The right selection of climbing shoes is a difficult task as everyone has different foot shapes and preferences. In my opinion, the best way to find the perfect shoe for you is to try out as many as possible until you are happy.
But I also believe in the power of data and that’s why I wanted to do a little survey on my instagram channel @bestboulders to find out which climbing shoe brands and specifically which models you like the most.
Maybe this can be an inspiration for your next climbing shoe choice to find your perfect shoe.
For this survey I specifically asked for your opinion on indoor bouldering shoes. 524 participants from all around the world completed this survey and I would like to present the findings in this article.
Also check out our survey on the most popular climbing and bouldering chalk.
Top 10 Indoor Bouldering Shoe Brands
Before we take a deeper look into the most favourite climbing shoe models, let’s first look at the most popular climbing shoe brands in general.
- La Sportiva – 33,2%
- Scarpa – 27,0%
- Five Ten – 7,7%
- Evolv – 6,6%
- Tenaya – 4,9%
- Mad Rock – 4,3%
- Butora – 4,0%
- Black Diamond – 3,0%
- Boreal – 2,1%
- Ocun – 1,7%
- Other – 5,5%
It is very clear that the two players La Sportiva and Scarpa dominate the market with around 60% combined market share. This means that if you are at your climbing gym and look down, every other pair of climbing shoes is either from Scarpa or from La Sportiva. (Go check it out next time)
Every other climbing shoe is either from La Sportiva or from Scarpa.Considering this not representative Survey 😉
The next 4 brands Five Ten, Evolv, Tenaya and Mad Rock are all pretty tight together ranging from 7,7% to 4,3% market share.
An interesting fact is that Black Diamond made it in the Top 10 even though they first started their climbing shoe line in 2017.
Another thing I did not know is that Black Diamond offers a vegan climbing shoe so if you are on the watch for cruelty free bouldering shoes check out the Black Diamond Momentum.
Considering the great amount of other climbing shoe brands it must be quite challenging for them as they have to share only 5,5% market share.
Top 10 Indoor Bouldering Shoes
Now let’s look at the Top 10 indoor bouldering shoes. The vast amount of different climbing shoe models makes it really hard for one particular model to stand out but let’s have a look at it.
- La Sportiva – Solution – 9,4%
- La Sportiva – Skwama – 6,5%
- Scarpa – Vapor V – 5,7%
- Scarpa – Instinct VS – 4,4%
- Scarpa – Drago – 3,5%
- Scarpa – Instinct VSR – 3,1%
- Evolv – Shaman – 3,3%
- Five Ten – Hiangle – 2,8%
- La Sportiva – Futura – 2,4%
- La Sportiva – Python – 2,4%
- Other – 56,6%
With 9,4% market share we have a clear winner: The La Sportiva – Solution. This means that if you take a closer look at the climbing shoes in your bouldering gym, every 10th person wears exactly this model!
Also quite popular is the Scarpa Instinct line with a combined share of 7,6% if you combine the shares of the Scarpa – Instinct VS and Scarpa – Instinct VSR. I also have to mention that I had to remove quite a few entries from the survey which only said ‘Scarpa Instinct’ and it was not clear which exact model it was.
More than 50% are other climbing shoe models and I can tell you, the list from the survey is very long. On the one hand, this shows that there is a demand for the vast variety of climbing shoes. On the other hand this means that if you ask 10 of your friends which bouldering shoes they use, around 5 of them will have one from this list. 😉
How did you find your perfect climbing shoe? I’m excited to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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