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La Sportiva - Otaki Climbing Shoe - Women's

La Sportiva Otaki Climbing Shoe - Women's

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$138.75 Original price:$180.00
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Item #LSP008W




Tech Specs

Upper Material:
leather, microfiber
[front] Pacific
1.1mm LaspoFlex
Vibram XS Grip2 (4mm)
aggressive downturn
Asymmetrical Curvature:
Claimed Weight:
6.1 oz
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Why We Like The Otaki Climbing Shoe

The Women's Otaki Climbing Shoe is an updated version of La Sportiva's versatile Katana, upgraded with a sharper downturn for 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 Grip2 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.

  • A more downturned version of La Sportiva's popular Katana Climbing Shoe
  • P3 heel maintains sharp downturn for seasons of boulders and sport climbs
  • Laser-cut leather upper stretches to conform to your footshape
  • Rubber toe rand extends over forefoot without inhibiting stretch
  • Neoprene hook-and-loop straps create a super secure fit
  • Moderately stiff LaspoFlex midsole maintains support
  • Vibram Grip 2 rubber ensures solid traction on rock and plastic

Great shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 41

Despite the more aggressive fit, they are still comfy for climbing shoes. It was a fairly easy break in period and they seemed to last for quite awhile. I am a street size 10 and I got these in 41 (9.5 Womans).

like a talon

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I’m pretty sure these shoes helped me break the 11a barrier. I got them to have something a little more aggressive than my TC Pros for shorter routes and bouldering. These did not disappoint. Despite the more aggressive fit, they are still comfy for climbing shoes. Once I got them broken in the rubber had fantastic grip and the downturned shape allows me to use my toes for even the smallest holds.

I am a street size 10 and I got these in 41.5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I'm currently on my third pair. They are so comfortable, aggressive, good for the gym and outside. I just love them so much!

Otaki product video

    Otaki in Japanese Samurai slang is the oldest single wire sword: extremely sharp and precise also on small targets. A concept perfectly applicable to climbing: Otaki is a precise, supportive and structured climbing shoe, ideal for climbing in crags, on walls and boulders thanks to features that meet the requirements of today’s modern climbers. The new construction method combines the advantages of the all round snug fit of a slipper to the precision and volume regulation of a Velcro closure shoe. This solution guarantees maximum sensitivity and precision even in torsion: the shoe perfectly follows the movements of the climber eliminating empty volumes and rigid zones. The Innovative S-Heel™ allows to maintain perfect torsion stability accentuating performance and adaptability in heel hooks when bouldering.

    Grippy, lippy, trippy slips

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Ok I LOVE these shoes. They've been my go-to for the last four years. I just got my second pair resoled and am hoping for the best. They give you sweet precision on placing, they're comfortable enough to wear outside for a multipitch day, the velcro allows you to adjust the tightness, no weird pressure on your ankles.. amazing. I love them.

    FYI i have bunions and these still fit. My feet are kinda wide and triangular and these still fit! I wear a 7.5 in street shoes, and a 37 or 37.5 in these.

    Only thing I wish they had slightly more of is extended toe rubber, it's a bit hard to get a really good seat on toe hooks in these. I don't care. I will wear these forever.

    New climbing shoes, woohoo!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Still breaking them in, but so far, so good! I love the velcro straps and think they're a good all around shoe - the only complaint I have is the heel moves around a bit despite the shoes fitting nicely everywhere else. I got a 40, which was a size down from my street shoe, and they fit nice and snug.

    Customer feedback, these are awesome!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love these shoes so much I bought them twice! I use them primarily for climbing in the gym, and outside probably a dozen times. I find them the perfect balance of aggressive and approachable, and they fit my heels really well. They toe in well and gained s good amount of flex over the year I used my first pair. I wear a 8.5 street shoe and wear a 38.5 in these. They take a couple weeks to break in, but then are the perfect size for gym or single pitch climbing.

    Customer feedback, these are awesome!

    Comfortable Performance

      Check out La Sportiva's in depth look into the Otaki. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at or (801) 523-4052

      Like a glove

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've finally gotten past the period where your feet feel like they're being tortured and I absolutely love these shoes. They just feel so solid once I put them on. These are my first "aggressive" form climbing shoe. I upgraded to these when my Tarantulas finally broke down. The difference between the rubber is like day and night. I feel super secure toeing tiny chips that I would feel nervous about before. The heel is also very solid. I was debating between the Otaki's and VS Miura's and the Otaki's just seem to fit my foot so much better. I have a very narrow heel but the rest of my foot is medium width. The Miura's felt like they were cutting into my ankle and the top of my foot. Whereas the Otaki's probably have the most comfortable upper I've ever experienced in a shoe. The way its design distributes the pressure across the entire top of the foot so there's no pressure points. I wore a 37.5 in Tarantulas and I got a 37.5 in the Otakis.

      Perfect for a narrow foot.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My Gf had tried la sportiva Solutions and five ten anasazis which both left her feet sore and had awkward space in the shoe. She decided to give these a try and we sized her up and they fit perfectly. Her climbing progressed immediately. Sizing the shoe is important but find the shoes that works with your foot is just as important. if you need help sizing a shoe or determining what shoe you need. contact me and I'd love to help you out.

      Love them

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I decided to went down 1 full size on these based on other reviews. And it was a good advise! These run a bit large.
      Besides of that they are great intermediate level shoes

      Didn't keep 'em.

