La SportivaFutura Climbing Shoe

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
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Good for bouldering

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these as my second pair of climbing shoes. Coming from the LaSportiva Tarantulace, I took a gamble on these super aggressive shoes because I'd heard good things. I ordered a half size up (42.5 vs 42), and initially they fit great, but, per usual, they've stretched a bit and now have some wiggle in my heel cup. Toe box is nice and tight. These shoes have helped me send a few routes I was stuck on--the No-Edge and type of rubber make for a much more trustworthy foot. I can go about 15 minutes before having to take them off, even after break in. Tried them on a 70' top-rope climb outdoors, and could barely stand it (even on that short of a route), so I'd recommend sticking to bouldering, unless you're a glutton for punishment. Good shoes, over all--my own fault for ordering a half-size up!

Fan of the No-Edge Technology!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I first bought the pair in 36. I wasn't able to stretch them out as much, but I loved the shoes so much that I bought another pair in 36.5. Fits perfectly! The shoes are great. I could feel the rock more than my miuras, tc pros, and katakis, which makes me confident when it comes to rocking out on a small hold or switching feet. I feel like my footwork has been getting better with these shoes.

36 in Miura
36.5 in TCPro
36.5 in Kataki
36.5 in Futura

Hi! May i know your street size? Im thinking about getting myself a pair of futura as well but this is only my second la sportiva shoes, so im still a bit unsure :)

The Futura of Climbing

Check out La Sportiva's in depth look into the Futura. Be on the look out for a small colorway change as well as an all new 2018 women's version to hit the site soon. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at or (801) 523-4052

Rad shoe but not a trad shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super aggressive arch which is great for bouldering and steep stuff. I didn't have to size down. I wear a size 11.5 scrapa for sport climbs and 12.5 tc pros for trad. Size 12 in these . They are rad straight out of the box. Love them and am enjoying them.

Best of the best!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

in over twenty years of climbing I have never had another shoe that i like this much! The Rubber the downturn and the no edge technology combine to make this a sending machine. They fit my foot very well and I am able to get a very tight and responsive fit without the excruciating pain of aggressively down turned shoes I have had in the past. I sized down 1.5 sizes from my street size and they are perfect for me. Get some and SEND!

Not a Unisex Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been climbing in these shoes for a week (4 climbing sessions including top rope, bouldering, and moonboard), and unfortunately I am disappointed. The fit is great while standing and climbing, toe sensitivity is good and my confidence with small foot holds is higher than with my Miura edged shoes. However, the heel is too big and wide for a women's foot and I have failed heel hooks that I found easy in my other shoes. The heel fits fine at the top, though the depth of the heel and width near the bottom are too large and cause my heel to slip around on heel hooks and causing total failure on simple routes. I should have waited for the women's style to come out in May and paid a higher price, I suggest other women skip on this shoe as it is not a unisex design.

I'm a dude with average width (not narrow) feet, and even I found the heel depth to be too large/wide. My heels are not small either (I find the Five Ten Anasazi heel to be too narrow). Scraped my ankle on a hard heel in my first session in these as the heel cup slipped around my foot.

Best climbing shoes I ever had

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my 3rd pair of climbing shoes and is the most aggressive one I own.
Overall it feels great, my feet doesn't seem to get sweaty in them like it does in some other shoes. And the gripping is great. Very comfortable (if you get the right size)

For me, I highly recommend not sizing up or down. I personally brought half size smaller (than my street shoes); in hopes of it stretching. Wore it for 1 month, climbed 3 times a week, and it still really hurts my toe. I'm probably just going to buy another pair that's exactly the same size as my street shoes.

Same old shoe out of the box

    These were my first aggressive shoe when they first came out and I tried on all the sizes to make sure I had the right size. I wore the same pair for 3 years, getting them resoled as necessary. The old pair is my confidence inspiring trusty shoe but the new pair I just bought feels amazing straight out of the box. The sole/upper are so soft; I’m going to make sure to keep sand and pebs off my feet when putting them on. I don’t see a reason to ever need to try a new pair of sport shoes because the Futuras do it all.

    Comfortable Performance

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

    These are, bar none, the most comfortable pair of climbing shoes I've ever owned. The softness of the upper combined with the thin rubber leads to a shoe that molds to fit your foot like a sock. The increased sensitivity is immediately apparent, especially under your toes. You can almost grab footholds with your toes the way you would with your hands! That being said, I have a very wide forefoot and the shoe has stretched a little wider than it seems to be designed for. However, it did stretch, and still performs wonderfully. As awesome as these shoes are, they weren't built for hard vertical edging. The rubber will deform around small, sharp footholds, so bring another pair of shoes for the thin & crimpy stuff.
    These stretched about a half size.
    Sizing comparison:
    Miura VS: 39.5
    Futura: 39
    Python: 39

    Soft as a baby's bottom

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

    I looooove these shoes! They're super soft so you really feel the footholds. My breakin period was really only 2 days and now they're pretty comfortable. I would say they run slightly large. Here are my sizes in other shoes:

    Testarossa: 37.5
    Katana: 37.5
    Futuras: 37

    Versatile and Aggresive

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 39.5

    Been wearing these shoes for both gym and outdoor sessions. No edge technology has really allowed for me to grip those smaller foot nubs and cracks where you just need a little extra. Have put them to the test on Joes valley boulders and some walls along the wasatch. Have stretched just slightly but still killing it. Great shoe and I will definitely buy again!

    skeptical about no edge concept?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    I've always used solutions for bouldering but when my last pair wore out i decided to snag a pair of futuras and see what they were like.

