27 Pros/Cons of La Sportiva Genius Climbing Shoes

La Sportiva Genius

$195.00 MSRP

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User Ratings

4.5/5 based on 149 user ratings.

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  • Closure System: Laces
  • Upper: Suede Leather/Micro Fiber
  • Lining: None
  • Insole: None
  • Midsole: 1.1mm LaspoFlex with P3®
  • Outsole: 3mm Vibram XS Grip2
  • Last: Slip Last
  • Symmetry: High Asymmetry
  • Profile: Aggressive
  • Sensitivity: High
  • Hardness: Soft
  • Weight: 7.76 oz
  • Special Feature: No-Edge Technology
  • Color: Red
  • Sizes: 32-46 EU
Aggressive Climbing Shoes



Soft Climbing


The Good

  • Performs well for overhanging or slab style climbing.
  • Great for sport climbing or bouldering.
  • Most climbers appreciated that the shoe was sensitive but still supportive.
  • Many users felt that the lace system works great to adjust for a wide or narrow fit.
  • Sensitive toe is responsive for adjusting foot placement.
  • 5 users felt the performance was great for hard protecting.
  • 6 users thought they are good for toe hooks.
  • 5 users were impressed with heel hook performance.
  • 4 users though they are somfortable out of the box.
  • 4 users mentioned they broke in very quickly.
  • 3 users appreciated the shoes' lightweight.
  • 3 users mentioned they were great for micro edging.
  • 3 users felt they smeared well.
  • 2 users recognized that their rigidity and comfort worked well for climbing thin cracks

The Bad

  • Mixed reports for durability: An almost an even amount of users have reported they are durable or wore out very quickly.
  • 6 users were unhappy with the high price.
  • 5 users were disappointed with heel hook performance.
  • 5 users thought the heel was baggy because it fit too wide.
  • 3 users with narrow feet reported dead space over the big toe.
  • 3 users thought there was not enough rubber protection for comfortable toe hooks.
  • 2 users would stick to more traditional edged shoes for long and technical vertical edging.
  • 1 user mentioned it did not perform well on untextured rock.
  • 1 user thought the heel is too sensitive.
  • 1 user thought they were painful to use on sharp rock.
  • 1 user felt that they did not fit well for very wide feet.

Fit and Sizing

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