A good shoe if you don't climb?
Review by: ride_pow, 2007-07-03
I have had two pairs of these and resoled them both each once. They fit, as they say, like a glove. I had tried these on at the shop in Portland but it was not until my five tens fell apart at Red Rocks that picked up my first pair. They were broken in by end of day one. I must admitt the katana last just seems to fit my foot unreasonablely well. My street shoe is a 9.5 (42) and I downsized to a 7 (39.5) and my feet just slide right in. However, I wouldn't say these shoes stretch as much as they break in. Don't buy real tight thinking they are going to get a lot better.
My Katanas seem to excell at small edges and smearing. I never noticed a difference between the vibram and the C4 rubber. Infact when it came to resoling I stuck with the virbram (it was a bit thinner I believe).
Durability hasn't been a real big issue. However I wouldn't recommend the shoes to a beginner learning to use feet. I am almost ready to resole my first pair for the second time. Pay attention and don't blow out the toe or wear through leather and they will last.
Find them on sale for around $100 and resole them once or twice for $35 and they are just as economical as any shoe out there.
Ok, done ranting. I love them.