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  • Terrain

    Road

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

    Trail

    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.

    Competition

    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
    $115
  • 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
  • Release date
    Unknown
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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 & New Balance’s Leadville v3. However, La Sportiva is all about the mountain and trails, it is what they do, and they do it well.

    This is their niche.

     

    Advertised Statistics

    Weight: 1lb 9 oz – slightly heavier than your average road shoe but considering its purpose and stability, you’ll never really notice.

    Midsole: EVA – multiple layers to provide cushioning & nylon molded shanks to keep the arch support consistent while providing a firmness that protects from roots and rocks.

    Upper: Nylon mesh that is advertised as water resistant and breathable. This helps keep the shoe-weight down as it is a 1-piece setup.

    Upper & Toe

    The nylon mesh was designed with plenty of holes for breathability, and this works well. My feet don’t feel like they are burning anywhere from mile 1 to mile 6 (my usual distance is 5 miles).

    I did get caught in a light drizzle on one outing, and my feet remained dry, so I feel comfortable in supporting the water resistant claim.

    The toe guard wrap provides good protection if you happen to kick a root or a dirt mound, but it doesn’t take away from the overall ability of the shoe to breathe well.

     

    Tongue

    Between the lace design and the mold of the shoe, the tongue is held securely in place and slipping does not occur. The shoe’s nylon upper and the laces actually wrap over the tongue (see picture) while leaving the tongue still independent in the upper area.

    This creates a snug feel on the top of the foot without feeling too tight or bound in any other way – more as if the foot is wrapped.

     

    Cushion

    The orange area you see is a soft cushion, but it is contained to the surrounding area of the heel and immediate sides below the ankle area. It doesn’t go all the way down the shoe which allows for those areas to be comfortable without sacrificing the breathability.

    This also helps wick the moisture away and holds the heel snug. The shoe is advertised as neutral but and while the arch support isn’t aggressive, it is appreciatively present and doesn’t appear to have faded after the first 50 miles.

     

    Traction & Stiffness

    The bottom of the shoe has what 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.

    Lastly

    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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  • 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.

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 structure of the midsole makes the Wildcat 3.0 ideal for neutral pronators.


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 lockdown. The Altra Olympus 3.0, on the other hand, uses a trail-specific mesh that has a quick-drying capability.

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.

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