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La Sportiva Vertical K

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  • The Vertical K by La Sportiva® is for the minimalist runner who needs a lightweight trail running shoe that doesn't sacrifice performance and keeps you connected to the ground, even while you're flying down the trail.
  • Awarded the 2012 Editor's Choice from TrailRunner magazine and 2012 Best Debut from Runner's World magazine.
  • Dynamic last is an ergonomic last for a form-fitting, glove-like fit.
  • AirMesh upper with a nylon four-way stretch gaiter.
  • PU leather external toe cap for extra toe protection.
  • Reinforced heel loop that doubles as a harness clip point.
  • Mesh lining for better breathability.
  • MorphoDynamic™ Injection Molded EVA midsole is lightweight and promotes a natural flex.
  • Morphdynamic FriXion® XF / VA Wave rubber outsole for excellent sticky traction.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 9 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 45.5 (US Men's 12), width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Please click here for the La Sportiva Size Conversion.
  • The Vertical K by La Sportiva® is for the minimalist runner who needs a lightweight trail running shoe that doesn't sacrifice performance and keeps you connected to the ground, even while you're flying down the trail.
  • Awarded the 2012 Editor's Choice from TrailRunner magazine and 2012 Best Debut from Runner's World magazine.
  • Dynamic last is an ergonomic last for a form-fitting, glove-like fit.
  • AirMesh upper with a nylon four-way stretch gaiter.
  • PU leather external toe cap for extra toe protection.
  • Reinforced heel loop that doubles as a harness clip point.
  • Mesh lining for better breathability.
  • MorphoDynamic™ Injection Molded EVA midsole is lightweight and promotes a natural flex.
  • Morphdynamic FriXion® XF / VA Wave rubber outsole for excellent sticky traction.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 9 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 45.5 (US Men's 12), width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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La Sportiva Vertical K

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1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I've tried many of the trail shoes on the market, inclusive of the various minimalist types such as 5-fingers and the MT101. My go-to shoe is the Salomon but the V-K has quickly become my favorite. I regularly use this shoe on my 12 mile trail runs and expect to use it during a few fall ultras. Very light, very flexible, promotes mid-sole strike but there's cushion which I happen to like. I don't feel the sharp stones like I do with other minimalist shoes but I get the feeling of an incredibly lightweight shoe. They run small, and this is an understatement. Go up a full size. I wear an 11 Salomon and a 12 VK. I highly recommend this shoe for trail running. I gave it only 4 stars for style because, well, it is butt ugly.

I'd also recommend: Salomon

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  • from Boston
1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I loved my experience with Zappos. These shoes were available on many other websites for about the same price but I had heard much about Zappos' service so I decided to give them a chance. Boy am I glad that I did! Their customer service and return/exchange process is so well streamlined that I am more confident of buying many more things online now.

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  • from United States
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Excellent trail shoes! I wore these for the entire Croom Fools 50 mile trail run a few weeks ago after running only a few runs totaling about 25 miles to break them in. I did not develop any blisters and my feet were actually still quite comfortable at the end of the race. The flap over the front of the shoes kept the sand and dirt out but still allowed my feet to breathe and not overheat. The treads on the bottom are definitely very sticky and I would not recommend these for runs on the road - stick to the trails, as they were intended and you won't be slipping very easily on rocks, even when wet. The shoes are very light although they still offer enough protection for all but the most extreme technical trail. I have no complaints about these shoes. They have a minimalist feel to them with a low heel to toe drop. If you're not used to this, it may be uncomfortable or take a little while to get used to. I am a forefoot striker and wear minimalist shoes as my road shoes, and these shoes feel great to me. They are not waterproof and there is no plate in the shoes, so if the trail is very, very rocky and wet, these are probably not the shoes for you, although they seem like they would dry quickly. Overall, these are the best trail shoes I have ever run in! I normally wear a size 12 or 12.5 road shoe, and the 12 here was way too small. The 12.5+ fit me well, so order at least a half size up.

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  • from Nyack, NY
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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This is one of the best running shoes out there. The Vertical K is in a class of its own. It is an extremely versatile shoe. Scrambling, mountain running, single track, packed trail, and even road. There are many shoes that are made for road and have been beefed up for trails, beefing=heavy and clumsy. The vertical K is a trail shoe that works on the road. I have about 150 miles on these shoes with about 50 miles on the road, some of the tread is worn from road use, but it does not effect the trail grip the compound is so sticky and the morphodynamic sole is always there to provide tread grooves and the shoe wraps around rocks giving great confidence in every step. The Vertical K is a minimalist 4mm drop shoe that doesn't sacrifice foot protection and comfort for proper mid foot strike running. When blasting through the trails I always pass other runners on downhills because I have THE best sure footed grip but also because I have padding. You can not bomb down a hill in trail flats without a high risk of foot bruising, and can not do it in a supportive trail/boot because you will roll your ankle. The vertical K is the answer, padding that flexes and gives excellent ground feel and braking. The upper is perfect too, i have a wide forefoot and the soft sock like material allows my foot to expand but its tough enough to keep my foot in place, water draining is excellent, and the covered laces are great for keeping debris out. The shoe just makes sense! I hope La Sportiva continues to develop this style, I am on my second pair of Vertical K's, I have found my perfect running shoe.

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  • from New York
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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This is a GREAT trail shoe for highly technical surfaces. I've been running some very steep trails in SW Colorado and the grip is fantastic. SIZE is always a bit off with La Sportiva. I wear an 11 street shoe, a 12 in New Balance or Merrill running shoes, but went with the 13 here (EU 47), and it's great. I wear a 45 in the Vibram Five Fingers, so maybe go a full size larger than your Five Finger size. I've tried the Quantum - not a fan. The C-Lite is also a great shoe, but I like this one better.

I'd also recommend: New Balance 110

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Width: D - Medium

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