Verdict from 1 expert and 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Edging master: The La Sportiva Kubo is impressive when it comes to mounting on edges and similar features, says a blogger.
  • Grippy: Its sticking prowess, according to a professional reviewer, is “phenomenal,” especially for heel hooks.
  • Smearing genius: To an experienced climber-slash-tester, this shoe from La Sportiva smears magnificently.
  • Durable rubberized sections: The integrated construction of the shoe's toe cap and randing gives a critic enough confidence that the parts in question will not blow out easily.
  • Comfy: An expert finds the Kubo “super comfortable.”

0 reason not to buy

It rarely happens, but we haven't found any reasons not to buy this shoe.

Bottom line

As far as climbing creativity is concerned, particularly on boulder-type ascents, the Kubo is a scene-stealer of a performer. Whether you need stronger forefoot-to-feature adhesion or a platform that will not give in wherever you place your toes on, this climbing shoe seems to do it all. And this is without mention of its mighty sensitive and plush confines yet, which should last for many months.

Tip: see the best climbing shoes.

Before you buy the La Sportiva Kubo

Are you convinced to expand your quiver with the Kubo yet? Before you let go of your dough, consider the following points first and be more informed.

Its main draws:

  • The Kubo is engineered with comfort and versatility in mind, making it a fine option for those transitioning from beginner routes to intermediate problems.
  • Its unlined upper (save for the tongue) translates to extra sensitivity.
  • Unlike most climbing shoes, the Kubo comes with broader Velcro attach pads. Their presence makes fit even more customizable, particularly around the ankle.
  • Its full-length midsole provides enhanced support on edges.
  • At no more than 450 grams a pair, the La Sportiva Kubo will hardly weigh you down.

Its few caveats:

  • The tongue’s padded underside might lessen instep sensitivity to a degree. A fair trade for additional comfort, perhaps?
  • Given that it comes with a full-length midsole, you might find the Kubo a little bit on the stiffer side, which can make dealing with curvier footholds trickier.

The Kubo’s alternatives

Katana Lace

This offering is a moderately downturned climbing shoe just like the Kubo. The Katana Lace is also a piece that provides an all-around performance in sport-type pursuits. That said, instead of Velcro, it comes with a lace-to-toe closure, which appeals to those who want a more secure lockdown around the forefoot.


While not a moderate climbing shoe, the La Sportiva Futura is like the Kubo in the sense that it also serves as a transition shoe—from intermediate level to advanced, that is. In addition, the Futura is as capable as the Kubo when it comes to bouldering and sport climbing. That said, it has a kind of design that makes it a commendable tool for cracks and steep routes as well.


How La Sportiva Kubo ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 46% moderate climbing shoes
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Bottom 24% La Sportiva climbing shoes
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Top 49% indoor climbing shoes
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