Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7oz | Women: 7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Forefoot height: Men: 14mm | Women: 14mm
Brand: La Sportiva
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $115
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80 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 65 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    It's a really, really fantastic, light trail runner. I think you'll like it, too.

  • 84 / 100 | Vo2max Productions | | Level 2 expert

    So, all around, a great, lightweight, relatively minimal, shoe here from La Sportiva. And it really shines with its excellent traction on the rocks.

  • 86 / 100 | iRunFar | | Level 4 expert

    In a test run, it firmly held my foot in place. 

  • 78 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    The La Sportiva Vertical K is a very well cushioned minimalist trail racing shoe with little protection for technical trails.

  • 89 / 100 | Running Warehouse | Level 3 expert

    The heel of the shoe locks you in place and the midfoot is very secure.

  • 80 / 100 | Ginger Runner | Level 2 expert

    This shoe was made for racing. It’s cushioned while maintaining a low and fast profile. While it does have it’s short-comings, I overall like this shoe very much and have really racked the miles up on them. 

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  • The La Sportive Vertical K features the new MorphoDynamic EVA midsole the delivers soft and durable cushioning. It reduces impact during landing for a more stable and well-cushioned rider. It also lighter compared to other standard EVA midsole and promotes natural foot flex.
  • It also comes with a very sticky rubber compound in its outsole that delivers impressive traction and grip on technical and rocky terrains.
  • The Vertical K also has an improved upper. The single-piece air mesh upper provides lightweight and breathable coverage while creating an amazing fit.

The Vertical K is available in standard running shoe size. The fit wraps the foot snugly in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. It gives an amazing fit to those with regular and slightly wider foot measurements. It is available in standard running shoe width.

The outsole unit uses the FriXion XF Rubber that delivers impressive traction and grip. The aggressive lugs provide plenty of power to tackle the toughest terrain. It is designed to keep runners upright while doing uphill climbs and downhill plunges.

The Vertical K uses the innovative Morpho Dynamic EVA midsole that is made from soft and premium foam. It attenuates shock during impact for a smoother, more stable and responsive ride. The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is a worthy counterpart to the Vertical K because of their similarities in construction and functionality.

The La Sportiva Vertical K features the one-piece air mesh cover that gives maximum breathability. The 4-way stretch gaiter cover keeps trail debris from entering the shoe. The TPU toe cap gives added protection to the foot from rocks.