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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
    • Item #LSP0161

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Vibram XS Edge
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Recommended Use
    bouldering, sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    What do you think about this product?

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    Will raise your game to the next level

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I honestly don't know how you hotshots jam your feet into shoes that are 1-1.5 smaller than your street shoe size. My left foot is a 10.5-11 high arch and my right foot is a 11-11.5 flat foot. I wear TC Pros in size 44.5; cannot get my feet into 44s. At the gym I borrowed someone's Miura VSs in 44.5 and was immediately able to climb a route I would not have even tried in my TCPs. But I had to take the Miuras off right away, they hurt too much. I just bought a pair in 45 and have to struggle to get my right foot into the shoe. I am actually thinking of getting a pair of 44.5s and using the smaller size on my left foot (If you have the opposite "problem" let me know). An expensive solution, granted; but I noticed Adam Ondra even wears two different LaSportiva models on some of his climbs. Know this: Whatever your level of expertise, this incredible shoe can take you to the next level. Don't even think twice, just get a pair!

    Favorite Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love these so much! These are actually my 2nd pair of them because I can't get enough of them. They're grippy but don't wear out too fast. They are a bit stiff so if you're looking for something that won't hug your foot tight, you might consider a softer shoe. Overall they're amazing though!

    Great shoe - lack of durability

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have owned about 8 pairs of Miuras over the past 5 years.
    Multiple times I have had issues with the rubber end of the velcro straps tearing off. Sometimes this happens very quickly, other times slowly, but eventually it happens.
    The major issue with this shoe is the toe edge longevity. I burn through them really fast - which explains why 8 shoes. You never get the same edge out of a resole, so I have a rotation of training pairs, and then a fresh pair for redpointing. In contrast, I use the solution for bouldering, and I do only boulder about a third of the time, but the edge on the solution lasts for significantly longer. You can tell just by looking at the solution, that the toe is a lot thicker.
    Clearly I'm still a fan of the shoe, but it could be greatly improved in terms of durability.

    Toe Destroying Wonder Senders

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So I got myself some Miura VSs a bit back because I wanted a stiffer shoe that edged better. All the reviews and discussions point to the same thing: Miura VS is like having swords for toes. Even the smallest edge feels like a grand staircase with them on. So I snagged some at the recommended 1 full size below street shoe (For reference, I wear a 43.5 in Tarantulaces, a 44 in street shoe, and a 43 in Miuras). Out of the box, they look great. They have a very striking design and the quality feels good. Their assymetry is VERY pronounced and even once broken in, it retains the downturnedness very well. After 6 months, mine are still holding their shape fairly well.

    One thing that the reviews and discussions never failed to mention, but frequently glossed over was the break-in period. All leather climbing shoes have a break in period. It's inevitable (and desired, even) and it's going to suck for a bit because your shoes and feet both have to kind of learn from each other. But the Miuras take it to a whole other level. I guess it's a side effect of their edging ability, but the toebox is downright medieval. It took a solid 2 months of wearing them regularly before they really felt broken in and wearable for more than a few minutes. Even now, 6 months later, I'll pop my feet out from time to time just to let my toes breathe a little, but I don't really have any trouble wearing them for most of the day. I do use toe cushions on my big toe (I've got bony joints) but otherwise it's a 'put on and rock out' type of shoe.

    So how does all this come together? They're absurdly good at what they're supposed to be absurdly good at. I can confidently stand on tiny edges and holds without issue, shove my toe into holds on an overhanger, and even heel hang almost effortlessly. They are my 99% shoe now and as long as LS keeps making them, I'll keep buying them. I haven't noticed much wear that'd I'd consider premature, though the toes will definitely be the first to wear out since well, there's where most of the action is. Being able to dial in the fit via the velcro straps is nice too since I can really tighten the top strap down for a good snug heel while leaving the toe or midshoe a little looser for comfort or flexibility.

    If there's any weakness, I'd say it's in the toehooking department. It *CAN* toehook....but it's not a pleasant or easy experience and generally I try to avoid it if I can. If you find yourself needing more toehook ability, most of the other performance LS shoes have better toe hooking rubber than the Miura. They also aren't really stellar at smearing. In fact, it might be their weakest point. The smaller the hold, the better really. Plenty of people wear them 100% of the time, but I can definitely see them feeling out of their element in a comp style setup where smearing is a big part of it. Others have said that the durability is questionable, and while I haven't run into that issue myself, I can definitely see how folks might run into that. That said, I don't think many shoes will hold up to the type of abuse climbers put on them without significant compromises to their climbing ability. It is what it is, I guess.

    So really, it all comes down to this: If you can survive the break in period, you will not find a better edging shoe than the LaSportiva Miura VS. For tiny holds and tinier edges, as well as sick overhangs and that sort...the Miura is THE shoe to wear. I'll be wearing these angry little yellow jackets for a long time to come and think you probably will to if you give em a chance.

