Who should buy the Scarpa Origin

The Scarpa Origin is an affordable climbing shoe that could be the right option for you if you are after the following:

  • a beginner-friendly climbing shoe
  • a versatile shoe for sport climbing and bouldering both indoors and outdoors
  • comfortable in-shoe feel thanks to the flat front end

Scarpa Origin Logo

Who should NOT buy the shoe

If you find the shoe's asking price a bit too hefty for a beginner, consider the Evolv Defy ($90). The two shoes are very similar in design. The Origin is only better if you intend to go on multi-pitch sessions.

And if you need a stiffer, more aggressive Scrape shoe for technical climbing, consider Scarpa Aria

Amazing in-shoe comfort, perfect for beginners

Reviewers extensively praise the comfort offered by this Scarpa climbing shoe. One of them points out that it is "immediately noticeable" the moment you slide your foot inside. The padded tongue contributes greatly to the cozy in-shoe feel.

Scarpa Origin comfort

According to experienced climbers, it is not the type of shoe you would want to immediately get off your feet in between sessions. As one reviewer puts it, this is the kind of shoe that will improve your climbing but "they aren't going to smash your feet." In fact, it gets more comfortable the more you wear it.

Scarpa-owned Vision outsole

The shoe’s ability to stick to different types of surfaces, be they indoors or outdoors, comes from the Scarpa-owned Vision outsole. It is a rubberized component with a full-length construction. It is 5 mm in thickness.

Scarpa Origin Outsole

Scarpa Origin’s Flexan

With the Scarpa Origin’s Flexan midsole, users can climb with enough support underfoot. This sturdy layer has an overall thickness of 1.9 mm.

Scarpa Origin Midsole

1.8-mm thick suede leather

The Scarpa Origin encases the foot in its 1.8-mm thick suede leather upper. Its interior comes without a liner. Protection from abrasive hazards and enhanced climbing security are promised by the rock shoe’s hardwearing rand. Its tongue is made of mesh which makes its interior extra breathable.

Scarpa Origin Upper

Despite the fact that it comes from an affordable bunch, this Scarpa shoe has proven to be pretty durable. Those who have taken it through some regular rigorous climbing sessions report that the rubber "stayed strong" and the upper hasn't developed any rips or holes. 

Easy on-and-off with two pull loops

Scarpa designers furnished it with two heel pull loops to help climbers get in and out of the shoe with relative ease.

Scarpa Origin Two heel pull loops

Origin uses two adjustable straps

Two adjustable straps make up the Origin’s closure system. Both of these straps are engineered with Velcro (hook-and-loop) fasteners.

Scarpa Origin Two adjustable straps

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 225g / Women 205g
Construction: Board lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.