Best Overall Women's Climbing Shoes
La Sportiva Miura - Women's
Without much contest, the Editors' Choice award goes to the edging powerhouse, the La Sportiva Miura - Women's
. 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.
Best Bang for the Buck
La Sportiva Tarantulace - Women's
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. Enter the La Sportiva Tarantulace - Women's
. 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 in the 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.
Top Pick for Steep Sport Climbing and Bouldering
La Sportiva Solution - Women's
The La Sportiva Solution - Women's 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.
Top Pick for Multi-Pitch and Crack Climbing
Scarpa Techno X - Women's
For the ladies who prefer to rack up with cams, the Scarpa Techno X - Women's is ideal for crack climbing
and all-day wear on multi-pitch routes. It has a flatter shape and a stiffer midsole to better and more comfortably fit inside cracks, and the lack of downturn can keep you wearing them for longer periods of time. The famed shoe designer Heinz Mariacher has put his mind to work for Scarpa, and these shoes are the result. We think they are perfect for anything from the splitters at Indian Creek to long routes in Yosemite, which is what wins it our specialized Top Pick award for this discipline.