La Sportiva Women's Katana Shoe
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La Sportiva Women's Katana Shoe

La Sportiva Women's Katana Shoe is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 58.
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Product Description Item No.   10021258

The La Sportiva Women's Katana Shoe is a hook and loop closure climbing shoe for all types of climbing adventures. The medium-high asymmetry provides control whether you're at the gym or conquering a new-found crack. The two hook and loop closing straps secure opposite facing for additional tension in the fit. Lining at the forefoot provides comfort with moisture managing lining at the heel so you can continue on until you're satisfied.

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva Women's Katana Shoe

  • A great performance hook and loop closure shoe for every type of climbing
  • Lined with adaptable Pacific lining in the forefoot for toe knuckle comfort and has Dentex in the back for excellent moisture management
  • Highly adjustable opposing hook and loop closure for a precise fit
  • Lorica toebox for optimum edging power
  • Slingshot Rand connected to the Powerhinge under the arch for awesome edging skills whifle controlling stretch
  • The opposing hook and loop closure straps create the opposing tension, making these a great fit
  • Highly breathable tongue works in conjunction with the lining for excellent moisture management
  • Laspoflex midsole is a super lightweight, ultra-thin synthetic fiber-laminate designed for maximum torsion rigidity
  • Recommend these for moderately overhanging sport routes, climbing in the gym, and face or crack climbing. Maybe not ceiling climbing. I just made that up.

- + Product Specifications
Weight: 7.87 oz
Footwear Height: Ankle
Midsole: 1.1mm full-length LaspoFlex
Outsole: 4mm Vibram XS Grip2
Terrain: Mountain
Upper: Lorica, Leather
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Product Technology: Vibram
Gender: Womens
Features: Cushioned
Best Use: Climbing, Big Wall Climbing, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Footwear Closure: Slip-on
Toe Coverage: Closed Toe

Vibram rubber compounds and technologies are the gold standard in the outdoor industry for reliable, high-performance grip and traction. They offer precise, unparalleled responsiveness and support that's specifically engineered for your activities.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shoes! I was using the Mythos for about 2 years before I switched to the Katanas and I feel like I'm climbing a grade harder. They're so great on more technical climbs and I absolutely love the fit. I still wear my Mythos on anything that involves smearing and multi-pitch climbs. Having the Katanas on for an extended period of time would not be comfortable. I wore a 38 in the Mythos and went up a whole size in the Katanas. I wish I would have just gone a half size up, because they've definitley stretched out with use. I would definitely recommend getting these shoes! I also highly recommend the Mythos, I don't think I'll ever stop using mine.
Date published: 2010-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay shoe--expected better for pricejavascript:ProductReviewsForm.prepareSubmit(document.ProductRevi This shoe is okay. I wore my previous ones for a year so these felt pretty good when I first put them on. I have pretty wide feet, wear size 7.5 street shoe and sized down to 37. It is definitely a little loose in the heel area but can slightly be fixed by pulling the back velcro tighter.,,,,I consider my footwork to be decent (not dragging the rubber across the rocks) so I was pretty surprised that about 3 weeks after using this shoe, the front part of the rubber has started peeling. The quality of the shoe is pretty bad for how much you pay for it. With all the different climbing shoes out there, I would not buy these shoes again.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and grippy - there are two models of this shoe I'm a guy. I bought these because the women's model has lower volume on the inside, so it's better for narrower feet. These are also much lighter than a lot of other shoes on the market. There are two versions of this shoe; the newer one employs Vibram XSV, which is slightly stickier and softer; the older model uses Vibram XS, which is relatively durable and harder. The latter is better for edging the former for smearing. You can tell which is which by reading the little Vibram logos embossed in the sole. You can also tell by the La Sportiva logos on the side: the newer models say "La Sportiva" the older ones use a boot symbol for the "L" in "La." Both models are easy to find.
Date published: 2009-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just love these shoes! These shoes are really sensitive and great for edging. I feel very confident and solid on really small areas where I need to place my foot. The toe is sharp and pointy and again, I feel really sturdy no matter where I put my foot. ,,,,On MY foot, the heel fits awkward and pinches a little while standing (these aren't the kind you can hang out in all day), but it's not at all noticeable while climbing and for me, it doesn't change my opinion of the shoe. The velcro is great because the closure is wide enough that you can specify where you want the straps to be tighter or looser. Overall it's a great shoe; big ups!
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great All Around Shoe I wear a 6.5 (37.5) street shoe and got these in a 4.5 (35), they did stretch perfectly to my feet. They're great at edging and smearing, but my only complaint is the heel is just too big so my heel slides down into the heel cup to the point where the ankle then becomes too tight, so it makes moving off of heel hooks a bit painful. I burned through my Katanas within 6 months of buying them and couldn't afford another pair, so I bought up three pairs of 5.10 Primas (size 36) and loved those. I'm currently using 5.10 Anasazi LV (size 36) because I heard they were better than Katanas, but I'm so disappointed and am about to purchase a new pair of Katanas to replace my original loves.
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great intermediate level shoe These were my first pair of real climbing shoes and I loved them. I wear a street shoe size of 10.5 and got these in 38.5. I wore them for a year and a half, mostly for gym climbing, and they served me well. They took longer to break in than I would have liked, but once they stretched a bit they fit great and I started climbing better. They’re great for narrow feet because they’re low volume and the straps pull in opposite directions so they fit evenly on both sides. They’re a light color so they tend to look pretty gross after a while, but they don’t hold on to awful foot smell like synthetic shoes do. I’d recommend these to anyone who wants to start getting serious about climbing.
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tad pricey, but a great all around shoe worth every penny. What isn't to like about this shoe?<BR><BR>Cosmetics: Love the non-girly color (not that there is anything wrong with girly colors)<BR><BR>Fit: Dreamy. Ever have shoes where the heel cup is so big and baggy your heel makes those embarrasing farting noises and everyone turns to point and laugh? Not with this shoe. Great for narrower feet. The velcro straps have a nice wide area to attach to, allowing the shoes to fit a wider range of oddly shaped feet. The toe box is a little low cut, but it conforms nicely after a while. Over time (and many sweaty days on the rocks) it will stretch a size to a size and a half, so get them small.<BR><BR>Performance: I went from being a newbie to a 5.13 pro cl
Date published: 2006-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from k indoor just bought my fourth pair, they cannot be bad.But I have to admit that I have troubles finding shoes due to my size (USD 2/ EUR 33), they don't make so many in my size...Also, I have to admit they lately I was a bit disappointed cos they wore out in less than 3 months (climbing ~3/4 times a week indoor and I think 3 times outdoor altogether). I kind of feel they changed something in the shoes lately, and I have heard others saying the same. Also, the wear bigger. Buy at least one size smaller than what you actually wear for normal shoes.Overall, I wouldn't advice them for bouldering or climbing on small stuff for feet. Great instead for indoor climbing!,,And they wear really comfortable too!
Date published: 2009-09-27
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Hi! I'm looking for my first pair of climbing shoes, and I was wondering if these would be good for a first pair? I'm also unsure of what size. I'm a size seven in regular shoes.&nbsp;

