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  • LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes

    A lace up version of the La Sportiva Katana, for a precision fit where accuracy is required to send a route.

    Features/Benefits:

    • A multipurpose shoe, equally at home on big walls, mountains, and boulders
    • Lorica lacing harness for a precise nonstretch fit
    • Lorica toe box for optimum edging power
    • 4 mm Vibram XS Edge rubber keeps you in contact with the rock
    • Laspoflex midsole with prehensile area under the toe provides optimal edging support and increased sensitivity
    • Highly breathable tongue works in conjunction with the lining for excellent moisture management

  • LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes

    Gender Men's
    Upper Lined leather, synthetic
    Avg. Weight (pair) 1 lb. 1 oz.
    Closure Lace Up
    Last Shape Slightly Downturned

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LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes
 
4.9

(based on 9 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering (7)
    • Outdoors (7)
    • Indoor (6)
    • Long climbs (4)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        63% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        75% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5), Yes (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid climber (6)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the underated ninja

    By jp

    from brooklyn, ny

    About Me Comfort Driven

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Easy break-in
    • Lightweight
    • Stable
    • Sticky
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bouldering
      • Sport Climbing
      • Steeps and overhangs
      • Trad climbing

      Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

      I just recently purchased the Katanas after trying the Solutions for a week of climbing and i must say i am impressed at how dynamic the shoe feels for how simple it looks. Amazing edging power, super sticky rubber and an easy going fit add up to fantastic shoe.

      They fit my feet very well (i am medium to large width, low volume, narrow heeled foot shape), perfectly snug when sized a full size down from my street size. They are in fact a fairly aggressively shaped shoe so don't be fooled by the images provided. I thought i was going to hate laces but they really do offer a more customizable in fit. The internal lining and unique tubular tongue design is snug enough to allow my foot to breath and still offer enough support for easier routes without having to fully lace up.

      The toe shape is similar to the Solution and Miura's but without the rounded aspect to them so the Katanas smear much better than those shoes yet offer enough down turn and point to keep you from cutting your feet in caves and overhangs. Surprisingly thin soled, they have great sensitivity while offering good mid sole stiffness as well as keeping the overall weight of the shoe to a minimum.

      It's the perfect shoe for anyone looking to upgrade from a beginner shoe. I haven't seen too many people wearing the lace up versions which makes me think this shoe is going unnoticed as a high performance shoe when compared to other brands and other performance oriented La Sportiva models.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Aggressive Yet Comfortable

      By Kakistocrat

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Avid Climber

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Aggressive
      • Breathable
      • Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bouldering
        • Sport Climbs

        Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

        The Katana is a truly excellent shoe. I previously wore the Muira VS and wanted something that I could walk around in and wear for longer periods. The Katanas give me nearly as much power as the Muiras while being significantly more comfortable. They still have a pointed and turned down toe, but I can still walk in them. A thick, narrow strip of rubber on the heel makes for good hooking, and the edges have a nice bevel on them which, once you're used to it, helps a lot. The upper material on the inside feels great on the foor and wicks away moisture quite well.

        On sizing, they are true to La Sportiva's size profile - small. I wear a 42-43 shoe, and the 40.5 was perfect for me. I was a bit worried when I first got the shoes that they were too small, but they stretched about a half size and are now perfect. I do find them a little bit wide around the middle of the foot, but that doesn't seem to affect the overall fit at all.

        In summary, the Katanas are a well designed aggressive shoe best suited for bouldering or cragging. The are comforable enough to wear for several hours at a time, while still having an aggressive toe.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels full size too small
        • Width:
        • Feels too wide
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Comfy and technical enough

        By Jake

        from Rolla, MO

        About Me Avid Climber

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Long Climbs
          • Outdoor

          Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

          Less technical than the Miuras they replaced, but significantly more comfortable and still very versatile. Still wouldn't recommend it as an all day shoe, but they feel pretty good, even with my Morton's Toe which made the Miuras in the same size pretty painful. Definitely recommend these for sport or crag shoes, but would be fine for quite a pitches if they fit you well.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          This is an excellent shoe.

