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Slice through your next project or problem wearing the women’s Katana.

Strap on the opposing hook-and-loop closure of the La Sportiva Women’s Katana Rock Climbing Shoe and name your next vertical rock victim. This synthetic-lined shoe keeps its shape and wicks sweat as you use the 4mm Vibram XS Grip2 outsole to stick to the wall like a lady-ninja poised for your next attack up the rock. A slingshot rand directs power to the Katana’s forefoot for controlled edging, smearing, and camming, while the water-resistant leather and Lorica upper keeps its original shape and holds up to your anything goes climbing style.

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4 5

Solid Choice

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

I love my blue Katanas. I am a street size 8 and have a 38.5. They are fairly tight and I take them off to belay, but I think they would be perfect if I had a half size bigger. The shape is great for narrow feet and toes/soles are good for smearing. I am excited to get the new pink ones next!

5 5

Strikes a good balance

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

For my foot, the Katana strikes a great balance between being comfortable enough that I am not distracted by the pain in my feet when climbing in them and yet, feeling confident in my feet that they will edge on a dime and smear & stick when it counts.

I bought a size 37 (Women's 6) and my street shoe size is 6/5-7. There's a little bit of space in the back of the heel, but I'm not doing any heel hooking, so it doesn't seem to be a problem . Also, I find that playing with the angle of the strap on the velco helps with this problem a bit.

I am in love with the hot pink color and will probably continue to buy these as long as Sportiva keeps making them in hot pink!

5 5

pink vs blue

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

I've absolutely LOVED my blue katanas, so when i heard they got a new bright pink one, i was definitely excited!! Especially since I heard a lot hadn't changed, just mainly the look.

I've gone through maybe 3-4 katanas, and down-sized once, so I'm pretty much at my ideal size for these shoes. So naturally, since I felt like I knew my size, I figured I would order the pink in the same 35.5 size without trying them on. When I got them, they were comfortable... and not in a good way. They were the size of my stretched out, broken-in blue katanas. They were too big!! I ended up having to exchange them for a half-size smaller. So I have the pink katanas in 35.

Fitting/sizing difference aside. I love the pink katanas just as much as my original blue ones. I wish they kept the all leather straps on the pink ones, just because they just don't seem as sturdy, but I haven't had any issues with them yet. (had them for about a 2 weeks now - I normally climb indoors 3-4 times a week and I took them outside this past weekend, seems to be holding up well).

5 5

Custom to your foot

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

After wearing these more and more I wanted to add to my previous review. The velcro straps have allowed for a lot more custom fit with these shoes. With the wide strip of velcro you can tighten them up where need be on the top and bottom strap. Still loving them after more and more use. Definitely recommend these shoes.

4 5

hurts so good

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

I've only had a chance to wear these 7 or 8 times in the gym, but I'm really pleased with the shape. I'm just barely getting to the point of not having to rip them off as I'm being lowered to the climb, which seems like a longer break-in time with my other shoes, but I'm still happy I chose these. The opposing velcro straps are nice and easy for fit customization.

5 5

Fits my narrow feet

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

I had a pair of the Men's. When those wore out, I tried on these and they fit my feet better than the Yellow ones. I've resoled them twice and I might get a third round out of them.

5 5

She loves them.

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

Bought these for a friend. For christmas, and she has used them a few times, and she loves them really likes the grip that the sole offers.

5 5

Stepping it up.

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

I've been needing a more aggressive climbing shoe and while on a recent trip, a friend of mine gave me these shoes because the heel didn't fit her foot. After a few days of climbing in them, I absolutely love them. Still getting used to the pain that comes with a smaller and more aggressive shoe, but have been really impressed with the performance of these, especially when there is small feet, smearing, and face climbing in general.

I have a wider foot and my toes definitely feel smashed together for the first couple of moves, but after that, they feel pretty good.

I wear a size 6 shoe and my Katanas are a 34.5.

5 5

Amazing Shoe!

  • Fit: True to size

I got these for my wife and she LOVES them. She's been climbing for nearly 10 years and she swears that these are her favorite shoes of all time. They are comfortable, fit well and are aggressive enough for some stout sport climbing.

5 5

GREEEAATTTTT

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

So, this is my first pair of Katanas and I love em. smearing check-edging CHECK- comfort....i'm still breakin them in!!!!! I can't wait till they get slipper comfy. they stretch just a little more each time I climb. That's all right now but i'm going to try and follow up in a few months!

How are these for slab or big wall stuff?...

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How are these for slab or big wall stuff? I'm looking for a versatile shoe to round out my current collection. My Sportiva Pythons are too aggressive to be comfortable on longer pitches, and I find that my 5.10 moccs provide very little support and cause foot cramps on slabbier things (plus the edging's not stellar on 'em, but for how comfy they are generally I can't complain). How do the Katanas compare?

