Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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
    Use

    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
    Price
    $125
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
    Women: 9.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The high level of support in the upper makes sure that the foot stays in place and gets enough ventilation.
  • The Bushido features an internal slip-on construction for a more sock-like feel.
  • Moderate cushioning is handled by the Compression Molded MEMIex mid-sole.
  • Protective components add a layer of anti-debris mechanics that function well on soft and hard surfaces.
  • Many were impressed by the FriXion XT, a sticky compound that holds onto many types of terrain.
  • The Impact Brake System reliably provides traction when climbing and going down paths.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Bushido has a moderately heavy weight.
  • Some reviews noted that the TPU Toe Cap was not as efficient as advertised because they still felt the hard surfaces pound their toes.
  • Some runners thought that the heel cup needed improvement in order to prevent slippage.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Bushido is a running shoe that offers a perfect combination of responsiveness, stability and comfort. You can expect adequate protection and traction from this shoe, especially when running on technical terrain. This is great for daily training and long distance runs.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Ilsuk Han

    La Sportiva Bushido – one for the armory

    I bought these back in November 2016 and only took them out for my first run in January this year.

    I purchased these having a specific race in mind that I was hoping to use them for – the Transgrancanaria 125k, which has an elevation profile of more than 8000m and is known for its technical and rocky volcanic mountain terrain.

    With the race taking place at the end of February, time was running out for me take the Bushido out for some test runs and to break them in.

    Big in my decision to go with La Sportiva in general for mountain running, and Bushido in particular for technical terrain. But of course we all have to find out for ourselves.

     

    Figure 1. The robust heel counter is typical of the tough build quality

    First Impression

    So off to the trails of North Downs Way just to the south of London I went, retracing the route of the 7.5 mile Boxhill Fell Race. The terrain was muddier and flatter than what I'd find in Gran Canaria but it'd have to do.

    As I laced them up and got going, the words "bomb-proof" and "tank-like" came to mind.

     

    Figure 2. The bomb-proof toe cap

     

    Militaristic for sure, but apt for a model named after the way of life of Japanese samurai warriors.

    The fit was precise and the footing secure, in all but the sloppiest mud where nothing short of spikes will do anyway.

    Out of the box the shoes feel stiff, augmented by the hard moulding around the midfoot, but this doesn't hamper the gait in any way.

    I did experience a bit of heel slip on the right foot which led to my ankle sock being "eaten" into the shoe.

    I wasn't too concerned though, knowing that my right foot almost always takes longer to adapt to a new pair of shoes due to its narrower heel, and the problem was fixed by tightening the laces a touch.

     

    Figure 3. The protective midshank

     

    the Bushido felt fairly well-cushioned on tarmac sections.

    The next couple of runs over the weeks leading to Transgrancanaria were also mostly on soft terrain, with some sandy and rocky stretches.

    With the longest run at 20 miles, the shoes felt comfortable enough and broken in enough that I headed to the race armed with only these and without a back-up as I normally do.

     

    Figure 4. The dual-compound sole

     

    Gran Canaria is part of a 7-island archipelago sitting off the coast of West Africa.

    Due to its mountainous profile which peaks out at just under 2000m near the center and prevailing North-easterly trade winds, the Northern half of the island tends to be wetter and more lush than the South, which is barren, dry, and rocky.

    Transgrancanaria starts at the fishing port of Agaete in the North and ends at beach resort of Maspalomas to the South.

    In between is 125km of hills, stream crossings, mud, cobble stone, loose rock, scree, and dusty single track. Perfect testing grounds.

     

    Figure 5. Transgrancanaria

    Race Profile

     

    I finished the race in 25 hours 35 minutes, fairly comfortably within the 38-hour cutoff. I felt comfortable and confident throughout in the Bushidos and was particularly thankful for the robust toe protection for each of the dozen or so times that I kicked a rock.

    I did slap on a Compeed blister plaster on the ball of each foot around the halfway mark but this was more of a preventative measure than due to any actual blisters.

    To be sure, a blister or two would not be of surprise to anyone given the harsh, dusty terrain but I'm happy to report that the feet came away unscathed, which I believe owe as much to the snug wrap-around fit of the Bushido as anything else.

    In sum, I'd happily turn to these again for mountain running in varied conditions and terrain, with bias towards dry and with loose rocks. Prior to starting Transgrancanaria I felt as if I was heading into battle.

    With Bushidos at my side, I not only emerged alive but feeling victorious!

     

    Figure 6. After 150 tough miles

    The Specifics

     

    Weight: 10.50 oz (298g}

    Fit: Performance

    Upper: AirMesh / Thermal adhesive microfiber / High frequency welded ripstop / TPU toe cap

    Lining: Mesh / Highly breathable lateral mesh inserts / Stretch AirMesh (in tongue)

    Midsole: Compression molded MEMlex / 1.5mm dual-density compressed EVA rock guard (in forefoot) / TPU shank

    Sole: Dual-Density FriXion® XT V-Groove™ with Impact Brake System™

    Drop: 6mm

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

    Ilsuk Han

    Level 3 expert (6-14 reviews)

    I am a runner. Running shoes are my tools of trade, and I take my tools seriously. I believe in the right tool for the right job and find joy in both the search for, and when matters come together to result in an enjoyable outing. Trail, road, 5k to 100 milers and everything in between- I've done them all!

