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La Sportiva Men's Genius Shoe

La Sportiva Men's Genius Shoe is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11.
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4.8 Star Rating
4.8
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Product Description Item No.   10270355

The La Sportiva Men's Genius Shoe is an unlined climbing shoe for tackling the crag. Suede leather and microfiber create a soft upper that forms to your foot and since it's unlined you can feel every bit of rock under each foothold. The 3mm Vibram® XS Grip2 sole is nice and sticky and the laces tighten to your preference for a secure hold.

FEATURES of the La Sportiva Men's Genius Shoe

  • NO-EDGE Technology delivers unparalleled edging performance on the rock
  • P3 patented technology maintains the downturned shape of the shoe and delivers mind bending power
  • Lace-Up comfort makes this shoe fit every type of foot
  • Vibram® XS Grip2 sole is the hardest and stickiest rubber on the market and provides superior edging ability and smearing performance
  • Slip lasted construction gives you excellent sensitivity for feeling those edges

- + Product Specifications
Gender: Mens
Best Use: Big Wall Climbing, Trad Climbing, Climbing
Weight: 7.8 oz
Footwear Closure: Lace-up
Toe Coverage: Closed Toe
Outsole: 3 mm Vibram XS Grip2
Terrain: Mountain
Awards: Climbing Magazine Editors' Choice Award - 2015
Product Technology: Vibram
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty great A different climbing experience, but only slightly. My last pair of climbing shoes I wore right through the toe. Probably should have bought a new pair sooner, but I went for these. They change is noticeable, I'm much more confident on routes in and outside the gym. The sensitivity on these is awesome! I'm just now coming to the end of the breaking in period and they are fitting great. I ended up going with a size 41.0 down from my street size of 42.5. Overall I would say these are only a tiny bit overpriced and worth the value if you are comfortable spending the money.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Shoes So I am a relatively new climber (less than a year), but decided to upgrade from a pair of la sportiva tarantulas when they became worn out. I normally climb around a V6/V7 and these shoes drastically improved my edging ability as well as being great for toe hooks. I've only had them for about a month but I don't have many complaints. I would say the only negative I have about these shoes is that as a women, these shoes are pretty high volume so the area around my ankle can get a little irritate at times.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent comfortable, high-performance shoes! I have 2 pairs of these in my normal shoe quiver. (I have doubles so I can climb in one pair while the other is our for resole.) These are exceptionally comfortable for a down-turned, high -performance shoe. The XS Grip rubber is excellent for sticking to all manner of features, and despite the "edgeless" design, these stand on edges incredibly well. They end up conforming to small features, and the "smedging" performance works great. I also climb in katana laces, which are a stiffer, edged shoe. (I have both models sized the same.) When I'm climbing at my limit, or concerned about friction, or need to smear, these are the shoes I reach for.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from soft and sensitive It is very soft and sensitive for bouldering and sports. I need to go one size smaller than my testa but the soft rubber feels no pressure point.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Paring Knife of Shoes This product is one made with love and care, and the activity that it is made for is one to be approached with similar love and care. That should really be about as much as you need to know.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, comfortable shoe Bought a pair of these a couple of months ago and am very happy with them. The break-in period was fairly brutal, but short lived -- I'd say about 6 trips to the gym or rock. A little bit of initial stretch helped things out, but overall, these things haven't stretched much at all -- probably because the actual amount of leather on the upper is minimal. This is definitely an aggressive shoe and sticky as heck. I'm still learning to trust them on tiny nubs and bumps that my last pair of shoes would have glided off.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hypersensitive shoe This shoe melts into footholds. For my foot it is way better than the la sportiva solutions. It wears down rather quickly though so I would not recomend wearing it in the gym but using it for performance needs (i.e. climbing outside).
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shoes, but worth it? I have climbed in these for about 8 months mostly for bouldering and a bit of sport in the south. They edge, smear, and heal hook well. However, they are not the best shoe for any particular situation. Overall, I am happy with the shoe, but disappointed with the value. I don't feel like they perform any better than the Miura VCS, but cost quite a bit more.
Date published: 2016-06-18
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Worn 39.5 in solutions for years...suggested size in the genius?

Asked by: ToeCrimpr
Hey there, The sizing on these are very similar to the Solutions so I would suggest going with a 39.5 in these as well as the fit will be about the same right out of the box. I hope this helps.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-03-21

I wear a 40 in the lace up katanas.  Should i size the same with the genius?

Asked by: JohnnyInk
Hey there, Thanks for reaching out to us. You got the Katanas, and now going for the Genius. Well played sir (or madam.) As for sizing, the Katanas and the Genius will be the same. A 40 will equal a 7.5 in both. Hope this helped you out!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-03-21

Hi I currently use a 39.5 in the Miura lace ups. What size would you suggest for the Genius?

Asked by: Bnice76
Hey there, Thanks for reaching out to us. You've got a good eye, as these are some of the best climbing shoes we carry! As for sizing, the Miura and the Genius are going to be the same. 39.5 is going to be a 7 for both of them. Stick with that size! Hope this helped you out.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-03-21

If I wear a 40 in Miura VS, what size should I get for the Genius? Thanks!

Asked by: paraguaysun
Hey there, Thanks for reaching out to us! So, a size 40 in Miura VS will be the same size as the 40 in Genius. Stick with that, and you'll be wright as reign! Or, is it right as rein? Rite as rain? Whatever. Just get the 40. Hope this helped you out!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-03-21

my son is 8.5 US & 41 in Katanas lace. According to what I have been reading this size may be a bit too big? I would like to get a pair of Genius for him for Christmas. He has high arches and a fairly wide foot . He mostly uses them for boldering.

Asked by: jeannie
Hey Jeannie, Thanks for the question. These shoes run a bit large but also require a snug fit to function properly, so I would suggest going down about half a size from his Katanas to a 40.5, as the lacing system is very accurate and helps to ensure the most anatomical fit.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-03-21
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La Sportiva Men's Climbing Shoes

EUROPEAN SIZE USA Size Conversion
34 2.5 +
34.5 3
35 3.5
35.5 4
36 4.5
36.5 4.5 +
37 5
37.5 5.5
38 6
38.5 6.5
39 6.5 +
39.5 7
40 7.5
40.5 8
41 8.5
41.5 8.5 +
42 9
42.5 9.5
43 10
43.5 10.5
44 10.5 +
44.5 11
45 11.5
45.5 12
46 12.5
46.5 12.5 +
47 13
47.5 13.5
48 14
49 15
50 16

NOTES and FIT INFO
La Sportiva footwear is built and offered on European half sizes, which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives them four extra sizes per size run, and ultimately gives you a better fit.

As a general rule soft shoes like climbing shoes require a tighter fit, or about two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size.

La Sportiva recommends you fit your trad climbing shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size.

La Sportiva offers a lot of lasts, and each offers a different fit and feel. Remember to factor in potential stretching.

Unlined slip-lasted shoes tend to stretch a bit more than lined shoes, or about one full size.

Lined shoes stretch about a half size.


LA SPORTIVA CLIMBING SHOE FIT SYSTEMS
PERFORMANCE FIT - Offers a high performance fit and a downturned last.

TECH FIT - A more technical fit and a last with neutral profile.

COMFORT FIT - A comfortable fit and a last with more volume and a neutral profile.