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Item # LSP000D

The ultimate lightweight trail terrorizer.

Warriors devote themselves to a life of honor, chivalry, mastery of an art, and honor until the end. You are a devoted trail warrior, and La Sportiva created the Men's Bushido Running Shoe for your warrior ways. Light on your feet and unbelievably heavy on foot protection, this technical shoe terrorizes the trails you tromp on a daily basis. A unique lug design increases friction as the incline increases—going up doesn't involve one step forward and two steps back, and going down doesn't involve an endless slide on your rear.
The upper is a refreshing mix of air mesh, microfiber, and rock-solid ripstop. A TPU toe cap buffers your toes against downed tree limbs and jagged chunks of boulders. Using STB Control construction, a TPU frame attaches to the upper, extending and wrapping into the midsole. This design provides a precise fit by firmly holding your foot in place and creating a singular unit of running synergy between the upper and the compression-molded EVA midsole.
Your heel stays close to the ground with a low-profile stack height of 14.5mm, um, that's 0.57 inches for those against the metric system. Your toes don't stray too far with a drop of only 6mm. A forefoot rock guard reduces the risks of limp-causing bruises from stabby scree. The lugs live everywhere it matters—on the bottom and on the sides of the soles. Instead of leaving the sides of your shoe to fend for themselves, these lugs create continuous contact with the ground, even when you're on edge, for improbable stability. Skinny single-track trails and steep embankments no longer threaten your warrior ways when you're wearing the ultimate trail fighter from La Sportiva.

  • Air mesh, microfiber, and ripstop upper
  • STB control construction (TPU frame on upper)
  • Mesh lining
  • Compression-molded, dual-density MEMIex EVA midsole
  • Forefoot rock guard
  • TPU shank, TPU toe cap
  • 14.5mm stack height, 6mm drop
  • Impact Brake System
  • FriXion XT V-Groove 2 sole

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
Air Mesh, microfiber, ripstop
Lining:
mesh
Closure:
laces
Last:
Racing Lite Ergo
Midsole:
dual-density MEMlex, RockGuard, TPU shank
Sole:
FriXion XT V-Groove2 with Impact Brake System
Heel / Forefoot Height:
14.5 / 8.5 mm
Drop:
6 mm
Claimed Weight:
9.81 oz
Recommended Use:
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

La Sportiva

Footwear
US MENEUUS WOMENMONDO
4 35.5 5  
4.5 36 5.5  
4.5+ 36.5 5.5+  
5 37 6  
5.5 37.5 6.5  
6 38 7  
6.5 38.5 7.5 24
6.5+ 39 7.5+  
7 39.5 8 24.5
7.5 40 8.5 25
8 40.5 9 25.5
8.5 41 9.5 26
8.5+ 41.5 9.5+  
9 42 10 26.5
9.5 42.5 10.5 27
10 43 11 27.5
10.5 43.5 11.5 28
10.5+ 44 11.5+  
11 44.5 12 28.5
11.5 45   29
12 45.5   29.5
12.5 46   30
12.5+ 46.5   
13 47   30.5
13.5 47.5   31
Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!

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Really good stable shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 9.5

I use it for trail running around PNW, 10-15mile distances. Performs really well. I got my usual size 9.5 that I get every shoe in, but these run small, I wish I got size 10. My feet are on the narrow side and these fit more snug while still comfortable than my Akashas, which I really appreciate on the downhills.

Lightweight Awesome Trail Runners

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44.0

I've used La Sportiva's for hiking and trail running for the last 4 years now and they've been awesome. The Bushido is lighter and fits a bit more snugly than the UltraRaptors and about the same as the Anakondas.
I normally wear a size 10.5 US shoe but in the LaSportivas, I generally wear a 44.
The narrowness of the footbox is something mentioned in other reviews and I do agree that it is a bit narrow but on my feet ( matter of fact only left foot) it feels snug rather than constricting.

My previous La Sportivas have blown out near the pinky toe typically after a few hundred miles. The bushido seems to have a more reinforced fabric near the usual place it blows out. So I 'm hoping to get more than 300 miles out of these.