Asked by: Emily
Hey Emily, Thanks for the question. If you're a beginner, you want your first pair of climbing shoes to be on the stiff side rather than flexible, and since these are moderately stiff they fit the bill. They're also leather, which is good as unlike synthetic they'll have some stretch and break-in with use. If you're planning on using them for all-around climbing they'd be the perfect choice. If you're a women's size 7 in regular shoes you'd be a size 38 in these bad boys. I hope this helps.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-04-03

I'm a 6.5 in my street shoe. I have a pair of La Sportiva Oxygyms in a 36.5 that are a bit too tight. My Nagos fit perfectly but I can't read the size any longer. Which size should I go with on these?&nbsp;

Asked by: Emmy
Hey there, Thanks for reaching out to us! Ok, let's talk turkey. Well....actually, let's talk quality footwear. So, these are supposed to be a little snug...but we don't want them too tight. If the 36.5 are too tight, I say take it up to 37, that should be the perfect amount of snug. Hope this helps! Hugsies.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-03-28
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Women's Footwear Size Conversion Chart
EURO SIZE 33 33.5 34 34.5 35 35.5 36 36.5 37 37.5
US Size 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 5.5+ 6 6.5
EURO SIZE (cont.) 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5
US Size 7 7.5 7.5+ 8 8.5 9 9.5 9.5+ 10 10.5
EURO SIZE (cont.) 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 -
US Size 11 11.5 11.5+ 12 12.5 13 13.5 13.5+ 14 -

La Sportiva footwear is built and offered on European half sizes, which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives them four extra sizes per size run, and ultimately gives you a better fit.

Please review La Sportiva's size conversion chart above to help determine your ideal size. Below you will find additional information about how to fit and break in the different styles of La Sportiva footwear, which will also help guide you to the correct size.

• As a general rule soft shoes like climbing shoes require a tighter fit, or about two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size.
• La Sportiva recommends you fit your trad climbing shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size.
• La Sportiva offers a lot of lasts, and each offers a different fit and feel. Remember to factor in potential stretching.
• Unlined slip-lasted shoes tend to stretch a bit more than lined shoes, or about one full size.
• Lined shoes stretch about a half size.

• PERFORMANCE FIT - offers a high performance fit and a downturned last.
• TECH FIT - a more technical fit and a last with neutral profile.
• COMFORT FIT - a comfortable fit and a last with more volume and a neutral profile.

• Find your US Size in the guide above, then find the Euro Size conversion and add one half size.
• The ideal size holds your toes ever so slightly away from the front of the boot while the lacing system is snug across the top of your arch.
• If you can try to boots on beforehand, make sure you wear the same size and weight socks you would typically wear with the boots, and any orthotics or custom footbeds you use.
• It is ideal to fit boots later in the day since feet are prone to swell slightly as a day progresses.
• Wear your boots indoors only until you are confident about the fit.
• Your foot should feel snug (not tight) from the arch back into the heel pocket with just a minimum lift as you walk. If your heel lifts make sure the lacing is snug and not too loose.
• Your toes should NOT touch the front of the boot, but when you kick the toe into the floor, you should know where the front of the boot is. You want just enough room to wiggle your toes.
• If your toes or sides of your feet feel squished, most likely the width is too narrow and the boot will not work for you.
• If your toes touch the front of the boot, most likely it is too short and you need the next half size up.
• Make sure to keep all original packaging that came with your boots until you are sure that you are happy with your purchase.

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