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  • Air-mesh and polyurethane uppers with rubber toe caps and air-mesh lining; ProTechTion™ HF reinforcements provide lightweight, flexible protection
  • Dual-injected, shock-absorbing MEMlex EVA midsoles with Cushion Platform™
  • STB™ technology for amazing support and unencumbered flex underfoot
  • FriXion® XT outsoles have Impact Brake System™ and Trail Rocker™ technology that promotes a rolling heel-to-toe motion for smooth performance on the trail


View all La Sportiva Women's Trail-Running Shoes

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Best Use Trail Running
Trail-Running Shoe Type Rugged Trail
Running Shoe Cushioning Moderate
Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm) 6
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Upper Air-mesh/polyurethane
Lining Air-mesh
Midsole EVA
Outsole Rubber
Rock Plate No
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 3.6 oz.
Gender Women'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 Best Trail Runner Shoe of 2016 I have tried lots of different trail running shoes in the past few years and end up returning them back to REI because of blisters. I've had these shoes for about 3 weeks -- I've put at least 20 miles on them; I've hit various trails, some moderate and some strenuous, running up and down trails to make sure that I had no toe jamming or blisters. I'm pleased to report they passed my test. The toe box is wide, but not too wide that you're getting heal blisters from slippage. So for my foot (average), La Sportivia Akasha fits perfectly -- most shoes give me blisters on my pinky toe, but not these. These shoes are also very comfortable with the cushion for high mileage -- I haven't run in them past 5 miles, but I'm confident that I can continue to add mileage with no problems. The traction is so far pretty great, no sliding and I have confidence running down more than any shoe I've run in before -- I can run down and not feel like I'm going to slip on the dry dirt on rock. They are lightweight and sturdy, but not stiff like some trail runners can be. I was warned to take care of these: don't run/walk on pavement (sometimes unavoidable getting to trailheads) and clean them after running to keep the tread from wearing down. I typically wear a size 8-8.5 shoe, but sized up to a 9 in these. These are my first La Sportivas and I think they are great so far and would recommend them to any trail runner. I'm thankful for REI's shoe department recommending these -- they are tops!
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for trails! My first pair from this brand and they have quickly become my favorite shoes to tackle trails with. They're light but the soles are supportive and protect from rocks like a dreams.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grippy and Comfortable for Wide Feet I needed a grippy trail running/hiking shoes. I have wide stubby feet with high instep for which it's always a challenge to find proper fitting shoes. With a pair of Superfeet insoles, Akasha is very comfortable for miles and miles. They are grippy on trail, but definitely not for street as they slip on metal and granite floor surface.
Date published: 2017-04-08
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