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If you only want to own one pair of climbing shoes, these are the ones.

The Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe is perhaps the most adept all-around climbing shoe ever made, which is likely the reason it's also the best selling performance shoe ever made. The medium-stiff midsole combines with the stealth Onyxx rubber for lethal edging ability while the dual hook-and-loop straps make on and off an easy operation.

  • Durable Cowdura uppers provide next-to-skin comfort and a glove-like fit
  • Dual hook-and-loop straps provide a secure closure and make for easy on and off
  • Moderate profile shape allows the shoe to perform on everything from steep boulder problems to slabby test pieces
  • Medium-stiff Anasazi midsoles provide powerful edging performance with good sensitivity
  • Stealth Onyxx rubber is harder than other Stealth formulas for enhanced edging performance
  • Padded tongue works with the hook-and-loop straps to enhance comfort

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Unanswered Question

What is the difference between this and the old model? i heard there is less rand tension, or are these pretty much the same as the old model (straight black pull tabs and slightly different design on toe box)?

I'm a 8.5 in women's street shoes What size would you suggest I get in these both a comfy fit and a performance fit thanks

Responded on

I wear a size 10.5 mens in most street shoes. I have these in a size 10 and they are a perfect fit, comfy enough to use all day and tight enough for a performance fit. I would suggest downsizing half a size from your street shoe (in men's sizing of course). Great shoe tho.

3 5

Don't get the hype...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I researched for a very long time trying to find a non-agressive shoe for gym climbing and settled on the Anasazi. Ordered three different sizes to make sure I got the best fit, which I'm quite happy with. However, there is a lot to be desired with these shoes. They seem to be rather high-volume shoes, for one. When I strap them on, I typically have at least an inch of velcro hanging off past the end. The rubber is hard as a rock and couldn't stick to bubble gum. Every review I have read heralded the Stealth rubber as some of the best, and that makes me wonder if there's not something wrong with my pair, but even after a couple months trying to break these things in they're still just as slick as the day they came out of the box. I've even tried a wire brush to avail. The edging on these is fantastic, I will say, but the thick sole makes sensitivity an issue. Precise footwork is certainly needed. These things are durable as a tank, and I don't expect to have to resole them for quite a long while. Overall, the shoe is very 'okay', but I would certainly never buy another pair.

5 5

Obviously a great shoe!

  • Fit: True to size

I agree with all comments about how great a shoe this is. Sticky, good edging, smears well after break-in. For me they are pretty comfortable (not like my lovely Mocs though :) ).

Most people wonder about sizing. Here's my input: I wear an 11.5 street/running shoe. I have 5.10 Mocs and Rogue lace-ups, both in a 10.5 that fit great after break-in. The Anasazi does NOT stretch! Size them carefully, in person if at all possible. I drove 120 miles, twice, to get this sorted out and I'm glad I did. My size for this shoe is 11.0, and that's a 2014 shoe, so I assume it's the "new" sizing. My feet are a little wide across the toes, but thin, and I have to tighten them enough that the velcro straps are just a bit long-almost touch the ground. Then can be cut shorter if you know what you're doing, once you wear then a bit to know how long you want them. I left mine as is though-so far.

Break-in is reasonably quick. About4 trips to the gym did it for me. I did some mechanical toe box stretching and they fit great. You can't do much of that though, so take the time to try different sizes and make sure it's snug but no too snug. If they tell you "they'll stretch" they don't know this shoe.

You might try the lace too. I actually like the lace fit better EXCEPT the heel in the lace version jut doesn't work for me. Even though they are supposedly identical, they aren't and it was a deal breaker for me or of would have bought them over the VCS.

3 5

Smelly and popular with Brits

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This was my first high-end shoe. It hurt like a mother for a while but softened up after a few tender caresses. We had a lovely month together before I noticed that these things smelled AWFUL. I've never had a shoe do that before, or since. I'm mostly a no-liner kind of guy, so maybe that's why.

The British seem to love these guys, which is funny to me because they're made an hour away from me.

Now, on to the shoe.
Rubber's great. Sticky, but not too fast wearing.
It's aggressive without being extremely down-turned, which makes it great for steep sport and bouldering, although it shines best on dime-edge face climbing.
The fit is REALLY weird. My foot is somehow both pinched uncomfortably into the heel while still having enough room to store a headlamp in the heel cup. I don't get it. It's a problem with this particular last. The blancos and verdes are the same in this way.
That toe-profile tho! It fits into dimples, dishes, pods, pockets, and splitter cracks like a key into a lock. If you do a lot of splitter crack, this might be a good option. Especially if you don't mind your car smelling like feet.

