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Performance without the pain.

The La Sportiva Katana Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe uses an aggressive design to give you performance on moderately overhanging routes without going so overboard that it makes you shed toe-pain tears. This, combined with the ultra-sticky soles and hook-and-loop closures, makes the Katana a versatile shoe for every type of climbing.

  • Slingshot rand maintains lateral support without making this shoe too stiff
  • Powerhinge technology combines with the slingshot rand to make sure that, when you're weighted on an edge, the back half of the shoe stretches while the toes stay in place for grip
  • Vibram XS Edge keeps you stuck to the tinniest holds, won't creep when you're smearing, and is resistant to deformation on super-sharp edges
  • Pacific lining in the forefoot adds toe-knuckle comfort while Dentex in the back helps wick moisture
  • 1.1mm LaspoFlex at the forefoot uses a super-lightweight, super-thin synthetic laminate for torsional rigidity
  • Hook-and-loop closure for quick and easy on and off

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Good, but...

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

These things were really comfy and climbed pretty well, I'm just a bit bummed out on the durability. My footwork could always be better, but they sure didn't last long... Apart from that, these were great for mellow bouldering and easy to get on/off which is nice for hanging out at the crag all day.



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Okay so they're great shoes but do not buy them if your footwork sucks or lacks in any way, they're super sensitive and the toe will break open very very quickly I would buy this shoe again only when my foot work becomes perfect and I just place it on holds I would not recommend for begginers.


Sole stich quality concerns

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

The shoes really great and comfortable both outdoor and campus climbing. Fills like your leg extention.
However i had to make a return, the toe sole peeled off on the left shoe in 2 months of campus climbing. I requested for the new pair of the same shoes, and now I observe the same problem, again the left shoe. This time I'll send it to coblers to fix it, hopefully they'll do it perfect :) don't want to buy another model or brand so far.


Jack of all Trades

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: 40

These shoes are really great all around. I just recently swapped over from an old blown out pair of 5.10 spires.

The rubber on these shoes is a bit of an adjustment. They aren't as pliable as the C4 rubber I was used to and the Onyxx rubber is even superior to the C4. Where these don't necessarily have the same smear grip, they do quite well with good form just less forgiving. Where it makes up for this lack of ease when smearing is, edging of course. I found where my old shoes tended to have a hard time maintaining contact with micro features, the katanas lock right onto tiny crystals to give me bomber feet.

I was skeptical of the VCS system since I've only used laces before. I have all of the adjustment I need with the Velcro and they are extremely easy to take on and off, which is really handy at belay stations. The Velcro helps make these shoes extremely comfortable, almost slipper like. The straps come extra long, but I haven't bothered trimming them yet. So far they haven't gotten in the way while climbing, but I suspect they might in long cracks.

My only gripe and its something universal for all La Sportiva shoes is the heel pocket. Perhaps its my foot shape, but there always just seems to be a slightly awkward width fit in the heel, I go a half size down and they are way too tight in the toe, and the size I'm in broken in is as close to just right as I've ever had in a shoe. Perfect in the toe, slightly off in the heel.

Overall super happy with these and will likely be getting La Sportivas again.

Climb up and jump off

Climb up and jump off

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Great all around shoes

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 163 lbs
    Size Purchased: 41.5

I've been wearing these as my miles shoe to save wear on my higher end shoes and I am really happy with them. They edge great and give me the sensitivity and power to climb pretty much at my limit, but these are not as good as the Muira VS. And they're not as expensive. They are very similar to the Muira's with a slightly more relaxed fit and less aggressive toe profile, but certainly enough to still climb hard overhung problems. Honestly, I love having these as my training shoes, they are occasionally on sale for super cheap and they keep my redpointing shoes from being wasted on gym walls.

There are some durability issues, especially if you have sloppy feet or tend to drag your toes, the rubber seems to wear there faster than other shoes I have tried. Speficially the left toe seems worse on my and several of my friend's shoes. Additionally, while these climb cracks really well because of the narrow toe profile, they really aren't designed for that, and the bulky velcro closure will quickly be chewed through by too much jamming in hand cracks.

Although very painful at first, they stretched enough that they are now pretty comfortable, it took perhaps a week of hard climbing. That being said, I still take them off after each pitch, but I could force myself to wear them for longer, I actually find these slightly less comfortable than the Muira's because the muira provides more room for my toe to curl. For reference, I wear a 10.5 street shoe and a 41.5 Muira, 41.5 Katana, 8.5 Anasazi and an 11 Atroman.


Amazing Shoes

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

These are great shoes they take a while to get grippy but once they do they really grip. they fit great, hurt a little before they broke in but there new shoes so its expected once they start conforming to your foot there comfy. they're a great all climbing style shoe.

