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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 13.1oz
    Women: 10.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
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We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners noticed the enhanced comfort given by the 3rd version of the Wildcat.
  • The Air Mesh provides breathable coverage that’s comfortable and lightweight.
  • The toe cap protects the foot from debris.
  • Many reviewers like the Asymmetrical lacing harness of the Wildcat 3.0, which efficiently adjusts the fit in a responsive manner.
  • This shoe features the Impact Brake System for shock absorption and maximum grip.
  • This version comes with a wider toe box which was ideal for those with wide feet.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who noticed that the shoe lining does not totally keep the foot cool and dry.
  • The weight of the Wildcat 3.0 is heavy.
  • It has a slightly expensive price.

Bottom line

Expect a comfortable fit and plush cushioning from the La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0. Many were impressed by the updated look and construction of the Wildcat. This shoe is best for off-road racing, long distance running and daily training sessions.


Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Kris Ward

    La Sportiva Wildcat: Great traction for the not-so-beaten trail

    The La Sportiva Wildcat was designed as a neutral shoe for trail running that requires more traction/support than your typical road running shoe can provide.

    This shoe competes with others such as Brooks Puregrit 6 & La Sportiva described as “Sticky FriXion at rubber outsoles” & their “Impact Brake System [to] reduce impact forces while improving traction”.

    The design provides a smooth ride (not knobby) while giving you the grip to turn quickly, stop suddenly, and zig-zag as needed. There is a nice bounce that the shoes provide though they keep it from feeling as if your feet are “springy”.

    My feet feel supported without the shoe feeling too stiff and I don’t hurt at all from roots or rocks.

    These aren’t made with the knobs that you’d want for off-trail or mud, but they are perfect for the single-track bike (type of) trails or only slightly kept paths that you might find.


    My wildcats have saved my ankles from rolling on a random root or rock many times even though I don’t quite understand how they’ve made that work so well.

    This is what I mean when I say they do trails and mountains and they do it well. I mostly appreciate the support, the traction, and whatever system is used that has saved my ankles.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 73 / 100 | John Ellings

    With so much mesh in the shoe’s upper and not a whole lot of protection along the sides (other than towards the heel and a small toe cap), it is more prone to tears.

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Updates to La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0

  • The Wildcat 3.0 is a resounding answer to hordes of trail enthusiasts who found some glaring issues with the fit of the past version. While La Sportiva shoes are often narrow in the forefoot, the past edition was even more so. This time around, the company made sure that the forefoot is truly average for enhanced comfort, which should make a good number of runners happy.
  • One modification that delivered more room in this area is the removal of the granite-like toe protection. The 3rd version of the Wildcat sports a forgiving toe protection that gives more breathing room in the forefoot.
  • The latest model also features a few new overlays for added structure and support. This will be very handy when tackling the difficult and uneven terrain.
  • Finally, La Sportiva tried to make the cushioning a tad softer than the prior version. A softer ride that still provides responsive cushioning is in store for those who wear this shoe on the trails.

La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 size and fit

Thankfully, the fit of the Wildcat 3.0 is average, which is substantially better than the narrow fit of most La Sportiva trail shoes. Runners who are looking for a rugged outdoor shoe with enough breathing room in the forefoot, snug heel and midfoot, will really enjoy this shoe. Available widths are D and B while sizing remains standard. Sizing options are 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


La Sportiva’s sticky FriXion X Axis rubber does an excellent job in providing superior traction on moderately difficult and technical terrain. An Impact Brake System or the configuration of rightly spaced lugs delivers consistent bite in almost all outdoor surfaces, including wet rocks.


A dual-density EVA called MEMlex by La Sportiva and the brand exclusive SpEVA combine for a very nice mixture of shock-absorbing features and responsiveness. To control overpronation, a TPU midsole insert holds the excessive inward rolling of the foot to a minimum.


The upper features mesh of substantial holes for a really breathable ride. There are a couple of leather-like overlays sandwiched by netting to enhance midfoot lock down. A stiff yet comfortable heel cup prevents heel slippage while the interior sports a moisture wicking fabric. La Sportiva’s new toe counter is flexible, but resilient. It adds sufficient protection for the toes and adds more room in the toe box.