The Best Climbing Shoes For Women


All around the world, from limestone sport climbing in Kalymnos, Greece to granite cracks in Tuolumne Meadows to overhanging volcanic boulders in the California Tablelands, we put each pair of shoes through a rigorous climbing investigation. And here are some of the best climbing shoes for women. Check them out, below.

climbing shoes for women

La Sportiva Miura

La Sportiva Miura

Without much contest, the Editors’ Choice award goes to the edging powerhouse, the La Sportiva Miura. We love this shoe – it stands out above the rest in terms of performance and precision, and is incredibly versatile. Multiple of our women testers have purchased this shoe in a variety of sizes: tight for steep technical climbing, and looser for all-day multi-pitch routes, which is a testament both to its incredible performance and its chameleon-like nature for different styles of climbing. It can dance up limestone pockets just as easily as granite cracks. We truly believe that if you are looking for the ultimate single-quiver shoe, this is the one to have.

La Sportiva Tarantulace

La Sportiva Tarantulace

If you are a beginner climber, or if you only climb on occasion, our recommendation to you is to choose a comfortable, inexpensive shoe. Climbers just starting out are usually turned off by uncomfortable aggressive shoes, and they will likely blow out the rubber fairly quickly with poor footwork. This makes a great case for a shoe that does’t cost too much and that has a flatter fit. This is the least expensive shoe in our test, but far from the worst performer. It is comfortable, versatile, and has the tiniest bit of downturn inh te toe to let you really push on edges and smears. We think this is best value shoe, especially for those purchasing climbing shoes for the first time, and for that it earns our popular Best Buy award.

 

La Sportiva Solution

La Sportiva Solution

The La Sportiva Solution is the ultimate aggressive shoe for females who like the steep hard stuff. This is the most dramatically downturned shoe in our test, yet it is comfortable and remarkably sensitive. The sole feels soft rather than stiff, and it molds and conforms to the foot as well as to the wall, allowing for maximum sensation and precision. With a soft tongue to hug the top of the foot, a locking harness that is quick to use and that allows for a snug fit, and a curved toe that positions your foot for power, this shoe is a pleasure to wear and a secret weapon to help take down projects. We like it for clipping bolts as well as for topping out highballs. We give it our Top Pick award, an honor designated to products that are ideal for a specific purpose, for steep and difficult climbing.