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    24 Reviews


    An aggressive all-arounder.

    The Men's Otaki Climbing Shoe is an updated version of La Sportiva's very versatile Katana, except with a downturn for a more aggressive performance on any route or problem. P3 technology applies a Permanent Power Platform that ensures the Otaki's downturn stays downturned. The S-Heel construction optimizes heel hooking and gives a snug fit, while Vibram's XS Edge sole sharpens the sides for ideal edging, slicing, and dicing. La Sportiva styled the Otaki's upper with laser-cut leather and microfiber reinforcements to reduce stretch. The LaspoFlex midsole isn't too soft nor too stiff; you could say it's just right.
    • P3 downturned performance
    • Laser-cut leather and microfiber upper
    • LaspoFlex midsole with medium stiffness
    • S-Heel construction
    • Vibram XS Edge sole
    • Item #LSP008V

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, microfiber
    [front] Pacific
    1.1mm LaspoFlex
    Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
    aggressive downturn
    Claimed Weight
    7.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Climbing to a new level

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I upgraded to these from my gambits once i started projecting V6s and let me just say. WOW! These shoes can grip! I'm still blown away at how well these can grip foot holds, there have been multiple times where I have surprised myself that I didn't slip off the foothold.

    I have narrow feet but a wide toe box and these fit perfect! I can't believe how stiff and aggressive these are yet remain comfortable!

    If you're looking to up your bouldering game these shoes are the way to go!

    I wear a size 9.5 street shoe and ordered a size 42 in these and they fit great!

    Awesome Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Just got these a month or so ago but love how stiff they are. So far they've performed really well on vertical and slightly overhanging climbs with really thin feet!

    Holy crap

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Decided to upgrade to a more aggressive shoe. Holy crap, what a difference this makes on steep terrain and boulder problems. So happy I got these bad boys and have added them to my unhealthy amount of climbing shoes. Runs true to size with other Sportiva models, I usually size 1/2 to a full down from my standard euro fit depending on what I’m going for in the shoe.

    Edging shoes

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    These are great edging shoes. I got them as a gift for my boyfriend for his trip to red rocks for tiny edges. He was looking for a stiffer shoe and appreciates the performance on slab and steep boulders with these shoes.

    Fit wide in the ball of foot area

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are nicely constructed, fairly rigid, moderately down-turned shoes good for sport climbing that demands technical edging. One thing I don't believe any of the reviewers mentioned: they are very wide in the forefoot. I own mostly Tenaya shoes (all narrow) and have 2 pairs of Scarpas (Vapor and Instinct lace). These are at least 3-10 mm wider than my other shoes. Eventually I got use to inside and outside edging in them. But be aware if you are coming from narrower shoes.

    Solid Performance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased a pair of Otakis to stand in while my Katanas were being resoled, but man have they been so much more than a substitute!

    While they've only seen gym use thus far, I know I'll be able to count on them for performance on overhung routes as well as any other instance when grip and power is key.

    Like other reviews have stated, these will stretch a bit. For reference I wear a 42 in Katana and 42 in Mythos, but I sized down to 41.5 and the fit is perfect. Don't expect to stand around in them all day, but they will perform when you need them to!

    Great Intermediate/Advanced Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've been climbing for about five months and need something stiffer with better edge and solid stickiness for harder sport routes (5.11s) and bouldering (V3/V4). This shoe performs unbelievably well across a variety of situations. It's an aggressive shoe, but definitely not the most aggressive shoe out there, a solid choice to step up to for intermediate/advanced climbers. It's especially great for overhung routes, the S-heel makes heel hooking incredibly effective. I am a size 40 and I sized down to a 39, which were very tight at first, but they stretched out and fit perfectly now. They probably stretched out 1/2 size up. It only took a couple of sessions to fully break them in.

    La Sportiva makes another great shoe!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been a big fan or La Sportiva for year. I've used many of their shoes. The Solutions and Futuras were some of my favorites. These shoes have a strong edge on the toe so edging it very easy. The shoe holds it shape and is pretty comfortable right out of the box. I have fallen in love with these shoes and you will too. Try em out. They rock.

    Great Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 42.0
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 188lbs

    I love these shoes. I broke them in after just one session because they fit my foot so well. I tried on a 41.5 in a shop and ended up buying the 42 online. Normally I wear a 10.5-11 in street shoe. I could have stayed with the 41.5, but since I wear them in the gym I wanted a tiny bit more comfort.
    My last pair of shoes were Scarpa vapors (42.5) and they took forever (3 months) to break in, and they always hurt my big toes.
    The otakis have a great toe and I've been super happy with their performance both in and outdoors!
    I haven't owned them long enough, but the only downfall is that your toe is so close to the tip of the shoe that if you tend to drag your foot a lot, then you'll probably wear a hole in them pretty quickly.