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I really wanted to love these, but they have a wide forefront and tend to run large. I would've had to size a half to full size down for them to be wearable on the wall. I've heard nothing but good stuff, and with the right size, I'm sure these 'low volume' shoes would've been perfect for my thin-backed heel. Not much to complain about especially since I didn't actually try 'em out. But compared to Miuras, they definitely run larger.

      Sizing options

        I am normally a 38.5 in most La Sportiva shoes. These fit well in the 38. I could smash my foot into a 37.5, if I wanted a lot of performance, for boulder problems or shorter routes. I'm a size 9.0, street shoe.

        This is similar to the Katana that I adore. But, smearing will be better on these, since they are soft from in the middle for more flex. If you're tough, I think these would be a nice Katana-alternative (or katernative) for an aggressive multi-pitch sport shoe.

        Sizing options

        I want to love them, but the heels ride high and press painfully on the underside of my ankles. Everything else about the fit and feel was wonderful! I know for many people these are their go-to shoe, and a few who also had some problems with the fit of the heel. I'd recommend giving them a try, since most of my friends rave about the Otaki.

        I want to love them, but the heels ride high and press painfully on the underside of my ankles. Everything else about the fit and feel was wonderful! I know for many people these are their go-to shoe, and a few who also had some problems with the fit of the heel. I'd recommend giving them a try, since most of my friends rave about the Otaki.

        Will Work For Overhangs

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        I'm a lover of the Miura's, but I was in need of a slightly stiffer shoe with a little more toe and edge. I found that in the Otaki.

        I have really low volume heels, and the Solution has always left a big air pocket in my heel. The Otaki cups my heels perfectly, giving no loss of performance. Now I can feel really solid on heel hooks without feeling like my entire foot is going to pop out of my shoe. The criss-crossed Velcro allows you to tighten the shoe to your liking, optimizing the glove-like fit.

        The stiffness that the Permanent Power Platform provides (tongue twister) really optimizes power from your legs on small footholds and edges.

        I typically wear a size 9 street shoe, and wear a 39 in the Otaki.

        If you have any further questions about this product I am happy to help! You can call me directly at 801-619-7488, or email me at

        The Best

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 7

        I have been climbing for a few years now and these are by far the best climbing shoe that I have ever owned. I have been climbing in the evolv electras for about two years now and they are great quality and definitely a good beginner shoe that I would recommend to anyone. Although, I have needed a more aggressive climbing shoe for quite some time now. These shoes have been an absolute dream. The heel and toe in the shoe are curved aggressively enough to enable toe and heel-hooking, as well as elastic enough not to inhibit movement and flex as you climb.

        For reference:
        My street shoe size is 8-8.5 and I got a size 7 in the Otakis. They are tight, but this slight discomfort is what creates functionality in a climbing shoe and this is how they are supposed to fit. You will experience the most support in these shoes when there is no extra room in the toe box or heel.

        Love these shoes!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        I was a big fan of the Miura VS (women's) before I came across these Otakis. My forefoot is on the wider side for a girl, so it's quite difficult for me to find properly sized, tight shoes with no deadspace, that don't also torture my pinky toe. These fit like a dream - so comfortable to wear for an aggressive profile (same last as Miura VS and Solutions), and yet despite the comfort are so powerful at everything - edging, heel hooking, smearing, vertical, overhang, sport, boulder, indoor, outdoor, you name it! I bought these along with a pair of my long-trusted Miuras intending to try out the new model and rotate the two on different climbing days, but a few weeks after the purchase I found myself consistently reaching for the Otakis when I go climbing, and my Miuras were beginning to collect dust.

        - P3 power platform + XS Grip 2 rubber (not XS Edge in the Backcountry description) makes this stiff enough on the tiniest edges but sensitive enough to smear on very insecure dishes
        - Very stable heel hooks
        - Easy to put on and take off because the step-in is fairly wide
        - Great colors

        - If there is one thing I wish the Otakis had, it would be a more substantial toe-rubber patch for toe-hooking, the pattern on top of the shoe isn't really rubber - appears to be purely for aesthetic purposes

        My sizing for reference:
        - Otakis: size EU 34.5
        - Street: women's size 6, EU 36
        - Miura VS Women's: size 34.5 (latest versions)
        - Skwama: size 34.5

        Great review!!

        Appreciate knowing it's not XS Edge rubber!!

        I know its old but thanks for this review! I have the same foot shape as you (no Anasazi LVs for me... ouch) and am definitely going to look into the Otaki when I get a bit better and into needing more aggressive shoes.

        This is the most helpful sizing review. Thanks

        La Sportiva

        Adult Footwear
        4 35.5 5  
        4.5 36 5.5  
        4.5+ 36.5 5.5+  
        5 37 6  
        5.5 37.5 6.5  
        6 38 7  
        6.5 38.5 7.5 24
        6.5+ 39 7.5+ 24.5
        7 39.5 8  
        7.5 40 8.5 25
        8 40.5 9 25.5
        8.5 41 9.5 26
        8.5+ 41.5 9.5+  
        9 42 10 26.5
        9.5 42.5 10.5 27
        10 43 11 27.5
        10.5 43.5 11.5  
        10.5+ 44 11.5+ 28
        11 44.5 12 28.5
        11.5 45 12.5 29
        12 45.5 13 29.5
        12.5 46 13.5 30
        12.5+ 46.5 13.5+  
        13 47 14 30.5
        13.5 47.5   31
        14 48   
        15 49   
        Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!