And of course the sticky rubber on the soles is just insanely good.

Hope this helps.

Unrequited love

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I really wanted to love these shoes. They feel great under the foot on technical trails, had an awesome rock plate (enough for my 200 lb. self) and were light. They were everything I wanted in a trail shoe except for one thing.: the heel. It was probably a combination of the back of the shoe being too narrow for my feet and there being a serious lack of padding, but they hurt. A lot. I returned them after one 3 mile run/limp and got a pair of Salomon Sense Pro 2's.

Thoughts on the Sense Pro 2's after a couple of months? Those are one of the shoes I'm looking at. Thanks.

Great Great Shoes but Narrow Width

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 12

A lot of people are mentioning the sizing of this shoe as fitting small, sometimes up to 1.5 size or more even. It seems to me that the sizing issue is actually in the width relative to the length. If you have a narrow foot you'll get a perfect fit but if you have a normal foot you will have to compensate by sizing up or, as John put it "Oh, but my pinkie toe!"
When compensating by sizing up, people are finding the heel pocket too loose, when they don't they find the forefoot too tight. Dropping the volume in the forefoot while maintaining the volume in the heel cup might be a good option. Might take some customization of an insole. I'm going to start with low volume Carbon Superfeet and see how that goes. I noticed completely pulling out the insole fixes my forefoot problem but leaves the heel cup loose and the heel prone to rolling.

Buying it again and again

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45

I have just bought the third pair of these running shoes. They are the only shoe I wear for road and trail running. I run about 70% road and the rest trail and they have worked just fine. I am a heavier runner weighing in at 185lbs so I need something with a little more support without losing too much to cushioning or big heel drop. With only 6mm heel drop, low profile, and solid support through the arch I am happy with these shoes on my feet mile after mile. I can usually put in 40-50 miles/week no prob with these kicks.

Technical monsters

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

These things are made to perform on technical and sharp terrain, and they don't disappoint - I haven't found anything better for really aggressive trails. They're nice and light, but you can still jump onto a pointed rock and have it feel no worse than stepping off a curb onto a flat street. They are not very padded but protect well - they're not my first choice for long approaches on pavement or long gradual downhills where you can really open up your stride, but hey: that's not what they're for! I've thrown these at the toughest trails with the sharpest rocks around and they hold up great. Awesome!

I have narrow feet and they fit like a glove (like most sportiva shoes) - I could see how these could be hard for bigger feet.

Edit: I've since also figured out that once they have been properly worked over by many miles of hard trail, they work great as a comfy pair of hiking shoes for when you don't need tons of ankle support.

4.5 stars deserved, just bought 2 more

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 44.5

Been running in Tucson, AZ for the past two years and shoes get eaten alive on the trail and mountains out here. So far, this is the longest lasting training shoe I've worn (Strava puts my current set at 459mi as of today), and it's easily got 50mi left.
The pros: It's a stout shoe. It's a great training shoe. Good forefoot protection. Good toe guards for rocky terrain. Very comfortable when broken in. Excellent on technical terrain, and excellent grip on slickrock and performs well in scree.
The cons: The first problem was the heel blister. I forefoot strike, and still had a big problem on the steeps until the shoe broke in. This was improved with slicker socks (UA heat gear/smartwool). The second, and not really a con, is the weight. These are not race weight, but they do last twice as long. It's also very noticeably a 6mm drop shoe, which again isn't a problem, but something to throw out there if you race in 4mm or less.
Just bought two more sets. Couldn't be happier. Wouldn't use them for backpacking as the heel box would probably cause a ton of blistering with heel lift, but it's a stout shoe for shoe-chewing terrain.

Nice looking, very uncomfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 13

Crazy sizing. I'm a 12, but a 13 fits just right. One hike in these and they ruined my heels once I started climbing. Better bring the duct tape, you'll need it. Also, very little padding in the mid and forefoot results in some sore toes after a day on the trails. I tried putting a thicker insole in, but then there is no room for my toes! I have to take them back. Too bad, as they seem awesome in the weight and traction department.

