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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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Have you tried them on vertical technical...

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Have you tried them on vertical technical routes?

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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...

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

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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)....

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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?

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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...

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How does these run in size in comparison to solutions?

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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.

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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?

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how much do these stretch?

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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.

5 5

Good shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

Haven't used these shoes outdoors yet, however they perform GREAT in the gym. I've been climbing in 5.10 Dragons for a while now but had to send them off for a resole, So I decided to give these a go. At first they were a little weird for me the dragons are quite a bit more stiff so the futuras almost felt cheap to me. However they really contour to your feet and are super comfy for an aggressive shoe. They felt great while climbing, the rubber is super sticky and smears very well. I had no issue getting used to the no edge technology and had supreme confidence in even the smallest feet. I'm very interested to see if the dragons will still be my main shoe when they come back or if the futuras will take the job. I would recommend downsizing a half size if your switching from 5.10s I had to return my first pair because of a sloppy heel fit.

Is this shoes can be resoled ?

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Is this shoes can be resoled ?

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Hey there, thanks for your question. Yes, these can be re-soled at certain cobblers.

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most resolers don't use the vibram xs grip 2 rubber. so you can get them resoled, but probably with xs edge.

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You can purchase sheets of whatever climbing rubber you prefer and send it along with your shoes. It is true most resolers only carry 1 or 2 types of rubber to choose from.

2 5

Rubber Peeled:(

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

I first used these in the gym when La Sportiva came for a demo. I loved them and a few weeks later bought a pair of my own. The first time I used them i went to an area i am developing that has lots of toe hooks and is all sandstone. I was not impressed the rubber started to peel on the toe and they did not toe well. Although on that trip they did seem to toe in well in small pods and that sort of thing, Also the heel is good. But overall i was not impressed with them as an overall bouldering shoe. So I tried them on sport routes. The first sport route i climbed in american fork canyon (limestone) I thought they were pretty good. They seemed to edge well and smear well. But i healed again and the heal rubber peeled. Next, i took them to maple canyon (famous for cobbles) and my feet blew consistently.Also the rubber on the edge of the shoe started to peel. So my overall view of the the shoe is it is an ok sport climbing shoe but the rubber peels and is terrible on polished rock. So i ended up returning the shoe, but it edges decently well and the heel is really good. It is the same heel as the muira lace. Anyway good luck but i would try the python, an all around better shoe.

anyone know if they stock these in 40.5?...

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anyone know if they stock these in 40.5? cause I'm not seeing an option for it

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Hey Taylor,

We do carry those in 40.5 its just right now we are currently sold out. Now keep an eye on the website because a little insider info says we should be getting those restocked within the next couple weeks.

How easy are these to get on your feet? I...

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How easy are these to get on your feet? I found a pretty good deal on a pair of size 39's and I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit my foot into them. I currently wear a size 41 1/2 Muira VS that has stretched to the point where my toes are flat inside. If the shoe is soft like the pythons I could probably get into a 39 but with the Miuras the 41's were cutting it close.

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Honestly Ryan, it sounds to me like your Miuras might be sized a bit too big. An aggressive shoe like those or like these Futuras, you really shouldn't be able to have flat toes inside, it kinda defeats the purpose of wearing an aggressive shoe. My rule of thumb has always been to size down to the very last size I can fit my feet into and then size up a half size for the pair that I purchase. With an aggressive shoe since there is so much curvature, it is never easy getting my feet in, even after the shoe stretches. If you can wear a pair of Muiras flat footed after the stretch, I would guess that you are getting them at least a full size too big, the 39's might still be too small but my guess is you are probably going to want to be somewhere in the middle.

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it's a tough questionto answer. i can't wear muiras because i have a high volume foot. if a get them small enough so there's no slop, i can't velcro them shut. as you know, sportivas will stretch. Unfortunately, only you really know how they will fit your foot.

Been thinking about getting myself a pair...

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Been thinking about getting myself a pair of these since they dropped, but have been hesitant as I live in Australia and thus have no opportunity to try on a pair before ordering. I was hoping someone could give me some sizing advice. I currently wear a size 37.5 in the La Sportiva Python's, but am a 39 in Testarossa's and could definitely not go any tighter in either of these. I also know I am about a 38/38.5 in the Solutions. Does anyone know which of these the Futura's are closest to in fit?

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I would try for the 38.5 and hope for the best. These have a similar fit , and are aggressive the solutions. BackCountry has a super good return policy, but I'd imagine the shipping is killer. The shoes will stretch a little bit- so you should factor that into your decision. Best of luck

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