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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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5 5

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.

5 5

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 Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

3 5

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.

5 5

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.

4 5

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.

5 5

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

3 5

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.

4 5

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.

5 5

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?

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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

4 5

Good shoe

This is my first pair of Katana's, and I'm very pleased with their preformance. So far they have only been on my feet indoors, and they work both on the wall and when bouldering.
I have them in a size 41½ (european) and I usually wear a size 43-43½.
Good shoe, no complaints.

Is this the same shoe as the Katana before...

Is this the same shoe as the Katana before it was a lace-up?

Responded on

Yes, this IS the Katana. The Katana had been around for quite a bit longer before the Katana Lace.

Responded on

Rad -- thanks. This shoe rocks, just ordered another pair.

when will smaller sizes be in stock?

when will smaller sizes be in stock?

Responded on

Jam, jump on the "Chat Now" function and talk to a gearhead about inventory questions. They rarely get answered quickly in the question sections.

4 5


Just purchased these to try something other than the MIURA VS' (shits and giggles)

I wear a mens size 10.5 and was able to cram into a mens 7.5 and as much as it is not pleasant these shoes make dime size foot holds feel like no big deal. I haven't had them for a long time and once I break them in fully and destroy them after a few months i will definitely rewrite my review but for now all I can say is.. EDGING POWER!!

Also if your into having one of the uglier shoes in the gym or while outdoors this shoe will definitely facilitate that dream for you. I am not too ecstatic about the Japanese character on the heal but I guess when italians use the name "katana" i guess they feel they should probably stereotype as much as possible...

3 5

Received my climbing shoes and they had mold on the heel must have been sitting in storage for a long time

Good rockclimbing shoe however backcountry need to double check their stock before shipping
Especially is the stock has been sitting for a period of time

Mold on heal of shoes ... Not good
Other than that both other products were good