Super glue for your feet

Super glue for your feet

Bouldering at Flock Hill in the La Sportiva Katanas. Excellent from friction slabs to overhangs.


Loving the New Shoes

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:True to size

"Felt so good to have some new shoes. Mainly used at the gym.

Thus far they've been a huge upgrade over my previous shoe. Climbing like I never have before."

How much stretch do these shoes tend to...

How much stretch do these shoes tend to give? I wear a size 13 street shoe and fit toes slightly curled in a size 45.5 Katana.

Best Answer

If you have slight curl in these you will be fine. The leather in these will stretch out quite a bit. I feel if you sized up a half size, once the shoes broke in they would almost be too loose.

The stretch and fit should be about the same as the previous Katanas you have worn. If yo have warn the Katanas in a 45.5 in the past I suggest you stick with that for this version.


First Pair of Sportivas - Rubber review

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I have been climbing for about 15 years and have always been a 5.10 fan. Since the 5.10s I was looking at were limited in the sizes available, I decided to try these. Good fit, edging and support, however the biggest difference for me was ... THE RUBBER. Wow!! 5.10's rubber (C4 and ONYXX) has XS Edge rubber beat hands down. Feet slipping off holds like never before. Also, durability! Used only 3 times in the gym and the toe on one side was wearing down and starting to peal.


Love Em!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large

These are really comfy shoes. I primarily use these as an all day trad shoe. They are not the most aggressive shoe, but as primarily a granite trad climber, they work wonderful for me. I have gotten slack for liking velcro shoes, but it is easy to get them off on long multi-pitch climbs when you need to give your piggy's a break! I definitely recommend these shoes!



Heat exposure to any rock climbing shoe will cause the rubber to separate from the rest of the shoe. Get it repaired when it starts to look like mine...before it goes too far.


Solid All-Arounder

    I think this shoe performs great, and sportiva rubber has good durability. I've had 3 or 4 pairs of these, and it's seems like the construction has slowly gotten a little sloppy. My two pairs ago, the leather around the leather started to tear and the velco straps would come undone. I do have a very wide foot, but it didn't used to happen.

    Size way down for sportiva.


    Best ever.!

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I have been wearing this pair for around 3 month and are still in great condition, I use them 4 days a week and there still hanging in strong. Very comfortable I could walk up a mountain in katana's


    Great Shoe, Some key flaws.

      I've gone through 3 pairs of these shoes. I primarily climb single and multi-pitch trad routes on granite and limestone in the alps and in Utah.

      It's a great design that offers great control and edging power... when they're new.

      The durability is a key issue. For one thing, after two pitches in Indian Creek wide cracks, the metal buckles were worn through from foot jamming. Leaving me with one strap. This happened to two separate pairs after only 1-2 pitches. Obviously the buckle is not in the optimal spot.

      I also wore through the toes in about 20 days of climbing. Which is pretty weak if you consider these shoes are are upwards of 150 bucks.

      I like the italian quality, and I keep going back because I love the fit (great for longer routes as well as steeper/technical sport routes). But I'm going to have to consider another pair this time because I can't keep shelling out this cash every 3 months.


      Awesome but not very durable

        These shoes are awesome. Buy them small and you will have pinpoint edging. The only issue is the toes wore through after only 3 months.


        In a word? Awesome.

          Got a pair of these as my second pair of rock shoes... and I LOVE them. The smallest footholds feel like massive ledges, allowing me to comfortably put my entire weight on them. I have seen a massive improvement in my climbing since I've gotten these.

          The only thing that bugs me about them is the velcro straps are a bit long (especially given my small foot volume), but they never really get hung up on anything, even when I'm matching my feet, so it's really only a slight annoyance.

          That said, the circular velcro sections that the straps adhere to are super nice, allowing me to apply the tension of the strap exactly where I want it for the best fit.

          As with any climbing shoe, I would highly recommend trying on a bunch of different sizes of the same model before pulling the trigger, especially with these given they aren't the cheapest kicks.

          I wear a 9 to 9 1/2 in regular shoes. ...

          I wear a 9 to 9 1/2 in regular shoes. What size would you recommend for sport climbing?

          Best Answer

          You should size them at least one size (or more) below your street shoe size.They will stretch to fit to some degree.Size 40,40.5 or 41 but honestly you should try them on before buying because the fit of a climbing shoe is a personal preference.

          I wear the same size as you, and I wear a size 37

          Mi novio calza en zapato de calle 9US(Salomon, The North face,Reebok, Nike). Tiene Solution 39, Miura Vs 39, Miura 38.5, Cobra 38 y Katana 38.5