Verdict from 33 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A majority of owners claimed that the North Face Litewave Ampere was very comfortable.
  • Numerous fitness enthusiasts recommended using it for cross-training, weight training, running and everyday walking because it provided adequate support.
  • Many users admired its style and colorways.
  • Several reviewers thought it was durable.
  • A good number of users were pleased that it was true to size.
  • It felt light on the foot, according to several testers.
  • Some consumers thought that it offered good value for the price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few people thought that the Litewave Ampere lacked cushioning.
  • There were some complaints about the collar digging into the skin.

Bottom line

In general, users recommended using the North Face Litewave Ampere for cross-training, weight training, running and everyday walking because of the support it offered. It also received praises for its comfort and style. However, there were complaints about an apparent lack of cushioning, as well as chafing of the ankles.

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Good to know

  • The North Face may be known for its mountaineering line, but it does cater to a broader audience by providing footwear, apparel, and gears for different types of activities.
  • The Litewave Ampere is a shoe designed for people who lead an active lifestyle. It features a breathable mesh upper that ventilates the inside of the shoe during high-intensity training. It is constructed with protective and supportive overlays to keep the foot stable during workouts.
  • The midsole uses a compression-molded, single-density ethylene-vinyl acetate that creates a shock-absorbing platform. It also has a full-length thermoplastic polyurethane plate for enhanced responsiveness of the midsole.
  • The UltrATAC makes up the external part of the sole unit. This material is high-wearing, grippy, and flexible. It has been retained in the more recent version of the shoe, the Litewave Ampere II.

The North Face Litewave Ampere is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. It is true-to-size. The width options are D - Medium and B - Medium for the male and female versions, respectively. Though the shoe uses mesh material, which has some stretchy properties, because of the overlays, it may feel snug for those with broad feet. Thus, consumers are advised to try it in person to get a secure and comfortable fit.

The North Face Litewave Ampere uses the UltrATAC on the outsole. According to the company, this type of rubber provides excellent traction on multiple surfaces and conditions. It extends to the front and serves as a protection against abrasion and impact.

The outsole wraps the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot to deliver lateral support during dynamic movements. This extension also aids the user during rope climbs.

Flex grooves are found throughout its length to support multidirectional movements and proper foot flexion.

The tread pattern increases the surface area of the outsole which, in turn, heightens traction.

A full-length TPU plate makes up a section of the Litewave Ampere’s midsole. This plastic material is elastic and resistant to abrasion and oil. This cushioning unit does not get compressed quickly. It also has a high energy return, giving users a bit of spring in their step.

This model also employs CMEVA, a type of foam that is responsive. It has shock-absorbing properties to prevent any foot pains or discomfort while training.

At the rear portion of the midsole is the CRADLE, a technology that aims to stabilize the heel. It is constructed from the EVA foam and is engineered to absorb impact. It also promotes anatomically correct strides.

It also has a molded foam insole that acts a comfortable footbed, attenuating the force of impact generated by each step.

The North Face Litewave Ampere features a dual mesh construction. A closed mesh is used in the lower quarter or the upper while a breathable mesh covers the rest of the top unit.

A traditional lace-up closure with flat laces secures the foot inside the foot-chamber. The padded tongue protects the instep, preventing the laces from digging into the skin.

A welded-TPU compound is added in the midfoot area. It integrates with the lacing system and acts like the cables of a suspension bridge, delivering support where it is needed. Tightening the laces causes the welded-TPU to hug the sides of the foot, providing a snug fit. It also serves as an external heel clip. This structure keeps the heel from sliding inside the shoe to prevent injuries.

The plush collar supports the ankle and prevents chafing. It also locks down the heel to avoid accidental shoe removal while in motion.


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Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.