Fine Italian footwear for the alpine adventurer. Innovation and tradition share equally deep roots at SCARPA, which today remains a family owned company with its headquarters and performance footwear manufacturing facilities in the same regions of northern Italy where it got its start in 1938. SCARPA stands for Societa Calzaturiera Asolana Riunita Pedemontana Anonima, which means Associated Shoe Manufacturing Company of the Asolo Mountain Area. 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. In 1965, the company began importing SCARPA footwear to the U.S. The company was the first to build a Gore-Tex boot, first to develop a plastic telemark skiing boot, and first to build a telemark and alpine touring compatible boot. In 2005, SCARPA opened its North American headquarters, headed by veterans of the outdoor industry in North America.