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Climber in Red Chili outfit hangs in the wall and tries to pull himself up.
Red Chili has managed to join the ranks of worldwide leaders in the realm of climbing shoes within a very short time span. While Uwe Hofstädter functions as the brand´s gray eminence and pulls all kinds of strings in the background, Stefan Glowacz is especially involved in design and marketing.
Climber in Red Chili outfit hangs in the wall and tries to pull himself up.
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Why is Red Chili a WIR DENKEN UM brand?

The innovative climbing shoes are developed and manufactured in the company's own production facility in Isny in the Allgäu region. As a WIR DENKEN UM brand, Red Chili stands out in the following ways:


- The company is aware of the impact of its operations on the environment
- It uses resource-saving sustainable packaging
- Red Chili products are manufactured in the company’s own production facility in Germany


Red Chili: From El Capitan to the Allgäu region

The idea came to the two founders, Stefan Glowacz and Uwe Hofstädter, while they were climbing El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. A lot of tinkering, developing, testing, discarding, improving, wine drinking, swearing, celebrating and climbing has taken place since Red Chili’s beginnings in 1996. From the first designs to the current models, which are created in the modern shoe production facility in Isny in Allgäu, it has been a long and instructive journey. As the Red Chili products are developed and manufactured on-site in Isny, the company can react quickly to changes in the climbing scene: "We are committed to offering products that are clearly developed by climbers for climbers.... At the same time, our in-house design and development ensures that the quality is right. And somewhere in between we test and climb in our shoes ourselves. Because we are all enthusiastic climbers and boulderers." Textiles are made from renewable and recycled materials — fair working conditions are observed in production.

Red Chili: EVERY CLIMBER FINDS HIS MODEL

Red Chili produces several different models per season, for beginners or the asymmetrical high-end shoe for advanced climbers. For bouldering or out on the wall, in the 3 or 4 range or at the very top between the 8th and 10th degree - Red Chili has the right shoe for every foot - and your feet will thank you for it. Depending on the area of use, the special rubber sole is adapted to the shoe, so a bouldering shoe has more rubber than a shoe for the wall in open terrain, as there is more abrasion when bouldering. In our climbing shoe guide you can get an idea of what you should look out for when buying a new climbing shoe.


With the merger of Edelrid in mid-2017, synergies are being used to serve the ever-growing climbing market. Climbing clothing, such as bouldering shirts and trousers, climbing harnesses, chalk bags and much more. The areas of clothing and climbing shoe development remain with Red Chili, i.e. Stefan Glowacz and Uwe Hofstädter. Edelrid is more concerned with softgoods and hardware. Of course, a climbing beginner needs different essentials than an old hand.


Find out which ones in our Climbing Essentials Guide. Everyone starts small and rises high, so to speak! Nothing is as crucial as choosing the right climbing shoe. Because if you're standing on the wall and suddenly notice that the shoe pinches or is too big, it's too late. You should also pay attention to details when it comes to climbing clothing. Trousers with extra stretch to give you maximum mobility, as well as pockets and loops for your climbing essentials, such as carabiners or an attachment for chalk bags, are advantageous. The spirit of the climbers and their dreams can be felt in every piece of Red Chili clothing. Because the philosophy of Red Chili is: Only climbers know what climbers need!