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A shoe for the modern climber.

Attack cutting-edge sport routes with confidence born of experience and quality gear like the La Sportiva Futura Climbing Shoe. Built for technical, modern, acrobatic sequences on anything from overhangs to slippery slabs, the Futura helps you navigate even the most elusive projects. Your feet become formidable when combined with the right tech, but the Futura proves that doesn't mean you have to break your toes or cram them into an uncomfortable shoe to get your feet there.

  • Revolutionary No-Edge concept eliminates traditional sole edges for closer contact to rock and enhanced sensitivity
  • Hook-and-loop closure allows for a snug fit and easy-on, easy-off access during boulder sessions
  • Permanent Power Platform technology helps preserve down-turned shape to maintain overhang-climbing abilities and sole power throughout shoe life
  • Combination leather and synthetic leather upper encourages comfort and ventilation so your skin breathes during challenging sequences

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5 5

A new level of shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

After a while with the Nexxo, which I thought was my ultimate climbing shoe, I decided to try the Futura at the behest of friends who kept insisting it was the bees knees. I'd tried the shoe on before but was too intimidated at the thought of no edges to keep them. That was a mistake!

This shoe blows away anything else I've ever climbed in. The Futuras are better than other downturned shoes to the same extent that other downturned shoes are compared to a flat-lasted shoe. It's really like a whole new category. In my first day in Futuras I tried a boulder problem that I had hurt my knee on the week before when I foot slipped off a bad hold. I had seen other people fall off the same hold the same way, so it seemed to fluster even the best footwork. In the Futuras it was trivial to stand on it! Even the tiniest edges get dominated by these!

What's also crazy is how comfortable they are. Easily the most comfortable downturned shoes I've ever worn. I got these in the same size as I wear in Solutions (42.5) and the comfort is amazing. Most Sportivas are a little narrow for me, and at first this was true for the Futuras as well, but after a couple days in them they conform perfectly to my foot. I'd recommend the same size as you wear in Solutions or if you really want something super tight, a half size down. When I tried a half size up they actually were less comfortable because of the worse heel fit. You don't really need to size tightly though, just snuggly. This very close to the "ideal" downturned shoe: one that doesn't really force your toes to curl, but is more like dipping your toes in rubber and then letting you curl your toes naturally. For comparison, I can only barely wear the Miura VS, which has the same last; it seems the softness of this shoe makes the fit very forgiving.

4 5

Pretty Good "Smedging" shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've been wearing these shoes for over a month, sport climbing on the east coast. They have performed excellently in all arenas: from steep sloper-jugs, to techy slaps. if where you are climbing, requires a lot of smearing and twisting, these are the shoes. Because the "No-Edge" rands, you can really twist and roll around on your toes, without worrying about a foot pop. This allows for intuitive movement, and quick foot placements. However, if you require power edging, these shoes do not provide excellent support.

The unlined, leather uppers are incredibly comfortable, and stretch a lot. The have a similar to the Miura VS's. Once they are broken in, they do not feel real aggressive. The glue La Sportiva uses is rather weak. Parts of the rand, and the toe patch are starting to separate from the shoe, as the rubber has a bulky fit on the shoe. I had the same problem with the Rubber splitting on from the heel.

My other shoes
La Sportiva Boulder X: 42.5 (street fit)
La Sportiva Lace-up Katana: 39.5 (comfort/tight fit)
La Sportiva Testarossa: 38.5 (tight fit)
La Sportiva Solution: 38.5 (very tight fit)
La Sportiva Futura: 38.5 (comfort/tight fit)

I thought these broke in rather quickly; after a few pitches.

5 5

Great Performance...for a price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

hello fellow gearheads,
Background: this is my third pair of rock shoes, but first pair of highly technical sport climbing/bouldering shoe.
Size: I'm a size 42 normal shoe, and everyone said to go down sizes when purchasing, so I got the 40. They hurt. Took at least 20 hours to break in (roughly 4/5 times at the gym or outside), but once they're broken in, they're great like frosted flakes. they don't stretch much, maybe a half size or 3/4 size, but its better for them to fit snugly to get the full effect of the no-edge. Also the heel is a bit wonky at times, but you can still stick decent heel hooks when needed, just pull 'em tighter.
Feel: when La Sportiva advertises the sensitivity on these "no-edge" tech, they really mean it. you can feel everything on the rock from the smallest crimpiest ledge to slabs <-- which I will get to in a second.
Usage: I've used these mostly at the gym and some boulder problems outside (NH/NY), I would NOT recommend these for longer slab or alpine climbs, they were NOT designed for that. Silly me thought the performance would outshine the pain on longer climbs, but you def feel the pain after about one typical 70m rope top off. IF you're climbing that stuff, then check out the TC pros or lady Mura's (yes, even if you're a dude, they fit more comfortably!) You should know if you're a serious boulderer, you need to give the soles a good hand-rub before attempting to send those tough routes, and this shoe can take it for awhile, I don't see myself re-soling for at least another season and a half, but we will see.

