La Sportiva Kataki Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the La Sportiva Kataki Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 93 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 30

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Good all-around shoe.
  • Toe profile is narrow enough to fit in cracks and pockets.
  • Heel is lower-volume and more secure than other models.
  • Laces provide easy adjustment.
  • Great at edging, and stiff enough to work on technical pitches.
  • Great for vertical face climbing due to the shape and grip.
  • Strength of the sole provides a good surface for smearing and gripping.

Expert Reviews

  • Concentrated lacing near the toe, and spread out over the middle, allows for customization of fit and a snug fit where you need it the most.
  • Neoprene tongue provides comfort.
  • Toe-box is a little wider than some, but still precise enough when laced up for adequate grip.
  • Able to open up the toe-box for more casual climbing.
  • Performs best on edging or on vertical terrain.
  • Suede upper won’t dig into your foot.
  • Supportive P3 platform allows you to stand on tiny edges.
  • Versatile to perform well in many climbing situations.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Some reports of giving cramps in the mid-sole depending on foot shape.

Expert Reviews

  • Heel digs into your Achilles during the first few uses, but fades over time.
  • Heel cup can get uncomfortable across the back of your foot.
  • Some testers with certain foot shapes can get sore after climbing.


The La Sportiva Kataki Climbing Shoe is a great all-around shoe that performs extremely well on edging, steep terrain, and crack climbing. The strength of the sole, low-volume heel, and lacing structure make this a great choice for any level of climber who wants a shoe for various types of climbing. We recommend trying this shoe on before buying, since the shape and fit may cause some users to develop cramps across the mid-foot area.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.