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  • LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes

    For climbers that demand the highest level of small foothold performance from their climbing footwear. The La Sportiva Miura VS climbing shoes excel at hard rock climbing, power edging, pockets, Yosemite granite... and everything in between.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Full eight-panel Dentex-lined upper for unsurpassed comfort
    • Dynamic slingshot heel band that focuses power to the toe box
    • Offset asymmetrical toe box places power and energy under the big toe
    • Slip-lasted construction
    • 1.1mm Laspoflex midsole (forefoot only)
    • On sizing, please note climbing shoe sizes are only a suggestion as fit is highly personal. Foot shape, use, and style all play into size selection.

  • LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes

    Gender Men's
    Upper Lined leather
    Avg. Weight (pair) 1 lb.
    Closure Velcro
    Last Shape Slightly Downturned

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LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Aggressive (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering (14)
    • Indoor (12)
    • Outdoors (11)
    • Long climbs (3)
    • Sprint climbs (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        43% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        92% 

        (12 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid climber (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Reviewed by 16 customers

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    If they fit, they are excellent

    By markmythoughts

    from princeton, nj

    About Me Avid Climber

    Pros

    • Fantastic shape
    • Fast on and off
    • Good heel tabs
    • Neoprene liner

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Trad Routes

    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

    I've just spent three days climbing in these, but here are some initial reports & thoughts after testing them out and after trying on close to 20 different pair in stores:

    1. If these shoes fit you, I think they will perform amazingly. How do you know if they fit? If they are comfortable and if you can leave them on your feet for at least an hour. I bought them tight originally but couldn't sit through 1 baseball inning. Returned them for a 1/2 size up and these have just a little air in the heel (nickle's width) and am glad I did. Feet swell when climbing and the room is nice to have. Now I can leave them on for well over an hour.

    2. I used these replace to my very comfortable 5.10 Ascents, a stiff multi-purpose shoe that I used for everything (V4 to 10 pitch trad climbs). I was not expecting a "bouldering/sport" shoe to be so comfortable, but on my feet they are. Ballerina bend and all...

    3. I have a wide forefoot and these accommodate that just fine. I do wish the velcro tabs were slightly longer, I'm close to maxing them out.

    4. I have a heels that that are very picky about the shoes they like. These have a deep but smooth heel cup which is particularly comfortable when dropping the heel while resting. This surprised me, as most shoes I've had seem to up the pressure on the heels when you drop your heels. These seem to relieve the pressure. An important bonus for easing tension in nervous spots and for surviving hanging belays.

    5. The rubber is very good. These edge and smear and hook beautifully.

    6. I like the stiff soles which does handle crack climbing just fine and provides more under-foot protection on long rough routes.

    7. The neoprene on the inside is very comfortable.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great alternative to Solution: Runs Big!

    By notquiteyet

    from SC

    About Me Avid Climber

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Rugged
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Sprint Climbs

    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

    I wear 12.5 street shoe, 43 Solutions, and 42.5 in miura vs was a tiny bit big. No chance of slipping off with great Velcro closure system, but could stand a 42.

    This shoe is like a stiff Solution with better edging and smearing. Of course being stiffer, it doesn't have the same touch as the solutions. The toe is great on these shoes. You'll have more power than in solutions or any other shoe I've tried. Personally, I prefer the solution heel and toe for corresponding hooks, but vs does both fine.

    Miura vs is a more "complete" shoe than the solutions. If you already have a great flat-wall shoe, then I'd go for solutions. If this will be your main pair for most climbing go with miura vs.

    Also much more aggressive than regular miura and runs much bigger.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels half size too big
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great shoe but way different than Miura

    By deerwolf

    from new york city

    About Me Avid Climber

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Bouldering
      • Indoor
      • Outdoor

      Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

      Like a lot of people, I'm a huge fan of the original Miura. These shoes share the same name with the addition of "VS" but, really, they're a totally different shoe in my mind. Much more aggressive, with the pointed "beak" like toe and at the same time, quite a bit less comfortable. La Sportiva shoes have a great fit for me (although I wear a full 2.5 sizes down from my street shoe size - that's right - I wear 10.5 mens US street shoes and a 41 (US men's size 8) in these and they fit great. Note, these shoes won't stretch but the will break in a bit and get more comfortable after a few long days in them). To me, I think if you are coming from the regular Miuras you might want to go a size or half size up than what you run in the regular Miuras, unless you are looking for a pretty hardcore fit that you won't be able to keep your feet in for more than 30 mins. I climb mostly indoors and these are great for that but I'd be reluctant to bring these for a long day at the crag for anything but bouldering where I could take them on and off. All in all, I prefer the regular Miuras, they edge just as well (maybe even better?) and have more flexibility for smearing etc. These seem more like the kind of shoe that people who boulder really steep stuff all day would like... for that they're great.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too big
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great but buy 'em TIGHT

      By Climb

      from USA

      About Me Avid Climber

      Pros

      • Aggressive

      Cons

      • They Stretch

      Best Uses

      • Bouldering
      • Indoor

      Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

      They stretch so buy 'em uncomfortably tight to start out.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      a toe shoe that can edge

      By skippit

      from rock-deprived swamp

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

            initial response; love the shoe. Not quite solution toe performance, but with this shoe, the whole toe box is brought into play resulting in a well-rounded and versatile slipper. Fit is comfy with a well secured heel. Stuck with my standard 2 sizes below street shoe sizing and am very happy so far.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great shoes!

