The Skwama is a high-performance, flexible and sensitive technical shoe, most at home on ‘friction’ climbs. Designed to maximise the wearer’s use of their feet, on slabs their split sole allows better spreading and contact with blank rock, while the sticky toe patch and stabilizing ‘S-Heel’ unit ensure control during toe and heel hooks.
The supple leather/micro-fibre uppers wrap closely and securely around the whole foot, meaning the Skwamas provide feedback and responsivity not found in many other shoes.
For the women’s version, Sportiva keep the same essential size and shape, but it’s assumed the wearer is lighter than a male climber wearing the same size, so the sole stiffness and rand tension are adjusted accordingly to achieve an equivalent feel. In effect the ‘female’ shoes are a little softer and more flexible, so particularly suit climbers seeking these qualities in their shoes – regardless of gender.
Size Range: EU 33 – 42 (inc. halves)
Sole Rubber: XS Grip
Sole Thickness: 3.5mm
Insole: 0.8mm LaSpoFlex & P3
Upper Material: Leather & synthetic microfibre
Lining: Dentex (rear)
La Sportiva’s sizing is somewhat peculiar compared to that of most other manufacturers. It is not unusual to take their shoes 1½-2 full euro sizes – or more - smaller than your foot measurement. Naturally this varies depending on foot shape, intended use and personal preference.