Review by: marebear, 2008-06-24
I just burned through my first pair of Katanas. I wore the shoe in the gym most of the time, but took it outside on quite a few trips. I wear a size 8.5 or 9 street shoe, usually size 40 euro and I got the Katanas in a 38.5. They were really tight when I first got them and I couldn't keep them on for more than a few minutes, but I'm glad I didn't get them any bigger. They aren't supposed to stretch much because they are lined, but mine did, or at least molded to my foot.
These shoes edge really well, and the rubber is sticky enough. Mine are to the point now were the edging sucks because I've worn the shoe down so much. If your footwork is not quiet, you will burn through the rubber pretty quickly, especially in the gym. I find that to be the case with La Sportiva shoes, even though the fit is awesome. I am stretching out a new pair of 5.10 Primas at my desk now for the gym and plan to get my Katanas resoled to use for hard gym routes and outside only.