Stout shoe.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This is my first pair of Bushido's and they are quite a bit narrower than my other La Sportiva shoes.....mainly Wildcats. People say the run small but that is not true, for me, they run narrow. I am a 42 in all their shoes and got a 42 in these. The 42.5 was just too long and felt there would be to much room in the toe and could bind. Love La Sportiva and these should prove to be the same. Think they will take a bit of break in as they are a stiff shoe.

La Sportiva Fit.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

If these fit like normal shoes they would easily be a 5 star shoe for technical trail runs where rocks, scree, and dirt all try their best to do you in. The grip on rock and dirt is amazing. The precision fit is snug and glove like. Oh but my pinky toe! That poor guy gets the squeeze all the time.
So the missing star is for my missing toe. Not the shoe's fault at all.

Like a mountain goat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 43.5

First and most important. Be sure to try these on if you can before you buy. They definitely run small. I ordered 43.5 instead of my usual 43 and they fit great. Very snug but not tight. Other than that, no complaints. I don't use them for running but for bouldering and light climbing. They stick like glue to rocks and are great on loose stuff too. They perform like a high end hiking boot but are really light. I couldn't be more happy. My previous La Sportivas were the awesome "Fireblades". Great shoes, but I like these even more.

Tahoe Rob, does these fit small in length or just width/volume?

Only thing that lasted were my blisters

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I agree, this shoe gave me blisters on my heal as soon as the trail turned up. Also it seems the tread disappeared after 2 weeks of daily use in the mountains.

OUCH!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Blisters every time I use this shoe I get blisters on both feet after 1 or 2 miles. I am pretty disappointed I bought these and more disappointed they came from La Sportiva, I love their climbing shoes but these shoes suck.

Very tight

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

A great shoe for technical running. Too tight to be my everyday shoe. Also the only shoe that I use which I have to tape my heel every time i run in them.

I noticed it wrecks my heel too. :(

I've found that a combination of injinjis with Wrightsocks (the double layer running sock) over them makes these perfect. I had the heel issue before trying that, just read about it in an ultrarunning blog the other day.

Not to say that getting silly with socks should be necessary, but it might help you with these shoes in particular.

Lastly, they size crazy, as I wear an 8-8.5 US in most shoes, my Bushidos are a size 10.

Fun in the Mud!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Muddy Bushido - La Sportiva: This is the best trail shoe I have tried. I have been running in Salt Lake City's mixed mud, ice, and snow trails with the Bushido this year. Generally, I have attached a traction device to my shoes to help in these conditions. Not so with the Bushido. The shoe keeps my foot low with super stable traction in even the most challenging conditions.

Fun in the Mud!

Fun in the Mud!

Muddy Bushido - La Sportiva: This is the best trail shoe I have tried. I have been running in Salt Lake City's mixed mud, ice, and snow trails with the Bushido this year. Generally, I have attached a traction device to my shoes to help in these conditions. Not so with the Bushido. The shoe keeps my foot low with super stable traction in even the most challenging conditions.

Fun in the Mud!

surprisingly good for hiking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Busihudo? Bought these for light hiking and ended up taking them for extended trek in the Indian Himalayas. Turned out to be an impressively good shoe for the job. Usually the kind of rough technical ground like glacier crossing, or climbing steep scree would be the job for a medium weight boot. I wanted to try a light weight alternative. These are not barefoot shoes but they have a low drop. The heel cage kept my ankles stable and aligned. The rock plate kept me from feeling any sharp or bruising bumps. The lateral stability was good but not great, meaning that edging was possible but not as good as with a boot. The bottom tread was grippy on all surfaces and sticky enough on the rock. After a few days on scree, noticed that a couple of the rubber lugs were coming loose but a dab of glue would fix it easily. I have a narrow foot and they snugged up good. I suspect a wider foot would have no problem. Well ventilated but totally exposed to water coming in from the top/sides. I don't love the blackish color choices but at least the black kept toes warm above treeline when the sun was shining. I had to get a size 45 for size 10.5.