Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Climbing Shoes

Scarpa Boostic

The Scarpa Boostic is a contender for my new favorite high-performance shoe. Supportive but sensitive, with a near perfect suction-cup fit, the Boostic is my go-to slipper for hard routes and boulder problems.

Lock Icon

Unlock this article and unwrap savings this holiday season.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

Now 30% Off.
$4.99/month $3.49/month*

Get the one subscription to fuel all your adventures.


  • Map your next adventure with our premium GPS apps: Gaia GPS Premium and Trailforks Pro.
  • Read unlimited digital content from 15+ brands, including Outside Magazine, Triathlete, Ski, Trail Runner, and VeloNews.
  • Watch 600+ hours of endurance challenges, cycling and skiing action, and travel documentaries.
  • Learn from the pros with expert-led online courses.
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

Scarpa Boostic | www.scarpa.com | $170 | €??€??€??€??€??

The Scarpa Boostic is a contender for my new favorite high-performance shoe. Supportive but sensitive, with a near perfect suction-cup fit, the Boostic is my go-to slipper for hard routes and boulder problems.

The Boostic seems only distantly related to the much stiffer Scarpa Booster, which debuted five years ago. With the Boostic, the shoe designer Heinz Mariacher has dialed in that fine balance between support and sensitivity. The Boostic is on the softer side, yet delivers a surprising amount of toe power on steep angles. The toe itself comes to more of a point than, say, that of the Scarpa Mago. This may be a personal preference—or even just a visual trick—but to me, a pointier toe helps guide me onto pin-sized sweet spots.
I’ve used these shoes with confidence on steep granite, sandstone and some of the slickest limestone that I’ve ever encountered. The placement of rubber on the top of the toe box and on the heel adds hooking functionality as well.

Unlike some slippers, the Boostics are easy to get into. The unique sock-like material used at the shoe’s opening is dually functional: It stretches open when you are putting the shoe on, and then sucks around your foot once you’re inside; plus it’s comfortable and it breathes.
The one glaring down side to this shoe is its price—$170 seems hefty, especially if you climb a lot and go through two or more pairs of shoes per year. But if you ask me, you’ll be getting your money’s worth.
—Andrew Bisharat

4Sizes: 35-45 (half sizes).

4V-Tension rand.

4Twin opposing Velcro closure straps are thin and well-placed, staying out of the way when you’re climbing.

4Lorica synthetic leather and suede upper.

4Vibram XS Edge.