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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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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.

Unanswered Question

I have been wearing a 44.5 in the Mythos. What size should I order in the Katana Lace? What about the Miura Lace?

Thanks!

Hi. Can anyone tell me how these sizes compare to Mythos, Miura or TC Pro?? Can't get them down here, so I want to order from BC. Figure they might be good support for my dodgy ankle on face climbs. I wear
Mythos 41
Miura 42 (tight)
TC Pro 43
Thanks in adv.
Cheers
Mr PP

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I have been climbing exclusively (roped and bouldering) in Katana Lace 43's. They started out snug but they stretched enough that I wanted something a little tighter for bouldering. (I have had them resoled twice.) I just got K Lace in 42.5 and TC Pro in 43 to replace them. The K Lace in 42.5 is really tight -- I can't climb in them until they stretch out a bit. The TC Pro in 43 is perhaps too comfortable out of the box; if they stretch much I'll have to add socks! In short if you can remember how the TC Pro 43 fit when NEW that is about how a Katana Lace 43 will fit when well broken in, except that the toe box is designed for a curled rather than flat fit like the TC Pro. (There is extra room for your toe knuckles.) I note that the TC pro is a bit narrower than the Katana Lace in the same size. I hope this helps.

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Wow, the 43 TC Pro was very tight new. Maybe I'd need a 43.5 in KLace? La Sportiva sizing is all over the place. The Katana velcro is way too big in 42! I hate buying shoes. Can't fit them down here, noone carries many sizes. I'll keep poking about. Thanks for the info.
Cheers
G.

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Yes, the sizing surprised me as well. I got the TC Pro's on sale (elsewhere) and non-returnable and I'm hoping I didn't make a mistake not getting them smaller, even for an all-day-climbing shoe. The Katana velcro didn't seem to fit my feet well so I never climbed in them, but I don't remember them feeling large for the size when I tried them on. This reminds me of foot shape: mine are pretty much like a pair of Vibram Five Fingers except that my second smallest toe is not as long as the Five Fingers pocket. The Katana Lace seems to fit my wider/square-at-the-front, narrower-at-the-heel foot better than any other rock shoe I've tried. (I find it funny that Five Fingers seem made for my feet, suggesting that my feet are not abnormal, yet most rock shoes fit badly. I usually feel like I would need to amputate my pinky toe to get a good fit, especially with Five Tens.) My new (un-broken-in) TC Pro 43's feel snug and well fit in the toe, a little too narrow in the arch/instep and slightly baggy in the heel. The broken in Katana Lace 43's feel well fit in the heel and arch but have slightly more room in the toe box than I'd like for a down-turned shoe. My toes are still curled in the K Lace 43 (unlike TC Pro) but there is extra room top-to-bottom that I don't quite fill out, so my toes pull away from the end of the shoe when I'm pulling down on an overhanging climb. For single pitch route climbing they are fine. (I've sent them off for a third resole.) Fit is individual but I hope this additional detail helps you get one step closer to a decision. One more point, though this might get edited out of my comment: Zappos now carries the Katana Lace, believe it or not, if they service your area.

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I have the Mythos and just started using the Katana Lace. I had to go up a full size (from 42 in Mythos to 43 in KL). They are pretty tight now and I'm looking forward to them stretching a bit. With the downturned toes I needed the extra space so I can actually wear them on long routes without being in pain the whole way up.

5 5

So good!

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

This was my first pair of performance-oriented climbing shoes, and they are AWESOME. Great for edges and very sticky, with enough of a down turn toe to get good grip, but still pretty comfortable.

I would recommend ordering your street shoe size. I typically wear an 11.5 or 12.0 street shoe, and the 44.5s were a bit small for me and they don't stretch much. I've suffered through it with my first pair, but I will be going with a 45 for my next pair.

5 5

LS Katana Lace

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

Upgraded from the extremely comfortable Tarantulace (size 40.5)to a size 40.0 Katana Lace BTW I wear a 42.0 street shoe, so these guys run true to size of typical La Sportivas. These guys are monsters, definitely helping me beast through some boulder problems. I have only used them indoors for now, but plan to take them outdoor soon. The neoprene sock that is attached to the shoe is so comfortable thus far, however Im not sure how this will fair overtime with sweat accumulating into the sock. So far the break-in has been similar to what I can remember of my Tarantulaces, first with tight toes, then with some back ankle rubbing. I always get compliments on these bad-boys in the gym

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Your a size 9 US and your purchased a 40? How is the fit before the stretch? I am only asking because it is the first time I buy online and going down almost two sizes seems huge.

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Hey Gilbert,

I pretty typically go down about 2 sizes in Sportivas as well. Same here size 9 street shoe and size 40 climbing shoe.

