La Sportiva Akasha Men's Shoes Black/Yellow

La Sportiva Akasha Men's Shoes Black/Yellow

The La Sportiva Akasha is an extra cushioned, technical trail running shoe designed for long runs over varied and rugged terrain..

La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 39.5
In Stock: 2
  • Size: Size 39.5    In Stock: 2
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 40.0
In Stock: 2
  • Size: Size 40.0    In Stock: 2
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 40.5
In Stock: 1
  • Size: Size 40.5    In Stock: 1
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 41.0
In Stock: 1
  • Size: Size 41.0    In Stock: 1
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 41.5
In Stock: 1
  • Size: Size 41.5    In Stock: 1
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 42.0
In Stock: 3
  • Size: Size 42.0    In Stock: 3
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 42.5
In Stock: 3
  • Size: Size 42.5    In Stock: 3
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 43.0
In Stock: 1
  • Size: Size 43.0    In Stock: 1
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 43.5
In Stock: 2
  • Size: Size 43.5    In Stock: 2
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 44.0
In Stock: 1
  • Size: Size 44.0    In Stock: 1
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 44.5
In Stock: 2
  • Size: Size 44.5    In Stock: 2
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 45.0
In Stock: 1
  • Size: Size 45.0    In Stock: 1
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 45.5
In Stock: 03/09
  • Size: Size 45.5    In Stock: 03/09
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 46.0
In Stock: 03/09
  • Size: Size 46.0    In Stock: 03/09
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 46.5
In Stock: 15 Days
  • Size: Size 46.5    In Stock: 15 Days
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 47.0
In Stock: 2
  • Size: Size 47.0    In Stock: 2
La Sportiva Akasha Men Shoe Blk/Ylw 47.5
In Stock: 03/09
  • Size: Size 47.5    In Stock: 03/09


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


Take on the toughest of trails with ease in the La Sportiva Akasha. Dual-Injection Shock Absorbing MEMIex EVA creates a highly cushioned ride and a FriXion XT outsole creates sticky traction on a variety of surfaces. Paired with a breathable air mesh upper and a trail rocker sole, this trail shoe provides a comfortable fit with a smooth ride for the miles ahead.

Model Number: 26Y-BY

Weight: 11.3 oz (size 42.0)

Stack Height: 31mm (Heel), 25mm (Forefoot)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow
  • Mid-foot: Low volume
  • Forefoot: Narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


  • Dual-Injection Shock Absorbing MEMIex is a full length EVA midsole engineered for enhanced cushioning.
  • Cushion platform provides excellent shock absorption with plenty of comfort.


  • FriXion XT is a full length versatile sticky compound designed for technical and rocky terrain.
  • Trail Rocker sole system promotes a rolling heel to toe motion for a smooth ride on the trails.
  • Impact Brake System is a lugged system designed to lessen impact forces and increase uphill/downhill traction.


  • Air Mesh covers the upper to keep feet cool and ventilated.
  • STB Control consists of a TPU frame extending around the upper and midsole, providing increased stability and a secure fit.
  • ProTechTion HF reinforcements provide lightweight flexibility with added protection.
  • Rubber Toe Cap keeps toes protected from rocks and other trail hazards.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: This is a solid shoe with a snug fit, stellar grip, a stable base, and a thick midsole with a good balance of plushness and responsiveness. The padded tongue and stretchy laces help you get that good fit without hurting the tops of your feet. The midsole cushion is plush, but it's quite a bit firmer than a Hoka -- probably closer to the Wildhorse 3 midsole. The outsole is pretty wide which helps with stability. Contrary to the last review, I thought the heel was actually a bit shallow, but I find this to be an issue for me on almost every shoe. I was able to easily fix this by taking out the stock insole -- it's super thick! Also, go a half size up! I'm an 11.5 in almost every shoe, and the 12 (45.5) is perfect.
From: Matt, Denver, CO, USA. September 30th 2016

