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You won’t be the first or last climber to swear by the Miura VS.

The La Sportiva Miura VS Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe has been helping climbers send and winning awards left and right since its creation. A combination of a Slingshot rand and Powerhinge System allows plenty of flex for smearing while maintaining lateral support for better edging performance.

  • High asymmetrical curvature for precision footwork
  • Slingshot rand maintains lateral support without making this shoe too stiff
  • Powerhinge technology combines with the slingshot rand to make sure that, when you're weighted on an edge, the back half of the shoe stretches while the toes stay in place for grip
  • Vibram XS Edge is resistant to deformation on super-sharp edges and won't creep when you're smearing

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5 5

Love it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 3"
    Weight: 117 lbs
    Size Purchased: 39.5

I have used them intensively in gym and outside. I got them 1.5 size down from my street shoes. Need like a month to break in, but after that... it's awesome! They are a bit more aggressive, not like all-day feel good shoes. I always take them of when I belay.

5 5

Awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 210 lbs
    Size Purchased: 34

These are my favorite shoe. They fit perfectly for a nice stiff sole. They come off and on quickly for all that gym gyming and has good friction for grip.

4 5

Let's call it 4.8 Stars

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

I love these shoes. Right out of the box these things edge like a dream and they break in to have amazing feel. They fit well, but this is perhaps where I deduct .2 stars. I have incredibly flat feet and its tough for me to find high-end climbing shoes that fit my heel as a result. Though the miuras do well, heel hooks tend to pull the shoes off my feet (which is surprising because they are very tight).

After 6 months of heavy use on tiny foot jibs, I'm starting to see some wear . Still as useful as day 1 though.

Let's call it 4.8 Stars
4 5

Great shoes!

  • Fit: True to size

Great pair of shoes for people who have been climbing for a bit and are looking for something more aggressive. Good control, great for heel hooks!

Responded on

Hey Nick! Welcome to the Backcountry Community! Keep gettin after it!

3 5

Liked them a lot... until

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have somewhat narrow feet, and tend to tighten the straps quite a lot. These shoes were great until the top strap broke (while on the rock!). I climb a few times a week, and they lasted 1.5 years... all in all... they're OK.

5 5

favorite

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

41 for my everything shoe, 40.5 for an aggressive bouldering fit. they are fantastic and your heel will stick to anything you can throw it at. i have wide forefoot and it fits like a glove. understand it's an aggressive climbing shoe and will be tight. it goes to 11

Hi, I tried these on in store and the fit was godly, but I'm partial to laces, so I am tempted to go with the Miura XS lace-ups instead. However I've read that the VS are more downturned. Is this a big difference? I currently do mostly bouldering and slab with a pair of pretty flat 5.10s that I like (and need resoling, hence the new pair). Looking for something more downturned this time around, but not as downturned as solutions. Thanks!

Best Answer Responded on

My personal opinion is that the Miuras are the perfect intermediate between a flat pair of shoes (I had some 5.10 Anasazi's) and Solutions. The downturn is good, but manageable - making a noticeable difference on overhung boulder problems, but also ensuring you can still crush it on slab. Personally, I prefer my flatter shoes when I'm getting on slab, but mine (like yours) have holes, so it's not an option anymore :'(

I would definitely recommend the Miuras if you're looking for something with a little more downturn.

Responded on

The Miura VS are definitely more downturned! Totally different shoe, for totally different sends!

MIURAS MEET THE OUTSIDE WORLD

MIURAS MEET THE OUTSIDE WORLD

Dean's Problem, LCC. Took the shoes out for the first time this weekend and loved them.

Gym time in on the shoes.

Gym time in on the shoes.

Photo: Jon Vickers, Momentum//SLC, UT

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Awesome picture Natalie !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Love them

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

I ended up choosing the men's version over the female version due to comfort for my poor, fat feet. Comfort in a climbing shoe? Say wha? Does such a thing exist? I've really loved this shoe, and found it to be decently comfortable for the amount of aggression it has. Occasionally I'll take them off to give the toes a break, but for the most part I am fine staying in them for a couple hours at a time.

Lower velcro strap DOES get in the way of some serious toe-hooking, which is a bummer. However, I love the adjustment versatility of the three-stap velcro system. I have a wider foot box with a slimmer ankle, and have previously had issues finding a shoe that accommodated such.

4 5

Comfortable aggro shoe

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

As far as aggressive shoes go, this is certainly the most comfortable, beating out the futura, solution, katana, dragon, and testarossa (a close second.)

Sticky rubber wears fast on real rock, but grips very well on the most slippery of limestone crags.

Velcro system is supportive and easy to rip off when your dogs are screamin'.

Velcro system also wears prematurely, which kills the shoe. Those that climb delicate, almost vertical slab may want a lace-up or slipper. Crack kills...
No rubber over the toe, so delicate heel-hooking is more difficult.