    11 reviews - average score 88/100

  • 82 / 100 | GEARIST

    One of the best toe caps we've ever seen protects your toes so they can live to see another day while laughing of your clumsy rock kicks.

  • 82 / 100 | iRunFar

    I think for a midweight, low profile shoe that you can really just hit some aggressive terrain and feel confident in the steps you're gonna take, La Sportiva really hit the mark with this.

  • 87 / 100 | John Ellings

    With an impressive combination of lightweight and supreme stability, the La Sportiva Bushido is built for rough and steep mountain terrain. - See more at: http://www.switchbacktravel.com/best-trail-running-shoes

  • 76 / 100 | Active Gear Review

    The Bushido destroys technical downhill. I’ve shaved minutes off my downhill descents. I chalk this up to the lug pattern, sticky soles and performance fit of the Bushido.

    Erik Johnson

    Level 2 expert (3-5 reviews)

  • 90 / 100 | Athletic Shoe Shop

    It is super lightweight without sacrificing support or cushion.

    Athletic Shoe Shop

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 90/100

  • 87 / 100 | Trail Runner Buddy

    Pretty light, nice stability to it, yet enough flexibility that it doesn't bother my feet.

    Buddy Jones

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

  • 87 / 100 | Saltmarsh Running

    It's a terrific trail running shoe that begs to be tested in higher terrain.

    Saltmarsh Running

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

  • 85 / 100 | Runultra

    The descriptions of features and details left me confused and a bit annoyed but when out on the trails and in the hills I forgot about all that and simply enjoyed running in La Sportiva Bushidos.

    Runultra

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 85/100

  • 85 / 100 | Backcountry Edge

    This is a fully-featured, lightweight trail shoe that I can see being great for someone that is hiking or just fast-backpacking with more of a minimal mindset. It's not a minimalist shoe by any means, but La Sportiva has put some features on this trail shoe that makes it really stable for how lightweight it is.

    Becky

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 85/100

  • 84 / 100 | Bedrock and Paradox

    If your joints and legs* are up to snuff, the Bushido has the fit and support for almost any load in any terrain.

    Dave Chenault

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 84/100

  • 82 / 100 | Love Swim Run

    They are a mid-weight shoe designed to keep you comfortable and on your feet in the most challenging conditions.

    Love Swim Run

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 82/100

  • 70 / 100 | Ultrazona

    At times my feet felt as though they were in a pair of climbing shoes rather then runners. Additionally the stiffness of the heel cup did not allow me to secure my heel.

    Ultrazona

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    2 reviews - average score 80/100

  • First look / Unboxing | Shop Zappos

    Brooke

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  • First look / Unboxing | Backcountry Edge

    Becky

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 85/100

  • First look / Unboxing | Epic TV

    Julia

    This YouTube channel has only first look videos - no reviews

  • First look / Unboxing | Wiggle

    Rob Berger

    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 87/100

  • First look / Unboxing | Shop Zappos

    Joe

    This YouTube channel has only first look videos - no reviews

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Updates to La Sportiva Bushido

  • La Sportiva aims for the middle of just about everything in the Bushido. It bridges the needs of runners on opposite sides of the minimalist and traditional kind of shoe spectrum. The Bushido has excellent cushioning for a shoe with 19mm heel height and 6mm heel drop. It is not the lightest shoe, but runs nimble in even the rockiest and most technical trail. The responsive platform enables runners to blaze the trail in sufficient support and protection. While it may not be the most flexible trail shoe, it does offer an element of natural running that a large number of runners will love.
  • La Sportiva, however, goes all out in providing superior traction in this shoe. The outsole is heavily littered with very aggressive lugs, including the perimeter. La Sportiva’s own rubber compound only makes the grip even more spectacular. It is also a very stable shoe without the usual TPU insert in the midfoot and offers a very balanced platform, even when running on uneven or rocky trails.
  • The Bushido is an extremely versatile shoe as its geometry and design allow it to be a spectacular speed training demon or a high-mileage trainer. Regardless of the distance or the speed, the socklike fit of the upper and lockdown feel all throughout the shoe provide runners with confidence from the first to the last step.

La Sportiva Bushido size and fit

Like most La Sportiva shoes, it has a snug fit in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot. The snug forefoot offers just enough space to accommodate mid-run swelling. Usually, runners with narrow to medium fit are able to get the most out of the shoe. Medium is the available size of the Bushido. Sizes come in 7-15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The extremely sticky Frixion ST covers most of the outsole, except in high-wear areas as these are filled with the durable carbon rubber. A single glance at the outsole will impress even the most serious observers. The outsole features really prominent and utterly aggressive lugs. These lugs dominate the outsole, even the perimeter. Loose rocks, going up or down a hill, and technical trail running will all be a breeze in this shoe.


Midsole

The full-length midsole called the Memlex is basically La Sportiva’s own version of a compression molded EVA for enhanced durability and responsive cushioning. Protection on the trail against bruises due to sharp objects is amply delivered by a Rock Protection Plate in the forefoot. This protection plate helps runners who want a stiffer form for powerful takeoffs.


Upper

Covering the upper in superior breathability is an open air mesh. The excellent ventilation of this shoe should ensure a sweat-free and really cool ride. Part of the protection on the trail is the TPU toe cap, which quite flexible despite being ultra-tough. The STB Control or the smart and strategic use of new synthetic overlays enables runners a more luxurious and comfortable fit.