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TL:DR; great shoe, use for technical climbing, they hurt after wearing them, go small on the size

4 5

Amazing Grip

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Even though the edge isn't as sharp as other shoes it is still great for technical climbing. My only quarrel is that the heel is a tiny bit slippery so I don't 100% trust heel hooking. Because of that I'd use it mostly for balancing routes on vertical or slab.

5 5

Edging, heekcups, and hookers

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are incredible,

I have been climbing in Rumeny, Maple, Rifle, Fontainebleau, LRC and these things have been incredible. Not quite sure how good they are when they start breaking down (on my third pair and had to return two of them) BUT I keep coming back. Has to mean something.

5 5

Good shoe but eh

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

favorite shoe by far but....

It feels nice and breaks in nice. Heel is a bit to flimsy for my liking but other then that solid. This shoe has great toe hooking, edging, everything. The no edge technology is amazing except that it wears out in less then a year. If you are someone who is cool with new shoes every year then this shoe tops the solutions but if you want durability go with the solutions you wont be dissapointed.

Have you tried them on vertical technical...

Have you tried them on vertical technical routes?

Best Answer Responded on

Hello again G!
I have climbed in the Futura's on vertical technical routes. They work great on slab too. You'd think because they have no edge it'd be a problem. But the fact is, I trust them on slab and technical routes more than my Muiras (and those have a fantastic edge!).

I think the best feedback I can give about the Futura's is, you can really feel the wall. You can feel every chip and as you learn to trust your Futura's you'll find that feeling makes a difference!

Do you have a specific question in regards to the Futura's and a vertical technical route?

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No more questions, that was all I wanted to hear :) I'll finally order a pair and try them, thanks a lot Elle!

5 5

Gives you confidence to place your foot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The Futuras are soft and supple shoes. From what I've read, it's made of suede rather than synthetic rubber and it's the first pair of climbing shoes that I've found that's manage to fit true to my size.

My feet are around 256mm and I've never managed to fit into the correct size until I found the Futuras. However, after wearing them for a while, I would recommend that you keep going smaller until you can no longer physically fit into the shoes. This is because these shoes will expand quite a bit. My sizing is 40 and it fitted exactly when new but it has expanded since then. I should probably gone for a 39.5 as that's the smallest size I could get my feet into. It hurts but now I know after expansion it should fit like a glove like the size 40 when new.

I don't know if it's the shoes but I've flashed 4 of my projects since getting them. They have made me much more conscious of my footwork and it's very sensitive as advertised.

3 5

Odd Sizing/ Okay Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, I've been climbing for over 8 years and to me, La Sportiva makes the best climbing shoes on the market. I mostly boulder or climb sport routes. I've owned two pairs of Solutions, 1 pair of the Miura Lace and a Katana Lace all in size 37. I bought the Futura because I wanted a soft aggressive shoe after wearing the Katana Laces for about two years.
I read that the sizing of the Futura was a bit odd so I ordered them in 37.5, 37 and 36.5 (thank you Backcountry.com). After trying on all the options, I went with the 37 because they were the best fit even though they felt a bit small especially in the toe box. The 36.5 was way too small and the 37.5 was the most comfortable but the heel on my right foot kept slipping when I walked in them.
I've worn these shoes for about 6 weeks now and overall, I'm not super impressed. The right heel has begun to slip on mildly demanding heel hooks yet the shoe is still not that comfortable in the toe and middle. Additionally, the rubber upper is peeling away only after a few toe hooks.
I think the shoe performs better in the gym than outside. The rubber has so far been excellent when smearing as is with the vibram rubber and I think the no edge concept works especially outside.
Overall, I would not recommend the Futura to others and I would not buy another pair. If you?re looking for an aggressive shoe, I would go with the Solution or for a great all around shoe go for the Katana Lace instead of the Futura.

5 5

Amazing precise and sensitive shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I was hesitant to try this shoe due to some mixed reviews. However, I am so happy that I did. I am a size 11 street shoe, and have found a size 43 to fit very well. The fit is very snug, and provides some pressure on the end of my toes which touch the front. When my weight is pushed into the sole my toes actually press into the lining and rubber and extend a little beyond where the traditional sole would end. This, combined with sensitive and sticky rubber, makes for fantastic edging. This shoe is very sensitive, while also not being very painful, due to the stiffness of the midsole. The shoe allows you to feel every part of the rock (or foot hold in my case) without being painful. This awareness allows for pushing off of the hold in a very specific way, and allows you to feel exactly how much weight you are placing on the hold. The downturn is less than the solution, which is better for smearing. When they say the "no edge" technology makes you feel closer to the rock it's not a gimmick - it really does. I have been able to complete multiple boulder problems in this shoe that I could not in others. Once I tried this shoe I found that others made me feel too disconnected from what I was climbing. I found this shoe to be the best of any that I have tried - which is many. I have compared it directly to the La Sportiva Solution and Testarossa, Scarpa Instinct VS, and Five Ten Anasazi VCS. The Futura outperformed them all without question. The only downside is that it is a little tough on your toes, and takes some time to develop enough strength. I would recommend 2-3 sizes down from your street shoe size; I went 2 sizes down and they are very snug. Someone mentioned going down 5-6 sizes; I don't see how that is possible, and I pretty sure it would be so uncomfortable I would never want to climb in them. Bottom line - great shoe, amazing edging, great heel for heel hooks, sticky rubber, quality build, awesome looking, and comfortable for an aggressive shoe.