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I've climbed in the men's version and have the Pythons and Moccs as well. They are definately less aggressive than the Pythons and more supportive than the Moccs. I think they would do ok at slab climbing and big wall (I'm assuming you mean multi pitch rather than aid climbing) depending on how you size them. If you size them for performance like you might your Pythons I think they are uncomfortable after a pitch or two. Going up about .5-1 size would probably be the ticket for comfort on longer climbs and slabs. For reference I am a street 9US and wear my Sportivas down sized quite a bit (39.5) but for longer routes and comfort I have Sportivas at 41 which is still 1 size down from street (42= 9US).

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i think they are excellent slab shoes. great edging and smearing performance, but it doesn't hurt to have your weight on your feet. they do have a moderately aggressive profile, so you'd want to size up for multi pitch. better still, size up in the lace up version (only men's) for multi pitch.

5 5

Great everyday shoe

i've had a few pairs of the men's version, so i bought these for my wife. she loves them. good durability, good edging, good smearing, no slipping when heel hooking. maybe not the best shoe for hard, steep stuff, but isn't it all mental at that point anyway?

5 5

Recommended

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

As mentioned in some of the other reviews, the break-in period was pretty rough but short. The band around the heel was so tight, I pretty much had to pull them off after every single climb for the first few times out. However, after the first 3-4 climbing sessions, they really began to feel quite nice (well nice, you know, for a climbing shoe).

I've found them to be quite sticky and great for smearing. The heel is head and shoulders above the 5-10s I was wearing for heel hooking. I love that heel band now because my foot stays firmly in place and doesn't shift around inside the shoe. I also love the opposite directional velcro closure. They're much snugger than other velcro shoes I've had. I can't speak to their durability yet, but if they're anything like the mythos, I imagine they'll hold up pretty well.

For reference, I have normal width feet with narrow heels and high arches. I wear a size 6.5 in street, my mythos are 36, and I got the katanas in a 35.5 and use them mostly for bouldering.

5 5

Great Shoes

I've almost worn through the toes of my Katanas, I love them! I've had them for a little over two years now. They've molded to my feet and are actually quite comfy now. The rubber still sticks pretty well too. Sadly it's almost time to replace them :( I wear a women's 5.5 shoe and got them in a 36, fits great, there's a tiny bit of space behind my heel but I don't even notice. Comfy and great performance!

5 5

I'm very please with these!

I'm very please with these! I can find the tiniest little foot holds and feel confident that I'll stick it. I have a wide foot for a woman and these were not a problem for me at all. I went 1.5 sizes down from my street shoe. These are pretty uncomfortable if you're on your feet for a long time, definitely NOT recommended for slabby routes.

3 5

Well

Well they are not for a wide foot. however for bouldering I do not mind them. Any big wall climbing though I can't stand having them on my feet for more then about 10 min at a time.

I tried these on recently and am pretty...

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I tried these on recently and am pretty much set on buying them after doing thorough research. However, I'm a street size 7 and have tried on the 6.5 and 6 and can't tell which fits better. In the 6, the entire shoe molds to my foot but my toes are pretty curled and might even be overlapping...in the 6.5 the heel is a bit baggy and my foot seems to move around a little more than it should given it will only stretch.

Responded on

it sounds like you might go for the 6 and they'll fit better after they break in and stretch. however, if you're not a particularly aggressive (advanced) climber and the heal is just baggy but not sloppy, you may be happier in the 6.5.

Best Answer Responded on

A couple years later...a word of advice for anyone skeptical of the fit of their shoe:
I was looking at the katanas as a step up from my beginner's pair of evolv elektras, however I clearly noticed something wasn't quite right about the fit; they were baggy in the back and around my arch while my toes were curled at the front of the toe. This should be a warning sign that this is not the right shoe! Unfortunately I didn't know much better at the time. But it is true what they say: climbing shoes should fit like a glove. When you put them on for the first time there really shouldn't be deadspace. Keep trying on shoes because when you know you know. I tried on the la sportiva solutions after some years of advancing in the sport and all I could say was wow! They actually fit every contour of my foot. While fairly uncomfortable, EVERY part of my foot was smooshed, not just parts here and there. It was a tight fit, but the right fit. Just keep that in mind while you're buying climbing shoes and make sure you try on lots of shoes before you settle!

4 5

Great, comfortable climbing shoe

Upgraded to these from an Evolv Elektra. Since I couldn't find these in my local climbing shop, I tried on other women's La Sportiva shoes to figure out the size I needed for these. I ended up getting half a size smaller than my Elektra's, and have been very happy with them. They were super tight for the first few days, especially in the heel area, but quickly stretched to accommodate my weird-shaped and wide feet.

The rubber is sticky and great for indoor climbing - I've been able to smear a lot more confidently with these shoes. The toe shape took a little getting used to, but I love it now. Also, the rubber at the toe is a lot thicker/more supportive than my previous shoes... I didn't realize until I had these just how much my toes had been hurting after climbing in my Elektras.

Some of the sewing on the shoe is a little shoddy (loose threads, crooked seams), and I wish the velcro near the toe went the other direction (the excess rubs against the wall a lot), but otherwise this would be a 5-star shoe!

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