Lacing System Failed
- Size Bought: 46/12.5
The novel concept of using cord lacing as eyelets is a failure. By the third time I used these my laces were worn/sawn through and had to be replaced. Carry spares. However a couple of hikes later it was the orange eyelet lacing cord that had been sawn through and failed in the middle of a hike. This is a serious problem. A trailside repair with a stopper knot got me back to the car. I had a feeling this could be an issue when I bought them but hoped for the best since La Sportiva is a respected brand. The fit is also an issue a 12 is too tight and the 12.5 which I ended up buying feels large with ankle rub. These shoes are unreliable and unsuitable for real trail use. They might be acceptable as urban work shoes or a fashion statement but beware of the serious lacing issues.