The velcro is fast, but delicate. Enough contact where the small strap and the metal buckle thingy meet, and you'll have a blown shoe. Crack and off-width climbers beware.

Weird fit, bad smells, cool aesthetics, decent closure system, decent durability, and a sick toe profile make this a top-pick if this were twenty years ago. Not worth the $$$, get lace miuras.

3 5

Sizing has changed for the Anasazi

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

I answered my own question. Well I bought a new pair, same size 10 that my last 2 pairs have been.
The shoe is roomier in the toe box and puts little tension on the heel. Which I'm not a fan of.
So even though I'm tightening the shoe to the point I can almost step on the velcro, I can pull the shoe off by the heel.

So be warned if you're buying your "old trusty anasazi" You will need to try on the new ones and either downsize a half or get the LV version.
For reference, I wear FiveTen bike shoes in a 10.5, the Chase in 11. The Arrowhead in 10.5. Anasazi VCS (old version) size 10.
Sportiva Mythos 42, sportiva, scarpa approach shoes in 43.5.

Not stoked that I couldn't find any information about this and ended up buying a new pair. (online, so yes its my own fault)
So off to the big city to try on some shoes!!!

Responded on

Agreed. The newer version has less rand tension and a roomier fit, which I'm not a fan of. I had 3 pairs of the old Anasazi velcros, all 10.5, and they all fit great. These feel a bit sloppy in the 10.5, but the 10 was too small. I'm a bit disappointed they changed this classic.

But...if they fit you well, this is an amazing shoe. Perfect mix of edging capability and sensitivity. 5.10 rubber is the stickiest IME. A perfect shoe for techy granite face climbs, which are usually less then vertical.

5 5

Fantastic all round shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These were my first climbing shoe, and boy am I happy I didn't skimp out and buy a cheap pair. These are extremely comfortable shoes but they don't sacrifice performance for comfort. They don't stretch much, so you can size them in the shop and go with what feels best. The sole is extremely sticky and maintains stiffness. I have had these for over a year of hard use and are still in almost perfect condition. I would highly recommend this shoe!

5 5

Industry Standard

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

This is my second pair of the Anasazi VCS. I found the fit in the new model to be slightly wider than last years, but they still fit well. You will probably want to size them 1/2 - 1 full size smaller than your street shoe to really take advantage of the amazing edging that this shoe provides. As others have mentioned they don't stretch. Rubber takes some time to break in so don't judge it until after a dozen days. It becomes quite sticky and maintains its stiffness. Less precise than Miura, but better smearing/more versatile and velcro is key for easy on/off gym/sport. Was a tough decision between the two shoes, probably can't go wrong.

5 5

This shoe has been great

This shoe fits like a glove that's made for your feet. I couldn't be happier. It hasn't stretched too much and I hope it doesn't stretch any more. I can basically wear it all day but still perform.

5 5

Comfortable Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Shoe fits great and i can leave it on all day, great for multipitch climbs. Very little stretch during break in but then again i expected this. Durable shoe, use it several times a week for Bouldering/Sport/TR.

Looked at a bunch of different shoes before choosing the Anasazi but i'm glad i did, love this shoe.

5 5

Durable and versatile

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've had these over a year, just got them resoled. I wear a 9/9.5 street and got the Anasazi in 8.5. They don't stretch, I got them half a size too small and boy did I regret it (I did all the tricks - hot water, wet newspaper, even went to a cobbler to stretch them). Really in the end it was about six months of inner wear that made them fit, not because they loosened up. Get them in your street size, you have been warned...

Having said that, they are fantastic shoes. I boulder and route climb in them. Great edges to the toe, heel works well for me, and they don't stink after repeated wear. I've washed them a few times over the last year, but really because they get dirty and I don't use detergent. The loops, velcro, suede material, the inner...all bulletproof. There's a reason why this shoe design has been around for so many years!

5 5

foot is 9.5 inches, got these in 8.0

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I generally wear tiny uncomfortable shoes when I boulder, but I got my "comfy" size in the Anasazi's for outdoor leading and general bouldering days when my feet have swelled up and I can't fit into my performance shoes anymore. My foot is 9.5 inches long, and I got these in 8.0. I have about a half inch or so of play in the toes when i'm crimping them, so I could have sized down another half size with ease, but this is what I got them for.

