La Sportiva Skwama
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4.7/5 based on 80 user ratings.
- Closure System: Single Velcro
- Upper: Leather and Microfiber
- Lining: None
- Midsole: 0.8mm Laspoflex
- Outsole: 4mm Vibram XS Grip2
- Last: Slip Last
- Symmetry: High
- Profile: Aggressive
- Sensitivity: Moderate
- Hardness: Average
- Special Features: P3 Platform
- Color: Black/Yellow
- Sizes: 33-46 EU
Fit and Sizing
Sizes based on 44 user testimonials.
4.7 out of 5 Review By Ryan S
I have climbed 3 times a week pretty evenly indoor and outdoor with the La Sportiva Skwamas. They have been taken outdoors in Chattanooga, TN, Red River Gorge, KY, and Hueco Tanks, TX.
The Skwama fits my foot well because they have a narrow shape. I have a pretty long and narrow foot so it can be easy for my foot to slide out of a shoe. Also, because it fits my heel so well, it offers a good amount of support through the arch.
As far as sizing, this shoe is different for me from the La Sportiva Solution and the Testarosa and I have to go a full size down from those two models.
The Skwama was quite comfortable out of the box and did not require more than a week to break-in. There has been a bit of stretching with the leather parts of the shoe which made it more comfortable but still secure.
I love the Skwama for heel hooking, it cups my narrow foot well. I remember being able to effectively pull the left heel on Tennessee Thong in Little Rock City.
The Skwama toe hooks comfortably because it has a lot of toe rubber protection. The only issue is the single strap closure does not work well enough to keep my foot from slipping inside the shoe when I am really engaged in a toe hook.
The rubber is supportive enough to edge well and still be sensitive. Even though the shoe is downturned, it performs well smearing.
The Skwamas’ performed best on overhanging boulders. They are easy to slip on and off but are comfortable enough to keep wearing for multiple attempts at a time.
I have worn them on multipitch routes before, I would not suggest doing this, while they aren’t the worst shoe for it they will become pretty uncomfortable after a hanging belay.
I think that the Skwama has the appropriate amount of sensitivity to serve well as an all-around shoe. They are soft and have a 4mm thick outsole so they will last longer than some of the shoes in its class.
I purchased the shoes almost a year ago and they have recently started to wear through the rubber. Climbing three times a week and considering how sensitive these shoes are, I am impressed with their durability.
The LA Sportiva Skwamas are currently my favorite shoes, I believe they are an extremely high performing shoe with a slightly cheaper price tag. I suggest them to anyone looking for an all-around shoe.