    Toe Destroying Wonder Senders

    Godly. Worth every penny

      Lemme shed ya the skinny on the skeezy deets...I've had these shoes for almost a month and I just have to say these are the best shoes I have ever owned. I sized a half size down cuz I like to be more on the comfort side but still have a decently tight fit. These have been absolutely bomber for everything I've thrown at them so-far; tiny sandstone edges, heel hooks, slabs... and these boys are heavenly for getting into tiny pockets. They also look mega sharp too and you'll look the most stylish out of your buds. I would recommend these shoes to anyone at the intermediate level and above because they are an absolute FORCE for almost everything you can throw at it

      Worn out after 20 days rock climbing

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      As for me this is a guarantee case, but La Sportiva Technical Support Service think differently: the product does not appear to be covered by our warranty for the following reasons: The shoes are evidently worn out. The product needs to be resoled. Since the worn of the shoes depends on the usage, in a couple of months 4 mm of rubber can be completely worn out.

      These are my first shoes that worn out so quickly.

      Worn out after 20 days rock climbing

      перші скельники

        Це було моє перше взуття для скелелазіння. Використовував , як на стенді, так і на реальному рельєфі. Замовляв на 2 розміри менші , оскільки вони добре тягнуться з часом , важливо вдало підібрати колодку під форму ноги. На скелях добре стоять на терті та приємно тримають на малих зачіпках. Тверда п'ята дозволяє легко виконувати болдерингові рухи не відчуваючи при цьому дискомфорту.
        З мінусів можу сказати наступне, не радив би купувати дану модель для лазіння по тріщинах, де потрібно вклинювати ноги глибоко у тріщини, бо фіксатори, що утримують липучку швидко перетираються і приходиться їх змінювати. Радив би використовувати ту ж модель, тільки шнурований варіант. В загальному прослужили близько двох років інтенсивного лазіння, вони варті своїх грошей

        Best sport shoe

        Do you want a shoe that is moderately aggressive but has soft sticky rubber and is comfortable for longer pitches? These shoes are about to be your best friend. The secret is to make sure you downside at least 1/2 to 1 sizes from what you typically wear in climbing shoes. These will be small to start but will really stretch to your feet. Mine are comfortable at 1/2 down but I wish I had done another 1/2.

        Best sport shoe

        Last Climbing Shoe You'll Ever Need

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I bought these shoes for my boyfriend and this is his review, "This is my second pair of Miuras and I don't think I'll ever buy a different pair. I have smaller feet, so the velco option is perfect for what I need to secure a tight fit. I've had incredible success using these in the gym, and even outside. After you break them in to a wider foot, they feel incredible. In my case, for a truly tight fit over the life of the shoe, I went 1.5 sizes down. Can't recommend these enough for the aggressive climber.

        Great shoe, but...

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Great shoe, but the worst thing about it is it's high friction areas on the toes. Not everyone gets the toe friction hot spots that creates these bubbly calluses on your toes but I did. Sizing with La sportiva is accurate, I would go either street size or down half a size depending on preference. I've already resoled these and they have stretched to become even more comfortable post resole. Performance wise the shoe is great, don't prefer the xs edge rubber, too hard for my liking.

        The Best

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Hot damn, what a shoe. I wear 10.5-11 in street shoes and I have worn both a 42.5 and 43 in this shoe. I find 43 performs just as well without making a grown man cry. I haven’t tried the womens version because these fit great. The toe provides a perfect edge and stands the test of time. I actually found the shoe to be even better with 1 re-sole.

        I have relatively sweaty feet and these things never really get that gross or smelly. The Velcro is bomber and stands the test of time.

        Versatile climbing shoes

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These shoes perform really well on vertical/slab routes where you need to put more confidence in your feet placement. And of course they don't disappoint on steep routes. I don't boulder outdoors so I am not sure how they'd perform there. They are also a lot more comfortable than solution, and were broken in pretty fast (after 2-3 sessions).

        Best all around climbing shoes!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These shoes are a great mix of performance and comfort. when you are climbing a long route that requires technical feet and precision, these shoes won't let you down!

        Comfortable with Excellent Traction

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I bought this shoe for bouldering, and I am very happy with it. The Velcro straps make it easy to pull on and off very quickly, and they never come loose during climbing. I have found that they can stick to even the smallest rock formations. They fit my foot perfectly, and that is saying something because I have very flat arches. All my life, I have dealt with arch pain and plantar fasciitis. I need arch support inserts in my running shoes and hiking boots. In the past, I have always experienced arch pain in my climbing shoes, and I had just accepted that arch pain was going to be a necessary price to pay if I wanted to climb. This is no longer the case. I can climb until my hands and arms wear out and not experience any foot pain. I would highly recommend this shoe. It is definitely worth the price. When my current pair wears out, I will certainly buy this shoe again.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've used these frequently for around a year and they're awesome. For my foot (flat, kinda wide) they're the perfect amount of aggression. I wear a 42 in the Miura lace and a 41.5 in these. The half size down really helps on anything steep. I've had no problems with durability. These have been my go-to for anything steep/any redpoint attempt. They also edge really good and personally, I think they handle slab pretty well. I wouldn't wear them exclusively for cracks, but when I've encountered short crack sections in these, they still handle just fine. These shoes do it all.

        Awesome Pair of climbing shoes

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 43.5
        • Height: 5'11"
        • Weight: 176lbs

        I used to buy only the Evolve Bandit SC, but one day a friend of mind recommended me the Miura from La Sportiva, I love this shoes, it has replaced the Bandits to the point that i have 2 pairs of Miuras one with Laces and one with Velcro.

        On Nike/Salomon i use a size 44.5 maybe 45 depending on the brand, I bought both of my Miuras in 43.5 EUR, and I could go even Smaller. The are really comfortable for my feet, which is very long but narrow, with my Bandits i find it very hard to do heel hooks, but with the Miuras it is very easy.

        They are a little bit hard but i really don't mind that!

        Awesome Pair of climbing shoes

        Amazing Performance - Durability Issue

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 41 1/2
        • Height: 5'9"
        • Weight: 142lbs

        Like the other review below. The bottom Velcro strap has torn on my shoes unfortunately wear it comes in contact with the metal oval for tightening. Luckily though, the bottom strap is least important in my opinion & it took over a year for mine to rip half way. That being said, I own two pairs of these shoes because simply, I love the edging, toe hooking (Velcro straps help), the fit and the over all performance of these shoes. I own two pairs so that when one pair is being re-soled, the other pair is at work. I really really enjoy these shoes and I highly recommend them but yeah, that bottom strap kinda sucks but luckily it's still holding.

        Unanswered Question

        Anyone with a street shoe size of 14~ ever use these? I've gotten the Katana laces on a nice discount in Germany, but HOLY COW are they killing my toes at first use. I have to get a 46 as it's their largest size, but I read these Miuras would be a better option as they stretch more than the Katanas.

        I've never worn a La Sportiva climbing shoe. I'd like to buy the Miura VS. Normally wear an 8 1/2 to 9 D. recommendation?

        Hi Don,

        My foot is a size 12 (45.5) and I wear a 42.5 in these shoes. Yes my foot is curled, but the shoe isn't extremely painful either. I've found that these, and other LS shoes, run large as opposed to true to size.

        I'd start with a 38.5 (+/- a half size depending on how tight you want the shoes) and see how that works for ya.



        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

        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.

        How much does this shoe stretch if at all?...

        How much does this shoe stretch if at all? I'm coming from the Evolv Shamans and feel the Miura grabs the front of my foot much better. I tried them on in 8, 8.5 and 9. The 8 is painful and the 8.5 feels a bit tight. The 9 makes my heel feel sloppy in the shoe.

        Would the 8 stretch to the feel of the 8.5 over time or not that much?

        Best Answer

        Being a leather shoe it will stretch but the lining will really keep it from stretching too much. Expect it to stretch about a half size over time but mostly in the spots that are already too tight. I would say go with the 8.5.

        So I'm looking for a new climbing shoe,...

        So I'm looking for a new climbing shoe, finally trashed my last pair beyond repair. I've heard good things about the Miura's, they seem like a descent all around shoe. As someone who isn't really at a point where owning several different shoes is viable that's what I'm looking for. Also I'm looking for a shoe that is a little more aggressive than my last pair (evolv Defy's). Any suggestions? The cheaper the better too!



        I *highly* recommend these shoes. I started with the La Sportiva Nago's (less aggressive than the Defy's) and I was scared that these would be "too much" for me. They are amazing. I use them indoors and outdoors (bouldering, TR, Sport) and they are great. Helped me progress so much as a climber.

        I highly recommend going somewhere to try them on, as for me a 42.5 was perfect, a 43 too big, and a 42 was excruciatingly tight.

        What are some other shoes similar...

        What are some other shoes similar (aggression/style) to the miuras? possibly in another brand or la sportiva

        There are a lot of shoes that are very aggressive and great shoes like the Miura's. The La Sportiva Solution Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe is a great down turned shoe if you want to stick to La Sportiva. Five Ten is also a great brand. They have a lot of really aggressive down turned shoes that are really good. A lot of people really like the Five Ten Team's, the Quantum Climbing Shoes and the Blackwing's. These are all great shoes!

        solutions would be much more aggressive than muiras. evolv pontas would be similar, but more in common with the katana, as well as mad rock flash. mad rock mugen techs would be a closer match, but not quite as durable. like angus said, anasazis would be similar. you might check evolv talon g2 as well.

