New to the climbing shoe scene, the Korean company Butora (BOO-TORE-AH) has come out with some great shoes and a unique fitting ideology that is sure to please climbers with hard-to-fit feet. While it would be fun to test the entire line-up we have to start somewhere and so chose the Altura, a laced high-top like the TC Pro, to get us started. Please note that this is just a summary of the review, for the complete write-up and photos visit Black Sheep.
- High-top with flat laces
- Sole: Butora’s own proprietary rubber
- Upper: hydrovelour split leather
- Lining: organic hemp
- Tongue: mesh with poron padding
- Regular (orange) & Wide (green) fit options
- Padded ankles
Pros: Options to fit a wide range of foot shapes and types, amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail, stand up well to abuse, relatively inexpensive
Cons: Rubber seems to need a break-in period.
Overall: Stiff, comfortable and exceptionally well made all-day multi-pitch or offwidth climbing shoe. If you’re looking at climbing long routes that involve wider cracks, lots of edging, etc. or just want to thrash out some OW’s then this is a great shoe. If you have trouble finding shoes to fit your unique foot then check out Butora, it might just be what you’re looking for.
Butora provided several pairs of shoes for testing but this in no way influences our review.