Scarpa Crux Shoe - Women's

Go vertical, stay green.

As a flagship member of Scarpa's Planet Friendly initiative to support more sustainable manufacturing practices, the Women's Crux Shoe shows that you keep a green conscience during your adventures. An upper comprised of suede and recycled polyester airmesh encourages natural ventilation, while a Vibram Vertical Approach sole helps you keep sure footing even through sketchy scrambles. A microporous EVA midsole cushions under proven pressure zones to maintain comfort during tough approaches and low-level climbs.

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Not thrilled

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these as replacements for my worn-out La Sportiva Boulder X. For me, the Boulder X was comfy from day one. After a few hikes and approaches, the Scarpa's aren't living up to expectations.
Pros: They are true to size, fit well at first and look great. They are sticky and feel super secure on rock. I've met other's wearing them happily. I also applaud their manufacturing process.
Cons: The footbed isn't as cushioned as I'm used to. (I use the same Superfeet insoles in these as all my shoes) I hike/climb in rocky terrain and my feet soon feel tired and sore in the Scarpas. Also, the low tongue and the area around the ankle isn't well padded and irritates. I recommend thick socks.
My feet are a bit wide and flat so maybe these are better suited to other foot shapes. I just missed the return limit and will put these in the occasional use pile. Back to the Boulder X for me.

Awesome Approach Shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 41.5

This is my first pair of approach shoes, and I absolutely love them! They fit comfortably (I usually wear between a size US 9 and 10), have a sturdy sole, and provide good support. I've worn these numerous times now, including on a recent canyoneering trip with one of my classes. The soles had great friction on the rock - I never felt like I was going to slip while scrambling around on the slick sandstone. I've stepped in water below the laces, and my feet did not get wet (note I did not stand in the water for too long). I highly recommend these for walking on hard surfaces. In something softer, I would like a shoe with a more aggressive tread, but for rock climbing/canyoneering approach shoes these are great! I am considering getting a pair of the canvas shoes for summer activities.

Awesome Approach Shoe!

Scarpas Rock!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is my second pair of Scarpas, and I won't buy any others brand after my experience with them. I've tried all the others...Keens, Merrells, Salomons, etc, and they just don't have the fit and comfort of Scarpas. These new ones have been on several hikes, including the Kalalau Trail (considered one of the 10 most dangerous hikes in the world), and they outperformed even my first pair of Scarpas, and they don't need a breaking in period. They're comfy, snug but not tight, have a great toe box that saves your tootsies even on the steepest , most uneven terrain, and the grippiest soles EVER. I hike a lot through water, across creeks, and in muddy areas, and I feel like a mountain goat with these on, with rarely a slip in the most treacherous conditions. I hear some people complain that they wear out quickly, but mine have worn like iron. Also, I have major back injuries, and the biggest feature for me is their shock absorbing sole, and whatever they use in the foot bed. Seriously, you can feel the shoe absorb the shocks, and your body doesn't suffer the consequences of the concussion like in other brands. You can feel the ground underneath your feet, and feel like you sit "in" the shoes, not "on" them. Kudos to Scarpa for designing such a fantastic hiking shoe!!!

Lace update!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 41

It was finally time to replace my last version of the Scarpa Crux after wearing out the soles (which was the only problem, these things are so bomber!).

I am excited to see they have updated the laces vs the last shoe which had round laces. These laces are less round, and slightly thinner. So far, I am not having the same problem with the laces coming untied.

The fit is great, thought they feel slightly looser than my last pair, even after the last ones broke in, and I feel like my foot sits "deeper" within the shoe. Not a problem though, I would rather feel secure than feeling like my heel will pop out every step. These are still pretty new, but loving them as much as my last pair so far.

Solid lightweight shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 37.5

I bought the women's Crux Canvas shoes seven months ago and they are the only close-toed shoe I want to wear.

Pros: excellent traction on rock of all kind including slippery sandstone, super lightweight yet sturdy, solid toe box to protect your piggies, fun colors to choose from!, fairly true to size, which means I can only wear them with a thin sock (no thick woolies)

Cons: they wear out FAST - I've heard this complaint over and over, and my seams are definitely starting to blow already, the tongue issue is truly annoying and it will reliably slide to the outside within minutes, try to get the flat laces as I find the round laces do not stay tied

Overall, I find these shoes perfect for light bouldering, approach, day hikes, even lighter weight backpacks (though I still reach for my boots during a longer, heavier trip), and they are stylish enough to wear around civilization without being too dirtbaggy. Just don't expect them to last a long time.

Great designs and fit

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Scarpa is doing a great job with fit and style on their approach shoes. I was deciding between these and the Scarpa Crux Canvas Shoe - Women's and ultimately went with the Canvas version, but these are a great option as well.

