We are passionate about our sports; we are passionate about boot making; we are passionate about performance.
Innovation and tradition share equally deep roots at SCARPA, which remains a family owned company with its headquarters and performance footwear manufacturing facilities in northern Italy where it began in 1938.
Founded in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, an area long known for its quality, handcrafted footwear, SCARPA’s initial mission was to bring together all the best shoemakers in the Asolo area with the goal of producing the best footwear anywhere.
From this tradition of craftsmanship and heritage Luigi Parisotto would eventually purchase the company with his brothers and grow it into a family enterprise.
The company was among the first to recognize the needs of northern Italy’s rapidly developing mountaineering and climbing culture, and to develop footwear with features dedicated to those pursuits. Those features, along with the brand’s legendary durability and fit, led to many of Italy’s early mountaineers using SCARPA shoes.
SCARPA continued to innovate in the 1970s, developing the popular Rally boot for alpine skiing and pioneering an early high-altitude plastic boot for mountaineering.
That pioneering spirit has continued at SCARPA. The company has many firsts to its name, including being the first to build a Gore-Tex boot and the first to develop a plastic telemark skiing boot, and introduced in 2007, the first telemark and alpine touring compatible boot.
Now, the next generation of the Parisotto family continues to produce the finest footwear for mountaineering, trekking, hiking, alpine running, climbing and skiing.