Distinguishing characteristics: stiff, precise, aggressive. The velcro shoe that everyone was waiting for!
La Sportiva's Velcro version of the Miura model is enriched with a number of innovative technical solutions. It keeps the lace up model's exceptional characteristics adding new high-tech elements as well as a quick fit thanks to three velcro straps. The VS features La Sportiva's P3 (Permanent Power Platform) technology; this helps to maintain the shape of the shoe over time, and prevents the boot flattening out as many performance shoes do over time.
Like its lace-up counterpart the Miura VS is stiff and heavily asymmetric, placing a lot of power through the big toe - great for grabbing edges and pockets on steep ground.
Fit: as with most Sportiva's the Miura VS is fairly narrow around the toe, but with a fairly high volume heel. Again the sizing is totally at odds with all other rock boot manufacturers - our sizing chart below should give you a pretty good idea of the correct size however.
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If you require some assistance sizing this shoe to your particular needs check out the following link to our Rock Shoe Sizing Guide.
Posted by Santeri Turkulainen – 27th Jul 2011
I've had quite a few pairs of shoes from La Sportiva and consider these top of the line. The thing I like most about these shoes is that they're quite aggressive [making them good for steep stuff], yet at the same time sensitive enough that you can adequately tackle vertical, more technical climbs as well. The toe box has an initially tight bunched feel, which can take some ‘breaking in’, but once they are softened to your feet they offer excellent feel and sensitivity on the rock - I hate the feeling of my shoes moving on small footholds. The heel is similar to that of the lace up Miura, i.e. good but quite high volume. Overall a great all rounder.
Posted by Tony B – 7th Jul 2011
Used the lace version for years and these offer every they did and more! Easy on and off, well made, slightly more precision toe. What more do you need?
Posted by Unknown – 5th May 2011
I've been using the Miura VS for about a year now. The 3 Velcro straps mean that you can get the fit to be perfect, and the shape of the shoe itself is perfect.
I haven't had any of the issues mentioned in the other reviews. I climb 3 times a week, and am only just starting to go through in the toe, and as for the Velcro straps working their way loose, it is very easy to tighten up just before the next climb.
The only downside is that there is a little room in the heel as it has stretched a little since I bought them but that is to be expected.
A great shoe, and I will definitely be buying another pair!
Posted by Joseph Dobson – 5th May 2011
Over the years I’ve had various pairs of rock shoes and I can say without a doubt that these are the best shoes I’ve ever had! I've had them for over 11 months so far and they're still going strong!
They are the best shoes in my opinion for standing on the smallest of holds, whether it is a minute edge, tiny pocket or crucial smear, they will grip like nothing else. They work well on slabs, vertical walls and on overhangs – a perfect all-round performance shoe. From my experiences, I’d say they work best on vertical to overhanging terrain, they’re not the most aggressive shoe out there so on major overhangs they don't 'hook' as well as other shoes, but they still climb very well indeed. I've also found that they're also quite comfy for the amount of performance delivered, compared to other shoes. I can last an entire day with them on (and that’s with going down 3 full sizes, beware they do stretch and need to be fitted tight but this is the same with all La Sportiva shoes) which means you don't have to walk back with crippled toes.
There is one downside to these shoes I’ve found, after 11 months of use they have become quite soft and flat. They still perform brilliantly (in fact there now even more sensitive) on everything but on the overhangs, as they've lost there down turned shape. After 11 months of use this wasn't that surprising, it was more surprising that they lasted this long without having holes or any Velcro straps failing. I have been using them for, on average, 2-3 days a week and a trip to Font, so its not like I’ve not been using them!
Posted by Dan Carroll – 11th Jan 2011
After going through two pairs of katana's relatively quickly I decided to try the Muira Vs.. although it is a very good shoe in terms of fit and a good balance of comfort and aggression the major problem is the toe wearing through, after just 4 months use (on average 2 wall sessions a week - and not down to poor footwork).
Also the velcro on the lower strap tends to come unstuck quite regularly.
Posted by Emyr – 16th Sep 2010
I’ve had these shoes for a while now and would go as far as to say that they’re perfect!
The shoe is pretty aggressive, being downturned and highly asymmetric, yet they’re still extremely comfortable! The shoe itself is fairly stiff and really emphasizes the big toe which makes it very good for edging. Despite the shoe being so downturned it isn’t limited to only steep stuff, I’ve also found it to be very good at more vertical terrain. The heel is also particularly good in this shoe, almost no dead space whatsoever.
The sizing is similar to other sportivas, I went down 3 euro sizes from my street shoe and found this to be a good tight fit, half a size down from the lace up miruas. These shoes don’t stretch much either, maybe a quarter of a size at most.
The only downside to the shoe is that after a while the velcro does begin to lose its stickiness, but this did take several months. Unlike the previous review however, I never had a problem with toe hooking and the third velcro strap.
Despite this I couldn’t recommend the shoe more!
Posted by Unknown – 15th Sep 2010
Awesome shoe in terms of performance and fit.
Fell apart after 4 months use.
Posted by mark – 9th Sep 2010
this shoe is agonizingly close to perfect.
the fit is snug and precise, the three Velcro straps manipulate the volume until it is perfect for you. the stiff mid sole makes the edging of the shoe amazing and the slight downturn means it can tackle the steep stuff. the rubber is sticky and the toe shape makes it good for tiny edges and pockets alike.
downsides?; the 3rd velcro stap means toe hooking is tricky, and it wears thin and breaks if you try! also the heal looses some of its stiffness and so your toes may not be pushed into the box with quite the purpose they once were.
still a fantastic shoe and one you must try!
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