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Boreal Alpha VC

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The Boreal Alpha VC is a superb value for money and very comfortable starter climbing shoe. 

Ideal for beginner climbers or as a comfortable and inexpensive second pair, the Alpha features the same super-comfortable semi-asymmetric last as the top-selling Joker model. A low tension rand means there is less unwanted pressure on the foot and the shoe retains shape over time. The unlined microfibre upper feels comfortable next to the skin straight from the box.

A medium stiffness midsole paired with the sticky and durable Zenith Quattro rubber provides the ideal blend of edging support and long-lasting friction. By streamlining the key features, the Alpha provides a durable, comfortable and great value climbing shoe for any newcomers to the sport.

Cushioned Heel System
In order to improve comfort when stepping off the rock or walking between routes, Boreal developed the Cushioned Heel System (CHS). Using shock absorbing EVA under the heel, the foot is cushioned from rocky and hard ground.

Integrated Rand System
The IRS system means that there is a one piece climbing sole that never deforms and has a superior fit. Different thicknesses in the rubber can be achieved and the one-piece construction increases durability.


  • Colour: Grey
  • Lining: Unlined
  • Midsole: Half Stiff
  • Outsole: Boreal FS-Quattro thickness: 4-4.6mm depending on size.
  • Upper: Micro Fibre
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Last: All-day
  • Closure: Strap
  • Weight: 340g

Help with sizing your rock shoes

If you require some assistance with sizing this shoe to your particular needs click here: Rock Shoe Sizing Guide

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4.5 Based on 8 reviews
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United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great shoes, beware of the sizing!

Great speedy service as always. Love these shoes in every aspect but the size. The soles are extremely grippy and the cushioned heel is a God send on the poor landings that I normally climb on. The build quality is very good and the Velcro closing is very positive. My only issue is that I am a natural size 10.5, the size that I bought, but these are very tight! Not the fault of the shoe, hence the 5 stars. Highly recommend these though. If I was to buy these again, which I probably will, I will go for 11.5.

Lynn F.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent customer service

I ordered a few pairs of climbing shoes for my son who was finding it difficult to find a comfortable pair in a large size. These shoes have been great and would definitely recommend. The help and service from Rock and Run has been amazing and I will be buying from them again.

Annie D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Helpful customer service

Helpful advice for us newbies to climbing. Speedy delivery.

A M.
United Kingdom
Good beginner shoe

This shoe is comfortable and provides a good level of grip. I went for a size very close to my street shoe size.

McAllister B.
United Kingdom
Boreal Alpha

Great beginner shoe, I’ve been bouldering for two months now and they have served me well. I’m going to upgrade to a more aggressive shoe soon as these are on the flatter side but good for beginners for sure.

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