in with the big toe and pull through with the feet. The rubber on top of the toe makes toe hook a breeze. You'd think the slit in the sole on the forefoot is a bit gimmicky, but it does help the shoes conform to volumes and slopers. The rubber on top of the toe makes toe hook a breeze. Longevity: I have these for about 7 months and I climb on average two times a week with them. The outsole wore down to around 1/4 of its original thickness around the big toe area. I think this is decent for such a sticky rubber. However, I only climbed on plastic with these as I prefer a harder rubber outdoor.

I agree with Dekun: For such a soft shoe, the Skwamas edge surprisingly well; and you don't even have to size them like Geisha shoes to obtain that precision. I use mine all the time at the gym and love them.

>Rating: 5

Love them!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought
41
Height
6` 0"
Weight
165 lbs

I purchased these as my second pair of rock shoes. I started on LS Finales and felt like I had outgrown them in terms of aggression, and I also wanted a more aggressive feeling fit. I had a 42.5 in the Finales, and I went down to a 41 in the Skwamas and the sizing has been perfect. When I was trying sizes on the 41.5 felt perfect, so I decided to go down half a size and I think it was the right decision. For their aggressive profile, they are honestly really comfy, 10/10 would recommend!

>Rating: 5

Fun stable shoe to climb in

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
41.5
Height
5` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

Absolutely love the Skwama, fits comfortably and allows for great heel hooks and toe hooks, would recommend for anyone looking for an awesome pair of bouldering shoes!

>Rating: 5

Good

Good product

>Rating: 5

Truly a game-changer

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
40.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
155 lbs

I've been climbing for close to 10 years, and I've tried dozens of pairs of aggro shoes for bouldering and overhung sport climbing with varying degrees of success. My biggest pain point has always been the heel-cup: nothing has ever felt as snug or secure as the Skwamas. The break-in period was uncomfortable, but now they fit live a glove and I feel confident on the tiniest of smears and edges. This will be my go-to shoe for the future and I truly hope La Sportiva does not discontinue it.

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>Rating: 5

Amazing shoes! But painful10/10

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I wear a size 6.5 in men’s and my street shoes is 8-9. Anyways I have messed up feet so sometimes it’s hard to find shoes that fit really really well. But I sized these down as small as they can go. My advice is maybe even get a half size small then take and put them on half way to get the stretch. Then force them on the rest of the way. What you need to do next is take a very warm bath with them on to get them to form to your foot even better. Yes these shoes hurt like hell! And it’s taken me a couple months to fully break them in climbing a few times a well. But you will be able to do it, if it don’t hurt it isn’t the right size. If you scrunch your foot and toes and there is a bit gap between your big toe and the shoe it’s the wrong size. So make sure you get a small size that’s right and your climbing will enhance so much. Now these things can stand on insanely small ledges, smear amazingly!, toe hooks and heal hooks are great! On crack climbing the toe box feels great and it doesn’t hurt your toes :). They have a problem with small pockets though, and you barley have to flex your calve to stand. All in all 10/10 shoe

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>Rating: 4

Great shoe through a month of use

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Really solid shoe. So far, I've been using it to train in the gym, but I took them out on some granite and limestone for a couple days of bouldering so I can share that experience, along with some CRUCIAL info on sizing. Sizing: THIS SHOE RUNS VERY LARGE. I cannot stress this enough. I wear a 40.5 Genius, Futura, Miura (Lace and VCS), and when I got a pair of 40.5's in the Skwama, they did not fit properly. They were sloppy within a day or two of climbing in them, so I downsized to 39.5. For comparison, I wear about a 42 or 42.5 in street shoes. Downsize these down a full size from any of the models I mentioned above, and expect a little stretch in the first few wears. Gym: I've had very good luck with these in the gym, no matter how small the jib. Great smearing, but maybe not as good as a no-edge shoe. Solid downturned shape that retains its' performance so far. Limestone: Was really good at sticking to glassy smears, and held heel hooks very nicely on pretty sub-par holds. Granite: I was amazed by how well this shoe stuck to very poor smears. The toe hooking ability is excellent, and I felt very confident on foot jams. Surprisingly good performance on tiny tiny edges/crystals on slabs too. The asymmetry of the shoe was really good at getting to hard, technical foot placements on steep problems. General: Shoe is retaining a good shape. Still getting a touch of heel roll despite downsizing so substantially, but nothing that I would consider a deal breaker. Largely comfortable, but this is a PERFORMANCE shoe. Volume work leaves me with a fairly sore Achilles' tendon.

