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La Sportiva Futura Climbing Shoe - Women's



Futura Climbing Shoe

The La Sportiva Women's Futura Climbing Shoe looks like it's from the future. Climbers from the sixties would have been baffled with everything from the aggressive downturn to the flashy colors. They wouldn't understand how La Sportiva's No-Edge Technology actually allows better edging rather than none at all, and they wouldn't want to know why P3 technology keeps it at such a harsh downturn. If they did have this shoe back then though, there would have been even more first ascents in Yosemite, especially all the boulders, and sport climbing would have been mainstream sooner than it did.
  • Sensitive climbing shoe shaped for hard boulders and steep sport
  • No-Edge Technology maximizes edging prowess and sensitivity
  • P3 technology maintains aggressive downturn or shoe's life
  • Fast Lacing System with soft, stretchy, overlapping tongue
  • Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber sole optimizes traction on any rock
  • Item #LSP00GP

Upper Material
leather, synthetic leather
Fast Lacing System
LaspoFlex (1.1mm)
Vibram XS Grip 2 (3mm)
slip, WPD 75
Asymmetrical Curvature
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
bouldering, sport climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

Great Shoe - wears faster than others

I've put it through the wringer
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 10"

I really loved this shoe from the first time I put it on. I have a longer narrow foot and this seems to be a good shoe for my foot. I wear a 10 Woman's street shoe and usually get a 41 (US 9.5) in La Sportiva's. I like my shoe to be snug but not painfully so. With this sizing I still take my shoes off between routes but could leave them on if necessary. Previous to this shoe, I used the Otaki's - which I also really liked, but they seemed more difficult to break in. After wearing this shoe for about 4-5 months - once it felt good and broken in, I did feel like my (very narrow) heel started slipping more than I'd like. It never seemed to have a really tight fit. So for this reason, I would consider a tighter shoe if I wanted performance over comfort. As far as the no-edging technology, - I really like it! I feel like it was instantly easy to adjust to.... maybe this was because I wore my old shoes until they had no edge and no grip so it wasn't an accurate comparison. The only thing I'm disappointed with is that the shoe is already wearing through after 9 months -- this may not be a lot for avid climbers but I climb about 2 times a week indoor. My other shoes have lasted at least 3 months longer. Additionally, I'm reading that they cannot be resoled. If this is accurate (I'm still waiting to find out), then they seem kind of pricey for the quick wearing out. Other than that I'm quite happy with these!

>Rating: 4

Step up your game

I've used it several times

I was really impressed with this shoe. I enjoy doing long sport routes, so I’ve always worn a less aggressive shoe. I was really able to step up my game in these shoes and feel more confident with technical climbs! I am a street shoe size 6.5 and usually wear a 36 in La Sportiva’s. I needed to go up a half size in these! Overall great show.

>Rating: 4

Wide Foot Narrow Heel

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I’ve always had an issue with air pockets in the heel of my shoes until now. These fit perfectly and the no edge feels great on any type of foot placement. As for sizing, these run a lot wider than the solutions. I couldn’t fit my fore foot into the solutions in a size 41 men’s yet I went down 4 sizes with these. (Size 44 street shoe and went with size 40 on these) Sounds crazy but the toe box is wide enough that it feels good to cram my toes in. My only complaint with these shoes is that the leather on the heel ripped on the first day of use from pulling so hard to get the shoe on. I probably could go up a half size to avoid this but then I’d likely have air in the heel.


I have had the same experience with these shoes as far as durability, wideness in the forefoot, and narrow heel. I am currently looking for a new shoe however with similar attributes. Do you have any recommendations for wide toe boxes, narrow heals. Basically any shoe with a similar fit and feel?

>Rating: 5

A great switch from the solutions

I've been wearing solutions for 3 years, and wanted to try something new. The edgeless tech on the futuras took me a little while to get used to--at first I didn't trust my feet at all. But now that I've been using them for awhile I trust my feet way more than I used to! I think these really are making me a better climber. For fit, I chose the same size that I wear in the solutions, and it was perfect.

>Rating: 3

not for everyone

I returned this product before using it

I really wanted these shoes to work but sadly they didn't feel the same way. The come up a bit higher around the outside ankle bone which really irritated and bothered my ankle. My normal shoe size is a 7 and i purchased a 37.0 for a more aggressive and tight fit. i've heard nothing but great things about these shoes, they just didn't fit me.

