The Women’s Wildcat Trail Running Shoe includes the same super-sticky FriXion rubber that you find on La Sportiva’s climbing shoes, so you know it’ll stay put on the slick stuff. While all those other poor suckers slip and fall on that traversing rock slab section, you get along just fing. La Sportia also added aggressive lugs for increased traction in the mank and an AirMesh upper to serious breathability.
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- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wear these almost daily to work and have a separate pair to run in. Nice traction and a wider toe box make it the perfect shoe for some trail running. They have a stable heel that is nice if you are wearing them at work, like I do. I typically wear an 8.5 and I ordered a sz 40 in these.
I wear a Dansko size 38 womens, and I spoke with a gear rep at this site that recommended I get the 38 in these running shoes. Unfortunately, they were too short. I have narrow feet and the width was great, but definitely too short, and I like my running shoes not super roomy. I ordered the 39, and the length is great. Still have to decide on whether they may be too wide. They are not ultra cushiony when you lace them up, compared to some Saucony's and Asics I've had in the past. They look very durable. The orange color is awesome too! Not too bright, just really fun.
Compared to the men's version of this shoe, does the women's version have a narrower fit, or are they comparable? Is a women's size 40 the same as a men's size 40? Thanks.
I would say they have more of a narrow fit as almost all La Sportiva's have. I talked to one of the La Sportiva reps and he said that the women's shoes are just a little bit more narrow than the men's sizes even though they are the same length.
I need to know about sizes!
I usualy wear a size 10 women but run for 20 years on size11 asics tennis shoes. Men's sizes I mostly buy a size 10 for race. Which will be my size for this shoe? maybe 43?
Denise, buying shoes online can be tough, because the right fit is so important. Luckily Backcountry takes pride in their return policy. If I were you I would start with the 43 as La Sportiva running shoes tend to run a half size small.
If time is a huge issue, you can order two pairs and then keep the pair that fits best and return the other pair.
Hope this helps!
I bought a pair of Wildcats during training for an upcoming race (100K trail). I really had no foot problems in the race and the course is fairly technical, including stream crossings and lots of rocks. The shoes are lightweight yet feel supportive and have great grip on slippery terrain. My only complaint is that in making them super breathable there is not much foot protection from rocks on top or at the sides. I would definitely recommend them though and have already bought a second pair.
Does anyone know about sizing/fit on these? True to size?
i've had to go up half a size in two pairs of la sportiva trail running shoes...
My foot size is 6, narrow heel but wide toes, my road shoes are 7.5. I bought the wildcats in 39 and the fit is great. The advice to go up a size if you fall in between is good.
I've been running in the Brooks Cascadia and am looking for something with a lower profile but a similar level of cushioning and lateral stability (both sides). I'm really curious about these Wildcats but they aren't in the running stores near where I live. Can someone comment on how low to the ground they are compared to the Cascadia or the Fireblade? Also, are the soles flexible -- do they bend when you toe off or stay straight like hiking shoes do? Thanks in advance for your insights.
To make a comparison, the Wildcats are half way between the Fireblades and the Cascadias. They have more of the "softer" feel (but not as soft) that the Cascadia offers, but it also feels lower to the ground (but not as low to the ground) that the Fireblade offers. The soles aren't as flexible as I would prefer, but it didn't take me long to get used to that aspect of the shoe. When you try them on, they have the same feel as the Fireblades; a little more narrow near the toe than what you may be used to in the Cascadia.
Hope this helps!
Thanks, your answer is very helpful. I think I will give these shoes a try.
This was my first try at Sportiva's and I was pleasantly surprised. I run trails in the midwest so far from super-technical terrain but they are a great light-weight option as far as trail shoes go. I have high arches and wide feet and while they don't offer a ton of arch support I've done trail runs as long as 3 hours in them with no foot problems other than a little discomfort on the ball of one foot, but that's something I get from almost every shoe I've tried. Overall, for the price, great light-weight option!
I picked these up for my wife and she absolutely loves them! She's doing mixed trail and road running and they've been perfect! Unlike other reviews she feels they have great supoort all over the shoe. They also don't feel like a big flat platform and allow for better travel on uneven terrain. The heel has plenty of support but the forefoot has a little room which allows for both swelling and breathing room. The toe box isn't enormous but allows for plenty of movement and seems to cradle the toes really well. All in all I'd say these are our favorite shoes and will continue to be until they make something better.
I have worn several other La Sportiva shoes, Lynx and Imogenes.These Wildcats just do not feel supportive at all especially on the forefoot. They are not comfortable and extremely lightweight material for a trail shoe. Soles might be ok,but the feel of the fit is AWFUL. Think twice about buying these if you need good arc support and good forefront support.