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    Open up new foothold possibilities.

    Focus precision footwork onto tiny holds with the La Sportiva Katana Lace Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe. Combined with the more customized fit that lace-up shoes offer, the slightly asymmetric, slightly down-turned Katana creates an all-around comfortable shoe with aggressive qualities for tougher climbing.
    • Permanent Power Platform and molded 3-D heel cup help the shoe hold its down-turned shape so you can attack the steepest routes day after day
    • Tubular construction mixes the performance of a lined shoe with the comfort of an unlined shoe
    • Speed lacing for a precision fit in half the time
    • Vibram XS Edge rubber provides crazy grip for technical edging, is resistant to deformation on razor-sharp edges, and won't creep when you're smearing
    • Perforated, breathable tongue keeps your foot cool on hot days
    • Item #LSP0165

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, Lorica
    Vibram XS Grip
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8.71 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, bouldering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Awesome shoe - NOT true to size though!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9

    I bought these as my second pair after owning some Scarpa's. I bought my exact size, but my feet are in savage pain and I cannot wear them, far too tight and pinch my toes so badly. I would say go at least a half size up


    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs large
    • Size Bought: 43

    Def the most comfortable climbing shoes I've owned; is that an oxymoron or what. The padded/oversized tongue provides great comfort and now that it's a bit colder outside, helps with insulating.

    The laces are awesome and hold tight when cinched. Even after hrs of climbing, I don't need to re-tighten them.

    I'm also a huge fan of the toe; it comes to a strong and rigid point that makes getting your toes on/in shallow tight spots super easy.

    Sizing: I'm usually a size 44-44.5 and I went down to 43 in these.


    "If I could give them 6 stars, I would"

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

    I got these for my friend for his birthday, but he has not stopped telling me how great they are.
    Here are a series of quotes I heard when we climbed together this week:
    "These are easily the most comfortable climbing shoes I've ever had"
    "The aggressive down curve makes it really easy to edge and heel hook"
    "I'm so happy I chose laces"

    The only not 100% positive feedback he had is that the heelbox might fit some people "weirdly."

    Versatile and a secret crack beast

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

    I'm going to be honest . I bought these shoes to climb granite cracks.

    Out of the box, they were an excellent fit. The last definitely has a wider toebox and maybe a slightly narrower heel compared to La Sportiva's other offerings. I went for a comfort size, which guaranteed that my toes laid flat in the toebox, and meant that I did not experience a painful break-in period.

    The stiff soles make the shoe a powerful edging shoe, which is handy for when you are face climbing around a crack. I can wear them for long periods comfortably, and the soles also help reduce foot fatigue on edges. The heels are adequate, but not as specialized as something like the Solution. They are not a particularly adept smearing shoe.

    The killer feature, however, is the toe. The sharp toe, moderate asymmetry, and slight downturn of the Katana let you power your toe right into finger cracks and even push into smeary seams with great effectiveness. I was amazed and delighted at just how much rubber I could get into thin cracks and how secure I felt.

    Minus the smearing, these shoes are comfortable, versatile, and capable. Love 'em!

    Sizing info:
    Street size ~39.5 with wide forefoot, narrow heel
    La Sportiva Katana Lace (comfort fit) 40, (performance fit) 39.5
    La Sportiva Solution 38.5
    La Sportiva Futura 38
    Tenaya Oasi 38.5
    Tenaya Inti 40.75
    Five Ten Anasazi LV 40

    Amazing first impressions

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 40.5

    I got this on 41.5 and they felt great, I'm a 43.5 street size, 40.5 miuras (could downgrade half or full number) and 41 testarossas. A friend of mine like them and I decided to sell them to him since it was his size. So I just got my 40.5 pair yesterday and the test drive at the gym was great. The rubber feels really sticky and fit hurts but not as much, once I break them in they will be just fine. I still have to test them at the crag this weekend so I'll update.

    First Impressions are Fantastic

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size

    I am not a pro climber, nor do I climb more than a few times a month. Therefore f I did not want a shoe that was severely painful or that required a month of regular climbing to break in. That said, I ordered a half size down from my street shoe and it was too comfortable (climber know what I mean). I exchanged them for a full size down from street shoe and am glad I did. They were a bit painful but by the end of my first climbing session, I could tolerate them. Soon, they will be perfect.
    I love the glove-like fit created by the tongue "sleeve" or whatever they call it. Great all-around design, aggressive as I will ever need for the bouldering I do, but mellow enough to smear on a wall.