    The shape of these shoes and lacing system heavily resembles the Solution but the heel of the Futuras is a little different, kind of like the heel of the katana. So I thought they could be hybrid of the two.

    The no edge concept is something to be worried about since there is no edge and that's what you rely on when toeing in on tiny jibs and cracks right. Well when you have a pair of shoes and you've broken them in the edge is usually rounded in a short period of time but you're usually marginally close to the rand of the shoe and once you puncture that rand it's more difficult to get the resoled. With the no edge concept the shoe rubber wraps around the toe completely and give you two layers of rubber to puncture be needing to be resoled or replaced.

    The fit of these is similar to the Solution but the larger leather upper with a less restrictive toe box not only feels much better on your toes right out of the box, but the shoe is more flexible and allow you to smear and climb slab much easier as well.

    I may have found a new favorite shoe!! La Sportiva is the best!

    skeptical about no edge concept?

    Great boulder prob. And thanks for the detailed review of the Futuras. Think they may be my next shoe.

    getting used to new shoes

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

    Look, I'm still in the new-to-painful-climbing-shoes camp, which is the main reason I give these four stars.

    I second what many other reviewers have said that these shoes are great for teaching you a new way of climbing. They're unforgiving if you revert back to your old methods. But if you give in and climb the way they want you to, you will receive the benefits.

    The velcro on these shoes works great, makes transition faster, and bonus, doesn't look like bowling shoes. All-in-all I'm sure I'll become a bigger fan of these once I embrace the pain.

    One of the best out there

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 38.5

    I love this shoe. This is my first real pair of La Sportivas and I must say that the interior is way more comfortable against the foot compared with the Five Ten shoes I have worn. I was curious about the no edge technology and I'm now a converted believer. Outside these shoes are second to none. They are extremely sensitive, sticky and precise and I trust my feet completely with them. That being said I don't think they are the best on plastic. I have used them in the gym and I typically find myself switching back to my FiveTen Blackwings. I also love the heel on these shoes. The Solutions heel cup is huge but these ones aren't as bad so I am super comfy throwing a heel hook without any fear of slippage.

    For sizing I recommend sizing down significantly. I wear a 9 on the street and my Blackwings are an 8.5, but these boys are a 38.5 (6.5 us) and after some breaking in they fit perfectly. They are leather (they don't smell terrible like synthetic shoes) so they stretch maybe a half size, so keep that in mind when purchasing.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 39.5

    I order these in a 39.5 and they are fantastic. they really allow you to feel the smallest of holds. I expected a little bit of stretch and they did pack out a little. I wear a 39.5 in the Genius and a 40 in the testarossa. I got these because of the velcro closer which would be faster for bouldering and gym climbing. With the no edge tech, this shoe really locks in on small little nubbins and edges. great shoe!

    Unanswered Question

    Does anyone know how much these shoes will stretch?

    On my 3rd Pair

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

    I originally got these shoes for overhung sport climbing in Maple and Big Cottonwood Canyon. What I didn't realize was that such an aggressive shoe would be versatile enough to climb big multipitch sport and trad days in. While it may not be ideal for those types of climbs, it does work surprisingly well as the rubber is softer than the similarly shaped Solution.

    I was hesitant originally about the No-Edge technology, but even with it, edging in these is no problem and the many layers of rubber used allow for the durability of these shoes to be unlike anything I've ever seen before. I have blown holes in both shoes now and they have enough rubber underneath the first layer to continue climbing on them with no issue.

    Know yourself

      These are my first pair of exceptionally high cambered shoes. I've been climbing with madrock sharks and before that I climbed with 5.10 stonemasters. I got to try on in store and mess around with my weight distribution in them. I wear 42.5 in La Sportiva basic shoes (finale, tarantulaces, nago) but had to size up .5 because of the length of my foot vs the futura. Ensure that your foot is of proper volume before purchasing. Though my foot is long it is quite low volume therefore the heel is a touch baggy and there is just a bit of dead space above the toes when on hold (no matter what size I tried, down to downright painful). The shoes perform stunningly right out of the box regardless of these "drawbacks".

      Great review, Joe!

      Its ok...

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 9

      Just because it's more expensive climbing shoe, doesn't mean it will be better than a shoe that runs a lot less $. I have wide feet and this thing kills me! I cannot keep it on longer than a few climbs. I liked the color, aggressive arch and style though...that's pretty much it.

      Love shoe, should have sized bigger

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love this shoe, it is fantastic for overhanging problems! I read some reviews and decided to sized down 2 1/2 sizes( 42.5 to a 40)... This was a HORRIBLE idea. I thought they would stretch out some which they did but not enough. Currently I can't climb as much because my feet are in so much pain. I've had them for 2 months and climb 3-5 days a week so they are broken in but still painful. I find myself taking them off after every problem. If I sized them down to a 41.5 vs 40 I probably wouldn't be having this problem. I wish I could climb in this shoe more because everything else is amazing but I will have to buy a bigger shoe due to the foot pain.

      (Sorry about the grossness of the photo) the bruises have been there for as long as I've worn these shoes despite icing my toes every night. While I love the shoe and recommend it, do yourself a favor and don't size down too much.

      Love shoe, should have sized bigger