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La Sportiva Genius

Size: EU 35

The La Sportiva Genius is a technical and performance, lace up climbing shoe from the 'no-edge' range, aimed at top-end sport climbing.

Providing a precise and close, yet surprisingly comfortable fit when fitted correctly, the La Sportiva Genius lace-ups might provide a great 'no edge' alternative for those with lower volume feet to the Futura. The suede leather/microfibre combination upper is well bolstered with rubber just where you'd want it, meaning the shoe will hold its shape even after extensive use, as well as giving enhanced performance on heel and toe-hooks. 

Allowing you to get closer to the rock, the 'no edge' technology gives the Genius three distinct improvements: increased sensitivity, homogenous pressure and adaptability. They can basically take on anything you throw their way. The Laspoflex midsole combined to the P3 Patent System means the shoe retains its push-pull toe power throughout its lifespan, and provides solid support even if the shoe is not worn excessively tightly. This construction feature, along with the speed-lacing system, makes the shoe adaptable to a broad spectrum of foot shapes. 

No-Edge Technology in Detail

  • Sensitivity is improved thanks to the reduced layer of rubber - the No-Edge construction system reduces the distance between the foot and the rock surface, enhancing foot sensitivity on holds.
  • Specifically developed to provide "homogenous pressure", whereby the absence of any edges allows the foot to exert an all-round equal push on the inner side of the shoe.
  • The No-Edge design maximises the surface area in contact with the foot under all conditions.


If you require some assistance with sizing this climbing shoe to your particular needs click here: Rock Climbing Shoe Sizing Guide


Take a look at the video below, which takes you through all the features of the Genius.


    • Lining: Unlined
    • Midsole: Anatomical support in Hytrel in the metatarsal region + P3 system
    • Outsole: Vibram® XSGrip2 (3mm)
    • Upper: Suede leather combined with microfibre
    • Gender: Unisex
    • Last: No-Edge
    • Closure: Lace
    • Weight: 450g (EU 39)

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 13 reviews
    John S.
    My favourite shoes

    This is my second pair of these shoes - they are now my go to shoes for most of my climbing. Once you get use to no edge you realise just how much of an advantage it is on most situations. It's a different kind of sensitivity and I can't think of any other shoes I've tried that come close. My only minor criticism is that the toe patch is a little small and could do with some texture, and the heel is not the best I've used (though it's not bad either!). I'd also prefer a velcro strap. Fortunately La Sportiva agree and are releasing the mandala next year which addresses all of these points, so perhaps I'll have a new go to shoe!
    In terms of sizing, I'm a 45-46 street shoe and wear these in a 42 for a reasonably tight fit

    My Favourite Shoe

    These are the first pair of climbing shoes I've owned where I've felt like the heel truly fits my foot properly, right out of the box they felt like I'd been wearing them for years, despite having downsized a fair amount. As a consequence of having such a well fitting heel, I've actually been able to pull hard on heel hooks without fear of my heel popping, as has happened on occasion with other shoes. Outdoors, the 'No Edge' seems to have made a big difference as well, I have to admit that it genuinely appears to do what Sportiva claim it does; unfortunately this has facilitated my incredibly lazy footwork, so there's that. Will definitely be buying more pairs...

    david b.

    First use of ‘no edge’ surprised how good after a couple of uses very confident using them helping to improve my footwork (needs improving!!)
    A good buy

    Richard C.
    Finally understand them

    This is about my 4th pair and I think I finally understand them. Gone half a size up this time, I take a street shoe 11 and now at 8 1/2s. They just work really well. Used them for bouldering, sports climbing and soloing E5 on the grit

    David s.
    La sportiva genius review

    Like the last reviewer I originally sized these down as this is what I normally do with testerossa.For my shape foot (Greek) I found it didn't work so I sized up from 36.5 to 37.5
    Perfect fit.Great all round shoes for steep climbing indoors and out.On my feet the shape of the toe box (marginally less pointy than futura ) means slightly less feel on some pocket shapes but overall a great shoe and balances out with the la futura as it feels somewhat stiffer and has stayed this way after 3 months use (2-3 times a week)