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 with 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 sock-like fit of the upper and lockdown feel all throughout the shoe provide runners with confidence from the first to the last step.


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.


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.


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.


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