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    29 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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    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I've only used them for bouldering so far, but they fit great and are breaking in well. I've had zero issues with them while climbing and am looking forward to them breaking in fully.

    Break in easy, Hold their shape well

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This was my first pair of aggressive shoes. I was a little nervous about the break in period as I heard it could be a little painful, however these were pretty comfortable right off the bat. They molded to my feet after a few bouldering sessions and now are now my go shoes for sport and bouldering both indoors and out. I've been climbing in them for about a year now and they have held their shape surprisingly well and have not flattened out too much. They perform great both when edging or smearing on slabs or vertical routes and on steeper overhanging rock. I've been able to trust my feet more and have definitely started climbing better. They fit true to La Sportiva's sizing. I've had three pairs of Sportiva's with completely different profiles and I always find a perfect fit by sizing down a full size from my street shoe.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Shoes are insanely comfy. My feet are shaped like triangles; wide toe box, high arch,narrow heel. I have the Scarpa arpias too- fit very similarly but the heel on the Arpia is way too baggy. Otakis fit like a dream and the heel is much more protected and supportive. These shoes are much better for support than the Arpia and are edging machines while maintaining sensitivity.

    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!