Climbing shoes are the essential tool for the rock climber. The Wilderness Shop is staffed by dedicated climbers who have devoted decades of their lives into the sport. We know that more than any other piece of kit, a good pair of rock shoes will help you navigate your way through the vagaries of a blank wall. Which is why we stock Melbourne’s best range of climbing shoes from La Sportiva and Red Chili for indoor gym, sport, bouldering and trad climbing. We have climbing holds in-store so you can compare the performance of the different models. Our experienced staff will ensure that you get the right fit.
ROCK CLIMBING SHOES
LA SPORTIVA TESTAROSSA
The redesigned La Sportiva Testarossa is everybody's climbing shoe dream. The perfect blend between performance and comfort, the Sportiva Testarossa is easily one of our best shoes on offer. It has exceptional edging power thanks to the toe design and extra support in the metatarsal area. The heel is a new design concept that will have you wishing that other shoes have this heel! The middle is unlined suede leather, so it wraps snugly and comfortably, like a second skin. The asymmetric lacing helps this shoe really wrap your foot shape. Come in and try on a pair! $279.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA FUTURA
The La Sportiva Futura has landed! This is a high-end rock climbing shoe for experienced boulderers and climbers. This snug-fitting climbing shoe fits like a glove. For those who have climbed in the La Sportiva Genius, it's a very similar shoe. It has La Sportiva's famous No-Edge technology, which makes it easier for you to utilise even the tiniest depressions in the rock. The Futura is also a great gym shoe: it's soft and sensitive. Yet, thanks to structure in the metatarsal area, it also has enough support for edging. Come in and try on this excellent performance climbing shoe! $289.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA MIURA WOMEN’S
The La Sportiva Miura Lace WOMEN'S version! You asked, and we delivered. We are now Melbourne's ONLY stockist of this highly sought-after favourite, the La Sportiva Women's Miura Lace. This climbing shoe is one of La Sportiva's tried-and-true classics. Taking you from hard sport routes, to bouldering, this lace-up model fits a certain foot shape well, and lots of women swear by it. $249.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA SOLUTION WOMEN’S
The La Sportiva Women's Solution reboot is here! This is the women's version of La Sportiva's famous 'Solution' climbing shoe – the climbing shoe all others are judged by. Soft rubber, with the Solution's unique, cupping heel and unparalleled toe box, which many people say is the best of any climbing shoe. With its sock-like fit, the Solution Women's is ideal for bouldering and hard sport climbing. $269.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA SOLUTION MEN’S
The La Sportiva Solution is the perfect shoe for hard bouldering problems and sports climbs. The La Sportiva Solution excels in precise footwork, heel and toe hooks and is suprisingly comfortable. Soft and sensitive, yet structured, the La Sportiva Solution is the choice of top climbers around the world. $269.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA TC PRO
The 'TC' in La Sportiva TC Pro stands for Tommy Caldwell (of Dawn Wall fame). Tommy designed this shoe in conjunction with La Sportiva for big-wall climbing. Although comfortable, this is an excellent edging shoe, thanks to the stiff support in the forefoot. A unique feature of this shoe is its high cuff, which helps protect your ankles in limb-eating cracks. With a relatively flat profile, this shoe slides into parallel cracks like it was made for them (funny, that!). In Australia, TC Pros are excellent multipitch trad shoes for comfortable, all-day wear. We are the only store in Melbourne to stock these down to small sizes. $269.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA skwama
The La Sportiva Skwama climbing shoe has a slipper-like design that delivers a mix of power and sensitivity. Marrying aggressive performance features with unconventional flexibility, this unique rock climbing shoe slabs well. Performs well both indoors and outdoors. $259.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA OTAKI MEN’S
The La Sportiva Otaki is a precise, supportive and structured climbing shoe. Ideal for both sport climbing and bouldering, this is the ideal shoe if you're looking for your first 'aggressive' performance shoe. $269.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA OTAKI WOMEN’S
Like the men's version (see above), the La Sportiva Otaki Women's climbing shoe excels on small edges. Striking a balance between comfort and precision, a tensioned rand helps maintain downturn over the life of the shoe and gives you power in the toe. Designed with a lower-volume foot in mind. $269.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA MIURA LACE MEN’S
The La Sportiva Miura is another classic rock climbing shoe that has lasted the ages. Adam Ondra used a Miura on his send of the famous route Silence. Ideal for technical face climbing and other situations where precise footwork is a must. Very sensitive underfoot and, once worn in, delightfully comfortable for such a technical shoe. $249.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA MIURA VS MEN’S
The La Sportiva Miura VS is not really like the lace version at all, apart from the type of foot shape it's designed to fit. This is a super aggressive, highly structured, highly downturned shoe that will support you on tiny footholds in extremely steep terrain. Ideal for sport climbers and boulderers who need a precise, supportive climbing shoe. $249.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA MIURA VS WOMEN’S
The women’s La Sportiva Miura VS is a high-performance shoe has an aggressive profile, making it ideal for ‘grabbing’ footholds on steep terrain. Designed for a narrower, lower volume foot. $249.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA KATANA MEN’S
With the Katana, La Sportiva found the midpoint between comfortable, all-day shoes and foot-crushing technical shoes. No wonder it has been our most popular shoe for quite some time! $249.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA KATANA WOMEN’S
