I’m a huge fan of La Sportiva footwear, from the trail shoes to the mountaineering boots, and the Bushido are the most minimal pair I’ve tried. It’s a slimline shoe with a medium toebox and a narrow heel, which for short to medium distance running suits my feet well. This is an off-road shoe, so if you need lots of cushioning for tarmac, look elsewhere! There’s loads of tech inside, from the brand’s now pretty proven FriXion XT sole, their Impact Brake System and a stabilising frame in the midfoot, but the most obvious things in use are very fast draining mesh upper, and the 6mm low drop heel. I’m now used to wearing low drop footwear but it can take a while to transition.
Grip is fairly exemplary as you’d expect from the brand, and the wraparound lugs on the side of the shoe really do help with contouring and loose ground. The only issue I have is that midsole, which lacks substantial lugs, meaning that a midsole footing on wet rock leaves you feeling much less secure. Otherwise, there is plenty of traction here. There are both men’s and women’s versions and the weight is around 590g per shoe for my size EU45 (UK10.5)
► Verdict: Low drop, fast drying and mostly very grippy trail runner.
► Best for: Off road, technical ground, minimalists!
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern