La Sportiva Cliff

rated 4.0 of 5 stars (4)

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photo: La Sportiva Cliff climbing shoe


Price Historic Range: $21.21-$90.00
Reviewers Paid: $75.00-$90.00


4 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   2
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Good overall shoe. This was my first climbing shoe. I enjoy the lace-up style as it allows me to learn just how tight I need to make them for overall performance. I am a very novice climber but so far I don't have too many complaints about what La Sportiva has done with this shoe.


  • Easy to adjust
  • Good toe


  • Sole shreds fairly easily

The shoe fits my foot very well. I am new to climbing so I was looking for a decent all around type of shoe that I could do bouldering with as well as climbing.

I am a fan of the lace-up style while learning how my foot is supposed to perform while climbing. I can experience the differences by adjusting the laces that otherwise I would have to try a different shoe to accomplish.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75

Great shoe with a great fit, this shoe is very comfortable. After about the first half of the year some of the rubber came off the sides but it was no big problem. The toe isn't the greatest and is not super narrow. Overall it is a great shoe an very comfy.

Use: indoor climbing at least 2 times a week
Break-in Period: 1 month
Price Paid: $75

Overall a very nice shoe. First shoe I bought and it's served me well in the last year. I'm now climbing 5.10+ indoor and outdoor (including longish trad climbs). Decent edging and smearing.

Unfortunately the sole started delaminating after only a few months of use. I've seen this happen with other people's Cliffs too. And the toe on one of my shoes has worn through.

Overall a good shoe for the money but hopefully they'll fix the quality control on the sole.

Break-in Period: day or two
Price Paid: $90

Very comfortable shoe. Unlined leather with quick break-in. Stiff toe and laces to the toebox make for good crack climbing.

Price Paid: $75

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