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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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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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!

Responded on

Fit depends a lot on personal preference and intended use, ie: crack vs sport. I have the Katanas in a 44.5 (that I use for sport climbing) and have sized myself before in a 45 Mythos (a more comfortable fit for crack). The Muiras fit similar to Katanas.

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.

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Well, I bought the 42 Katana Lace. Couldn't be happier. Been wearing 40.5 & 41 Mythos for years, TC Pro 43 is great but tight, couldn't climb in them for more than a pitch or two.
I've got a very bad right leg and ankle and the Katana Lace (like the TC Pro) seems to support my foot a bit better, allows me to stand on it more without as much pain. Excellent for edging. Really like them. Way better than my old shoes.
Thanks for the help in sizing.
Cheers
Mr PP

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

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

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.