Facts

Terrain

Road

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

Trail

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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
$140
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.

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Road

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

Trail

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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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.

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.

Summary

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 71 ratings

5 star
56%
4 star
34%
3 star
4%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    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 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

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

  • 79 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 86 / 100 by Trail to Peak • Drew Robinson • Level 4 expert

    The midfoot wraps the arch area of my foot very nicely, allowing for a precise fit when needed or a relaxed fit when my foot begins to swell.

  • 81 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    This may have you thinking of an overbuilt, overly heavy shoe, but that’s not the case with the 11.35-ounce Akasha, which includes a decoupled heel and considerable thought in the “path of balance” midsole/outsole package.

  • 80 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 84 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Pistol Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    The new lug pattern and outsole construction make for a great multi-purpose shoe across many types conditions, however, the Akasha didn’t quite fare as well on hard-packed snow or slick rock terrain as the Mutant.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Competitor • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    It has a fairly agile and smooth demeanor like a road running shoe, but it also has the smart mountain protection—a rock plate and reinforced upper and toe bumper—featured in the rest of La Sportiva’s trail line.

  • 94 / 100 by Indepedence Run & Hike • Sean • Level 2 expert

    Don’t let the addition of more cushion fool you, this is still very much a mountain shoe that will excel in more technical terrain, it just won’t feel like a brick if you decide to take it on the pavement for a bit.

  • 85 / 100 by iRunFar • Kristin Zosel • Level 2 expert

    All in all, I think the Akasha is a worthy shoe for sub-ultra distances as well as 50k-100 miles in most conditions and I look forward to reading your comments as you put them through the paces.

  • 85 / 100 by The Long Run • The Long Run • Level 1 expert

    The fit is still great but with a bit more room in the toe box which is appreciated a few hours into a mountain run.

  • 70 / 100 by Hayden Buck Photography • Hayden • Level 1 expert

    One things for sure, the mid-sole cush of the Akasha is not to be underestimated and I won't ever be buying minimalist shoes after using these.

  • 64 / 100 by Gear Institute • Justin • Level 1 expert

    Overall, though, this is a smooth striding, responsive protective trail runner with a fair bit of meat to it without feeling slow, sluggish, or clumsy.

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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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Midsole

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.