Really

This guy nails the review... Shoe runs larger than any other LS model. Go small and allow a break in period.

>Rating: 5

Comfortable and Sensitive

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Definitely performs well for me. It is sensitive and comfortable. I climb a lot of trad and feel like this shoe is comfortable enough to wear on a long pitch if sized appropriately. If snug, take them off at the belays so your feet are ready to crush the next pitch. A half size up from your snug/performance fit would allow for some thin socks if you are in to that. Actually, these shoes are sensitive enough that thin socks wouldn't make a huge difference in performance. My street shoe size is 43 (10 US) and I wear a 42 in Skwarma's and the same in Otaki's. I u

Thanks for this review, Arin. And thanks for leaving your sizing info. It's so helpful with climbing shoes!

>Rating: 5

Jack of All Trades

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan of these shoes, but as the saying goes, they seem like a master of none. They do so many things well, but it seems like you can find a better shoe in Sportiva's line up for each function. I do, however, love how comfortable these are. Sizing: I wear a size 40 and my feet literally won't get into a 39.5, so they're fairly snug. The wide toe box makes them comfortable enough to wear on long pitches or around boulders without having to pop them off after every couple of goes. For reference, I wear a 40 in Solutions and Kataki's (super tight) and a 40.5 in Testarossa's. Edging: They're okay. This is probably their weakest point, but they're so sensitive that they still do a good job feeling out edges. They do roll on dead vertical. This is where I would pick the Kataki instead. Jamming: Not a trad shoe, but still sold. The slipper jams well, but it's no TC Pro. Smearing: I thought these did a great job of smearing, especially on slopey holds. The cut out in the foot allows them to form around slopey holds well. Caves & Steep climbing: This is where they shine. The toe rubber and really flexible midsole allow them to hook and grab great. On a steep face, Testarossa's and Solutions do a better job due to the possibility of hard edging. In caves, these are hard to beat. I wear these for just about everything. Hard to go wrong with these as a do-it-all shoe.

>Rating: 5

Please don't ever stop making these

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought these when they first came out and am now on my 5th pair and these are by far my favorite bouldering shoes. I don't think I'll ever want to switch to a different shoe again for bouldering. They conform to my wide feet perfectly after a couple sessions of breaking them in, and they are soft, sensitive, and sticky - which are perfect for tricky slabs with shallow dishes. Heel hooks and toe hooks are THE BEST with these shoes since that sticky rubber wraps around your entire heel and the entire back of your feet (much more so than the typical toe patch), so their performance is amazing on technical overhang routes as well. The rubber does wear fairly quickly on these shoes though, and they are so soft that if you're standing on dimes in them for a long time your feet get quite tired, so I don't typically use them on long routes (I go with the Otakis on those - same shape, just a stiffer sole so not quite as sensitive and not as good at toe hooks). Reference: Women's size 6 / 36 street shoe Size 34.5 in Skwamas Mad Rock Flash 2.0s size 6 La Sportiva Miuras (lace & velcro) Women's, Otakis Women's, all in size 34.5

>Rating: 5

My go to

one of the best soft shoes on the market. I will always have these on hand no matter where I go. They stretch a good bit and wear in pretty fast. Size 9.5 street shoe, size 40 Skwama.