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Hey Renny,
Amazing day to respond I actually purchased them today ! For myself a 40 fit, but I couldn't stand straight without excruciating pain. So I opted for a 40.5 and am excited to try them out tonight. Thanks for your review and response it was a huge factor in terms of me buying these shoes. As for the size I guess I'm a novice climber with fat feet ! Haha take care and thanks again.

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I have learned that people fit their street shoes with wildly different amounts of space in front of their toes, which makes street-to-rockshoe sizing mostly meaningless. Here's something a bit more concrete: my feet are exactly 11" long and fit size 43 Vibram Five Fingers almost perfectly. (VFF sizing sounds like European but it is not equivalent.) I also wear Katana Laces in 43 which has been perfect all-around sizing. (Slightly snugger would be better for overhanging routes, and slightly looser would be better if I have them on continuously for more than an hour. For single-pitch route climbs they are spot on.) See my other comments on this page for more detail.

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5 5

Love love love

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

It was about time I bought some new climbing shoes as my old LS Toras were way past retirement. Finally got to give these a good work out today at the gym and I have got to say they were amazing. They obviously need a fair bit of breaking in as my feet were feeling it pretty badly within a few climbs but this was expected. I have no doubt they'll be pretty comfy once they've softened up a bit. As for performance I have got to say these immediately got me climbing better! Probably more a placebo but given they have a more aggressive last than my old shoes (and a better condition sole) they did hold much better on small features. I decided on the lace over the velcro and Im glad I did. I can get an amazingly snug fit around my foot with no dead space meaning they suck onto your feet & heel, in my case, extremely well, making heel hooks a breeze.

I have a pretty narrow foot and found these to fit great just like my last pair of LS climbing shoes. I usually wear a 45 in a running shoe and went for a 43.5 and I have no doubt they'll be spot on when they're broken in.

Skylar D was great in helping me decide which shoe to get so a big props to the gear heads as usual! :)

Looking forward to getting some more climbing done with some fresh boots!

Photo shows the more down turned toe on the Katana Lace compared with my old boots.

Love love love
5 5

There just isn't a better shoe out there

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

I just don't think there is a a better climbing shoe out there, especially for sport climbing. I urge people to ask the gear heads about what fit would be best for them...because once you have the perfect fit, you'll be amazed at both the comfortableness as well as the precision they give you. I have unusually small feet (womens 4.5) and the 34 work great.

5 5

Aggressive & Fun

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

I love these shoes. They have helped me in my progression with climbing and are a good intermediate/advanced shoe for climbing. I also want to give a shoutout to BackCountry for their awesome customer service. Their gear knowledge and great site always leaves me a happy customer.

5 5

Great all day shoe

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

This shoe performs well on everything. It's stiff sole and P3 allows for performance on small edges and the thin toe box gets into pockets well. I've even used these shoes in cracks. Being lace-ups, these will stay snug on your foot, while still being comfortable. The thing I like best about the Lace-up Katanas is the P3 and the neoprene tongue sewn in. I think this helps create that snug fit, even before lacing up.

The sizing is true to La Sportiva, which is Large for the size. What I've worn:
Lace-up Katana: 39 1/2
Miura VS: 39 1/2
Solution: 38 1/2
Testarossa: 38 1/2
Scarpa Boostic: 40
Scarpa Mago: 39 1/2

5 5

Sick

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

great top rope shoe. comfortable and very well made. not my favorite for bouldering though, i prefer the miura velcro for bouldering. Or the solutions for outdoor stuff. id recomened sizing down at least 1 size in comparison to your street shoe size. i wear a street shoe 8.5 and a 39 in the katana laces

5 5

Near perfection

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

This shoe til this day keeps bringing joy to my face once I slip them on. Edge, smear, jam, heel oh gosh these shoes make it seem effortless on my behalf. Perfect amount of aggressiveness and flatness at the same time (sounds impossible to do). The synthetic liner makes them so comfortable. I have my Katana Laces same size as my solutions (which I jam my feet into) and I can keep them on during a full training session. My complaints about them come down to two things. One is with the synthetic liner and thats just because well my shoes became pretty smelly pretty quick (preventable thought). My only true complaint is that I wish they had more rubber on the top part of my shoes because toe hooking in these are just a bit harder than when my Solutions are wrapped up on my feet. These shoes will always be in my arsenal.

5 5

Tiny Edges! No Problem!

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

I bought these shoes to upgrade from the Sportiva Tarantulas. (A good beginner shoe.) When tried them on in Chattanooga they felt pretty fine, I went with the size 44, and I wear about a size 12 street shoe. So next day I got to try them out, and they were pretty painful! I talked to some people about sizing and they said they would probably form to my foot and feel alright after a while. So I have had them for about a month now and they are so amazing! the thing I noticed the most was how well they kept me on the wall no matter how small the edges were. I like to do more technical climbing, usually bouldering and sport climbing. These shoes help me no matter what application I put them in. In really big or aggressive moves they help me put power to my toes because of the downturn, and overhangs are a lot easier compared to my Tarantulas. I might have sized down a little to far, because they start to hurt after about 30 minutes or so of climbing, but they are breaking in more and more. These are great shoes and really good for intermediate to advanced climbers!

