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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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    Best all around shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 40.5

    I love these shoes. I'm about to order my 4th pair. I have them resoled a few times before retiring them and keep 2 pairs 'going' at all times. I still have my first pair and tho I finally put them on the shelf cuz i wore too many holes through the rand I think I've had them resoled three times now. I use the newer pair for all day outside shoes and the older resoled pair for my gym shoe (unless I'm bouldering, then I switch to my solutions). I find when I first get them they fit great and it doesn't take too long for them to break in. My first pair I got in Bishop and wore them to Owen's the next day and climbed in them all day and loved them immediately. I find them to perform almost as well as the Muira's without the pain. Leave them loose for more casual climbing or tighten them down for something more aggressive. I wear a size 9.5-10 street shoe and buy these in size 40.5 (mens 8). They seem to run a bit larger than other shoes so buy them small. I wear a 41.5 in Muira's and the 41.5 in these felt big.

    Toecap Rubber Delamination

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 41

    I bought the Katanas so I could have an alternative to my Evolv gym shoes. After a few uses I became worried regarding the toe cap rubber separating a bit so I used it for specific outdoor climbs only. A few more times after and I noticed the entire toe cap was delaminating. I've brought it in to the purchaser and await word from La Sportiva. For >$170, I'd expect higher quality. Maybe it's just a fluke. We'll see what La Sportiva has to say

    A good all around shoe

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

    Until these my primary does were TC Pros and mythos. These shoes fall right in between the two. They edge as well as TC pros but are more comfortable. They are fair for friction, but don't smear as well as the mythos. With that being said these are now my goto shoes. I was told by someone at backcountry that the shoes could probably only be worn for a pitch because they were so aggressive
    I found that they quickly became all day shoes as they stretched out.

    Geoff, I'm glad these worked out, just like you thought they would. I do find these to be pretty dang comfortable. So, maybe if I wore them more they would be good for longer periods. Just for comparison, what is your street shoe size and what size did you order, on these Katanas?

    Good Multi-purpose

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 38.5

    I demoed these shoes and immediately felt comfortable, my grip was solid, and the edging was easy. I was sold and quickly made it my new go to.
    I find these to be relatively 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. So, once my feet harden a bit to them, I can wear them longer than most other bouldering shoes.
    I'd say these run pretty small for La Sportiva, because I wear a 38.5 in most women's La Sportiva shoes. The 38.5's are just right in these, and it's either a men's or unisex shoe. My hubby wears a men's 38.5 and he cannot get his foot in my 38.5's.
    My street shoe is 8.5-9.0. Technically, I could go to a 38, but it's just too painful for me. The 38.5 in these is just right..

    Good Multi-purpose

    Sexy version of TC Pro

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    First off they take a bit to break-in. I'm a size 8.5 US in street shoes. First pair I got off ebay at size 38.5 which is the same size as my comfortable pair of Katana velcros. Could barely get them on my feet after a weekend of climbing since my feet were swollen. They broke in to be pretty comfortable. Can wear them for a 30 minute pitch no pain. Definitely a tech fit and I couldn't go any smaller.

    Bought another pair here, at size 39.5. Still needed a break-in period on a week-long climbing trip. Lol. Now they are super duper comfy and they will be my everyday shoe. Time will tell how much performance is lost because of sizing but I think they won't stretch too much really.

    These are very low volume shoes when you get them but they expand in volume and a bit in width so as to fit like a glove. My tech fit size fits better in the arch but I bet the comfy pair will conform to my highish arches before long.


    Awesome Shoe, Order Them Small

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I went to the Katanas to replace my MadRock Flash shoes, which kept wearing out prematurely.

    I read other reviews and found that there seemed to be a disagreement on whether the shoes run small or large. I ordered the Katanas in a half size down from my MadRock shoes. I wear an 11 (44.5) street shoe and wore an 11.5 (45) in the MadRock. I ordered the Katanas in 11 (44.5) and found that they were much too large in the toe. I ordered a second pair in 9.5 (42.5) and they fit much better with lots of sensitivity in the toe and no popping on my heel. Order these smaller than you would normally wear, or you might end up with buyer's remorse.

    The shoe itself performs outstandingly. They still smear really well for a slightly downturned shoe. They are okay for crack climbing, but I'd probably prefer a flatter shoe for that. These shoes are really good for heel hooks, and they do okay with toe hooks.

    Love 'em so far...mostly

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    I've had these for about a month and they far surpass my last (and first) pair of climbing shoes (Mad Rock Flash 2.0). I've been climbing regularly just over a year and the Katanas are snug as all get up. While I'm still breaking them in, the edging is much tighter and the rubber is working up to a nice degree of 'stick.' My one complaint--the stitching on the heel constantly digs into my foot and after about an hour, I feel as through my skin has been rubbed raw (even though it hasn't). Perhaps an easy fix would be a bit of tape or a coating of gum rubber to cover the thread?

    Finally, a shoe that fits.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 39.5

    I've had my pair of Katana Laces for a little over a year. I usually wear an 8.5 street show, and got these in a 39.5. It was a slightly painful break-in period, but after a few sessions they were exceedingly comfortable. I won't keep them on for more than an hour or two but, I mean, they're climbing shoes.

    Previously, I had struggled to find a shoe that fit my heel. Apparently I have a small heel, because every show I tried before these had a bunch of dead space in the heel, even when absurdly downsized. The Katana heel fits me perfectly with a comfortable-yet-performance-oriented fit.

    They're a good crack shoe, they edge extremely well, and they're more than adequate for steep routes as well as slabs. I think it'd be hard to find a shoe that is a better all-rounder. From horizontal roofs to techy slabs, they haven't let me down. There isn't a lot of toe rubber, so if that's your thing you might want a specialized shoe for those situations.

    I've had no issues with delamination, and the lacing is well-constructed and doesn't get loose while climbing. The padded tongue is glorious.

    If they fit your foot, you can't go wrong with these.

    narrow toe box compared to Solutions

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

    If you like the Solutions because they have nice wide toe box, be aware that these Katanas have a narrower toe box. I have both in 40.5 and the Solutions are way more comfortable for my feet. If you buy these, don't size down like you normally do with other La Sportiva downturned shoes. The rubber on the tips of the toes wear out quickly too, especially if you don't have good footwork. Heel is narrower than Solutions, which is good for people with narrow heels. Yes, it does edge and smear very well. It's fine for bouldering steep routes too because it does have a slight downturn.

    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.

    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

    Office: 1-800-409-4502 ext. 4689

    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?