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Gear Gift Ideas: La Sportiva Shoes
Text and photographs by Steve Casimiro
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La Sportiva Shoes

Illustration: Best Gear SealThe La Sportiva Mandala ($80; www.sportiva.com) has got it goin' on: sticky rubber, skate styling, and a new-school vibe that stretches the boundaries of what can be called an approach shoe. It's critter-friendly, too, constructed of hemp canvas and synthetic rubber.





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