    Great show thus far.

    Amazing Shoe

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 42

    These were my first pair of climbing shoes that I bought from
    Backcountry and I can say for a fact that I have no regrets in making my decision. I bought a .5 (half) size smaller than my normal size and after a month of use, they have formed into the perfect fit. You can rest easy knowing that your toe hook, heel hook and smears are secured with these on. The P3 technology has kept the aggressiveness of the shoe in top shape. These are by far my favorite pair thus far and I'm pretty sure I'll be getting myself another pair in the future.

    Stiff, sticky, and stuffy...

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.0 the good sense of the words...

    The 'Permanent Power Platform' create some underfoot stiffness that feels like they take some of the stress off your big toe when you're edging in a desperate stance. They feel really sticky and promote a ton of confidence when you're smearing on tiny crystals and featureless faces. I ordered a half size larger than I normally would have to make them a little more comfortable in when jamming the cracks, and they perform wonderfully in that setting as well. The slightly roomier than aggressive fit makes them my go to trad aggressive shoe. For steeply overhanging routes I would be happy with the same shoe, but a half size down from the ones I own.

    My only gripe and the reason for a knocking off a star is that because of the moderate downturn, they do start to wear my feet out on slab after a couple of pitches.

    I only wear these outside and they have been wearing as expected, but I will definitely need to resole them more quickly than the harder Onyx rubber on my 5.10s..

    Stiff, sticky, and stuffy...

    Great shoe!

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

    I bought the Katana for moderate bouldering and more technical climbing.. I have a more comfortable mythos shoe for splitter cracks and easier climbs. These are great edging shoes and stick to the tiniest crystals and slickest faces! Took about 10 pitches to break in to the shape of my foot, but didn't really stretch considerably. True to size.

    Good all around.

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 38.5

    I found these to be pretty versatile, for a sport shoe. They are a pretty stiff shoe, which gives you a solid platform when you are trying to balance on small edges, which I was very grateful for. They smeared just fine, as well, which is a plus. Also, they are one of the most comfortable down-turned shoes I have ever tried.

    I wear a 38.5 in most La Sportiva shoes. My street shoe is 8.5-9.0. Techincally, I could go to a 37.5, but it's just too painful for me. The 38.5 in these was just right.

    Questions? Hit me up!

    Emily Jenson
    Expert Gearhead

    Next Step up from Mythos

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Was really interested in this shoe, Ive owned the Mythos for years and want to get something a touch more aggressive. This is it. Edges better than my Mythos but, it really tackles some overhung moves a lot better. A lot stiffer than the Solution so it edges a bit better, still smears like a champ.

    Size 43 in all of La Sportiva's mountaineering boots, 41.5 in the Mythos, tried these in a 42 and they were perfect. They were a demo pair so, they were pre stretched out. I would have to break them in a bit if they were new but definitely the 42 would be for me. If I was tackling harder routes the 41.5 might be an option just make sure its a tight fit but, at my climbing level I appreciate a bit more comfort.

    My first love...

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 42

    Have been climbing in the gym for 18 months now and have started going outside for the first time this Spring. Katanas have been the first to join me on this journey. I wear a 9.5 street and the 42 are perfect. It's only been a few times, but the 5.11s in the gym are already starting to play out on 5.10s on the rock as I get use to this new world and the Katanas have been awesome. My only hesitation is durability based on the toe peeling back on my first pair after only a few sessions...friend told me it's me dragging up the rock? Well got a brand new pair and hope it was a fluke!

    Comfortable and Aggressive

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    While searching for a new pair of climbing shoes my main criteria included something that was comfortable and aggressive, a very challenging combination to find. However, these shoes have exceeded my expectations. I can wear them all day in the gym with little to no discomfort and they perform incredibly well. These shoes edge amazingly and have a fantastic toe. Unlike extremely aggressive shoes that make climbing too uncomfortable to enjoy, I can dig my big toe into tiny chips after wearing the shoes for hours on end with no pain. I tried on about a dozen pairs of shoes before settling on these and I couldn't be happier. If comfort and performance are what you are looking for then buy these shoes.

    How are these so good?

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 40

    I've been a die hard 5.10 fan for a long time, but a friend convinced me to try these out.... what have I been missing out on?!

