How to get runic landscape climbing shoes

This is how you choose the optimal climbing shoes

  • Intro
  • The choice of climbing shoes: what should be considered?
  • How do you determine your own foot shape?
  • How do you choose the right shoe depending on the area of ​​application?
  • How to choose the right size of climbing shoes
  • Climbing shoes for beginners: which one to choose
  • Climbing shoes for women: what are the differences?

The current market offers a wide variety of climbing shoes and finding your way around them can be more difficult than expected. Colors, design and look are sometimes more attractive than the technical properties, and the climber could thus be unsettled when choosing the most important tool for climbing in every respect.
You won't be surprised, but there is no one-size-fits-all recipe. There are also different preferences among the favorite pieces of the great champions.
But if you are looking for the right selection criteria, you will find it with this consultant created by La Sportiva in collaboration with Vibram.


To choose the right climbing shoes, you need to consider three important factors:

  • Your foot shape: The width of the sole of your foot is the first element to consider when choosing the right shoes.
  • The use of the climbing shoe: The choice of a climbing shoe depends very much on the type of wall to be climbed and on the more or less long use. Based on this, you should orient yourself when choosing the sole thickness: Different levels of stiffness or softness are suitable depending on the performance and area of ​​application. This also implies choosing the right size, which is extremely important in providing the appropriate support for your foot.
  • Your level of experience: For the first experience, specific requirements must be taken into account. For example, if you are a beginner, we recommend stiffer models that help the foot work properly and gradually develop the necessary muscles.

If you follow these few steps, you will be amazed that, despite the extensive selection and the many factors to be considered, you can easily find the optimal shoe!


Determining your foot shape is the first step in the search for a climbing shoe that fits your foot like a second skin.

The following foot shapes will help you to make your choice:

  • Narrow feet: (Egyptian foot) Narrow feet with little arching, the bones of the metatarsus relatively horizontal, the toes sloping down from the big toe.
  • Wide feet: (Greek foot) The bones of the metatarsus are relatively vertical, the arch of the foot is pronounced and the toes are fairly short and square.

After making this first distinction, you will be able to make a first important selection.
If you have narrow feet, models like Miura Lacci, Futura, Kataki or Solution are good for you. Models like Speedster, Testarossa, Miura Velcro or Genius are more suitable for wider feet.


After knowing the shape of your foot, you should determine the characteristics of the wall that you want to climb.

  • For overhanging walls or surfaces with good grip we recommend shoes with a softer sole, e.g. the Skwama model. With greater flexibility and sensitivity, these shoes allow more precise kicks and are suitable for experienced climbers who are already used to holding the weight of the whole body with a small part of the foot.
  • For use on longer or vertical routes or on routes with small and angular stepson the other hand, we recommend shoes with a harder and more comfortable sole that are suitable for longer use and can hold the climber's weight even on very small steps, such as the Otaki model.

You also need to know your climbing style so that you can search specifically for products that best suit your step and movement technique. This is the only way you can consciously decide whether your choice falls on shoes with a conventional construction or on shoes from the no-edge line: These were developed to perfectly imitate the shape of the foot in order to achieve more sensitivity and improved climbing performance.


To optimize performance and ensure better grip, the most experienced climbers recommend buying climbing shoes two sizes smaller than street shoes. We recommend taking into account that the choice of size is often related to the choice of the stiffness of the sole and, accordingly, to the climbing discipline.

In general, we recommend choosing your shoe as follows:

  • The shoe shouldn't too tight fit if you choose one stiff Choose shoe. In this case, the stiffness of the sole will provide optimal support.
  • If you have a softer If you choose the sole, the shoe should smaller and tighterto keep the foot stiffer.

Taking all of these factors into account and finding the perfect compromise between sensitivity and comfort may seem complicated. In general, it is important to note that with the right fit, the toes are not completely flat and the shoe fits snugly on the foot without leaving any empty spaces. The shoe should also exert normal pressure on the foot, but without pain.


Anyone who starts climbing, both on the rock and in the hall, needs a comfortable, generally stiff and supportive product to slowly switch to more powerful, softer and closer-fitting shoes. For this reason, La Sportiva developed the ALL ROUND line especially for beginners, which also includes products for indoor climbing.

The shoes in this line are designed to be worn long and to avoid annoying pain, with a combination of comfort and durability. Thanks to the stiff structure, you can also choose a size similar to your own street shoes. In order to enter the world of climbing, experts therefore recommend models such as Tarantula and Finale, a shoe with a no-marking sole that was specially developed for indoor climbing.

When the beginner is a kid

If the beginner is still a child, you have to be particularly careful so that the shoes you choose do not impair the development of the foot, especially in the growth phase. Based on these considerations, special products are created in order to maintain the delicate balance between performance and safety. This includes the Maverink, a no-edge shoe designed to meet the needs of the younger generation.


There are models on the market specially developed for women, which usually have a softer structure than the men's models, in order to be softer even under a lower weight.

Despite these technical solutions, the women's models can also be worn by men. When choosing women's shoes, the most important factors already mentioned apply in order to find your way around the variety of products in today's market: the shape of the foot, the level of experience and the area of ​​application.
Just as an example, if you have smaller feet, you might prefer models like Futura or Katana. If, on the other hand, you have a relatively wide sole of your feet, le Miura VS or Finale VS are better off.

The web series is online in 3 episodes in which climbers and product specialists Pietro Dal Pra and Neil Gresham explain how to choose the right type of climbing shoe.

Choosing the right shoe for your own climbing style is the best way to get to the top! Have fun climbing!