Scarpa may be one of the most prominent brands in the sport of climbing, but if you’re a beginner, it shouldn’t take much more than a quick look at a collection page for you to get completely overwhelmed by the variety.

There are all different types of Scarpa climbing shoes, and all of them are intended for different disciplines, and the differences might not be apparent to a novice climber.

Without getting too technical, here are some pointers for picking out your first pair.

Fit Is Critical and You Must Try Them on
First, and most importantly, regardless of the shape and symmetry of the shoe you buy, they must fit properly.

Climbing shoes should fit like a glove – meaning that almost literally. They should fit tightly around your foot and there should be no dead space around your heel, ankle, or toes. In fact, a proper-fitting shoe should crunch your toes just a bit.

It shouldn’t be painful, though. Comfort here is a relative term. Look for a snug fit without discomfort.

You must try on climbing shoes before you buy. If there’s a rock wall in the store, ask to try them out on the wall, so you can feel how they perform, as well.

Symmetry and Shape
Shoe shape and symmetry are also critical features of Scarpa climbing shoes and you should get relatively familiar with them before buying your first pair.

A neutral profile (shape) is associated with a fairly flat sole. These are comfortable enough for all-day wear and are suitable for many different climbing disciplines and applications. One thing about neutral profile shoes to be aware of, is that the flat sole usually isn’t as suitable for aggressive overhangs.

Then there are moderate and aggressive shoes, both of which have downturned toes. They’re usually better for more challenging routes, but the downturned design usually doesn’t smear as comfortably or fit into cracks as easily.

Symmetry is closely tied to shape; shoes with the toe and heel more or less in a line have low asymmetry whereas shoes with the toe and heel curved inward and downward have high asymmetry.

For your first pair of shoes, it’s probably best to go with a neutral profile and low asymmetry. They are more comfortable, highly versatile, and will give you an impression of what you need in a pair of climbing shoes – that way you can be more adventurous when buying your second pair.

Hard vs. Soft Soles
Climbing shoes are available with both thicker (4-5mm) and thinner (3-4mm) outsoles. Thicker soles are stiffer and generally provide better support and stability at the expense of flexibility and sensitivity. Conversely, thinner soles provide better dexterity and sensitivity at the expense of support.

Unsurprisingly, thinner soles also tend to wear out faster. Beginners should probably opt for a pair of Scarpa climbing shoes with thicker soles. These will last longer, providing you more support and protection as you work on your footwork.

Plus, extra sensitivity to the rock face is something you won’t be able to really capitalize on until you get some experience under your belt, so for your first pair, go with a set with thicker, more protective soles that will last longer.

Where to Get Your First Pair of Scarpa Climbing Shoes
For more information, or to consult experienced climbers before buying your first pair of Scarpa climbing shoes, visit

They carry a wide range of climbing shoes and other equipment, have a blog full of useful tips and information, and their staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

If you need more information than is contained in this short guide before you buy your first pair, get in touch with their team.

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By john

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