Sportiva's strong-sending slipper.
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 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
- Q & A
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.
Fits like a glove
- Familiarity: 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!
- Familiarity: 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
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- Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!