    I have otakis in 42's slightly bigger than id normally size. I call them my cadillac shoes because they are so comfy. I never wore my 41.5 solutions once until i wore the otakis out. Although they might be a bit loose i never found the need for tighter shoes. Im a size 10 street shoe.

    The toe wearing out is a real issue in this shoe. 2 months is all it took for me. La Sportiva doesn't cover "concentrated wear" so buyer beware you may be out $$$ quick with these. The shoe does perform great though.

    What everyone else said!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 40
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Great shoe, I wear a 9 street shoe and a 40 in la sport. One seam above the little toe digs in a bit but other than that they're a solid upgrade!

    Inspires more confident climbing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 8.5
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I have been using this shoe for around 4 months now, mostly bouldering in a gym and climbing sandstone outdoors. Coming from the La Sportiva Turantulace, I'm blown away. They seem to be holding up really well, and offer a much more aggressive downturn.I don't even notice that they're on while climbing, except when I have to trust a questionable foot hold on the wall. They utilize hook and loop system for closure, which seems to hold tight until I'm off the wall. The hook and loop closure system is great because as soon as I stand on the ground with them, my puppies start barking. Easy on and easy off. I wouldn't necessarily use them for multi pitch routes because of the ultra aggressive downturn which would be uncomfortable after a while, but La Sportiva offers a huge line up of alternatives for big wall or multi pitch, so no worries. The XS Edge rubber is grippy enough for some smearing, but really shines on edging (duh.) I find myself a lot more confident with these shoes.

    As with most climbing shoes, you want to jump down about one full size (best if you can try them on in a shop). I purchased a size 8.5 (normally wear a 9.5 in tennis shoes) and they seem to have broken in just right. With climbing shoes, you want them to just barley go on your feet initially, for better performance during your climbing. They will break in, so don't fret when you feel like Cinderella's step sisters jamming them on.

    All in all, these are my favorite piece of climbing gear because they've allowed me to improve my climbing leaps and bounds over my previous shoe.

    Flashy AF

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 44 1/2
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I honestly do think these are one of the only climbing shoes ever not to look like a rabbit skin covered in paint wrapped around someones foot. They actually look kinda fast or something, but I guess that's a good thing.

    They're really comfortable once they break in, but you will have 2-3 sessions where it hurts to walk. I recommend getting a half size smaller than your normal size because they do stretch a fair amount. Once they do break in they're the bees knees. No amount of jazz cabbage will be stickier than these bad boys once you get the hang of placing those flanges in some cracks.

    Awesome Shoes!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 45.0
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I've taken these shoes out climbing a couple times now and freakin love them! They really allow you to do a multitude of moves where normally you wouldn't be able in other types. Definitely would recommened these as a great all around climbing shoe!

    Super cute shoe!!!!! I mean Awesome!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 39.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I'm not the best climber out there, but I do know that these are the best shoes out there!!! I guess that might be opinion based, but seriously these are amazing! These have definitely the most comfy shoes straight out of the box. Great edging. Soft and obviously grippy rubber. Nice heal. I went from loving my Miuras to loving the Solutions to now loving these! I don't think I will be going back to either of those actually. Just because these have been that amazing so far.

    For sizing, well there's no real "true to size" chart for climbing shoes. But I do think I wear mine semi small compared to some climbers. For comparison I wear:

    - 40.5 in Solutions

    - 40.5 in Miura VS

    - 39.5 in Otaki

    - 9.5 in Asics running shoes

    - 10 in Nike Free shoes

    Super cute shoe!!!!! I mean Awesome!

    An Advanced Shoe for Advanced Climbers

      On Behalf of customer Mark Lamendola:

      Men's shoe size is the length of the foot, not the shoe; e.g., a size 10 shoe is for a 10 inch foot and typically has an 11 inch sole. The Otaki seems to be sized correctly, but of course the (mostly) leather uppers must be broken in to adapt to the shape of your foot. The two specially-shaped hook/loop fastener straps help with this process and also keep the shoe reliably secured to your feet.

      The shoe is exceptional for edging, smearing, heel hooks, and toe hooks; all of this is predictable if you look at the shoe geometry. My biggest issue in climbing right now is balance. Some of the "balancey" problems I try to send are best solved with a shoe that is both very rigid yet sensitive in the toe area. Getting both attributes in the same shoe is not easy, but Sportiva did that in the Otaki. The key is in the materials and construction, and you pay for that. But the price is worth it.

      These are aggressive shoes, not "climb all day" ones so consider also owning Sportiva's Katanas (which I do) if you're planning to drill a huge number of problems in one session (e.g., for training). I broke these in for 15 minutes at a time for several days, then climbed 90 minutes with no discomfort.

