• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 11.6oz
    Women: 9.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 26mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • As mentioned in some reviews, the outsole of the La Sportiva Akasha delivers a reliable traction on rough surfaces.
  • The shoe is durable.
  • Many were satisfied by how flexible and comfortable the Akasha is.
  • The upper is breathable enough to keep the foot cool and dry.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The men’s version is a bit heavy.
  • The Akasha is an expensive shoe.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Akasha is a trail running shoe that is equipped with the necessary technologies that help runners tackle the toughest terrain effortlessly. It delivers enough amount of cushioning, protection and durability for long distance trail running.


Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | Running Competitor

    With the Akasha, La Sportiva stepped away from its short-distance racing roots to develop its first long-haul shoe suitable for ultra-distance running.

  • 81 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    I found the Akasha a touch stiffer to flex upfront due to the additional stack

  • 80 / 100 | Runblogger

    The Akasha is an interesting entry from La Sportiva.  Mainly being that it is a much more cushioned option than they typically offer, and yet it tries to retain the technical profile of most of Sportiva’s offerings.

  • 79 / 100 | Runner's World

    Above the durable, well-lugged sole is a substantial layer of cushioning, thick in the heel and tapering all the way to the toe, creating a fast-rolling rocker effect.

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Updates to La Sportiva Akasha

  • The La Sportiva Akasha features the brand’s Trail Rocker Technology. It promotes an efficient heel-to-toe movement. This outsole technology delivers smoother transition on the trail.
  • The STB technology is also utilized in this shoe. It gives flexibility and amazing support when needed. The excellent underfoot flex helps in achieving a high performance running experience.

La Sportiva Akasha size and fit

The Akasha is true to its size. The low-volume midfoot, narrow heel and forefoot comfortably accommodate those narrow-footed runners. La Sportive is offering this shoe in standard D width for men and B width for women.


The Akasha features the Trail Rocker outsole technology that promotes a rolling heel-to-toe movement that delivers a smoother heel-to-toe transition while running on the trail.

The FriXion XT sticky compound that is extended in the entire outsole delivers impressive grip on technical and rocky surfaces. The Impact Brake lugged system is engineered to provide reliable traction on uphill climbs and downhill plunges.


The midsole of the shoe uses the dual-injection MEMlex EVA midsole that delivers enough amount of cushioning for shock absorption. The cushioning system of the shoe delivers effective impact absorption during landing with plenty of underfoot protection.


The upper of the La Sportiva Akasha uses the air mesh material that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage. It keeps the foot cool and well ventilated. The STB technology that is extended from the upper to midsole provides an improved stability and more secure fit.

The shoe also features the ProTechTion HF reinforcements that deliver flexibility and added protection. The rubber toe cap also gives toe protection while running on rocky and rough surfaces.