Italians know shoes, and these are no exception. These have a great fit for those with a forefoot a bit wider than average. I have these and a pair of the Miura VS, which are also great. These have a bit less of a downturned shape and tend to stretch a bit more. (I order these a half-size smaller than the VS.) La Sportivas cost a bit more than other shoes, but the quality and workmanship can't be beat. I had my last pair of Miuras resoled twice, and they're still in terrific shape.
These are my go-to shoes for all types of routes. The slight down turn is great for edging and steep routes. Also once they are broken in, they climb great in cracks of all sizes. I prefer the lace up to the velcro because they have a slightly better fit. All around great climbing shoe!
My go to shoe for just about any type of climbing. With its slight down turn great for edging and on steep routes. Once they are broken in work great on cracks of all sizes. I prefer the lace up version think it has a slightly better fit than velcro.
"Soooooo comfortable...and that's a climbing shoe we're talking about."
Spent way too long trying to find your size? I did! But this should help you. My average street shoe size for Nike, Adidas, NB, Newton, Montrail is US 10 (43 EU on La Sportiva.com). The EU shoe sizes listed below are based off a 43 shoe. Adjust accordingly. Weekend Warrior/newbie (no shame!) or like shoes just functionally comfortable but don't want to take them off much? Down 1-2 half EU sizes (42.5-42). Climb 3x a week for 3-4 hrs and want a performing but not painful shoe to keep on for 30 min +? Down 3-4 half EU sizes (41.5-41). Boulder more than climb and get crazy good performance but won't be keeping them on long? Down 4-5 half EU sizes (40.5-40). If you have the $, use these for climbing, and grab the La Sportiva Python for bouldering/gym (41 for me in Miura, 40 in Python). Both fit beautifully! Miura lace stretches less than Python. I used to size too tight and got arch problems. Miura is awesome all around shoe, fantastic for narrow heels, mid/low volume feet.
This shoe is likely more advanced than I am but I don't expect to become a gym rat and didn't feel like spending money on a beginner shoe then having to buy a more advanced shoe later. This thing definitely excels at edging. Hopefully once they break in and soften up they will be able to do some smearing. Beyond that I can't say because I don't know any other climbing technique terms.
I've been using my Miura's for about two years now and they're by far my favorite. They're on their first resole and still doing great. They break in really nice and end up being a very comfortable yet effective rock shoe. I picked up some Solutions for some harder climbing I was getting into but even as the grades go up I tend to leave the Solutions in my pack. I'd recommend this shoe to anyone!
I have been climbing for 2 years and in the beginning I was told to buy these. I didn't and tried a bunch of other shoes in the meantime. Just picked up a pair about a month ago. I find that these shoes are not the best for beginning climbers. For the best performance with these shoes they practically need to be painted on; which in the beginning of my climbing career I was not interested in. I wear a size 8.5 street shoes and have a wide front to my foot. i was able to fit in the 38.5 but was looking more for comfort. Went with a 39 and they broke in like buttah! I thought they performed awesome right out of the box. No lack in performance even with comfort!
I've had these a few months and i love them. i mostly boulder and they're great for that. however, they're not as aggressive as they look in the pics and will flatten out over time. if you want a sportiva shoe that'll stay downturned: Solution, Miura VS, Testarossa, futura. those stay aggressive longer. size very small! like 2.5 ish sizes dn from street shoe, unless you want a more comfy fit for long climbs, then go dn 1 or 1.5 as it is unlined and will stretch a lot. it fits great, sweet heel, no deadspace at all. edges like crazy, can even smear once it flattens a bit. get these for sport or trad! or bouldering! miura does it all...except toe hooking. cant seem to stick a toe hook in these
"Excellent shoes, 4th pair with no issues"
I've worn 4 pair of these and will likely not go to another shoe until they end production. I have tried the muira VS, but found them to fit 1/2 size smaller and the velcro wears out. The lacing system is this pair is far superior to velcro.The last fits my feet superbly, with medium width footbox and very deep and secure heel cup. I wear a 10-10.5 street shoe size and fit perfectly into the 42.5, although the 42 fits after stretching as well. These will stretch 1/2 size