I recently purchased the Scarpa Crux and LOVE them for day hikes and as approach shoes! I'm curious how they would handle on a 3-4 day backpacking trip? Has anyone used them for backpacking? I'm small (4'11

Both my partner and I have done multiple 3-5 day backpacks with these shoes and they hold up really well. The rubber is extra grippy on slippery rock and gravel, and they are so light-weight that they won't wear your legs out more than necessary. My partner uses them without the insole because he gets blisters otherwise, but this simple move has solved his problem.

Comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Size Bought: 37.5

I love Scarpa 100%. I have the Kailash GTX book in size 38 and the T2 Eco telemark boots in mondo 24. I first bought these in 38 and they were too big so I returned and got them in 37.5 and they fit perfectly. The first hike I did get some major blisters on my left foot (usually my left foot is a little bigger than my right foot) but after my feet adjusted I no longer get blisters. I love love love he hard toe as I am heavy footed and tent to stub my toes and the nice hard toe is great for easier hikes. I use these for summer hikes around the north cascades. They are not water proof by any means which I found out this weekend. But I'm going to add some nikwax leather/waterproofing to see how that helps. I also roll my ankles often but I found even with the lower ankle support I still didn't haven't had any issues with slipping or not having enough support.

Comfort

True fact about the tough toe basket! I'm a toe-stubber as well and these always protect me!

Scarpa Sizing Chart

Here is a copy of the Scarpa sizing chart

Scarpa Sizing Chart

I'm hooked

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First pair of Scarpas, and I love the fit. I have had them for about a year now.



I tried on both this leather version and the canvas version, and kept these. VERY happy with the decision. The leather was already more comfortable from the get-go and has only gotten better and more comfortable with time.



As an outdoor photographer, I find myself scrambling into odd places, which is why I purchased these shoes, but they have also proven to be a great every day shoe, and especially great for longs days of travel and running from opposite ends of airports.



As another comparison, I also have the Five Ten Guide Tennie and while I prefer the looks of the Five Ten, I MUCH prefer the Scarpas overall. This could be part personal preference and foot shape mind you, but I find the Scarpas more comfortable after long hours on my feet, and they have a much more solid heel cup and hold on my foot. The Five Tens feel shallow and as if my heel will walk out of them.



I do have one small complaint about the Scarpas, in that the tongue does not stay centered or in place, but my overall love for these shoes, their fit, and performance has so far trumped the minor issue with the tongue. Perhaps they will try to fix that in later versions.



For some fit comparison, my foot is slightly wider than average, and I prefer low arch support. On average I wear a 9.5 US and in these I wear a 41.0

Amazing shoes!

    This shoes are very confortable. The quality of the materials seems very good. Colors are very nice

    Stellar shoes - used on Mex volcanoes!

    These approach shoes kicked ass! I used them for ten days straight walking around Mexico City markets or on the summit of Ixtaccíhuatl volcano at 17,160 ft. Held up great and comfortable for my narrow feet.

    Stellar shoes - used on Mex volcanoes!

    great sticky shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    shoes have a lot of traction so leaping over boulders is so much easier. Also brought these shoes to Nepal and trekked a bit in them. NO blisters and good support

    great sticky shoes

    well worn

    full leather upper, with sticky toe rub - great for whatever your approaching.

    well worn

    Handles Rocky Terrain!

    Like a boss...

    Handles Rocky Terrain!

    Scarpa Crux Shoe - Women's

    tacky rocks

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    these are a great approach shoe that performs well. The super-tacky soles don't disappoint on rock and scrabble. The environment that was not suited for this shoe is on snow/ice - as these soles apparently become equivalent your slickest dress shoe sole - advise to not wearing these if you plan to wear outside in SLC valley this winter....having said that though, they are rock specific and perform excellently in that environment only.

    Love these shoes!

    shoes have a lot of traction so leaping over boulders is so much easier.

    Love these shoes!

    great shoe

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I love everything about these shoes except that the ankle is cut a little high on the outside edge.

    Awesome Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I 'm usually somewhere between a 6 1/2 or 7 in shoes. I went with the 7 in these so I can wear them with thicker socks as the weather becomes cooler. I wore these shoes for almost two weeks straight during a hiking/climbing trip and they worked wonderfully. The traction on the bottom is amazing; you can practically walk down a vertical wall without slipping! They're great for just bouldering around as well. The toe box is stiff, which is great, because I tend to bump my toes pretty often when I hike. These don't really stretch and they definitely aren't water proof (I didn't expect them to be), but all in all, these are a fantastic shoe.