La Sportiva Otaki Climbing Shoe – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the La Sportiva Otaki Climbing Shoe – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 92 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 94

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Combines an all-around-shoe with a high-quality rubber.
  • Works well for sport climbing and bouldering in the gym.
  • Combines maximum sensitivity and precision for a high-quality shoe.
  • The new construction creates an a snug and precise fit for tough routes.
  • Easy to adjust to get a snugger fit for certain routes.
  • The Velcro makes it easy to get on and off quickly.

Expert Reviews

  • The down-turned shape works well for overhanging routes.
  • The midsole combines stiffness and sensitivity for a wide range of angles.
  • The hook-and-loop straps provide a secure closure to stay snugly on your foot.
  • Features comfortable material and high-quality construction.
  • The Vibram rubber lets you easily smear, edge, and heel hook.
  • Features a high-edging power on a variety of surfaces and climbing terrain.
  • The increased precision leads to more power and versatility while climbing.
  • The laser-cut upper reduces bulk and weight of the shoe.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Some reports of the rubber coming apart at the seam after only a few months of use.
  • Some reports of your foot moving around in the heel area despite being snug everywhere else.
  • Some reports of the band digging into your Achilles heel after a while of climbing.
  • Expensive compared to other options.

Expert Reviews

  • Not the best option for wide feet.
  • Might be too aggressive than climbers need for moderate alpine routes or using hand cracks.
  • Not the softest or best choice for steep climbing.
  • Hard to break in which limits the comfort.
  • The wide toe box is not the best choice for some users.


The La Sportiva Otaki Climbing Shoe for women is a versatile, precise, and high-quality shoe that works well on a variety of climbing routes. Despite not being the best shape for those with wide feet and taking some time to break-in, this shoe is a comfortable option that blends stiffness and flexibility.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.