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Just a tad softer than the Instinct, we tune up the slipper design with a single strap and Vibram® XS Edge rubber to resist deformation when standing on micro-flakes and edges. The Instinct VS spans the performance arc from slabby boulder problems to overhanging gym routes. Sensitivity, with just enough power from the Bi-Tension randing for standing on dimes; these do it all. 

Just a tad softer than the Instinct, we tune up the slipper design with a single strap and Vibram® XS Edge rubber to resist deformation when standing on micro-flakes and edges. The Instinct VS spans the performance arc from slabby boulder problems to overhanging gym routes. Sensitivity, with just enough power from the Bi-Tension randing for standing on dimes; these do it all. 


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  • Upper:Microsuede
  • Midsole: Flexan
  • Sole: Vibram® XS Edge; 3mm
  • Last: FQ
  • Sizes: 36 - 45 (half sizes)
  • Weight: 215g; 7.6oz (1/2 pair size 40)
  • Color: Black/Orange
  • Product Code: 70013/000


  • XS Edge Vibram
  • Bi-Tension System


SCARPA Sizing Chart

Measure your foot with a ruler, using cm or inches; convert to Euro or US using this chart. If you need mondo sizing, please refer to the SCARPA chart on this page/tab. We recommend you purchase two sizes, the size you think you are plus one .5 size bigger for fit testing at home. As long as the products are in like new condition and the packaging is 100% intact, we will credit you for the returned product.

General fitting rules depend on the product's intended use... follow the appropriate guidelines below for best results.

Trail/mountain/approach/lifestyle products:

  • The bigger/heavier/more supportive the product, the more you may want to upsize .5 - 1full size. Lighter, softer, more supple shoes can be sized closer to your measured size.
  • Note: SCARPA Plastic mountain boots all use UK sizing; UK converts easily: 1 full size smaller than US men's size, 2 sizes smaller than US women's size.
  • Try on with appropriate socks for your usage. The bigger the boot, the more appropriate a bigger sock (sounds crazy, huh?)
  • If you use orthotics or already have aftermarket footbeds, measure against the standard footbed in boot. Fit into boot for sizing/fitting the boot.
  • Best to try on at the end of the day when your feet are larger/swollen, than when your feet are fresh to ensure good fit after a long day.
  • Lacing can play an incredibly important part of a good fit. Be sure to play with lacing when analyzing fit.
  • Make sure your heel isn't slipping.
  • Make sure your toes aren't hitting the end.

**Approach shoes may be sized smaller for performance purposes but beware... small shoes are really uncomfortable on the trail.

Rock climbing shoes

  • From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing .5 - 2 full sizes. The flatter the shoe, the closer to your measured size; the more downturned/aggressive the shoe, the more you'll want to downsize.
  • The best fit is comparative between sizes and only you will be able to judge that, though an experience climber could offer good insights to your fit.
  • If it feels painful, it may break in... or it may not.
  • Pain sucks as a rule of thumb though and makes climbing miserable.
  • Only you can judge what's 'acceptable' discomfort.
  • Good fitting rock shoes shouldn't necessarily be 'comfortable' by walking/running shoe standards.
  • Look for looseness/bagginess in the toes and heel. Bagginess can mean 'slop' when climbing with feet perspiring, etc.
  • Toes should completely fill the toebox.
  • Heel should feel solid; like they won't pull off if heel hooking.
  • Any foot movement in new shoes will mean sloppy fit when broken in.

Ski boots

  • From your measured foot, convert to US size using the scale. Translate the US size to Mondo size using the SCARPA mondo scale (not 'true' mondo conversion)
  • Shell fit: taking liner out of the shell and inserting foot, toes touching end of shell but completely flat.
  • Should have 1.5 - 2 fingers of space behind heel and heel of shell (between 14mm - 20mm)
  • Too little space = go up one shell
  • Too much space = go down one shell
  • If not sure... fit test BOTH shell sizes
  • Put on a ski sock for gosh sake!
  • Use and orthotic? Put it the boot (after taking out the standard footbed).
  • Put foot in boot AND BUCKLE IT! You can not tell a boot fit without buckling it
  • This will pull your heel back into the heel pocket, relieving cramped toe space
  • Boots do pack out! A 'comfy' fit when new will mean slop later.
  • Regardless, your toes should NOT be pressed against the end of the liner
  • Get your Intuition liners molded! This provides THE BEST FIT available.
  • Any minor pressure points or space will be eliminated by molding
  • Find an experience SCARPA dealer for fitting/molding
  • Boot fitting is an incredible service and generally requires a service fee of varying amounts... it's worth it though!