5 5

Great all around shoe

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

Edges well, fits tight to the heel and the down turned shape makes a huge difference on those backpitched climb. all in all a great shoe that can be used for bouldering or sport climbing

5 5

Comfortable Aggressive All-Around

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

If you are a relative newbie to climbing this review should be helpful.
Size: I started bouldering about 1-2 months ago in a loaner non-aggressive Evolv shoe in a massive 45 size. I wear a size 11-11.5 street shoe; 11.5 in my Mizuno's and 11 in a more tight fitting Inov-8. I tried on approximately 30 pairs of shoes at EMS (no kidding) and finally settled on these shoes. Their max size was 43.5, which i really felt was too small for me, but decided to buy them anyway. I ended up ordering a 44.5 and wore both shoes for several climbs. While the 44.5 felt initially more comfortable I found that in aggressive (for me) movements there was some movement of my foot in the shoe, it did not edge quite as well, and my toes moved just enough to rub the shoe. I watched a great youtube video where an advanced climber states "loose shoes cause blisters, tight shoes just hurt." I feel that this is very accurate after wearing both sizes, as even the 44.5 felt tight to me initially.
Shoe Fit Comparison: I tired on the Solution, Miura, multiple Scarpa models (including the Sharma model), and multiple Evolv models, and this was the most comfortable shoe to me. The Miura was a close second, but I really liked the stretch upper lining in this shoe that gives it a sock kind of fit, and much more top foot comfort. This lorica upper is the same as the La Sportiva Solution. I was totally amped about the solution, the fit was just incredibly painful for me.
Climbing: These shoes edge very well compared to my previous shoes. I was able do several routes with very small foot holds that i could not do prior, and overall I have been VERY happy with them. The fit is comfortable for an aggressive shoe, and the most comfortable shoe I tried other than too big Tarantulaces and Mythos'. I did recently notice that they are not great for smearing for me. I am able to grip the wall, but need to apply a fair amount of pressure because the downturned toes don't create a great surface contact area.

i wear 41.5 on with miura lace, it's...

i wear 41.5 on with miura lace, it's definitely a little loose after stretches, and causing problems with my heel hook if i super crank on it. I'm sending my miura in for a resole and want to get these for my next pair of shoes, i want performance this time and willing to get a tight fit on it, what size do you think i should get in these?

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I tried on both the Miura Lace and Katana Lace. From what I can recall the fit was very similar. Those two shoes in particular were the most comfortable for me. The Miura might stretch a little more, because if I recall correctly the Miura does not have the P3 (permanent power platform) technology whose whole purpose is to maintain structure of the shoe. Therefore I would probably try a 41 in the Katana Lace if you are looking for a tight (aggressive) fit. They might stretch 1/2 size max from what i have heard. I wear a size 11-11.5 street shoe and settled on a 43.5 Katana Lace for what I would consider a tight aggressive feel where my toes touch the end of the downturned toe edge.

Bouldering in Joe's Valley

Bouldering in Joe's Valley

From edging on vertical faces to moderately overhanging climbs, the Katana Laces can handle it.

2 5

Disappointed...

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

At first I was very excited for these shoes when I put them on. The design and style looked good for many uses from edgeing to smearing to crack, they fit perfect almost and they are the most comfortable shoe on my feet UNTIL I climbed in them. They are hands down the worst crack shoe I have every worn. They get stuck horribly in offwidth and pretty much anything that goes deeper then the toes. I mean really stuck not as in the rubber is so sticky but the design is just flawed for that type of use. Also the worst part of them is they are thick, super thick so you can't feel anything climbing in them. Its like climbing in the old waffle stumpers from the back in the day. They got me up everything I put them on but the shoes just disappointed and left me wishing for something different and better. I love la sportivas shoes but not these...

5 5

Woh

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: Runs small

I was not expecting this shoe to be as burly as it is when I pulled it out the box.
I remember the Katanas being a slightly downturned shoe, that is still pretty flexible, but the lace ups are a whole new animal. They still have a slightly downturned profile, but the P3 makes sure the shoe retains its profile, use after use. And the Pacific liner hugs your foot like a best friend to help keep your foot dry and locked in place.

It is a fairly stiff shoe, so it's not going to be the best for overhanging routes, but it will probably be one of the most powerful edging shoes that you can find right now.

Got these for the girlfriend and had to size up half a size from normal. She typically wears a 39.5 shoe in La Sportiva, but had to bump up to a 40 on these.