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Sizing notes

For rock climbing shoes: Choose soft shoes two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size. We recommend you fit your trad shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size. Remember to factor in stretch. Unlined slip-lasted shoes tend to stretch about one full size. Lined shoes stretch about a half size. Remember: a well-fit comfortable shoe will work better than an ill-fitting tighter shoe.

For boots: Add one half size to your street shoe size. You should be able to slip one finger behind your heel when you are standing up with the boot unlaced and your toes touching the front. If the boot is too short, your toes will get smashed walking downhill. Too long and your heel will slide up and down and give you blisters.

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs I bought these for hiking and light backpacking and couldn't be happier. The fit is perfect, heel locked in yet plenty of room in the toe box. Most recently I did an 18 mile day hike with 4,000 ft of elevation gain and my feet fared splendidly. No hot spots or pain of any kind. I couldn't be happier. Note on sizing - I normally wear an 11.5 but this shoe fit me best in a 12.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My feet loved these After trying two other trail shoes that caused blisters and hot spots .. I didn't know what to expect with the LaSportiva wildcat .. but I summited mt baldy w 40lbs pack and up to mt Whitney to 12,500ft with absolutely no issues, lightweight, great grip, dry fast, no break in needed...
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Comfortable for Flatter Feet I wear size 11 these day's, although my shoe size is 10.5-11. I tried the Akyra's first, and I needed a size 12 to stop my big toe from jamming in the front. The issue with the Akyra was the arch support. If you have a normal to moderate/high arch, they should work for you. My feet are almost flat and it hurt. The Wildcat felt amazing when I put it on in store, absolutely a home run, however after wearing them for about 4 days I see one major flaw with the shoe, and I posted a photo. The shoe "stance" naturally leans outward which is very very bad for my left ankle. My left ankle rolls a lot, and because of this design, I'm almost scared to try backpacking in these (yes I'm one of those people who gave up backpacking boots and puts up with wet feet, while rotating dry socks). I can't wrap my head around this design, but I might keep them and see how it goes just because the rest of the shoe feels like heaven..... The first thing I do with a shoe/boot is test the lateral stability. For example: my Scarpa Zen Pros take an insane amount of force to roll it. It's THAT laterally stable. This Wildcat, already wants to give out before even attempting to roll it/test it...... I couldn't knock it down a star because of my weak ankle... Breatheability is insanely good. I can feel the breeze on my feet.....Looking forward to setting a new record on how fast they dry out! They will probably work for most of you, but if you have any ankle issues, beware.. The Akyra, although too much arch support (and I'm not just referring to the insole...rather the build of the footbed) had very very good lateral stability.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best trail shoe I've owned These shoes are excellent. Great cushioning and structural rigidity when loaded with a lightweight backpack. Lightweight with great stick. This is my second pair as I wore the first one out.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite hiking shoes I love these shoes. I could wear these on the trail all day with no problems at all. These shoes breathe so well that my feet could feel the breeze on occasion. If I had to give the shoe a con, it is that I wish they had a little more padding on the insole under the pad of my foot (right behind the toes). I can live without the extra padding because these shoes are so comfortable. They remind me of my La Sportiva ultra raptors fit and feel, but breathe a little better. They fit tight around the foot and do not slip on the back of your ankle whatsoever, and I am yet to get a "hot spot" on my foot anywhere. They dry quickly when you get them wet too. I am most pleased with the traction, and the room for your toes to wiggle up front.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable performance in wet conditions I've been using these shoes for years, this most recent purchase was probably my 8th pair, if not more, between the standard and Gore-Tex versions. They're a very reliable shoe, and for me they're stable enough that, for pack weights under 35 pounds, I don't even bring boots backpacking. Really good traction in muddy and dry dirt conditions. Very grippy on dry rock, but they have a tendency to slip along their minor axis on wet rock.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most comfortable footwear yet! I've been leaving my beloved Salomon boots at home more and more in favor of lighter weight footwear. Tried the Merrel Moab Ventilators and NB and ASIC trail runners but the Wildcats win out. Pros: - Super comfortable. First footwear that feels better than camp shoes. - Design and lacing make shoe grip around foot while leaving room for toes. - Light weight and not bulky while still providing enough protection. - Good traction. More like tennis or approach shoes than boots or hikers. - Cool. Can feel the air through the mesh. - Dry's quick. Key feature for wet trail days. No need to fret about getting feet wet. Cons: - Mesh lets dirt through. - Narrow profile isn't as stable as other TR's. - Minimal padding at the ball of the foot. - Not sure but probably not as durable as other options but my bias is footwear durability is fair less important than comfortable. Making the switch away from traditional boots and trail hikers may not be for everyone but I've found boots are overkill with packs being as light as they are and when the trails are clear of snow. The extra padding of trail hikers like the Ventiltor isn't for me because once you give up ankle support the caution needed to avoid rolling an ankle also means you're not hammering down the trail so you can get away with less foot padding. In the end the fit is most important and I ended up going up to a size 10.5+ from my normal size 10. With a light Smartwool sock the size 10.5+ provides a lot of toe space but my heel feels nicely locked in place. The fit test was several miles of downhill with pack at a fast pace. No hot spots and my feet didn't feel any more tired than the rest of my body.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shoe traction pads. The shoe was very comfortable with a rugged sole. There was plenty of room in the toe box so going down grade was fine as long as the rocks OR the shoe were not wet. The orange pads on the bottom of just one shoe started peeling off after only 20 miles of wear. These shoes have a reputation of having a long life but hiking in the damp northeast for me I am going to have to get a shoe with a better grip.
Date published: 2017-09-15
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Questions & Answers

Going on a trip and one day we are planning a hike and the rest walking all around D.C. will these be ok for both trail and the city? trying to just bring one pair of shoes instead of two. thanks!

Asked by: AJ458
I've used these for everything from weeks of camping/hiking, to running, to exploring cities. They are a fantastic all around shoe! Keep in mind that they aren't the most stylish thing... If you're worried about that ;)
Answered by: kainam00
Date published: 2017-12-19

I wear a US Size 11 in the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 and it works well, although extra width space for my big toe would be welcome. That being said, is it recommended that I size up a half size for the La Sportiva Men's Wildcat Trail-running shoes?

Asked by: IGsunshineandpine
​Based on the information provided, we advise going up a ½ size in these shoes. The toe box volume has plenty of room for feet that are slightly wider and should be comparable to your ATR's.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-28

Are these good for wide flat feet?

Asked by: Corsair
La Sportiva considers the fit of this shoe to be medium/wide. The insole has minimal arch support, therefore, if you need a completely flat insole you may have to switch them out.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-16

Is this the 3.0 version of this show?

Asked by: gbrown
​This is the most current model available as of July 2017.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-31

What is the difference between these and the previous (closeout) Wildcat model?

Asked by: Spike Walker
​The main difference in the two models is color.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-24
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