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La Sportiva
Katana Lace Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe

5 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
Current price: $58.50 Original price: $195.00
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Why We Like The Katana Lace Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe

La Sportiva's Katana Lace Climbing Shoe might be one of the most versatile shoes out there. Sized appropriately, the Katana can jam up a finger crack, smear up a slab, or edge through an overhung sport climb. It styles a permanent moderate downturn—thanks to La Sportiva's P3 technology—and lower asymmetry for a balance between high performance and a comfier feel. Vibram's XS Edge rubber has a harder compound than Vibram's Grip, and it ensures long-lasting traction suitable for granite slabs, sandstone smears, and limestone edging.


  • Versatile shoe excels on slab, crack, and face climbs
  • P3 technology maintains a moderate downturn for life
  • Vibram XS Edge optimizes edging performance
  • Leather upper conforms to your foot shape for comfort
  • Lorica lacing system minimizes stretch for an exact fit
  • Item #LSP0165
Upper Material
leather, Lorica
Vibram XS Grip
Asymmetrical Curvature
Claimed Weight
[single] 8.7oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

5 based on 3 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

August 26, 2021

Great moderately downturned shoes

I've used it several times

I was looking for a shoe exactly one notch up from slab shoes in terms of aggression. I enjoy being comfortable in my climbing shoes, but I also wanted more support for bouldering. Also laces are a must. I fit a 43 1/2 in mythos, and needed 44 1/2 katanas. The katanas fit perfectly, with a fairly straight big toe and very slightly curled other toes, when my heel is hitting the back of the shoe. Still breaking in. They're kind of like bouldrery TC pros shape wise. Very nice. Not really such thing as running large or small with climbing shoes in my opinion, they all seem different.

Beau T

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

August 3, 2021

My sizing experience

I've used it several times

This is a great climbing shoe. There's nothing I can add that hasn't already been said - EXCEPT my experience with sizing. So here's what fits my feet: Katana Lace - 45.0 for all day comfort. I tried a 44.5 for a more technical fit but they destroyed my toes during break in. If I was climbing radical stuff I'd have stuck with the 44.5 TC Pro - 45.0 Mythos - 44.5 Scarpa Helix - 45.0 (used in the gym) Brooks, Asics, Nike running shoes - US12 La Sportiva Ultra Raptor - 46.0 La Sportiva TX3 approach shoes - 45.5 For what it's worth... hope this helps.

Kirk W

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2020

Good For Wider Feet

I've put it through the wringer

60% of all people have one foot that is larger than the other; for 80% of them, their Left is larger than their Right. I am the opposite. So I literally have to buy two pairs of shoes for the right fit: Skwama = L44/R44.5; Solution = L44.5/R45; Otaki = L44.5/R45. Why am I telling you this? Because the Katana Lace seems to be "unisex" sized = a little snug for the rated size. So I can wear a size 45 and they fit both of my feet after breaking in; plus the lacing allows me to further dial in the fit for my freak feet. As for performance, I think they offer about 90% of the performance of a Miura VS without the pain of the Miura toebox; and I am not expert enough to bemoan the extra 10%. Love these shoes for edging on the smallest features I would dare to atttempt. If I am trying something more challenging than I am used to, these shoes inspire confidence!!

Jeanne R

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com