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  • 1-piece nylon mesh uppers are highly breathable and lightweight; external thermoplastic urethane stabilizers provide support for heels
  • Dynamic tongue construction works with the lacing harnesses for a secure, snug fit; nylon mesh linings on tongue and back half of shoe wick moisture to help keep feet dry
  • Dual-density MEMlex midsoles and 2.4mm thick LaSpEVA lasting boards provide ample cushioning
  • Midsoles also have nylon molded shanks to modulate toe spring and offer additional stability
  • Sticky FriXion® AT rubber outsoles deliver excellent traction and a smooth, resilient ride on and off the trail
  • Impact Brake System™ helps reduce impact forces while improving traction via the multidirectional, offset lug pattern


View all La Sportiva Men's Trail-Running Shoes

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Best Use Trail Running
Trail-Running Shoe Type Rugged Trail
Running Shoe Cushioning Moderate
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Upper Nylon mesh
Lining Nylon
Midsole EVA
Support Nylon shank
Outsole Rubber
Rock Plate No
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 9 oz.
Gender Men's

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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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from The shoe that saved my AT Thru-Hike I began hiking the AT with another pair of trail runners had problems and then tried boots. They didn't work either. I found these around day 25 of the journey in Erwin, TN and wore them every day between there and Katahdin. I don't know if I would have made it without them. Super cushioned, super comfortable, grippy, all around excellent shoes. Lighter than boots, quick drying, and well fitting. After a week in the first pair I ordered four more at once knowing I'd be going through a pair every 500 miles. Bottomline: excellece not just for running, but hiking and backpacking too.
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite trail runner for many years in a row I have owned multiple pairs of Wildcats and wear them almost every day for every activity, then buy a new pair and do the same thing all over again. There is a not a better fitting shoe from any brand. They perform just as well on the trail as on the road or standing all day at a trade show. The heel pocket fits perfectly with absolutely no slippage. I have sold many friends on the shoes and always heard positive responses after they bought and used them. I have hiked gnarly trails, ran some serious mileage and explored some wild places in my Wildcats. They build confidence on any terrain and let you go faster and father without foot or leg fatigue.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoe I normally run in Brooks Adrenaline ASR but they didn't have them at my local REI during their 20% off sale this spring so on a off chance picked up the Wildcats. Wow! What a find. I truely am impressed by these shoes. They are so comfortable on the trail. They almost feel like they steer themselves. They wrap around your foot and make the shoe feel as if it is a natural extension of your foot. Can be a little slippery on wet rock but on dirt they are the best I have ever had for traction. They are light but seem to have plenty of support. Great shoe. Sorry Brook's, I have found a new shoe. Wasn't all that impressed with the new ASR anyway.
Date published: 2010-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Comfort, but falls apart quickly These were my second pair of Wild Cats, 1st was gore tex outer (which held up much better). These fit awesome right out of box on long rocky/rooty and wet Northern New England trails. Comfortable on long runs without any break in period and I never got blisters with these. BUT... they fell apart quickly, more quickly than any trail shoe I've had. The outer on the outside of both shoes, near the front of the shoe, just ripped apart and this lead to lack of forefoot stability. Also, I do not think the cushioning lasted long. I have to retire these after only 250 miles.
Date published: 2012-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite trail shoe - second pair I've owned This shoe is a perfect combination of grip, stiffness, and cushioning. It fits as advertised and seems to have neutral pronation. I am size 44 6ft 180lbs. The grip is excellent and the back-of-heel cup is rigid, which I really care about on a trail shoe. The shoe breathes well and is refreshingly light weight. I also wear Nike Wildhorse and Terra Kiger 3 trail shoes, both of which are excellent for off pavement running but don't offer the same grip, sole stiffness, and back-of-heel protection on a true mountain trail that the La Sportiva does. I also own other La Sportiva footwear for other applications and am very pleased with the brand.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from comfortable and eye catching I am in my 60's with one knee replaced and the other one headed there plus an arthritic ankle so I really needed something that would give me support and cushioning. These shoes have been great so far. My feet are slightly narrow and these seem to fit great. They are my favorite everyday shoes for just about everything. Heel is comfortable and snug with no slippage. Sole has jus the right amount of flex while being stable. Overall, I think they are a great walking shoe and my kids think I am cool too. I have even walked 19 holes of golf in them.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good shoe, not my fav, but good The shoe is a bit narrower in the foot. I would recommend this for day hiking and trail running, but not for long hauls. Used two pairs of these on the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Black Horse Gap, Virginia the traction wears quickly and I ended up slipping a lot. The outer mesh drys super fast, but it did seem to get worn easily with snags and tears, granted I was wearing these every day in the woods. So if you looking for a shoe for the weekend warrior I would go with this, but If your looking for a shoe for a thru-hike, I would look for something with more durability.
Date published: 2014-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Started Falling Apart After a Month Both shoes started to have fabric fray / come undone at the eye holes on the inside portion of the shoe after less than a month. They were incredibly comfortable and lightweight while I had them and wish that they did not fall apart. I used them for walking around town and on some short hikes, so did not even stress them very much. Another small note is that the gray coloring for the foam also began to wear away, and while not a big deal did not inspire much confidence in the build quality. I returned to the store where they were purchased with no issues.
Date published: 2016-10-24
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I wear a 12 dress shoe, but 13 in Asics.  What European size of this shoe is most likely to fit?

Asked by: regularjoe
​We suggest sizing similar to your Asics. A Euro size 47 is recommended.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-02

What is the width of the wildcat men's shoe vs women's? The women's version is too narrow for me.

Asked by: Crutchy
The Men's Wildcat Trail-Running Shoes are a medium (D) width. The Women's Wildcat Trail-Running Shoes are a medium (B) width.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-27

What does the + mean next to the shoe sizes on the "size chart" screen? There's 12.5 and 12.5+, for example...

Asked by: Rookie12
La Sportiva uses the "+" to fill in sizes to give a complete range of European sizes. Due to the slight differences in size ranges between US and European sizing, most companies have occasional gaps and making shoes in the "+" size helps to fill in those gaps.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-12

Has anyone tried these for ocr?

Asked by: MtMeg
The Wildcat Trail-Running Shoes are a great choice for OCR as they are very breathable and have great traction.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-04
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