More good information fitting available here.


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Recent Reviews

  • Anonymous Sep 10, 2014


    Much like the Instinct slipper, these shoes are suited for all manner of terrain. The Velcro version adds, of course, Velcro for an even more secure and custom fit, and a full heel cup which is a little less sensitive but allows for more weight to be taken before it deforms. Full toe rubber as with most of Scarpa’s aggressive models rounds out this shoe nicely. The biggest difference though is the XS Edge rather than the XS Grip 2. The Edge will last longer and provides even more power to the toe box at the cost of a small degree of flexibility and sensitivity. Choose between these two models according to your personal climbing style and preference.

  • Anonymous Jun 10, 2014


    This shoe has given me unrivaled performance on a wide variety of terrain and is my go to shoe for everything but hard trad routes. I used to think it was too technical for anything but steep sport or bouldering, but it's turned out to be a versatile performer on just about everything I climb. I am not a fan of tight shoes so I size up a half size from my street shoe size for harder sends and a full size for multi-pitch routes comfortably. The Vibram XS Edge rubber is incredibly sticky and the durability impressive. Edges on a dime and sensitivity for smears and even slabs is amazing. The bad ass look of the shoe inspires as much confidence as the rubber. The fit and quality set SCARPA apart from the competition. The toe box is roomy enough that it isn't cramped and the heel cup keeps it on without cutting into the achilles. Hands down my go to shoe. Thanks SCARPA!!

  • Anonymous Jun 1, 2014


    If I had to choose only one pair of climbing shoes to have and climb in for the rest of my life, I'd choose the Instinct VS. They can do it all, and are long-lasting, too.

  • Anonymous Mar 2, 2014


    One of the best shoes I have worn to date! You'll see Alex Puccio winning some ABS Nationals and rocking these, so let that be a testament. They perform better than my old Forces, Feroces, and Vapor V's. Better than Tenaya Ra's. On par with Solutions. I went 1.5 sizes below my street shoe, but maybe could have gone two based on my foot measurements. Don't know how much these stretch yet, but I have heard/read only up to 1/3 of a size. My street shoes are 9 & 1/2(42.5), with my left measuring a size 9(42) barefoot and my right an 8 & 1/2(41.5). I ordered these in a size 8(41), and they are a little painful... but only after a long session or having them on for too many problems. Also, they may turn your feet orange :P The XS Edge is great so far and almost as sticky as the XS Grip 2 I feel with of course increased durability. Doesn't make sense really, but Scarpa's Vibram rubber feels stickier than the same La Sportiva Vibram rubber to me. The toe box is really nice, especially with the rubber on top and fairly wide for some comfort even when super tight. I understand this is one of the lowest volume heels offered by Scarpa, even a little more so than the Boostic. I have had a couple other pairs of Scarpas and the toe box always fits great, super snug... but my heel always has dead space, which means of course they may not fit my foot quite right. These are improved and the heel is well done although for me there is still only a little dead space. I may need to try downsizing another 1/2 in the future to snug up the heel even more. They are not broke in yet though, so still unsure if I could bear it. Best to date for Scarpa for sure if great heels and bouldering are your thing. Can't wear Five Ten or Evolv really... La Sportiva seems to have the most narrow heels/least dead space I have tried. These are definitely up there with the Solutions. They might perform just as good and maybe better in some aspects. They are more versatile I feel and better on plastic than the Solutions. The heel is more sensitive and the rubber feels less clunky initially because of the 3mm edge vs 4mm grip2 on Solutions. All in all, great work. Plus they look sweet to boot. You may just get some compliments or people asking what brand/model of shoe you're wearing like I did. Hope this helps some make a decision to get them and with sizing. Go 1 size down from your street shoes(not barefoot size) for a nicer, lax fit or 1.5-2 for redpointing/climbing at your own limit. So yeah, basically get them... They're sweet!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 2, 2014


    These shoes are great! I sized them down a size and a half from my street shoes.