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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

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Unanswered Question

Do they come in size 42.5? I've looked all over and haven't found them online anywhere in a size above 42.

Unanswered Question

I have the mythos 41.5 and they fit perfectly. Looking to upgrade to these, what size should I get?

4 5

My first love...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: 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!

What's happening? AM I cursed?

Ok you all seem to know your stuff. This are shots from La Sportiva Katanas that I got locally at EMS. After not many visits to the crag this was happening on one toe. Took them back assuming this was a defect. Couldn't get refund, only store credit. Didn't have Katanas which I loved so got Miuras. Didn't love them so much, BUT noticed the same thing happening on one toe after only ONE visit to the rock and two indoors! Missed my Katanas so ordered a pair from you all this week. So here's my question. A friend says it's because I'm new to outdoor climbing (18 months indoors before...had a pair of the Scarpa Vapors for the whole time and never had this issue ) and I'm dragging my toe up the wall. Said I can take some light sandpaper and sand down the flap so it doesn't get worse. Would hate to see my new Katanas go the same way. Is this just unavoidable until I stop dragging? Anything else I can do to help?!

Thanks for any wisdom!

Responded on

Stop dragging your feet! It is an indoor climbing habit because indoor walls are smoother and will not rough up shoes. when you are on real rock, a lot more friction, which is great for climbing, but terrible for foot draggers. Also, dragging your feet is bad form. People typically do it because they are scared (being new to climbing) or pushing their abilities. Even when at the edge of your abilities, it is still bad form. Don't do it!! Have fun climbing.

5 5

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.

5 5

How are these so good?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 141 lbs
    Size Purchased: 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

So I'm in the market for a new pair of shoes! And I'm not sure what would be best, I am debating between the Katana Lace and the Mythos. Id say I'm an intermediate when it comes to skill level. I want an all around comfortable shoe (that will fit my wife feet) a shoe I can use in the for all types of climbing from cracks, to slab and something that edges decently.

And if there is a different shoe that I may be better off looking at I am open to suggestions!

Thanks in advance,
Ben

Best Answer Responded on

Ben I have been using my Mythos for everything, it was my first shoe and I love it. I can wear it all day, never need to take it off in between climbs and if there is a walk off that doesnt kill me either. With all that being said I am a shaky 5.9 sport leader, on my best days. When I get stronger and am looking to climb steeper, less juggy routes, I am going to get the Katana. Its like the next step from the Mythos, I just dont need it yet. With that being said I would only use the Katana for those steeper, sportier climbs, I would always use my Mythos crack climbing, or long days while climbing moderate trad. Im not sure about any other shoe, only tried La Sportiva as I have their fit down for my foot and they are still hand made in Italy. I hear 5.10's rubber is stickier but, does not last as long.

You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com also hit of gconner@backcountry.com hes owned a lot of different pairs of shoes and can probably speak on behalf of other brands more than me.

Unanswered Question

I brought these in sizes 36 and 36.5. I have an extremely small foot for an adult male. I wear a size 5 to 6 in mens' casual wear shoes depending on fit. I have to wear my hiking shoes and running shoes & most other athletic shoes in women's sizes, usually 7 or 7 1/2 depending on fit & proposed use for the shoe.

My feet go the little bit further to the top in the 36 and are just slightly downturned. It's not painful, there is one spot on my left big toe that causes some discomfort initially. If I stand up and do a pivot motion, the pressure on the left big toe seems to ease up a little.
The 36.5 fits fairly snug but I also notice that I can walk more flatly in them, not quite matching the contour of the shoe. Is that inappropriate for this shoe?

I tried 36.5 at a recent shoe demo on very simple bouldering routes, V0, V1 and they were comfortable & did well with footwork, but they did not have the 36 so no way to compare.

I do like to climb outdoors as well and I feel like I could probably do a 2 to 3 pitch climb and stand around belaying in the 36.5 without them being too uncomfortable. I am wary of something too small to the point of too painful outdoors, but also wary of something that compromises my foot placement indoors too much.

Which size would be more appropriate for me indoors, the 36 or 36.5? Or would it be worth it to keep both sizes, one for indoor & one for outdoors, and chuck my size 38 Mythos?

My right foot is a full size larger than my left, so I bought three pairs of these to find which works best. The 45s are perfect for length, but putting weight on my right big toe causes pain in the knuckle there. I'm wondering if anything can be done for this since the shoes are otherwise perfect.

I also have a pair of 44.5 Mythos which are amazing for all day, multi-pitch, cracks, etc, but they don't edge well aren't aren't ideal for everything. I've never tried the TC Pros, but maybe that will be the only thing that works. I'm just afraid there'd be too much overlap with the Mythos.

Best Answer Responded on

I have an expensive proposition. Buy two pairs of shoes, one for each foot. Or find some sort of shoe exchange online, or find someone who has a larger right foot and would trade with you

Responded on

Had the same issue with the right foot knuckle on my first pair or two. Made this jig to stretch the spot over the knuckle.

Now they fit right out of the box. I'm on my 7th pair.

Had the same issue with the right foot knuckle on my first pair or two. Made this jig to stretch the spot over the knuckle.  <br/>  <br/> Now they fit right out of the box. I'm on my 7th pair.
Responded on

THIS is the best answer. I'm not sure how suggesting to buy two pairs of expensive ass shoes was selected. Thank you, funp34433, for both a realistic solution and one that has actually been tried. Thanks also for the photo. I'll see if I can rig up the same thing. I also had a similar idea suggested by the fine folks at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder but have yet to try it.

