In a pretty short time the Red Chili brand established itself as one of the leading climbing shoe manufacturers in existence. Designed and marketed by climbers, for climbers, Red Chili climbing shoes are now a common sight everywhere, from indoor walls to bouldering hotspots to crags all over the world.
A Red Chili shoe is designed to be a precision instrument, allowing you to climb at full potential, but without the poor fit and pain normally associated with a rock shoe. Their Durango and Sausalito ranges are renowned throughout the climbing fraternity.
The sheer joy of the rockface, two pairs of ill-fitting and uncomfortable climbing shoes and more than a few glasses of Spanish Rioja led to the birth of Red Chili.
Founding fathers Stefan Glowacz and Uwe Hofstaeder had reached the summit plateau of El Cap in the Californian Yoshmites, their painful, burning feet due to badly-fitting rock shoes. Later, listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers over a sound system accompanied by several bottles of red wine, they had a vision – and the seeds were sown for what has become one of the leading climbing shoe manufacturers in the world.
Between them, Stefan – one of Europe’s most successful-ever Alpinists, and Uwe – German importer of Wild Country climbing equipment – have created one of the biggest performance shoe brands on the planet, renowned for its practicality-meets-style cutting edge technology.