        I've read the Scarpa Instinct Lace (Parrot Red) are similar in feel to the Miura VS. Obviously the laces are different from the hook and loop closure system on the Miura VS, but they both have a similar downturn and both use Vibram XS Edge rubber soles.

        I have the Anasazi VCS and Miura VS and I don't think they are that similar. They both edge really well, but the Anasazi is basically a flat shoe. The Miura Lace Up is more similar to the Anasazi VCS, but the Miura VS is definitely more aggressively downturned than both of them. Miura VS and Miura Lace Up are not really alike despite the names.

        How do these fit compared to the lace ups?...

        How do these fit compared to the lace ups? I have heard they run a little smaller. Any thoughts?

        I had the same question as Nick. Nick did you have Lace-up Miuras before and then get these? Do you agree a smaller size is needed for the velcro version? I am exchanging a pair size 44.5 Miura laceups that are barely (a half-size) too big and considering these velcro ones as they're in stock, but now I wonder if I need to drop a whole size from those or just get the 44's as planned.

        Hi everyone! I've been a 5.10 guy so far,...

        Hi everyone! I've been a 5.10 guy so far, but really want to try some VSs. I wear a 9 in the galileo and it is snug, but comfortable. Wanting to size semi-aggressively to get the most out of these shoes. 40 or 40.5 for these?

        Thanks again!

        Best Answer

        I've found with the miura's and most La Sportiva shoes that I need to down size about 2.5 sizes from my street shoes. If I were you, I'd try the 40's. Keep in mind that these shoes are narrower than the Galileo's both in the toe box and the heel. The heel is way more secure than any 5.10 shoes I've used for heel hooking. If you have a higher volume foot go with the 40.5's since they're narrower.

        I am torn between these the regular Miura's....

        I am torn between these the regular Miura's. I do mostly top-roping. Any suggestions?

        These shoes look like they have some...

        These shoes look like they have some incredible edging power, but how's the smearing??? They have a pretty good camber to them....the pictures on BC don't do the camber justice its a little more defined.

        I've had La Sportiva Mythos for the past...

        I've had La Sportiva Mythos for the past couple of years and love them. They are the most comfortable climbing shoes I've ever had. But I wanted a more aggressive shoe, and got the Miura vs. They just arrived today, and I am quite glad I got the velcro system. I ordered the same size (45.5) that my Mythos are, and while I expected them to feel a lot less uncomfortable, I didn't realize it would be that uncomfortable. If I wear size X shoe in one La Sportiva Climbing shoe would I wear the same size in any La Sportiva climbing shoe? Thanks for any info

        Best Answer

        Well in my opinion no! it will depend if the shoe have laces, velcro or are slip on`s. in my personal experience when i use with laces i will use size X, but if a get velcro i will go down 1/2 size and if i get slip on`s i will provably go down 1/2 or a hole size (Also depending of the Shoe and its material). In your case i think that you had been using a normal climbing shoe that does not changes that much the foot shape, wile with these ones the change in position inside the shoe to concentrate the pressure point at the point is much more aggressive and it could take you a wile to get used to it.

        Any thoughts on the miura lace-up versus...

        Any thoughts on the miura lace-up versus the VCS? like in terms of comfort, performance, durability, any major differences really.

        The Muira VS has the P3 system which helps keep the shoes more downturned over time. I personally find the Miura to flatter than the VS. Smearing is a lot better in the Muira lace rather than the Muira VS. The edging is incredible with both shoes. Personally I like the VS, it is better for overhung climbs. The lacing system helps get that custom fit in every dimension of the shoe, although the strapping system on the VS is great, that little middle strap really helps. Durability, essentially they are the same shoe, they have the same rubber compound, so you won't see any difference in wearing between the two soles.
        Bottom Line: If you do a lot of slab or less than vertical climbing, go with the Muira lace, if you do a lot of overhung climbing, go with the VS.

        I have the lace Muira's and really like...

        I have the lace Muira's and really like them
        Thinking of switching to velcro, anyone tried both? are they the same fitment?


        I have the velcro and was actually thinking about switching to laces... I like that I can don them and doff them quickly with the velcro and make quick adjustments when blood stops flowing to specific digits. I did manage to rip the end tab off one of the straps, which has been a pain ever since, and I've heard of friends whose velcro wore out very quickly. I've tried on some laces in the store but a half-size larger, and the fit is very similar.

        Anything in particular you really liked about the laces?

        Happy trails!

        can someone out there tell me if you think...

        can someone out there tell me if you think that there is a noticeable difference (other than the price) between the miura vs and the katana? thank you