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La Sportiva Futura Climbing Shoe
The Futura is one of La Sportiva's best-selling high-performance climbing shoes with patented No-Edge® technology for increased sensitivity and friction on blank rock. The velcro version of the Genius, the Futura has a smaller volume and will be better suited for people with narrow-medium feet.
Designed for technical sport climbing and steep bouldering, the La Sportiva Futura features all of La Sportiva's not-so-secret recipes for their top-spec shoes. The P3® rand system maintains the shoe's powerful downturn, permanently. The Fast Lacing System® provides quick and precise adjustments without the same restrictions of velcro. But it's really the No-Edge® Technology that makes the Genius: a design that removes the edges from the shoe's rubber, this technology makes the shoe much more sensitive and adaptable than a standard climbing shoe and, whilst it will take some getting used to, will excel on seemingly blank rock. It may seem like a daft thing to do, but people have told us that they'd never go back to using a normal shoe.
The Futura's upper is made from leather/synthetic, so there will be probably be some stretch but not that much. La Sportiva recommend sizing the Futura in the medium area of not too loose and not too tight for the best performance.
For a softer version that will suit lighter climbers, there's also the Futura Women's.
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Futura Blue / Yellow
Blue / Black
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Vibram XS Grip 2
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No-Edge® Technology is especially effective on featureless rock and for smearing. It decreases space between the toe and the shoe’s rubber to enhance sensitivity, allowing you to “feel” tiny holds with greater precision, and its edgeless design creates a greater contact surface area with the rock - i.e., you don’t just the rubber under your toes, but the entire toe-box. No-Edge® Technology is ideal for steep bouldering, technical climbing, and hold-less feature climbing, where it instills maximum confidence on holds you wouldn’t even notice were there in a standard climbing shoe.
Vibram XS Grip2™
Rubber compound built for pure friction, recommended for use where maximum grip is the primary need - bouldering and sport climbing, indoor climbing, or extremely smooth, polished routes.
P3® Permanent Power Platform
After intensive abuse, downturned climbing shoes can start to lose their distinctive shape. La Sportiva’s P3 rand system prevents from this happening so your shoe maintains its powerful profile, permanently.
8 product reviews
Since first try those shoes were really comfortable, even if really tight.
I find them really effective both on smearing and on little foot holds, and superbe even on slabby routes.
Of course being soft shoes, after a long slab blouder session they start hurting a bit, but it is a minor drawback.
The heel is really sensitive but stable, I had to get used to the feeling of a softer heel after using skwamas for a long time, but after I learned to trust it, it allowed even more precise heelhooks.
What I found most surprising was the velcro closure system, that going all the way to the toes gives you the chance to adjust the fit of the shoe to your needs and tighten more the heel or the toes with just one strap.
I have now trusted the futuras for around 3 years as my go to shoe for everything. The fit is snug and break in is super quick - climbs really well out of the box, also due to the no-edge tech.
The only negative parts for me are:
The toe has a tendency to rip, when you roll over a sharp piece of rock, which might shorten the life-span of the shoes, and as with the solution the tightening strap wears down and might rip as well.
A bit tight at the beginning but easy to wear as it is a very soft climbing shoe. Stretches with the use. Nice for slaps and overhang. Very sticky and able to feel the rock easily. I love it!!!
Recently bought these shoes again and it really works good for me. Been trying almost every lasportiva shoe and most other brands aswell. But i keep coming back to this model. The no edge system fits me perfect even on slab and the toebox is great for toehooks. I use them for both indoor and outdoor climbing. Since i almost exclusively boulder i wear them really tight. Im a size 40,5 and i wear 38. So far this is the best shoe ive had.
I bought these as i wanted something softer than my solutions for a specific problem. Seems daft talking about comfort in a high end shoe - but these are just that, really comfy! Size wise - i'm a 43 street shoe, Solutions are 41 and these fit well at 40.5. Performance - they are a funny one, heel is good on specific problems where you need more feel than the Solutions, and the toe comes into its own on smears which have a slight dink in them, so the toe moulds to it. If you only want one pair of shoes, this isn't it - get the Solution. If you want a board shoe, they aren't robust enough - get the Solution or Python. If you want a shoe that works amazingly in specific situations, then they can't be beaten. Just don't expect to use them on every climbing session. One for the quiver...