La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 91 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.8 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.1 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 124

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Good at toe hooks, heel hooks, and smearing.
  • Tight fit and comfortable.
  • Good on micro edges.

Expert Reviews

  • Comfortable.
  • Easy to put on/take off.
  • Climbs well on all kinds of rock and types of climbs.
  • The shoe is not lined and uses leather in place of synthetic which lessens odor.
  • Great price for a high-end climbing shoe.
  • Velcro is positioned high enough so it doesn’t get in your way when crack climbing.
  • Aggressive.
  • Wider than most aggressive shoes thus making them comfortable.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Not durable.
  • Soft shoe so you need more foot strength.
  • Heel can be loose or toes too cramped.
  • One user reported poor traction.
  • The shoes run large and need to be downsized anywhere between a half size to a size and a half smaller.

Expert Reviews

  • 15 pitch break in period.
  • Need to take foot out of shoe on belays to last an all day multi-pitch.
  • Not the best at edging but not the worst.
  • There is a lack of support underfoot.
  • Leather upper stretches out more than other shoes.


The La Sportiva Skawama climbing shoe is aggressive and comfortable. It’s able to hold itself on little nubs of granite, smear, and climb cracks like a dream (at a decent price). The main thing to keep in mind with this shoe is sizing—you’ll probably need to go down a half size.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.