La Sportiva Kataki Women's Climbing Shoe

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The La Sportiva Kataki Women's is an all-round outdoor crag shoe designed for the perfect balance of technical steep performance and edging power. A blend of two... Show more >
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La Sportiva Kataki Women's Climbing Shoe

The La Sportiva Kataki Women's is an all-round outdoor crag shoe designed for the perfect balance of technical steep performance and edging power. A blend of two of La Sportiva's most popular shoes, the Otaki and the Katana Lace, the Kataki utilises the versatile downturned front section of the Katana and the performance S-Heel™ of the Otaki, making it perfect for long, varied climbs with both overhanging and vertical sections. This women's version uses XS Grip 2 rubber designed for maximum friction, so expect it to perform slightly better on overhanging routes than the men's.

The Kataki Women's features two of La Sportiva's signature technologies. The first is the P3® Rand System, designed to add extra structural support to the shoe to ensure it doesn't lose its shape over time, as non-synthetic climbing shoes tend to do. The second is the S-Heel™, a rubber shell that encapsulates the heel containing an incompressible piece of rubber, which prevents the shoe's rubber from deforming when hooked or blocked - that means a loss of power.

The Kataki Womens' upper is suede leather / synthetic with linings at the front and back. Expect there to be up to a half size of stretch, and size appropriately. La Sportiva recommend you wear this shoe on the loose side for a comfort-performance fit.

Tech specs

Upper material
Suede Leather
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Medium Foot
Mint / Coral
Medium Asymmetry
Sole material
Vibram XS Grip 2
Sole thickness
Moderate Downturn
Front and Back Only


Kataki Women's Climbing Shoe

Vibram XS Grip2™

Rubber compound built for pure friction, recommended for use where maximum grip is the primary need - bouldering and sport climbing, indoor climbing, or extremely smooth, polished routes.

Kataki Women's Climbing Shoe


An incompressible piece of rubber is placed on the inside of the shoe’s heel cup. This prevents loss of power during heel hooks and blocks by prohibiting deformation of the heel rubber on the hold and heel torsion inside the shoe.

Kataki Women's Climbing Shoe

P3® Permanent Power Platform

After intensive abuse, downturned climbing shoes can start to lose their distinctive shape. La Sportiva’s P3 rand system prevents from this happening so your shoe maintains its powerful profile, permanently.

6 product reviews

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Kataki Women's Climbing Shoe
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Women’s kataki

Great fit, easy to put on and break-in easily. I was looking for a pair of shoes that perform just well as Miura (lace) but would be more comfortable. Although aggressive it is a super comfortable pair of shoes.

Great Edging and Heel

These shoes really work. For years I used the Miura VS but the heel somehow was just not perfectly fitting. These have a newly designed heel allowing them to fit the foot in a more effective way.

They fit a little like the Solutions but are more sensitive in the heel. They edge like no other. Highly recommend them.

I couldn’t recommend a better shoe

These shoes are great, just great. I have changed over to them from the Katanas and I think I will find it hard to go back. These are really comfortable as far as climbing shoes go. I went with my street size. Really good fit with the laces. Great for climbing long trad routes which require some more technical climbing.really precise and will keep you on your toes. To top it off they are a beautiful looking shoe!

Ballet shoes for vertical choreography

These beauties could just be your best climbing companion after your rope partner. If you use a rope.
They will keep you on your toes, even on the smalles of footholds. Precision at its best. Dancing on rocks has never had, for me, the same precision packed with comfort. The heel is a bit bulky, but apparently its my style & fit, just what I need to get close and personal with the wall while heelhooking.
I also own Katanas and, while the velcro is convenient, the laces system make the shoes a better fit, more stable & precise. I chose them the same sizing and I don't think I'm going to look back after I discovered Kataki.
While these beauties don't know how to climb by themselves, I have this feeling that together we can climb more and better. Cause' this is the beginning of a beautiful friendhip!
Oh, did I mention the delicious colors?

Best climbing shoes

These shoes are the greatest climbing acquisition that I made so far. I climb for almost a year and my last shoes were so tight I could barely stand them. These one are perfect: are tight enough to be able to stay on small edges, but they don't put pressure on your toes or heel (I bought my street number)
Comfortable and precise. And they also look nice. It's a pleasure to climb in them.
I could not yet find them a weak spot.

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