La Sportiva Arco rock shoes

GearFlogger reviews the La Sportiva Arco rock shoe

La Sportiva hand crafts the highest quality footwear in Northern Italy, and even finds time to throw a bone to the weekend warriors out there who don't need the entire force of the universe transmitted through their big toe (we're talking about you, Miura!).

The La Sportiva Arco is a beginner's shoe, but the flat fit built on a forgiving last provides all day comfort for anyone who isn't climbing teen grades. The left-right dual velcro closure is quick and easy, even with gimpy hands after a long pitch. The Arco is comfortable enough you might not take it off as often as you do the foot Ferrari you're using on your two-year project.

Top quality at a reasonable price, and you get the same rubber that Tommy Caldwell wears, a full 5mm of Vibram XS. And skanky feet, fear not: the Arco uses a synthetic Dry Best anti-funk liner in the arch and tongue, with unlined leather everywhere else. Like almost all La Sportiva footwear, best for medium to low volume feet.

$109.00 at Amazon


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