The Onyx rubber is incredibly sticky and durable and these have quickly become a shoe I go to day after day just for the sheer comfort, performance, and durability of them. The support is there for micro edging and they smear like a dream too.

The heel cup takes some time to break in, but once they do (i don't have a large heel) they hook like a dream with minimal deadspots. They suction well enough to my feet so i'd say 9 times out of 10 I don't even close the velcro on them. Can send and send in comfort and style. Get a pair. Get two! Get them now!

I tried on these a couple of days ago. ...

I tried on these a couple of days ago. 9.5 felt perfect, but the heel cup didn't feel super firm. 9 was painfully tight and great in the heel. If I purchased the 9 could I expect these to stretch a full half size?

Responded on

I've had these for about 6 months and they've stretched a tiny bit but I doubt they would go up a half size. I have the same thing with the heel cup being a little loose when I put them on but it's never bothered me while climbing (even when heel hooking). Personally I would go with the 9.5's or find a shoe that fit's better. In my experience, stretching out synthetic shoes begins and ends in tears.

For me though, I will resole these until they fall apart and then buy another pair. They're exactly what I want in a sport shoe.

EDIT: David Graham below says: "when you try them on for the first time, fit them snug then take a step or two and feel heel get set back into the cup to lock the shoe into place, wonderful design!"

Best Answer Responded on

These don't stretch much. After 2 years they're ready for a resole but my toes still barely curl as the day I got them. If anything they conform to your foot. Same as nbwp, my heel is slightly loose but never been a problem.

Responded on

The heel cup in these particular shoes are a little loose in my opinion. I wouldn't go any lower in size, simply because these things don't stretch and I don't think it would help the heel cup situation either. These are great shoes though. Had them for a couple years and they never failed to get me up a wall.

Responded on

you might want to try the la sportiva muira lace. I had the same sizing issues as you did with these, but the muiras are leather so the stretch out to fit your foot and the heel cup is a much better design for my feet at least.

Has anyone used the new version of the...

Has anyone used the new version of the shoe? Can you compare it to the old ones.
I've heard they had widened the toe box for the Fall 13 version,



took out the Anasazi vcs to Reimers tx, the shoes did not disappoint. I wasn't afraid to edge on those small ledges, could smear if I needed to and small pockets weren't a problem. I highly recommend this shoe as a all around sport climbing shoe with decent performance.

5 5

These are the best shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They're real sticky, just stiff and aggressive enough to edge, but they still work for moderate crack climbing. And they're comfortable enough for multipitch climbs.

5 5

Anasazis doin work

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Here's of photo of my Anasazis in action. No problem sticking to those rocks! Due to the synthetic material, these are starting to get a bit more comfy after wearing them for 20+ climbs. Doesn't stretch much, but forms to your feet after a little bit of use.

Anasazis doin work
5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

these shoes are a great all around shoe. It doesn't get sloppy cause the synthetic material, it doesn't stretches but it will conform a little so size accordingly. The shoes' toebox has a semi a-symmetrical shape which is pretty good for toeing into pockets but better for small edges. The ONYX rubber is pretty darnsticky, like I always heard it was sticky and didn't really think it could be that much of a difference but Holy cow it puts the rest of my shoes with Vibrum XS to shame. My one complaint about the shoe is right now the rubber is a little thick so I can't feel much of the rock which scares me, But that just means it'll last longer, I think I still just need to break them in a little more. I wear 12 to 12.5 street shoes and went with and 11.5 in Anasazi VCS. They fit well for average/wide feet like mine.
I recommend for an all everyday sport climbing shoe. Good for limestone, and sandstone but not so much on the granite. I tried to crack climb in these once and I was hurtin.
-excellent edging
-meh for smearing on slabs
-no way on cracks
-toe hooks only if i had to
-heel hooks yes but overhangs not really
-if you're into bouldering check out the anasazi moccasyms for a more casual shoe.
That may have sounded a little negative but this is still a GREAT shoe and is pretty much my go to shoe that I save for outdoors sport climbing.
If I could only take 1 pair of shoes this would be them.

Responded on

just a little update after about a season of climbing in these shoes. After break in the shoes smear a little better but edging is still superb. The only thing that broke in was the rubber got a little more flexible after some wear.

still my favorite shoe i save for outdoor sport climbing.