Comments: I'm a Brooks Cascadia guy, but wanted to try something different. After a couple short and mid-distance shakeout runs (6-10 miles), I had high hopes for these. The grip is phenomenal and the cushioning is pretty plush. About 200 miles in (including 27 at The Rut mountain run in Montana), I'm not so thrilled. The upper is not very supportive, allowing my foot to slide around on steep downhills, even with the laces cinched uncomfortably tight. The cutout for the upper ankle bone is also too high (for me), causing some rubbing that gets pretty rough on downhills or anything over 10 miles. Just my opinion... I'll be going back to Brooks.
From: Mike, Whitefish, MT, USA. September 29th 2016

Comments: Just a quick note about fit. The Akashas appear to be a fine shoe for the right foot. Mine is not. I've had a couple of pairs of Wildcats and two Ultra Raptor. I was looking for something where I could maintain the protection, while adding a bit more cushioning. I wear a 42.5 in the both models mentioned and tried the same in the Akasha. The Akashas fit tight in the toebox in both the width and height. Also, my heel tended to slip out. I'll go back to the Ultra Raptors.
From: Gary, Chicago, IL, USA. July 30th 2016

Comments: As the question has come up on the width of the forefoot, I have to disagree with those who say it is wide. A 42 in the Akasha fits my foot the same as a size 9 in the Brooks Launch 2 (my go to road running shoe)--which is not a wide forefoot shoe. The feel underfoot is great (and it is tighter in the heel than the Brooks Launch 2--a plus in my mind), but the forefoot does not fit wide (it is medium at best, perhaps more on the narrow-to-medium end of things). So if you have a wide forefoot, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
From: Dale, Denver, CO, USA. June 24th 2016

Comments: I agree with Yusef far more than Joe from NJ on sizing. I have owned the Helios and Vertical Ks and these run more in line with those, albeit not quite as small. The forefoot on these is wider than those ones, but they seem to fit like almost like most normal sized shoes. Regardless, for someone with wide but short feet, these are comfortable shoes. Like them.
From: AVY, Oneonta, NY, USA. May 5th 2016

Comments: I think this is the first time ever that I'm saying that a LaSportiva shoe fits big, but this one does. I've had two of the Ultra Raptor and the Wildcat and in each, I was a 47.5, so I figured the Akasha would be the same, but these feel too long. Additionally, I thought the height of the toebox was low, which was uncomfortable for me, especially with cushioned socks like Drymax trail. On the plus side, it's a good looking shoe, the sole has lugs, but they are not intrusive and did just fine on smooth surfaces. The shoe does sit high, but if you are comfortable with this, and it fits, I'd say you have a good shoe for long-distance trail races.
From: Joe, NJ, USA.  April 20th 2016

Comments: This mini review is in part a response to 'wide_forefoot guy's' question on the comfort of this shoe. I consider myself to also have a wide forefoot, coupled with a high volume foot (due to higher arches) and a narrower heel... this translates to a lot of returns when trying new models. For reference, in terms of comfort the Pearl Izumi N2 fit considerably well, securing the foot and allowing my toes to splay out. Hokas and Salomons are invariably too narrow. Altras, while very nice in the forefoot may be a tad to loose around the heel, causing my foot to slip on steep downs and leading to the dreaded toenail loss on longer races. Akasha's fall in line closer to the PI N2 that I've ever experienced... however there is a soft glove like wrap around my foot that is very pleasant... The laces are genius. They have the perfect amount of elasticity and they never come undone. Out of the box took em for a 19 miler out in severe rainy weather on some muddy trails and they performed very well. No blisters, no compressed forefoot yet the downhills even on 15 to 20% rocky grades my foot never slipped at all, so my toes never had to "grip" the inserts. Overall one of the most comfortable and stable rides I've experienced, will be my go to shoe for long mountain races. Try them, hope they fit you well.
From: Yusef, Oakland, CA, USA. April 11th 2016

Comments: Wish we could ask questions of reviewers but I don't see that option. How is the forefoot on these shoes? Wide enough for toe splay or narrow?
From: Wide forefoot guy. March 10th 2016

*RW Editor's Note: Please feel free to email for a personalized response. We are happy to give you personal feedback on the shoe.

Comments: Love the trail shoe!! Running on the east coast on rocky trails in Massanutten and Shenandoah with the cushion and awesome trends are awesome on these rocks!! It's a combination of the Helios SR with the uppers along with the shoe strings and the soles and aggressive trends of the Raptors but with added cushion!!!
From: Dan, Frederick, MD, USA. February 19th 2016