I wear a 38 (5 UK - 6 USM - 7 USW) in Miura...

I wear a 38 (5 UK - 6 USM - 7 USW) in Miura VS, is it the same size in Futura?

Best Answer Responded on

My two cents:
I wear a 34.5 in Miuras and 35.0 in Futuras. My first pair of Futuras I burnt through were actually a 36 - those stretched out a bunch so I took the leap a downsized for my second pair. This seems to have been the right move. I think if you size your Futuras close to your Muira size you'll be okay.

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Thanks Elle. My Miuras stretched out, at least I feel the did, half a size. Not sure if because it is winter here and my feet shrunk :) or they really did stretch. La Sportiva site says the Miura should be wore smaller than the Futura. Yeah sorry, I was thinking out loud there... So according to your experience, I might want to keep the same size for both. Thanks a lot! G

5 5

soooo good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

the shoes no edge concept makes this shoe great on slab and sloping dishes. but it also excels on overhanging terrain as well. i haven't noticed anything wrong with the toe hooking . i wouldn't do multi pitch, deep pockets or crack climbing. otherwise theses shoes are the sh#t and i would use them for everything. also i would size 3 down from your street shoe minimum they stretch like crazy

I am a central Texas bouldering(mostly)....

I am a central Texas bouldering(mostly). I climb on mostly limestone. I know some shoes are better for granite and sandstone, how is this shoe on limestone? I tried on a miura vs a 45(11.5) I wear a 13 street. It was wide on me, sliped in the heal, I think I could of worn a 44.5, but I'm not sure if my toe might poke out. Have any suggestions on a good bouldering limestone shoe and fit?

Responded on

try the miura lace up, I wear a 14 street shoe and in those I wear a 44, i posted a full review on there page.

How does these run in size in comparison...

How does these run in size in comparison to solutions?

Best Answer Responded on

Sizing is similar to the Solution. I wear a 42 in Solutions which is very tight but not painful when new, and breaks in to be relatively comfortable. A 42 in the Futura is actually barely painful when new, so they are slightly smaller at the same size. This is probably mostly from the heel which is noticeably lower volume. But the upper uses more leather than the Solution so you may want the extra initial tightness.

Responded on

Go down 1 full size from the Solutions if you can. The Futuras expand quite a bit due to the material

how much do these stretch?

how much do these stretch?

Responded on

Nick,
Less than you would think. However, I personally go down a half size smaller on my slippers or velcro climbing shoes than I wear in lace up versions. Part of that is the fact that they will loosen up a little over time, and part of that is because I usually use slipper/velcros in situations where it is easy to take them on and off between attempts (e.g. bouldering, gym climbing, etc).

5 5

Like having monkey feet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

The super soft and wicked aggressive toe make these great for bouldering difficult lines. The soft shank (vs. the solution hard shank) make donning/doffing and wearing easier/more comfortable but they make no sacrifice in performance.
On my first climb in these, I sent a project I'd been strugglilng on. the finish involved a tricky toe hook that must hold. With my Katana's I slipped repeatedly. These stuck almost like I had fingers.

4 5

Stellar

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using these shoes for about a month. I've mostly used them in the gym but I have put them to the test in at the New and Red River Gorges. I have the 40.5s and for the first couple of weeks my feet hated me. Now they're fitting well. I normally wear a 9.5 in street shoes.

4 5

Very versatile shoe.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I love this shoe. It works great for those grinding days in the gym, and can still holds its own out on the rock. Although the new "No-Edge" design is great for edging on those thin foot crimps, it does have it's disadvantages. I have mixed feelings about the extra rubber over the toe. The extra rubber will provide more durability for those who tend to poke through the toes of their shoes quickly like myself. This does, however, make for less feel on those toe holds that require a little more finesse. Over all great shoe.

5 5

One of the Best shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

honestly this is one of my favorite shoes. it fits so perfectly! i wear a 45 sportiva approach shoe and wear these in a 39.5. they break in super well. my only criticism is there isnt much rubber on the outside side of the heel. but other than that its definitely in my top two! my other favorite is the solution, i wear about a 40 in it. do not hesitate to get a pair!

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Hello,
I am interested in these shoes, would you say it's too much to size down 5.5 EUR sizes? I have a left foot that's .5 size bigger.. any advice?

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If you're sizing down from your large shoe sizing and NOT down from your actual foot size, I'd say maybe.

I think you'd only be able to get maybe 3-4 EUR sizes down MAX from your street shoe. And that's only if your street shoe is large on you. . and of course it also depends on your foot shape and amount of pain you can tolerate.