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Mountain Boots

Mountaineering boots

Rock shoes

Performance rock shoes for rock climbing or bouldering


Featured Review

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Kalipe

They are not the most technical approach shoe on the market, and their shallow tread could prove a worry on steep grass, but the Kalipe's combination of affordable price, and comfy and forgiving fit, makes them an easy approach shoe to get alon...

Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood
Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood

Boreal Drom

It's a weighty workhorse rather than a lightweight thoroughbred, says Rob Greenwood, but as a result the Drom is one of the sturdiest and most supportive approach/walking shoes out there. If you want boot-like edging ability, they'll be right up your street. 

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey
One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in its class, the TX Guide may be the most mountain-worthy approach shoe on the market, if - and it's a big if - you can get on with...

Ace montage  © UKC Gear
Ace montage  © UKC Gear

Boreal Ace

In a market saturated with soft downturned rock shoes, the stiff and supportive Ace will be a breath of fresh air for trad climbers, says Rob...

Comfy, light, supportive - what's not to like?   © Toby Archer
Comfy, light, supportive - what's not to like?   © Toby Archer

Dolomite Steinbock WT GTX

Made with an almost seam-free woven upper, and sporting a Michelin outsole instead of the usual Vibram, the Steinbock WT is an...

Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood
Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood

La Sportiva Jackal

"I liked the Jackal from the moment I first put them on and have continued to love them through repeated use" says Rob Greenwood. Designed...

On open moorland you're alright providing it hasn't rained too much - otherwise things get slippy!  © UKC Gear
On open moorland you're alright providing it hasn't rained too much - otherwise things get slippy!  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

The follow-up to the original Norvan, the Norvan LD is pitched as being both lighter and more durable. It is designed with long...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

UP Lace LV  © Unparallel

Unparallel Climbing Shoe Range

Unparallel has taken the climbing world by storm as one of the most exciting new climbing shoes brands in the past few years. Straight out of California, their attention to detail, rubber innovation and performance remains a total obses...

Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith
Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents the 7th incarnation in a...

Hiangle  © Five Ten
Hiangle  © Five Ten

The New Five Ten Hiangle - an update of a classic

Built on the same last as the previous Hiangle, these shoes are built for high-precision footwork and feature an unlined microfiber build for unmatched shape retention, easy break-in and comfort.

DOLOMITE 54 Hike GTX

Dolomite is a brand famed for its outdoor footwear excellence, and once again this summer season, it is proposing the next...

Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear
Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is - in the words of Scarpa Designer Nathan Hoette - "all about the precision". It took 87 prototypes to get...

Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond
Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Approach Shoes

For Spring/Summer 2020 Black Diamond have introduced a range of Approach Shoes that cover all bases. Whether you're...

Action shot  © Red Chili
Action shot  © Red Chili

Red Chili 2020 climbing shoe range

Red Chili have been making high-quality climbing shoes since 1996. Throughout this time we have continued to push...


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