Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.

    Hiking Shoes

    The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering Boots

    Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.

    Good to know

    Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.

  • Price
    $190
  • Feature
  • Weight
    Men: 15.5oz
    Women: 13.1oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most users found the comfort of the Spire GTX exhilarating.
  • Even after a thorough water immersion test, a handful of reviewers were impressed as they did not discover any leakage.
  • The majority lauded how it kept a well-ventilated in-shoe feel.
  • Despite having a low-cut design, the La Sportiva Spire GTX surprised plenty of wearers with its support.
  • An avid hiker was stoked with how the pair handled sidehilling and plunge stepping confidently. He attributed it to the apt stiffness of the midsole.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of gear critics mentioned that the Spire GTX from La Sportiva might be too flimsy in technical terrain.
  • The sheath of the default lace tore easily, based on an expert review.

Bottom line

Outdoor lovers may see the Spire GTX as a likable hiking shoe as it was able to tick the basics on the trail. Those who would encounter wet conditions need not worry with its efficient waterproofing. On the other hand, its breathability will take charge during warm climate hikes. However, its build may not be enough to handle the more rigorous terrain. In summary, the La Sportiva Spire GTX is a day hiking shoe ready for tamed trails. Using it on rough conditions may seem to be a gamble.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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98 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | La Sportiva North America

    A mid-duty, waterproof shoe with 360 degrees of breathability.

  • 100 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab

    The La Sportiva Spire GTX quickly became our lead tester's favorite pair of hiking shoes, due to its incredible performance on all types of trail.

  • 92 / 100 | justinsimoni

    As for lifespan, these shoes feel just barely broken into, and I’m going to expect many more hundreds of miles in their future.

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Updates to La Sportiva Spire GTX

  • The research and development team of La Sportiva created the Spire GTX to keep a comfortable and waterproof in-shoe environment even on the harshest trail conditions. It is equipped with technologies working together to achieve 360-degree breathability and long-lasting durability.
  • Technologies such as the Gore-Tex Surround, Nano-Cell, and STB control system are the prime features from the upper to the midsole. It optimizes airflow in and out of the shoe and renders a stable and supportive stride. Cushioning, on the other hand, is being offered by an Ortholite footbed and EVA midsole.
  • The Vibram XS Trek with Impact Brake System from La Sportiva provides underfoot protection. Its non-marking yet aggressive profile allows users to use it indoors or outdoors.

La Sportiva Spire GTX size and fit

The La Sportiva Spire GTX is a day hiking shoe for men and women. It comes in standard width and regular sizes. Its straightforward lace-up closure helps achieve a snug fit. Generally, the shoe runs true to size.

Outsole

Traversing most types of terrain is made possible by the Vibram XS Trek. Its aggressive lugs and non-marking profile possess sensitivity to ground conditions for an enhanced grip.

La Sportiva also added their Impact Brake System to this low-cut day hiking shoe. It includes opposing, slanted lugs that increase the braking ability of the sole. It also helps reduce negative ground impacts.

Midsole

The 5 mm Ortholite insole works with the compression molded EVA midsole designed with aeration channels. This layout enables it to wick away moisture from the foot to the ventilation panels on the sides to maximize air circulation inside the shoe. They provide a lightweight cushioning and comfortable ride.

Furthermore, with the STB control system , the stability underfoot is enhanced. It places two full-length TPU stabilizers on the sides (medial and lateral) of the midsole.

Upper

With an abrasion resistant upper equipped with the Gore-Tex Surround technology, the breathability of the Spire GTX is optimized. The open side ventilation outlets are reinforced with the Nano Cell 2.0. Aside from keeping pebbles from entering the shoe, it also adds structure and durability.

The brand designers also added a couple of features on the upper. A PU Techlite rand is placed on each end (in the toe and heel areas) for protection, a finger loop at the heel for easy-on access and round laces running through the webbing eyelets lock the foot in place.