>Rating: 5

Great shoes to level up your climbing

I've used it several times

I bought these shoes after growing out of my first beginner pair. They are definitely more aggressive and were pretty terrible to break in compared to me first pair. These gave me a hotspot on the knuckle of my big toe, I wore them with socks on in the house for 10 minute intervals for a couple of nights. After that, they started feeling good about 10 climbs in. These shoes are pretty pointy, if all your toes are the same length I think these would be uncomfortable. I would go a full to to 1.5 sizes down from street shoe size.

>Rating: 5

I always reach for these

I've put it through the wringer

I primarily climb on limestone sport routes, and wanted a softer shoe than my Otakis so I could really feel smaller holds, and be comfortable on my feet on more vert, techy routes. I have a really low-volume heel, so I waited and waited for the women's version of the Futura to come out so it would hopefully fit my foot a bit better than the men's. These didn't disappoint! I'm so so so obsessed with these shoes, and find myself reaching for them even on really overhung boulder problems where I'd typically prefer a stiffer toe platform. About the fit: I wear a size 9 street shoe, and I've worn a size 39 in all LaSportiva shoes my whole life. For the sake of comfort, I went with a 39.5 in these, despite the warmings of other climbers that they do stretch. While they fit and they work for me in a 39.5, I have noticed they feel a bit roomier than I'm used to in the heel, which is especially apparent on powerful heel hooks. Next time I'll go a two and a half sizes down from my street shoe, but for now I'm enjoying the comfort!

>Rating: 5

Favorite Sport Climbing Shoes Ever!!

I've put it through the wringer

I had been a long-time fan of the La Sportiva Solutions, but really felt like I could climb at my prime when the toes of the solutions got worn down. I decided to give the Futuras a try (men's version, as they had not released the women's version yet), back in April to test out the no-edge. I was a little hesitant and first, and would still use my Solutions for my redpoints as I was not fully trusting my feet wearing the Futuras. However, after a month or so I began reaching for my Futuras more and more. Pretty soon after that, I was obsessed. I predominantly climb in American Fork Canyon, on slippery over-hanging limestone. With the Futuras on, I do not even notice the slickness anymore. I stick to the wall like glue. These shoes are absolutely amazing. I sent one of my year+ long projects in 2 goes with these shoes on. I know for a fact, it is because these shoes allowed me to use my feet that much better. These shoes are bomb for hard sport climbing, and I am so glad they finally released a women's version of this shoe!! For comparison, my street shoe size is a 9. I wear a 38.5 in the women's Solutions. I had to size the men's Futuras down to a 38 in order to get the heel cup to fit. It was such a long and painful break-in period (they are finally broken in, and now need a re-sole). However, the women's Futuras have a narrower heel cup, so I was able to size these like the Solutions, and get them in a 38.5. They fit perfectly, and there is essentially no break-in period. Love these shoes, love the color (thank you La Sportiva for finally not making the women's version "pink"). Even my male climbing partners love the color, and several have commented that they want to get the women's pair just for the color. Sizing summary: Street Size: 9 (women's) Futuras (women's): 38.5 Solutions (women's): 38.5 Futuras (men's): 38 La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes; 40.5

Were you able to resole them? I thought I saw that you cannot - mine need it.

>Rating: 4

so far, so good

I've used it several times

i've only been climbing for a couple years, and mostly indoors until this season. i've tried a few different shoes, including mythos as my intro (wore through quickly), vapor v (too narrow and only used when overhung bc uncomfortable), low volume solutions (old pink and new coral), and now the low volume futuras. i really love solutions, and the new version have even lower volume heels with more sensitivity vs the giant ball on the previous model. i had always wanted to try edgeless futuras, but the blue versions were always too large with an enormous heel. i couldnt wait until these mint ones came out. they're super comfortable with barely any break-in period required. when my feet get a little warm and rub on the inside after climbing for longer periods of time, the futuras are very soft and don't rub like the solutions. my first time climbing outside in these felt super different because i didn't feel the same hard, heavy pressure in toes on tiny edges. i really like them so far, and obviously smearing is great! i wear 36.5 (fairly tight) in the solutions, and i went with 37.0's in the futuras. the futuras are comfortably snug, except one foot, which is about .25 sizes smaller than the other, is a little looser than i would prefer, but still feels fine. i would def buy again and am actually thinking about the half size smaller and have two different sized shoes for optimal feel! nerd!!

Thanks for your awesome review Kendall <3 I wish all of our reviews were this detailed!


May 7, 2018 The Futura Of Climbing

Check out La Sportiva's in depth look into the Futura. New for this season La Sportiva has come out with a women's! If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at or (801) 523-4052