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La Sportiva Men's Genius Shoe

La Sportiva Men's Genius Shoe is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28.
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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.

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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.

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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

Sustainability: Animal Friendly
Weight: 7.8 oz
Outsole: 3 mm Vibram XS Grip2
Terrain: Mountain
Awards: Climbing Magazine Editors' Choice Award - 2015
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Gender: Mens
Best Use: Trad Climbing, Big Wall Climbing, Climbing
Footwear Closure: Lace-up
Toe Coverage: Closed Toe
Vibram Rubber Soles

Vibram rubber compounds and technologies are the gold standard in the outdoor industry for reliable, high-performance grip and traction. They offer precise, unparalleled responsiveness and support that's specifically engineered for your activities.

Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edgeless baby! These boots are awesome. The edgeless rubber sticks to tiny granite edges at the buttermilks, and just feel so good and sticky. They seem to run slightly large, or the material is forgiving enough that the shoe feels bigger…I picked up a 44.5. I wear a 45 tc pro (can wear that all day), 45 BD aspect, 45 finale, 46 miras….I’d go with a 44 if I could go back in time. I don’t down size a ton, but I like just a little more crowding in the tow box
Date published: 2021-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest project shoe! Bought a pair of these a couple years ago, had them resoled a couple times and bought another pair. I've tied dozens of shoes from dozens of companies and always come back to the genius. The heel is so so solid, good grip for toe hooks and the no edge works great for even the smaller screw holds and pockets. The rubber on theses and other La Sportiva shoes are so so sticky. The laces make it the fit is just the best. I'm a 10.5 in street shoes and got these in 42.5. I find it curves my toes just enough to not hurt too much. I could prolly go 42 but I just tighten the laces good enough so there is no wiggle at all. Fits better than a freakin' glove. The size has not seemed to change in the past couple years if you are looking for another pair. After break-in i'd say it stretches maybe 1/4 size, not much at all. The rubber is a bit thin and this gives you amazing feel which far surpasses most other shoes on the market. This also gets your toes to hurt pretty quick. That being sad this is not a shoe for beginners. This is a shoe for people who know what they are looking for in a climbing shoes who are intermediate to experienced climbers. If you're looking for a all session, put on once and never take off till your done shoe than this is not it. But if you're looking for the best project shoes that will help you send that one problem (ya, that problem) than this is for you. Side note, I know the shoe says "Men's" but my partner absolutely loves these shoes. She had the Futura's and loved them till she tried on the Genius'. She says the heel fits her way better than the Futura's do.
Date published: 2021-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shoes My 5th pair so far. I'm sending my previous pair for re-sole for the first time. I just wish they were cheaper before any promotion/discount
Date published: 2021-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic grip The Vibram XSGrip2 is super sticky and these shoes give great confidence in footholds. The feel is great too. I would suggest ordering your standard La Sportiva size. La Sportiva says they've already optimized the fit for correct size, and I agree. I went down a half size and they are tight, but seem to be breaking in slowly.
Date published: 2021-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite competition climbing shoes! I love these shoes! They are my go to competition shoes. The no edge makes the breaking in period so quick and the laces give the best snug fit. They do stretch quite a bit over time, but the laces allow for the perfect fit no matter how many times you have worn them. They are a very soft shoe so I do not use them for training as they would wear out quickly.
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wide and Laced-Fit Perfect! As a guy with a wider midfoot (US 10.5), I really appreciate the lacing system and extra room in the toe box compared to the other La Sportiva models. This shoe preforms best on delicate slab as well as steep, overhung rock like you'll find in the Red. It's also a great indoor shoe. I've sized down to Euro 42 but would probably go down to 41.5 with no problem.
Date published: 2020-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perennial Favorite I have a climbing shoe addiction, so there are always too many options in my pack. I'm guilty of bringing 2-4 pairs of climbing shoes to the crag every time I go climbing, and I always like to include the Genius. This shoe continues to surprise me with what it can do, and what it can do well. I'm on my 3rd pair now, and they're on their first resole, a major bonus for these particular shoes (factory no-edge Vibram XS Grip II soles are available). Durability is amazing, despite the fact that these are some of the thinnest soles on the market. The front tip of the shoe is wrapped by the sole, which protects the rand and expands the climbing surface area of the shoe. It increases what you can do with your footwork and how you can maintain tension/pressure without damaging the rand rubber. They take some time to break in, but once you're there, the fit is exceptional. I like to use these for hard sport climbing, but they can jam cracks really well and smear on desert sandstone better than almost anything else. Stiff enough for support on roped climbing, and soft enough for delicate footwork, there isn't much this shoe can't conquer. My favorite application is granite, these stick to anything with crystals.
Date published: 2020-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit This show is the perfect fit. The heel is perfect and the laces help make them perfectly tight. Great for heel and toe hooking too! Price is high but worth it. I own three pairs.
Date published: 2020-01-01
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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

I have a pretty wide foot and am looking for an alternative sport shoe to what I wear now.  I climb in TC pros, size 40, and they work well for Indian Creek, but they don’t feel as price for sport.  How does the Genius do with a short, fat foot?

Asked by: Cameron
Hey, Cameron! Great question. I reached out to one of our climbing experts on our staff, and he said that while La Sportiva shoes are often a bit narrower, this shoe has such a soft rubber sole on the bottom that it appears it will be able to stretch and mold to your foot fairly well. We based this answer on customer reviews for this shoe as well. Our climbing guy suggests getting your normal street size shoe in this style. Usually we advise people to go down a half size, but since you have a wider foot, your normal size should work. I hope this helps!
Answered by: Buttercup
Date published: 2020-10-01

I wear a since 43.5 in the tarantulace and they fit well. Would the same size be recommended for these Genius's? I have a skinny/short wide foot with a narrow ankle.

Asked by: Red Beard
Thanks for reaching out! Some of our customers have stated that the Genius fits a bit shorter than their other La Sportiva shoes. Because of this, I would recommend going up a half size to a EURO 44. I hope this helps!
Answered by: Foxxy Cleopatra
Date published: 2021-07-11

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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Size Guide

La Sportiva Men's Climbing Shoes

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

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.

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.