          By David C

          from Cambridge MA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Solid Toe And Heel
          • Well made

          Cons

          • Rubs The Heel At First

          Best Uses

          • Bouldering
          • Indoor
          • Outdoor

          Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

          This is an excellent shoe, and a huge step up from the entry level pair I had been using until now. I wear a 9-9.5 in street shoes, and I am wearing a size 8 (i.e. 41.0) in the Katana Lace shoes. They feel good and solid, and my only complaint is that they are still digging into my heel a bit. I am hoping this goes away.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          I adore this shoe!

          By Michelle

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Avid Climber

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • High-performing
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bouldering
            • Indoor
            • Long Climbs
            • Outdoor

            Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

            I absolutely adore this shoe. I am a female climber, and this is the only truly "unisex" shoe I have ever come across. The width is a bit narrower and the heel cup is smaller than most men's shoes, and the fit is excellent. This is the first high-performing shoe I have owned that is also very comfortable!

            I also tried the normal Katana (men's and women's), and the lace-up is a very different shoe. It seems to have more internal padding and a lovely wrap-around foam "tongue" similar to the Solution.

            I wear a men's size 9 street shoe (42) and bought these in a 40.5. They were comfortable the instant I tried them on, and remain perfectly comfortable today, 10 months later. They did not stretch. I climb regularly with them in the gym, and I have climbed outdoor sport and trad routes with them, including a very long multipitch trad climb where I never took them off. (I don't think I have jammed in them - that's not really their strength).

            It's now about 10 months since I bought the Katana lace and the toe is showing some wear. No holes yet, but I am getting them resoled soon.

            I highly recommend the Katana lace to women and men alike!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Impressive! sticks like glue

            By ClimbonCraig

            from San francisco

            About Me Avid Climber

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bouldering
                • Indoor
                • Long Climbs
                • Outdoor
                • Sprint Climbs

                Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

                Great Shoe!

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels too narrow
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great shoe!

                By Dustin

                from Arlington, TX

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Sticky
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bouldering
                  • Indoor
                  • Outdoor

                  Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

                  I am completely satisfied with this shoe. Im still pretty new to climbing, and I can definately say that this shoe has helped me overcome some obstacles. This isn't entirely the shoe, but now I'm working on 5.10b's, and 3 weeks ago I couldn't do a 10a. Bouldering is quite a bit easier than before, mostly noticable on very steep sections. This shoe outsticks all of my buddies sub-$100 shoes, and now they are thinking about getting some upper-end sportivas like this despite the fact that their shoes are still new. Smear with confidence, stand on chips previously thought to be useless. Only one complaint, the upper heel portion of the shoe is a little rough, which isn't necessary but is a small price to pay for such a high performance shoe that is otherwise very comfortable for its purpose.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels full size too big
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  4.0

                  great sport climbing shoe

                  By doug from colorado

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Avid Climber

                  Pros

                  • Good edging
                  • Good sizefit
                  • Good toe
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sticky rubber

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bouldering
                    • Indoor
                    • Outdoor

                    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

                    I wear a size 42 street shoe and the 40.5 fits comfortable enough to wear for 60-90 min at a time. I definitely could have gone for the 40 to be more agressive, but I could not have worn them for extended times.

                    The shoe is great for edging, has a nicely pointed toe for more agressive climbs. Really nice shoe to fill the slot between a super agressive shoe and very comfortable all day shoe. The only issue I have is that I really have to crank it down for good heel hooks, but I have skinny heels, so could just be me.

                    I also prefer the lace up on these shoes for much more adjustable fit.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels half size too big
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great trad/sport shoe

                    By Climb It All

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Avid Climber

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoor
                        • Long Climbs
                        • Outdoor

                        Comments about LA SPORTIVA Katana Lace Climbing Shoes:

                        This is a great overall shoe. Excellent for sport and trad alike. Very comfortable for all day climbing.

                        I was a huge fan of the La Sportiva Barracudas for years until they stopped producing them. The Katana lace-ups have all the features I liked about the Barracudas and a few other nice additions. Especially nice is the extra padding around the tongue that keeps your feet happy on those all day climbing marathons. The elasticity of the tongue also helps for getting the shoes on and off quickly.

                        Sleek lines and great rubber make for yet another excellent product from La Sportiva.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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