The women's La Sportiva Katana is designed with a narrower, lower volume foot in mind. It still shares the same feel as the men's version: renown for its edging performance, yet possible to wear all day. $249.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA MYTHOS MEN’S
The La Sportiva Mythos is a long-time favourite amongst climbers: from beginners to the very experienced. Once upon a time, the La Sportiva Mythos was a groundbreaking competition climbing shoe. These days, it's perfect for mid-grade multi-pitch routes due to its super comfortable fit and ability to stretch when your feet are swelling on the 3rd pitch. Sensitive enough for experienced climbers, yet comfortable enough for beginners. Italian made. $209.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA MYTHOS WOMEN’S
The women's version of the La Sportiva Mythos climbing shoe. Like the men's, only it's designed for narrower, lower volume feet. Still, it's a favourite among beginner climbers, as well as those with decades of experience. It's the perfect shoe for long, wandering multipitches at Arapiles. $209.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA FINALE MEN’S
The La Sportiva Finale is an Italian-made, high quality shoe that is ideal for trad climbing. It edges well, thanks to 5mm XS Edge Vibram rubber. This climbing shoe fits like a glove thanks to an unlined leather upper. $199.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA FINALE WOMEN’S
The Women’s La Sportiva Finale climbing shoe is like the men’s version, only it's designed with a lower volume foot in mind. It too uses 5mm XS Edge Vibram rubber for edging. The well-defined toe box allows precision. $199.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA TARANTULA
The Velcro version of the La Sportiva Tarantulace is similarly comfortable and performs similarly well as a good-quality beginner shoe. The Velcro closure makes it easy and quick to get in and out of. $159.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA TARANTULACE MEN’S
These climbing shoes are a good, durable perfect first pair that will take you well into the intermediate grades. Quality construction and design from renowned climbing brand La Sportiva. Comfortable to wear for long periods of time, yet with good edging capability. $159.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA TARANTULACE WOMEN’S
Women's climbing shoes that make a perfect first pair. These women's climbing shoes will take you well into the intermediate grades. Comfortable to wear for long periods of time, yet with with good edging capability. Designed for a narrower, lower volume foot. $159.95 Available in-store.
red chili durango vcr
Red Chili Durango Velcro climbing shoes are the perfect first pair of rock climbing shoes. Affordable and durable, the shoe is relatively soft and sensitive, and will take you well into the intermediate grades. Velcro closure ensures snug fit every time and quick on-and-off. $139.95 Available in-store.
red chili SPIRIT VCR IZ LADY
All-round, Velcro climbing shoe in a women’s model. Suitable for beginner and intermediate climbers who are looking for a shoe that will take them into the higher grades. Surprisingly sensitive and powerful climbing shoes. $179.95 Available in-store.
red chili SPIRIT VCR IMPACT ZONE LADY (PREVIOUS EDITION)
$179.95 Available in-store. SALE $139.95 Limited Sizes
red chili SPIRIT VCR IZ MAN
All-round, Velcro climbing shoe in a men’s model. Suitable for beginner and intermediate climbers who are looking for a shoe that will take them into the higher grades. Surprisingly sensitive and powerful climbing shoes. $179.95 Available in-store.
red chili SPIRIT VCR IMPACT ZONE MAN (PREVIOUS EDITION)
$179.95 Available in-store. SALE $139.95 Limited Sizes
KIDS’ ROCK CLIMBING SHOES
LA SPORTIVA GRIPIT
A kid’s climbing shoe with No Edge Technology borrowed from La Sportiva’s high-end performance shoes. In this case, it helps promote natural foot movement and proprioception in growing kids’ feet. $119.95 Available in-store.
CLIMBING APPROACH SHOES
LA SPORTIVA TX2
Approach shoes that are very light, very low-profile. For technical approaches or multipitch climbing or guiding. Laces down to the toe for a snug fit, allowing you high precision. Men’s and women’s models. $219.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA TX4
A lightweight, technical approach shoe designed for climbers. With a suede leather upper and lacing system borrowed from the Mythos, the TX4 has a highly adjustable fit. The toebox is wrapped in a rand, and it has a Vibram® MegaGrip sole. $229.95 Available in-store.
LA SPORTIVA BOULDER X
The famous La Sportiva Boulder X has a sticky Vibram® sole, making it an ideal shoe for tackling scrambly terrain. With a lot of support, this is a popular choice among climbers carrying heavy packs into the crag. $229.95 Available in-store.
HOW TO CHOOSE ROCK CLIMBING SHOES
Finding a rock climbing shoe can be a very confusing task. There are lace-ups, Velcro shoes, 'neutral' climbing shoes and 'aggressive' climbing shoes. Trying to differentiate between the shoes and then finding one that suits your foot is a mammoth task, but La Sportiva from Italy has come up with a helpful way of trying to categorise their shoes.
La Sportiva breaks down their shoes into three basic different types of fits. There are shoes with low asymmetry, medium asymmetry and those with high asymmetry. They then classify shoes depending on whether the toe is pointed (p) or rounded (r), and whether the shoe is pointing downward or neutral (n). These simple categories help us all know the differences between the shoes and which might be a more suitable one. Below is a representative sample of shoes that we have.
High asymmetry: Solution (pd), Miura VS (pd), Miura Lace (pd) Medium asymmetry: Katana (pd), Finale (pn), Mythos (rn), Red Chili Spirit Impact (rn) Low asymmetry: Tarantulace (rn), Red Chili Spirit (rn), Red Chili Durango (rn)
Shoes that have a low asymmetry are the most comfortable for longer climbs, while those with a high asymmetry will give you the best performance on high-grade climbs with cracks and tiny edges.
It is important to find the correct balance between comfort and performance, and a shoe to suit your level of climbing. As always, feel free to ask any staff about our great range of rock climbing shoes.
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