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La Sportiva Story
La Sportiva's Mission
La Sportiva's mission is to bring you the best technical products to explore the outdoors. For 89 years La Sportiva has been producing innovative products and they are looking forward to the next 80 years. Produced and designed in a small mountain town at the foot of the Dolomites, La Sportiva supports 140 families in a unique and enviable environment. Everyday the mountains surround the people who handcraft La Sportiva products. Being mountain based and family run allows La Sportiva to draw on eight decades of experience handed down through the generations. With this heritage La Sportiva can focus on the future and meld new technologies, ideas and innovation with La Sportiva's rich knowledge of manufacturing to give you the most amazing products on the market. Products that let you go where you dream to go, do what you dream to do and live how you want to live.
La Sportiva Italy possesses a strong passion for the mountains and the environment this is why there is always a consciousness of what kind of impact the factory has on the outdoor world. By using a proactive approach to business La Sportiva Italy can critically check existing processes as well as do extensive research to develop ways of reducing negative impacts and creating the best possible product for its consumers.
La Sportiva owns and operates its own state-of-the-art factory in Italy. This small, 250 person, factory is truly an anomaly in today's footwear world characterized by hyper-competitiveness and extreme pricing pressures which have lead most modern outdoor footwear companies to the solution of outsourced production contractors. La Sportiva's factory is located in Ziano di Fiemme, a small mountain village in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. The tradition and heritage of handmade footwear lives on in this magical alpine valley existing in the shadows of jagged limestone peaks and glaciated valleys where alpine masters such as Bonatti and Messner plied their craft.