    These are the first shoes that are comfortable AND precise. I usually had to sacrifice one or the other, but no more. These shoes also instantly turned me from a whiner complaining about my toes, to a minor god who can climb forever. I only wish I had more pairs of these shoes

    I normally wear an 8-9 ish for my street shoes. I actually got these larger than I normally get my climbing shoes though - I'd recommend you go for a size that's small, but not tight. These feel pretty precise without feeling like I'm engaged in some kind of ritualistic foot binding.

    Comfortable right out of the box

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 40.5

    First impression is how comfortable these shoe felt. Then was its ability to let you climb endlessly without having to take them off because your feet hurt.


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

    It took me forever to find a great shoe that fits my wide, small feet. My street shoe is a 5.5-6 and I went with the 35s. The fit is really tight but not painful. The break in period was rough and lasted about a week or two. Now that they're forming to my feet, I'm in love and seeing progress. From someone who spent a long time looking for the perfect shoe, I highly recommend!


    Awesome all arounder

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    Picked up these shoes to add a lace up into the mix while I send the velcro gym shoes in for resoling. These shoes have been great!!! They perform better than my other shoes in every scenario with the exception of aggressive toe hooking. They were a bit more aggressive and downturned than I was expecting from seeing the pictures. Because I purchased these, in part, to use smearing slab and crack climbing at our nearby granite, my first reaction was a little disappointment. While something a little less aggressive like the Muira Lace or Mythos might be better for this application, these shoes have still been significantly better than my other shoes. So far they have been great in the gym and on granite, though I haven't had a chance to try them out on polished limestone yet. would definitely buy again if in the market for an aggressive shoe.

    I am a 10.5 E in dress shoes, and I went with the 44, which I am satisfied with.

    Awesome all arounder

    can these shoes work for beginners?

    Any shoes can technically work for beginners, but I personally would recommend a more comfortable shoe for your first pair. These are a more aggressive shoe and will have a slight downturn to the toe where as a beginners shoe is going to be more flat and comfortable. One such beginner option would be the Tarantulace form LaSportiva. Either way you are going to be getting a great shoe! Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.


    Expert Gearhead

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    How are the sizing of the Katanas compared to the Miuras?

    I found this article online comparing the two.

    i tried to use it as a gauge as to whether to buy these or the miuras, but I think I'm screwed since I wear a US 14 sneaker, and I tried the max size 46 Katana, and my toes were in colossal pain and went numb after about 5 minutes of wear+sock trying to get them to stretch. I took em back.

    Unanswered Question

    How do the KL fit in comparison to Scarpa Vapor Vs? I have a pair of Vapors in size 41.5 and they have remained quite snug even after I broke them in (I take them off as soon as I have finish climbing because they are so snug). I am looking for a more comfy multi pitch and crack shoe and the KL seems like a good option. How should I size them?

    How should my toes fit in the Katana Lace? Will they be flat are have a slight curl. I'm starting to venture into trad and my Futuras are tortuous. I heard the KL might be the ones to go for.

    I love them for trad, they totally kill it in granite cracks. I went for a "comfort size" to make sure my toes laid flat, but I still didn't lose all performance in the heel. My sizing was: street size 39.5; Futuras 38; Katana Lace comfort fit 40; Katana Lace performance fit 39.5.

    How can I get mine resoled? Do I send them into La Sportiva or Vibram?

    Best Answer


    There will be companies that specialize in resoling used climbing shoes. There are companies like "Rockandresole" and Rubberroomresole" that you can ship your climbing shoes off to.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    Unanswered Question

    I'm looking for these as my 2nd pair of climbing shoes, but I'm having issues figuring out my size, since I haven't found them in stores to try them on. I currently use La Sportiva Oxygyms in size 41, and for the most part, they feel fairly snug but comfortable, allowing me to climb in them for hours without feeling the need to take them off. That being said, those shoes are made from a synthetic upper that stays pretty much the same size, even after about a year of use. Should I look at the Katana Lace in the same size, or perhaps go a half size smaller to account for the inevitable stretching? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    Anyone use these for thin cracks (fingers/thin hands)? How are they?

    Hey Jerome, I have used these in Indian Creek and a few fingers to hands granite splitters around Boulder. They work incredibly well for this. While I prefer my TC Pros for the more burly hands and above, these perform exceptionally well in small pods and face relief as they have a bit of a dagger like toe and can really cam well. I will say, however, that they do not smear exceptionally well and the outside edge of the shoe is a bit strange if you're used to something more like the Miura Lace or TC Pro as it is very rounded, much like the Testarossa.

    How often do you guys restock sizes?

