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
$125
Weight
Men: 10.5oz
Women: 9.1oz
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 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


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 200 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
20%
3 star
8%
2 star
4%
1 star
5%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by RunRepeat • Ilsuk Han • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 82 / 100 by GEARIST • Brandon • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 81 / 100 by Acro Trail • Acro Trail • Level 2 expert

    If you are a minimalist guy who likes to run with, like, 3,4,5,6-mm drop shoes this will work for you. However, if you are accustomed to really flexible shoes, this is not gonna be one because the full-length rock-plate and the plastic wings on the side to protect your arch or plantar region will actually prevent the shoe from being really bendy.

  • 87 / 100 by John Ellings • John Ellings • Level 3 expert

    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 by Active Gear Review • Erik Johnson • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by Athletic Shoe Shop • Athletic Shoe Shop • Level 1 expert

    It is super lightweight without sacrificing support or cushion.

  • 87 / 100 by Trail Runner Buddy • Buddy Jones • Level 1 expert

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

  • 87 / 100 by Saltmarsh Running • Saltmarsh Running • Level 1 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 by Runultra • Runultra • Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 85 / 100 by Backcountry Edge • Becky • Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 84 / 100 by Bedrock and Paradox • Dave Chenault • Level 1 expert

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

  • 82 / 100 by Love Swim Run • Love Swim Run • Level 1 expert

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

  • 82 / 100 by iRunFarMedia • Travis Liles • Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 70 / 100 by Ultrazona • Ultrazona • Level 1 expert

    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.

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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.