4 5

Comfortable right out of the box

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: 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.

5 5

Happy wife!

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

I bought these for my wife because she wanted something a little more aggressive. She loves the feel and says that they're actually comfortable.

5 5

Finally

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 4"
    Weight: 115 lbs
    Size Purchased: 35

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!

5 5

Awesome all arounder

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Purchased: 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
4 5

Dynamic and versatille

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

This shoe does everything I need it to do. Bouldering, sport climbing, slab, steep, slick, you name it, it will stick if you trust your feet. The toe of the shoe is super stiff and edgy, which seems counter intuitive at first, but you later realize that the stiffness in the sole under the toe is only helping you crank hard on the smallest of footholds.

Fit is pretty fantastic, runs a bit small. I find myself sizing down less in this pair.

I took a star away for durability. Ive had mine about 4 ~5 months and have already blown through the toes on both sides... More than a little disappointed about that. Hoping that I simply got a defective pair and that they normally are more durable than that..

5 5

Great Shoe

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

This is a really nice shoe to transition to if you're looking for something that's a little more aggressive. The rubber on this is amazing and the adjustment isn't too bad. La Sportiva really does hold up to it's durability, couldn't be happier!

5 5

The One Shoe Quiver!

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

Time to throw away those shoes lingering in your closet. You know the ones - with holes in the toes, don't quite fit right, are only used to crack climb, are only used to boulder.

The Katana lace will put them all to rest. These fit like a glove! - The molded heel cup and internal "sock" like fit makes these things ideal for long days, steep to slabby routes, crack climbing, edging etc.

I've used these on all stones, granite to sandstone, gneiss to basalt - they give rubber a good name.

The lacing structure allows you to adjust the fit to your foot precisely and get all the feel you desire.

I have yet to find someone whose feet do not fit in these, or eventually wear into them.

Ditch the quiver, Slice and dice with the Katana Lace!

Maybe go half size up for comfort trad climbing, half size down if you lean towards the Bloc.

Hi,
I'm thinking about buying the Katana Laces, but I'm not sure which size I should pick.
My street shoes are EU 42 / US 9 and I want to use them as a single quiver shoe for single pitch rock climbing and some multi pitch stuff.
What size would you recommend?
The Muire Laces looks similar, which one is more aggressive? I would rather pick the more classic like shoe.

Best Answer Responded on

I think a 41 would fit you best for an all around shoe. I have a pair of these and size down a whole Euro size and use them as much everyday sport shoe. If you want a little extra comfort you could go with the 41.5 but the 41 will have a more aggressive feel. I would recommend the Katanas over the Muiras. They are a great all around shoe.

4 5

Crushing time!

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

These are mildly aggressive shoes that have a really nice edge. They don't look as cambered as they actually are in the photo shown, so be aware that these do have a fairly high arch (camber). I only sized down a half a size for me. I have rather long skinny feet...
These have been some fantastic shoes for me. I would not recommend them for multipitch climbs. After I'm done with a route or a problem, I want them off! Great tool for climbing, not so much for comfort.

Crushing time!

i actually just bought a pair of katana laces today from my local shop. theyre my second pair of rock climbing shoes. Ive been climbing for 2-3 years on and off (mostly off, but im betting back into it) and i wanted something more aggressive than my first pair, 5.10's that were flat and 1.5 sizes bigger than my street size. i read the reviews you guys wrote and it seemed the consensus was to size down a size or two. i normally wear a 10.5 street shoe, so i got the 9.5 katana lace (the biggest size my local outdoor store had in stock). I cant imagine going down two sizes. they were super tight (mostly just in the toe area, especially the knuckle of my big toes) when i tried them on in the store today. when i took them to the rock gym right after buying them to try them out they were pretty painful. I had to take them off between every boulder problem i tried and ended up taping the knuckles of my toes and my heel . My toes are pretty much completely scrunched up, knuckles pushing into the top of the toe box. Is this a normal thing when breaking in the katana lace? did you have that experience with your pair? Do they stretch much? I know the katana lace is supposed to be more comfortable (im guessing sized like a beginner shoe) than your typical super downturned bouldering shoe which one might get "painfully tight", which is why im asking if anyone got theirs as tight. I did, however, send two V3's today and ive been stuck at V2 for the last 3 years! Coincidence or katana?

Best Answer Responded on

I have gone through multiple Katana Laces over the years and it still holds true as my favorite all around shoe. Sizing is a personal preference however if they are that painful I think you should go up a half size. When I fit shoes, if they are extremely painful when trying them on they probably won't get much better after breaking them in. You can expect 1/3-1/2 increase in size after breaking these shoes in. If you want this shoe for sport/bouldering I would recommend them sizing them to where they feel just a little uncomfortable (not painful) in the store and once you break them in they will stretch. For example, I wear size 12 street shoe and a 44.5 Katana.

Responded on

I actually gave up on the katana lace. i ended up going with miura. all the down turned shoes i tried on were either too tight in the toe or too loose in the heel. ended up getting the miura in 42.5.

Responded on

Big toe knuckle problem fixing jig.

After the first couple pairs, problem went away.

What is the return policy for shoes. I'm concerned that the fit may not be correct and unfortunately none of my local shops carry these, hence me not being able to size them before ordering.

Responded on

We will cover the shipping back for you if the shoes do not fit and you are going to do an exchange. The best way is probably to order a few pairs and see what feels best on your foot and which one you think will stretch to the perfect fit.