The La Sportiva Bushido is a technical trail running shoe designed for a moderate overpronated foot motion.


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The La Sportiva Bushido is your choice when you need a performance shoe for technical terrain. Featuring a TPU frame around the midsole to help stabilize the foot, this shoe keeps you close to the ground with a low profile platform. An internal bootie construction provides a socklike fit, while an aggressive outsole gives you unrelenting grip on rocky trails.

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*See the La Sportiva Shoe Size Conversion Chart

Weight:  11.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (26mm), Forefoot (19mm)  

Widths Available: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Mid-foot: Medium
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi- Curved


  • Compression Molded MEMIex is a full length midsole engineered for moderate cushioning.
  • Dual Density Rock Guard is a layer of compressed EVA in the forefoot for protection from trail hazards.


  • FriXion XT is a full length versatile sticky compound designed for technical and rocky terrain.
  • 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.
  • High Frequency Welded Ripstop overlays provide durability and a secure, seamless lock down.
  • Stretch Mesh Air Tongue is made of a stretch material to help guard against debris.
  • TPU 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 my favorite go to shoe. Stable in the heel with super grip on all surfaces, the mid-foot feels a little tight after 10 miles or so but if you have very uneven and inconsistent terrain like in central PA this is the right shoe. I have had no trouble with the durability of the shoe and have put over 400 miles on these shoes, still prefer these shoes over any other trail shoe. However it is not what I would pick for a flat hard surface like asphalt.
From: Steve, Cumberland Foreside. December 10th 2015

Comments: I have logged approaching 100 miles hiking in these shoes in VT/NH/ME. They have performed well in a wide variety of terrain and conditions. The sole feels good and the fit is perfectly fine for me, however, I was (and still am) having issues with the heel pocket. On every hike I have developed a hot spot, and then a bad heel blister. I stress this point because it is not an issue of the shoe not broken in yet. It's a repeat offender. And I should add that I wear a size 10/D, which if fairly average. I am going to have to wear really thick socks in order to prevent this (I hope). If this was not the case, I would have zero issues with the Bushido.
From: Mike Boston, MA, USA. October 1st 2015

Comments: Great shoes! They have nice sticky soles, aggressive treads, and an add on option of spikes for winter running. The shoes come with a rock plate and a heavy duty toe bumper, which is what initially got my dollar. My thoughts after 100 miles Pros: Very protective, secure fit, durable upper (a rarity these days), protective toe bumpers, ergonomic sole that locks foot in place(no sliding), good feel for trail, very nimble, low profile, good in snow Cons: Narrow, not much room to move (the downside of secure), not as cushioned as other shoes, color scheme, would not want to wear for over 15-20 miles, would not recommend running on ANY roads with these due to discomfort, no water repelling material. Would recommend to: the narrow neutral footers who would rather dance (with confidence) through rock gardens than blast through on some minimalist kicks.
From: Joe, Boulder, CO, USA. November 8th 2014

Comments: Very disapointed by the shoes. Sure they have a good grip, they are very light, dynamic and perform well on all kind of field. But come on, 100k and the sole was already falling apart.
From: HK. October 9th 2014

Comments: Simply the best trail running shoes I have ever used. Low to the ground, not to heavy, extremely grippy on wet surfaces (let's face it, all trai shoes do more than fine on dry surfaces, it's the humid/wet rocks and tree roots that send you face down). The climbing sticky rubber that la Sportiva uses on these is very sticky indeed. They are a bit stiff, particularly if you are used to run in something like Inov8, but they get a bit more flexible after some dozens of miles. They gave me blisters on the internal side of the heels, but after a couble of runs the problem was resolved. And they performed greatly for me during the Sierre Zinal race in Switzerland (which has a wide variety of terrain (soft, muddy, dirt, rocky, lungs-shattering uphills and quads-shattering downhills).
From: Gabriel, Switzerland. August 14th 2014

Comments: Loved this shoe, but for my purposes (thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail) it didn't suit me. I put 800 miles on the Ultra Raptors, and the Bushidos were less cushioned and much lighter-weight. The heel pocket is great as is traction and stability, but the lower amount of cushioning caused more foot pain over long distances day in and day out, and the heel is lined with cloth vs the Raptor's faux leather that reduced friction, so I got some heel chafing unless I wore them slightly looser. I'd definitely choose this shoe for shorter runs or activities where all-day support isn't needed. That's the trade off here-performance (bushido) vs all-day every day comfort (ultra raptor). Both are very protective and confidence-inspiring otherwise.
From: Eric, Washington, DC, USA. June 23rd 2014

Comments: Great Shoe. I got a hot spot in the heel, but after running about 20 miles with a piece of moleskin I removed it and no problems. Fantastic in all conditions they shine on technical terrain but also roll just fine on buffed trails, some say overkill but for me they are fine. I would like to point out because I really rely on RW's product descriptions, They offer Moderate Cushioning and a Semi Firm ride. The cushioning is great for all distances. I have a narrow low volume foot, run 50 miles a week in the Wasatch Mountains and Roads.
From: Nick, SLC, UT, USA. April 26th 2014