La Sportiva Katana

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UK 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 13 14 15
US Mens             6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 14 15 16
US Womens 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10                      
Euro             38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47 48.5 49.5 51


NB: The UK size is used as the primary reference point in this table, other sizes are included at the point where they sync up with the British system.

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Since its release the La Sportiva Katana climbing shoe has received a bit of a cult following amongst climbers looking for 'one shoe to do it all'. Although the sole is of a medium stiffness it has a special 'prehensile area' under the toe - basically this means the sole is dished allowing the feet to grab holds in a more natural way. The innovative wrap-around closure system, large velcro patches and tensioned sling shot heel combine to give the Katana an inspiring foot-hugging feel straight from the box. With a less aggessively asymmetric fit than many technical shoes the Katana is a good option for those who have found more agressively shaped shoes to be too uncomfortable for extended use. As with most La Sportiva's the Katana is fairly narrow around the ball of the foot and tends to suit climbers with narrower feet better than those with wide feet.

If you're after a shoe that can handle the wide variety of rock types that British climbers typically climb on then the Katana could be a wise choice. Well suited to intermediate level climbers looking for a shoe comfortable and supportive enough for multi-pitch routes, and yet technical enough to cope with more advanced sport climbing, bouldering and indoor use the Katana is a great all-round rock boot.


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  • Agegroup: Adult
  • Colour navigationmenu: Yellow
  • Footwear lining: Dentex on the back Pacific in the front
  • Footwear midsole: Laspoflex 1.1 mm with prehensile area.
  • Footwear outsole: Vibram formula XSV 4 mm.
  • Footwear upper: Suede leather combined with Lorica (synthetic leather)
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Last: PD55, slip lasted
  • Manufacturer: La Sportiva
  • Rockshoe closure: Strap
  • Size chart: shoesizeconversion
  • Weight: 494g

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Neil R.

Good shoe in general

Good shoe in general

Martina G.

Everything all right!

Everything all right!


good... but not for long

the katana is perfect in all but one way... longevity. the unlined leather moulds to your foot perfectly and stretches just enough to get a wicked fit, the toe box is snug and precise. the heel does have a tendency to bag a little, but the rubber insert


Great shoes - comfortable and precise

These are great shoes - the rubber is xs-edge - so good for longevity and edging / small features. The toe-box is lined so they don't bag out. The heal and Velcro closure just work without fuss. After about 10 pairs of 5.10 anasazi lace-ups, my feet


Excellent shoes

As soon as I wore it I knew that this shoe is perfect for my foot. It fits like a glove (a tight glove to be fair), and offers excellent grip and sensitivity on surfaces. Maybe not great for long ascents, as they might be a bit tight on the foot, so be ca