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La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoe - Women's



Why We Like The Skwama Climbing Shoe

The Women's Skwama Climbing Shoe is La Sportiva's high-performance slipper for competitive bouldering and technical sport climbing. P3 technology applies a Permanent Power Platform that ensures the Skwama's downturn stays aggressive from its first climb to the last. The S-Heel construction optimizes fit for superior heel hooking, and Vibram's XS Edge sole sharpens the sides for ideal edging, slicing, and dicing. This shoe's soft midsole enhances sensitivity when you're feeling out microscopic footholds. La Sportiva styled the Skwama's upper with laser-cut leather and microfiber reinforcements that reduce stretch.

  • High-performance climbing shoe for technical sport and boulders
  • P3 technology maintains an aggressive downturn for life
  • Vibram XS Edge rubber sole sticks to microscopic footholds
  • Soft midsole makes this shoe incredibly sensitive
  • Leather upper with microfiber reinforcements reduce stretch
  • Item #LSP00GU

Upper Material
leather, microfiber, rubber
0.8mm LaspoFlex
Vibram XS Grip 2
slip, WPD 75
aggressive downturn
Asymmetrical Curvature
Claimed Weight
[single] 6oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

La Sportiva Skwama product video

Neil Gresham, Adrian Baxter and Stu Littlefair chat about the latest La Sportiva's climbing innovation, the "S-Heel technology" found on the new Skwama and Otaki shoes: Check out their thoughts in this first complete product review, during a recent trip to the Peak District with Dark Sky Media.

>Rating: 5

Favorite climbing shoe

I've put it through the wringer

I've had a few pairs of these now and they're my absolute favorite. I love the flexible mid-sole that makes them really versatile. They smear super well, allow you to toe down hard on overhung routes and get lots of good surface contact on slab. I love how sensitive they are and they're way more comfortable than most other aggressive shoes I've tried. My footwork is definitely at its best when I'm climbing in these shoes. Highly recommend!

>Rating: 5

My go-to aggressive shoe

I've put it through the wringer

My favorite climbing shoe for bouldering and overhung sport-routes. They have a great feel to them - not being too rigid or soft. They help make heel-hooks and toe-hooks a breeze.

>Rating: 5

Best pair of climbing shoes

I've put it through the wringer

I've had these about four months now & I love them. They're my first pair of aggressive climbing shoe and I'm surprised at how easy the break-in was...maybe three gym sessions. These are now my everyday shoes. The heel cup fits snugly without slipping. The heel also allows for great hooks, something my previous shoe had been missing. I've used them both indoor and out with the same great performance. After four months of solid use (4 days a week) I haven't noticed much stretch at all. I'm usually a 37.5EU in shoes, but sized up to a 38EU for these.

>Rating: 5

Size .5 up from Men's

I had both the women's and men's Skwamas and my broken in size 40 womens are identical in length to a brand new pair of 39.5 men's, slightly shorter in length than brand new 40 men's. As for the stretch I measured them when new and after broken in. The length stretched ~2mm. I'm a 9.5/10 street shoe, size 43 Sportiva approach, and downsize these so tight they're impossible to get on without plastic bags. Even then, they don't stretch much they just soften up an ungodly amount. For me these shoes do everything pretty well. I have a pair .5 sizes smaller for very precise, overhung bouldering, and might get a pair .5 sizes up for multipitch. So comfortable I often wonder if there isn't massive dead space because they are so easy to get on an off, but there isn't any in any foot position. I will say that I prefer a pair that has 2-3w of climbing in them so that they wear a bit off the edge and get a tiny bit more sensitive.

I have two pairs also; one pair is 1/2 size larger than the other, for exactly the same reason(s) you stipulated.

>Rating: 5

Fits like a glove

I've used it several times

I was excited to try out these new climbing shoes and I downsized a 1/2 size from my solutions (38.5 to a 38.0) and they fit like a glove. Compared to the solutions the heel cup is a better fit though heel of the shoe comes up quite high and digs into my achilles a little bit but I'm sure after breaking them in a callus will form and make them more comfortable. Overall they are easy to climb in and perform well!

Hi Teresa, I am considering getting these shoes but was wondering if the top part of the heel ever softened up/broke in for you after wearing them? I've also noticed the heel of the shoe digging into my ankles when trying them on, and have stayed away from buying a pair yet because of that. Thanks!

Dear Ellen: Yes it does soften up. Mine hurt like crazy until the shoe broke in, then no problemo

>Rating: 4


I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Wider toebox than Solution, worth considering when downsizing, or if Solution is too narrow for foot, this could be a good....solution. Ha. Fits super comfortably right away, which is great but makes me a little skeptical as far as stretching goes.


New For 2018

Check out La Sportiva's in depth look into the new women's Skwama. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at or (801) 523-4052