    Wear a 42.5 in the Genius and love them
    Looking to pick up a pair of the katana laces in 42.5 as well

    Unanswered Question

    I bought a pair of these a while back as my first performance shoe and went way too tight - 44.5 (my street size is 13). The shoe stretched and the padding made it ok everywhere except the toe box, which was excruciating any time I weighted it even after several months. I'm actually now thinking of getting a pair for comfort/multi pitch, so I'm not sure whether a 45.5 will be big enough. I wear 45s in Miuras and they are super tight/aggressive...good for sport routes, but I took them up a 2 pitch and started losing sensation in my feet at the belay station, lol. Any idea when/if 46s will come in?

    I am looking at the katana lace. I have 46 tc pros and 45 futuras. I am wondering what size for a more sport/aggressive fit? Anyone know


    I've sized these the same as my other La Sportiva bouldering shoes, and been happy. I suggest sticking with the same size as your Futuras, as they are a pretty similar fit. This will curve your foot less than the Futuras (but way more than the TC pros). So, it's possible you could be happy with a 44.5, but I think 45 is the best first guess.

    With that said, I will get you a return shipping label, if you think the 44.5 would be better.

    More questions? Let me help!

    Emily Jenson

    Expert Gearhead


    I'm looking at the katana lace as a potential shoe for multi pitching. My current shoe is an evolve shaman in a US8/EUR41. I wear a 7.5/8 in street shoes (typically vans and Adidas respectively). I was wondering what size I should order for a comfortable but snug fit for extended use.

    Will there be any 40.5s, 41s arriving soon?

    I currently have Mythos. Should I buy the same size as my Mythos (which have really settled down and are comfortable for me) ?

    Best Answer

    Hey Welshguy,

    I would get the same size, but expect the shoe to feel much different than the fit of the mythos. These are more aggressive and asymmetrical so they are going to feel a little smaller than the mythos in the same size. Also these will not stretch as much as the mythos do.

    If you want to talk more about sizing or try on a few different sizes please contact me at the info below and I would be happy to help you out.

    Dan Gates

    Expert Gearhead


    I wear size 12 street shoe I had a pair in 44.5 and they were very aggressive fit for me. Its unfortunate the toe rubber chipped on the first slab climb I made. been waiting almost 4 weeks for La Spotiva to get back with me about warranty. Probably will not buy another sportiva shoe because of this hassle on warranty.. they run small

    Thanks Wes & Dan. My issue is that I have hobbit feet (wide) and take 44's in Mythos. They have stretched and fit really well now but I'm after a more aggressive shoe for edging and small toe holes. Lace-ups are what I want so that I can finely adjust the fit. Maybe a 45 would be better since the stretch in these shoes are a lot less than mythos ? Realistically I think I need to demo these shoes before committing to buy.

    If your mythos are staying on your foot, then I would definitely NOT recommend the same size - made this mistake going to KL from Nagos, and now I have a pair of $160 shoes collecting dust in my closet. Mythos are super soft leather shoes that stretch a TON. KL do not stretch much, the P3 and stiff sole are actually designed to prevent this...go up at least 1-2 sizes, and if they hurt right out of the box, send them back!

    Any idea when you will be getting these in sizes 42 and up?

    Are 44.5 or 45 gonna be in stock soon?


    We have a bunch of 44.5's and 45's that should be arriving shortly. Let me know if you'd like me to watch that for you and let you know when they get to us?

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    I wear an 8 in street shoes (nike, adidas) and a 9.5 in rental shoes (so with socks). what size should i get in these?

    Best Answer

    Go a full size down from your street shoe. I wear a 10.5 (Vans, Nike) and I use a 9.5 for a tight but comfortable fit. For a performance (toe crushing fit) go down 1.5 sizes. Never wear socks with your climbing shoes, it's akin to wearing a life vest with your surfboard.

    Any idea when you might get size 43.5 - 44 in? Is there anyway of sending a notification when they do?

    Are there any plans to restock the bigger sizes? NOBODY seems to carry anything bigger than a 43 and I heard something about a Dock Worker's strike, but that seems to have ended. I bought a pair of 44.5s and loved them but had to give them up because they were too painful. Wanted to get a 45.5 or 46 but they've been out of stock for about 4 months....

    Can you recommend a size? My mythos are 41.5 and my street shoes are 9.5-10

    How much will these shoes stretch, because I have one foot that is a half size smaller than the other. Also I wear like a 44.5 in the evolv pontas II does anyone know what that would equate to in the katanas?