La Sportiva Genius Climbing Shoe

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The Genius is La Sportiva's technical sport climbing and bouldering shoe, probably deriving its name from the intuitive No-Edge technology designed for grip on the most minute holds and featureless rock. Show more >
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La Sportiva Genius Climbing Shoe

The La Sportiva Genius is one of their best-selling and most high-performance climbing shoe, one that has undoubtedly had climbers screaming "Eureka!", thanks to the shoe's No-Edge® Technology.

Designed for technical sport climbing and steep bouldering, the La Sportiva Genius features all of La Sportiva's not-so-secret recipes for their top-spec shoes. The P3® rand system maintains the shoe's powerful downturn, permanently. Its asymmetrical lacing system provides the precise fit of laces, yet it allows enough room for rubber to be placed along the inside of the forefoot so as not to sacrifice toe-hooking performance. But it's really the No-Edge® Technology that makes the Genius: a design that removes the edges from the shoe's rubber, this technology makes the shoe much more sensitive and adaptable than a standard climbing shoe and, whilst it will take some getting used to, will excel on seemingly blank rock. It may seem like a daft thing to do, but climbers all over have been praising it.

As for fit and other features, the Genius is ideal for people with medium-to-wide feet, and La Sportiva recommend that it should be fitted in the "medium" range - i.e., not too loose, but not too tight. Vibram XS Grip2™ rubber is used for maximum friction (better for smearing!) and a medium-stiff midsole balances foot support and flexibility, ensuring you don't become too fatigued too quickly on longer sport climbs.

Tech specs

Upper material
Unlined Suede Leather
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Medium Foot
Wide Foot
0.44 kg (Size 40 EU)
Sole material
Vibram XS Grip 2
Sole thickness


Genius Climbing Shoe

Vibram XS Grip2™

Rubber compound built for pure friction, recommended for use where maximum grip is the primary need - bouldering and sport climbing, indoor climbing, or extremely smooth, polished routes.

Genius Climbing Shoe

No-Edge® Technology

No-Edge® Technology is especially effective on featureless rock and for smearing. It decreases space between the toe and the shoe’s rubber to enhance sensitivity, allowing you to “feel” tiny holds with greater precision, and its edgeless design creates a greater contact surface area with the rock - i.e., you don’t just the rubber under your toes, but the entire toe-box. No-Edge® Technology is ideal for steep bouldering, technical climbing, and hold-less feature climbing, where it instills maximum confidence on holds you wouldn’t even notice were there in a standard climbing shoe.

Genius Climbing Shoe

P3® Permanent Power Platform

After intensive abuse, downturned climbing shoes can start to lose their distinctive shape. La Sportiva’s P3 rand system prevents from this happening so your shoe maintains its powerful profile, permanently.

22 product reviews

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Genius Climbing Shoe
Based on 71 ratings
OMG! Awesome!

Awesome performance and gorgeous looks. These shoes will not disappoint. I have never had so many questions and comments from crew at the gym and crag.

You will find it hard to go back to hard edge shoes

Not quite comfortable enough for me, especially in warm weather but is an excellent shoe. Once you are used to having no hard edge, you will never go back. You get a great feel of the rock which helps confidence with your footwork. Just uncomfortable for long periods of time. Don't use on a multi pitch like I did!

La Sportiva Genius, imprescindibles en tu equipo de escalada.

Teniendo en cuenta todos los gatos que han pasado por mis manos desde 1993, me han sorprendido gratamente.
He aquí mi análisis después de un tiempo con ellos.

Análisis La Sportiva Genius

Comodidad, ajuste, diseño y precio:
- Comfort: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Ajuste al pie / Fit to the foot: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Ajuste de Talón / Heel adjustment: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Costuras y Diseño / Seams and design: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Precio / Price: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5), si utilizas los buenos descuentos de EpicTV.

En la práctica/ In practice:
- Calidad de la suela / Sole quality: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Durabilidad / Durability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Adherencia / Smearing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Polivalencia /polyvalence: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4)

- Vías Largas / Big Wall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐(4,5) Nota: Siempre y cuando te cojas mayor talla que lo habitualmente utilices en deportiva, ya que al ser ajustados, si realizas muchas horas puedes acabar con los pies rotos.

- Vías Deportivas / Sport Climbing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4) Nota: En placas con regletas finas, no entra la puntera, ya que es bastante ancha y redonda. Para ello, sería mejor unos con puntera convencional, p.ejemplo: Miura, Solution, Katana, etc.

- Boulder: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Rocódromo (Vías y Boulder): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Taloneo / Heel hook: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5)

- Gancheo / Toe hook: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4) Nota: Yo prefiero la puntera forrada por completo, pero la verdad que al final está diseñado teniendo en cuenta donde se realiza mayor apoyo. Si por tener mayor superficie de gancheo se pierde ajuste del pie, no cambiaría el diseño.

- Sensibilidad de la puntera en roca / Sensibility of the aim in the rock: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5) Nota: Espectacular. Al principio, hay que hacerse al gato. El apoyo de la puntera, hay que hacerlo más arriba que el de un gato convencional para sentir y abarcar el mayor apoyo en la puntera. Una vez que le cojas en truco, no querrás dejarlos.

En mi opinión, un ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐(4,5). Si tienes unos Miura o similares, ya tiene la pareja perfecta.

Surprisingly confortable!

From the moment I ordered 2 sizes smaller than my street size I was getting mentally prepared to step into (pun intended) foot cancer land. And to my surprise I didn't! This climbing shoes are surprisingly confortable! Even for my (probably) wider than normal foot which is kinda picky with climbing shoes.
I still didn't climb with them, but I'm already happy. Let's see if I can dial up my climbing footwork to 11 like the legend says.

Excellent match

I think it fits very nice and it is ideal to all around climbing!

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