Verdict from 38 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfy: Almost every reviewer is united about the Scarpa Kalipe being a remarkably comfortable shoe. One among them was able to “hike comfortably” in it for miles.
  • Grippy underfoot: Many say that its Vibram outsole provides amazing stickiness on a variety of terrain, including crags and sandy surfaces.
  • Glove-like: Much like most approach shoes from Scarpa, the Kalipe runs true to size.
  • Light: This piece will barely add to the weight you are carrying.
  • Water-resistant: The Kalipe has been reported to have light moisture protection (despite lacking a waterproof liner).
  • Attractive: Looks-wise, this Scarpa hiker can be mistaken for a pair of snazzy sneakers.

1 reason not to buy

  • Smudge magnet: The pearly white sides of its sole unit attract dirt and mud more often than not, says an experienced climber.

Bottom line

Gear up with the Kalipe, and see your pace pick up with minimal effort on the approach. Engineered for precision, this Scarpa piece will get you through valleys and light elevations with efficient, secure strides. Who cares about dirt? Don the Kalipe and turn the tides on your trail-to-rock adventures in your favor.

Good to know

Scarpa designed the Kalipe as a comfortable approach shoe that can accompany outdoorsy individuals in their adventures. Its suede upper offers breathability and water repellence, maximizing performance. 

This Scarpa approach product carries an EVA midsole. On the other hand, an Exagon Grip outsole provides rock adherence. The rockered profile of its forefoot facilitates a smooth transition.

The Kalipe from Scarpa is a men’s and women’s approach shoe. The product engineers use eight pairs of eyelets so wearers will be able to maximize the shoe’s fit adjustability.

Scarpa’s Kalipe features the Exagon Grip outsole. It is made of Vibram’s Megagrip compound that offers a maximum level of stickiness of both wet and dry terrain. The roughened aggressive lugs placed at the perimeter yield stability while the central studs render multidirectional traction. A climbing zone at the toe helps wearers during ascents. Moreover, mini circular indentations are visible on the space between each lug to prevent the accumulation of mud and dirt.

The Kalipe from Scarpa employs a medium-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. It is formulated to offer a decent amount of underfoot stability and comfort. It has a tapered configuration (from the rearfoot to the forefoot) to provide an extra amount of shock absorption in the heel area.

This approach shoe from Scarpa wears a water-repellent suede upper. It has a microfiber lining that maximizes comfort. This leather material is reinforced with a rubber in the toe and heel areas to heighten its protection against accidental knocks. Its closure system extends to the toes for optimal fit management. Lastly, with a pull loop attached at the back of the shoe, users are granted with easy on and off.


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