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La Sportiva Women’s Katana

With the Katana, La Sportiva has made a low-volume heel that doesn't pop off your foot. A tensioned rubber rand cinches the heel, while side indentations contour to the narrow shape of a woman's foot.

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La Sportiva Women’s Katana $120

With the Katana, La Sportiva has made a low-volume heel that doesn’t pop off your foot. A tensioned rubber rand cinches the heel, while side indentations contour to the narrow shape of a woman’s foot. However, the heel rand dug into the sensitive Achilles area. According to the Colorado Women’s Bouldering Team member Ashley Woods, the heel becomes more comfortable as it breaks in. With a thick leather upper and lining, the Katana was beefier than the other shoes, making it a good choice for lengthy jam-crack sessions. Not only does it match Sportiva’s own Mythos for all-day outings, but the comfortable, snug-fitting Velcro closures that wrap the foot make this shoe a high performer, keeping the shoes tight as they stretch. La Sportiva: lasportivausa.com.

—LIZZY SCULLY