      IMO, this shoe looks awesome. It is brightly colored and just plain beautiful. I've never really cared before how a climbing shoe looks, but when I have these on my feet I feel like I am really decked out.

      Some people may balk at the price of this shoe. My advice is to be precise with your footwork (this shoe will help) and after climbing spray inside with white vinegar (any decent spray bottle will work) and then let them air dry. My climbing shoes last a long time, so I don't mind investing in really good ones. In this case, I am confident I made an excellent investment.

      Great aggressive shoe for adv climber

        These La Sportiva climbing shoes have a very aggressive downturn. Not recommended for multi pitch unless your feet feel no pain ;) they fit pretty similar to other sportiva shoes maybe slightly smaller because of the downturn. I've used them outdoors now about five times I'll update the review in the next few months

        Good Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 38.5
        • Height: 5'8"
        • Weight: 134lbs

        Disclaimer: I am a sport climber and my shoes are never what I would consider comfortable. They are sized for performance like ski boots, soccer cleats... or whatever.

        I bought these shoes because I like the smearing capability of the katana and the edging/toe-in power of muiras. After climbing two weeks on both steep 3D rock and some more vertical edgy terrain (~30 pitches total) I can say I am content with the shoes ability to smear and edge/toe-in.

        I bought these in the same size I have bought all sportivas in the past and they have been perfect since the first route I climbed in them.

        I find this shoe to be stiffer and more down turned than the katana which allows for easier edging/toeing, but softer and less downturned than the muira which allows better smearing. These modifications combine to make it what I think is one of the best all around shoes.

        Might replace my Miura VS

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: 41.5

        I've been a huge fan of the Miura VS the last year or so and just burned through my 2nd pair when the Otaki came out. The technical specs of these shoes looked very similar (same last, same 1.1mm P3 midsole, same 4mm XS edge rubber) so I gave them a try.

        Overall they are indeed very similar feeling shoes, with the Otaki's being slightly less asymmetrical and slightly wider in the toe box. What this equates to is a much more comfortable shoe, especially if you have a wider forefoot like me, with maybe a very small loss in power under the big toe, if any at all. Actually, I feel a bit more comfortable using the outside edge of the Otaki than the highly asymmetrical Miura VS which keeps me on the very point of the shoe 99% of the time.

        The new "S-Heel" technology is not a gimmick, it really is probably the most solid feeling heel cup of any shoe I've worn, even on a pair of shoes that are probably a half size too large for me (I sized the same as my Miura VS and they seem to run a bit large. But I compared them to the same size Miura VS in the store and they looked identical, so I think La Sportiva sizing may have changed in the Miura VS as well).

        I also like not having the 3rd velcro strap that the Miura VS has which hangs up in cracks and pockets and seems to be the first thing to wear out.

        The only real issue I had with the Otaki's so far was a "hot spot" on the back of my left heel which gave me a pretty bad blister. I taped that area up for the rest of the break-in period and it is much better now, but this is not an issue I've had with any other shoes before. I'm not sure if its the design of the Otaki or that I just got unlucky with this particular pair.

        Oh, one last thing... the Otaki "shoe-farts" more than any shoe I've worn, so if that sort of thing bothers you, look elsewhere haha.

        Might replace my Miura VS

        These shoes are excellent. I've got to add my two cents based on Kyle D's comment because I've had a very similar experience with these shoes. I have a wider forefoot as well. I must have tried on 10 different pairs before landing on the Otakis. The heel feels snug and grippy and the outside edges really let me dig into just the wall itself to set up an aggressive hook with the other foot.

        I currently have the exact same heel bite, except it's my right heel. I apply a climbing specific healing ointment to allow the hot spot to recover slightly before my next session. I've climbed in them about 4 times now and just keep the ointment on it during rest days. This sounds trivial, but when I'm at the gym, I make a conscious effort to be mindful of deliberately pulling up and out on the heel straps before removing the shoe and ensure that I keep an up/out pull on the heel straps when putting them on to minimize any rubbing of the shoe on the hot-spot between boulder problems which I feel, has mitigated the issue somewhat. Still a hot-spot none the less, hoping it will toughen up soon.

        The "shoe farts" Hahaha. 100% accurate.. More than any other shoe I've had. Based on the heel bite and the shoe farts, you would think I just bought a size too large, but I'm telling ya, I tried on the size smaller and it wasn't worth the discomfort for an "all-arounder (aggressive)" - which they are.

        To close - The hooks, smears and edges are sick. They're quickly becoming my weapon of choice.

        Just wanted to post an update. I've since re-soled my first pair and bought a 2nd pair of the Otakis. No "hot spot" issue on the 2nd pair of shoes. And I still love these things. If you want a stiff, downturned shoe similar to the Miura VS but have a wider forefoot and/or seek more comfort with a negligible loss in performance, this is your shoe.