            By CU Climber

            from Ithaca NY

            About Me Avid Climber

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bouldering
                • Indoor

                Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

                Took a couple days to stretch out, but now they feel great and are really responsive.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Bang for Your Buck

                By Ian

                from Rochester, NY

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy on and off velcro
                • Edges well
                • Lightweight
                • Sticky rubber

                Cons

                • Sizing

                Best Uses

                • Bouldering
                • Indoor
                • Long Climbs
                • Outdoor
                • Sprint Climbs

                Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

                The shoes work wonderfully! The edging is great along with the sticky rubber to smear the rock face.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too big
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Nice Comfy, Yet Aggressive, Shoe

                By Scott G.

                from Oakland, CA

                About Me Avid Climber

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bouldering
                    • Indoor
                    • Long Climbs
                    • Outdoor

                    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

                    So far I've been using these in the gym exclusively, and once broken in (took about two days) they feel pretty solid. Not quite as sensitive in the toe area as my last shoes (5.10 Spires, sized aggressively) they initially felt downright clunky in the toe—and this is with no noticeable dead space in there—but once broken in, the toe is much more touchy-feely. They still definitely aren't as sensitive as the Sportiva Mythos I've owned, and as I mentioned before, the 5.10 Spires, which for "entry level" shoes, were surprisingly sensitive.

                    The comfort out of the box was pretty good; no rubbing on my heel from the pull loops, no rubbing or unwanted pressure on my toe knuckles, no excessive force applied to my achilles tendon by the heel rand. These seem more spacious in a 41 than my Spires did. Unsurprisingly, as a fairly aggressively lasted shoe, they are seemingly made with keeping your toes bunched up into the front in mind, and leave ample room in the toe box so your knuckles don't top out with too much pressure.

                    The one comfort/fit area I find lacking in these is the heel. It seems to be just too deep for me, and unless I'm standing flat and putting weight on my heels, there is some unwanted dead space in there. I found this much the same as with the Sportiva Katana velcros I've owned in the past; nice snug fit up front, heel cup a bit too deep. This was not a problem with my Mythos or 5.10 Spires, in which I filled the heel amply.

                    Fortunately, these are much more comfy than the Katanas ever were, and feel like they'll perform similarly. The heel rand on the Katanas was an annoyance, causing some heel pain, but these seem fine in that area, though I've sized them similarly, and the style of shoe is also similar. I'm not sure if there is an increase in fit in the front due to having three velcro straps vs. two on the Katanas. And, while I bought them with quick on/offs in mind, the extra velcro strap makes them more annoying to take off than I'd hoped; still quicker than lace-ups, though! The neoprene tongue on these definitely increases tactile comfort over the Katanas, but also makes them hotter. As a last Katana comparison, the Katanas were pretty nimble in the toe, as far as sensitivity goes, but these feel like they will edge and toe into small pockets better, and once broken in, as I mentioned, are sensitive enough.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Awesome Shoes[...]

                    By Q-Butta

                    from Santa Fe, NM

                    About Me Competitive Climber

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • None
                    • Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Bouldering
                    • Indoor
                    • Outdoor

                    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

                    I use these shoes everyday and I still love them just as much as the first day I bought them. Go about 1/2 size smaller than your street shoe size because mine seem a little big on me. La Sportiva shoes are durable and have great, sticky rubber. You won't regret buying these!

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels half size too small
                    • Width:
                    • Feels too wide
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent climbing shoe, but heel slips

                    By Stonecutter

                    from Portland, ME

                    About Me Avid Climber

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bouldering

                        Comments about LA SPORTIVA Miura VS Climbing Shoes:

                        I bought the Miuras to replace my first pair of climbing shoes. Obviously it was a tremendous step up from entry-level Mad Rock shoes. I love how aggressive the shoe is; not the absolute most aggressive, but seems like just the right amount of downturn. The rubber is sticky and the toe is pointy, so I use them mostly for bouldering. They make toeing in a breeze. However, I have noticed two problems. The first is that there is no rubber protection on top of the toe box. Just having leather there makes certain toe-hooks painful. Also, it may be my specific foot, but my heel seems to slips every time I try to do a major heel-hook. I have found this to be a limiting factor on some routes, and for that I am a bit frustrated with this otherwise incredible shoe.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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