caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of La Sportiva Bushido Trail Running Shoe - Women's on October 11, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wanted to write a review that counter-balances all the amazing reviews of this shoe. I find the Bushidos are really comfortable (and cute!) for my narrow-ish feet, and I like that there is a bit of a heel drop as I tend to get achilles' tendon issues otherwise, but I think these shoes are best for trails with loose gravel or nice single track. They are NOT good for hopping through Boulder fields or rocky alpine environments. The rubber is just too hard, and I have slipped a few times in them including once descending from Torrey's peak, and I ended up smashing up my shin pretty badly. I have never slipped so much in other running shoes. I live in Boulder and frequently scramble (unroped) several of the easier flatirons in my trail shoes. These shoes made me feel nervous on the 2nd flatiron, which is really just a steep hike. The Salomon Speedcross, by comparison, never gave me trouble on the 2nd flatiron. Fine, you might say, these are not shoes meant for scrambling and climbing. But the harder rubber has made me slip while jumping across large boulder fields in alpine environments as well. They are so slippery that I don't feel safe in them. These are for low-angle trails, not technical environments and I'll continue to wear them for easy trails, but I will not take them into alpine environments or out on a day when conditions might be wet. That just gives me the shivers!
Finally, I thought that it is worth mentioning that the lugs protrude beyond the edge of the shoe on the inner forefoot. I have muscular calves and tend to brush them in my running gait, but the hard rubber and protruding nature of these lugs means that I often return from run with actual abrasions on the inside of my calves. Again, not an issue I've had in any other running shoe.