>Rating: 5

My Shoe of Choice

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

One-line review: This is my go-to soft shoe. No other shoe fits me as well as the skwama. (4.5/5) Comfort: Once broken in the skwama is very comfortable, after an hour or so of bouldering I do take them off because of arch discomfort. With a brief break I am more than happy to get right back in these shoes. (4.5/5) Toe box: This toe box is great and incredibly soft. Starting at the top and working my way down. The toe hook rubber is not the largest of aggressive slippers, but it does come high up on the foot giving very good coverage. The rubber is well textured and more than grippy enough. The leather upper stretches nicely to fit my foot to give a comfortable performance fit. This shoe has no midsole which makes the skwama incredibly sensitive. For smearing and digging in on overhanging boulders the skwama is incredible. When it comes to edging it performs like a soft slipper, which is to say, it will roll on an edge, and doesn’t back step particularly well, but this is expected for a soft shoe. Its softness is noticeable when toeing in on anything overhanging, I am able to feel the texture under my toes and I have an easy time trusting my feet in this shoe. (5/5) Heel cup: This is the best fitting heel of any shoe I’ve tried. This shoe has by far the least dead space of any shoe I’ve tried, but there is still some noticeable space. On hard heel hooks this is my go-to shoe mainly due to the sensitivity. In addition to the great fit, these shoes also have a sensitive heel letting me feel the rock under my heel. The s-heel doesn’t make any noticeable impact for heel hooks to me. (5/5) Durability: I have used these shoes almost exclusively for outdoor bouldering and they have held up pretty well. The toe rubber is definitely soft and showed signs of wear after the first few outdoor sessions (as expected), but has held up well. It’s hard to compare this to other shoes I’ve worn because I tried to reserve this for outdoor climbing exclusively which means it doesn’t see anywhere near the amount of gym wear as other shoes I’ve owned. (3/5) Climbing: These have been used predominantly on quartzite and schist boulders. Their sensitivity makes them a joy to climb in outdoors. I feel like I am able to dig my toes in and feel the texture of the rock underfoot. The heel inspires confidence and gives enough sensitivity to determine if I actually placed that heel hook correctly. (5/5) Sizing Details: 12.5 Street Shoe 11.5 Butora Acro Wide (Incredibly comfortable toe box, heel will slip off on hard heel hooks) 11.5 Butora Acro Narrow (Tight toe box, heel has moderate gap) 42.5 La Sportiva Skwama (Snug toe box, best fitting heel, good comfort, near perfect overall fit) 44.5 La Sportiva Testarossa (Tightest toe box, heel has large gap) 11.5 Five Ten Hiangle (Snug toe box, heel has some gap but not too bad) 10 Five Ten Moccasym (Snug but comfortable toe box, heels will slip on hard heel hooks) 12.5 Evolv Oracle (Snug toe box, heel has some gap but not too bad)

>Rating: 5

Love the Skwamas!

This is my 4th pair of skwamas and i think i will always have a pair. They fit my foot perfectly. The toe box is centered on the big toe and has plenty of rubber to make them durable but also sensitive. While the heel is just a big ball of rubber and isn't very sensitive, after getting used to them, they will stick to anything. The toe rubber is also perfect for any toe hooks needed. Great shoe!

>Rating: 4

For the aggressive climber!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I have worn Miura's for years. I recently have started doing a lot more bouldering and aggressive sport routes. One of the shoes that was recommended to me was the Swama's along with the Solutions. I tried on the solutions and they just didn't fit my foot right. However, the second I stepped into the Skamas I knew they were the right shoe. The wider toe box feels excellent and allows me to squeeze into a much smaller shoe than normal. I'm street size 11 and I usually wear my Miura's in a 43.5. However, I am able to cram into a 41 in the Skama, I wouldn't recommend it if you don't want to climb in pain, however, after a few days of climbing they have really broken in and I'm loving what I can do in them.

>Rating: 5

Awesome

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.

>Rating: 5

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

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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 weads@backcountry.com or (801) 523-4052

>Rating: 5

Sooo sticky!!

The shoe preforms like no other. Much more comfortable for me than other aggressive shoes I have had in the past!

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Did Sportiva make any improvements to this shoe over the years to warrant the price increase from $140ish when it first came out to now $170?

Hi Streblo, I'm sorry, I don't have access to that info. I would recommend talking to La Sportiva and they can detail all the changes in this shoe. They are the ones who set the price, and will have a lot more info than us.

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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?

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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?

FYI, I got the 39s and have worn them maybe 6 times in the gym and for a weekend outside. They fit perfect. Same sizing as the Pythons for me.