If you re-sole, the testarossa has laces for durability and fine-tuning the fit; and a half-sole (lower cost of re-soling)
It sucks at heel hooking though.

For edges it's non-pareil, but accelerated wear may make the Futura a better option for steep edging and tiny pockets.

Stretches a full-size if you're a god, or half-a-size for mere mortals. Buy two save one for that project you've been talking about.

Yellow and black color may attract bees. Do a warning bee dance to deter them.

I've had 4-5 of these bad boys, for steep sport I strongly recommend them. There are better options for bouldering and tiny edges on vertical faces.

4 5

Not my favorite

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

Here is my review. I had the futuras love love loved them. Only thing wrong was the durability. I figured i would go with the miuras since i have seen and heard good things with the shoe. Jumped on the wall and liked it very much. I enjoyed really hard toeing along with heel hooks. Smearing was ok but the area where it really suffered was toe hooking. Man it was so bad that if you wanted a good toe hook you'd try to like get the velcro straps wedged in the hold it was bad. I put on my futuras for any problem with toe hooks or anything. Another concern for me was the durability of the straps. I like to keep my feet on the wall and hate to barn door or anything like that. IN the first month the inside of the straps were half way through and the metal hinge holding the strap was wearing out also. I put hockey tape on it to help but it wore through that in a month too. Here is my summary. If you are looking to get a nice all around gym shoe this will be perfect i would actually refer you to the regular lace up miuras. If you want a pure bouldering shoe just go with the solutions. I didnt want to get them but after my 3rd shoe i finally did. Save yourself time and money and get solutions for bouldering. They are a perfect mix of the miuras and the futuras and even more.

4 5

Great gym shoe, just not for roof work

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

I use this as my gym and local bouldering shoe (Central Park, other spots in NYC) and it excels for that kind of use, where I am primarily smearing and edging. My only complaint is that it sucks for roof work, more than you would expect from a leather top shoe. The lowest velcro strap interferes on large toe hooks, the synthetic material slipping off of everything. However, this is very minor for long gym routes and traverses and you definitely won't regret it for edging.

5 5

Awesome bouldering shoe

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

I just recently got these shoes and I have to say after using them a few times they are unbelievable. Shoe fits perfectly to my street shoe size which is a 9 1/2 and the 42.5 are like a glove no reason to go smaller or larger with these Climbing shoes. Its more on the stiffer side so the brake in period might take you a couple weeks. However the shoe will stretch so don't be discouraged when you slip your foot into it for the first time. Edging, heel and toe hooks are great in these but smearing walls with them I am finding a little tough at least as of now. I am an intermediate climbing and the aggressive arch isn't that bad at least for me also the knuckle box feels more comfortable than most shoes. At least in my own opinion. Great shoe for just about anything you can throw at it. Finally it as really good rubber on it. Could not be happier with my purchase. Thanks BackCountry for fast and speedy service.

5 5

Amazing shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Fit: True to size

I've just bought this and it is an amazing all around shoe.

I've just like to add that after changing the shoes with 2,5 sizes down, those were too small to a point that they were painful to wear so I changed them back with the previous 2 sizes down pair. So for me, one that wears 43,5 EU (10,5 US), 2 sizes down 41,5 EU (8.5+) is the right size.

5 5

This is an awesome shoe!

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

This is an amazing shoe for bouldering, steep sport climbing and steep face climbing alike. Stiffer than the lace up, less stretch, therefore I wear a size up and still get great performance. (41.2 in lace up - 42.5 in VS[I have fairly wide]). The only downside that I have experienced with these shoes is that the Velcro straps tend to wear down relatively quickly where they pass through the metal slot.

5 5

Best all around shoe, including comfort!

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

I started in the La Sportiva Nago's and was worried that when bumping up to an aggressive shoe, that a) none of them would fit and b) they would all hurt!

Surprisingly the Miura's are not only great performance shoes, but they have become (almost) as comfortable as my Nago's.

I was hesitant to get aggressive shoes because I wasn't sure if I was "ready" for them. Boy was I wrong! I noticed immediate improvement in my climbing skill, technique, and confidence. (This sounds like an infomercial...)

These shoes have seen 4 months of gym use (~15+ hours a week) and have held up great. I make sure to take them off when I feel my feet getting hot, and I try to walk in them as little as possible. Rubber is solid and edges are still in great shape.

This shoes are well worth the money and if you can bear through the slight break-in period, you'll soon love them.

Responded on

Sounds like i'm in sort of the same boat you were in... Did you use the same size in these as the Nago's? Thanks.

Responded on

Yep, ended up being the same size as my Nagos!

In the Miura VS's, the 43 was way too big, the 42 excruciatingly painful, and the 42.5 was Goldilocks.

Responded on

My street shoe goes from 11 to 11.5, sometimes even 12. I can't stress enough the need to actually TRY ON climbing shoes before buying them. Sizes mean only so much.