Is the La Sportiva Futura a smart phone compared to the old Nokia bricks you've been climbing in? The first time you climb in this shoe it will let you know everything that you're doing wrong with your feet, and you'll hate them for it. The La Sportiva No Edge Concept forces you to climb more precisely, adapting your style of climbing to the close-to-barefoot sensation of the shoe. The Futura is that sensitive, and brings your toe that much closer to the rock.
Built with the P3 midsole, featured in the La Sportiva TC Pro, Testarossa, and Sportiva Miura VS, this shoe retains its shape easily under pressure. The fast lacing Velcro closure system works impressively well. All this combined with a soft synthetic upper means it slides on easily, and it fits superbly right out of the box. Keep the Velcro closed when storing, it will help the shoe keep their shape longer. We've even worn them on a few multi-pitch traditional routes in Red Rocks and the Needles. They are definitely not designed to be used as an all-day shoe, but their long term comfort and performance is a testament to how remarkable these shoes are.
The Futura got a fresh look this Spring. See the new version in the photo above, and scroll down for a side-by-side comparison of the new and old.