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You don't often find yourself utilizing the words, "barn door," mostly on account of your climbing prowess, inherent ability to always zip up your pants, and the intuitive performance of the Butora Wide Fit Acro Climbing Shoe. Built for steep sport climbing, bouldering, and the occasional crack climb, the Acro features an aggressive, down-cambered design that makes it an ideal shoe for technical overhanging climbs while the hybrid upper consists of a soft synthetic and natural leather that ultimately ensures a comfortable and personalized fit. In keeping with the slipper concept, the Acro is outfitted with a triple hook fork and loop strap that encourage convenience combined with functionality and the high-tensioned heel delivers power to the forefront of the foot, namely the front toe, to provide premium edging. And no matter the rock, scenario, or confidence level, the large sticky roe patch assures steadfast and secure toe hooking.

  • German split-leather
  • Hook-and-loop
  • Down-cambered toe
  • Butyl Butora F5 rubber
  • Aggressive
  • Padded tongue
  • Wide fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

5 star front half, 0 star back half

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Front half of the shoe is amazing- wide toe box, sticky sensitive rubber, and aggressive mold. The heel on this shoe shouldn't be legal. Unless you don't have achilles tendons or your heel sticks out 2 inches past your achilles when weight bearing, this will not fit your heel and will be uncomfortable to do any sort of heel related move with.

Good shoe, terrible heel.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love mostly everything about these shoes. The wide forefoot fit my toes perfectly. The edge ability is very nice. The toe hooking on this shoe is supreme and sticky.

I sized half a size up from my street shoes and they feel great. I'm kind of over the phase of making my toes bleed.

There is just one huge negative for me about these shoes. If you look at these shoes among compared to other brands there is a huge difference in the heel. It actually stick so much further out that other brands. For this reason I had so much slop in the heel. I've had my heels pop out on pretty aggressive heel hooks. If these shoes just had a slightly small heel cup, I'd stick with these shoes for a long time.

Totally agree on the heel; wasn't sure if it was just a personal fit thing...

Great aggressive climbing shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shoe is awesome. Sticky rubber, toe hook is centered on the foot which works well for me. I would not say this is a beginners or intermediate shoe since it is quite aggressive on the toe and heel hooks. I would say size down half a size. I am a size 8.5 or 9 and I got size 8 in these shoes. I still feel though after stretching them out that I should have gone with an 8.5 for more comfort.

Best shoes I've owned so far

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these shoes in the fall of 2017 to replace a pair of La Sportiva Katanas. I was transitioning into bouldering and harder sport routes after falling in love with the sport of climbing. To give you an idea of the type of abuse these shoes endured, I've climbed about 5 hours a week for the past three months in the Acros and am just now considering getting them resold, though I'd bet I can get another month or two out of them. Grade wise, they handle hard over hung 5.11's like nothing and hold tight on V6. Needless to say, my skill as a climber is what limits me, not my shoes... beautiful thing! I ordered this shoes in an 8.5 and normally wear 9.5 street shoes. TIGHT fit. The companies page says they run true to street size or half size down for hard bouldering and thats no lie. I will get another pair eventually and when I do I'll get 9's instead of 8.5. All in all, theses shoes have survived countless hours of abuse in the gym and performed admirably outdoors as well in The Red. well worth the price and the best shoes so far!

Butora climbing shoes

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

The acros are great shoes especially for bouldering. The extra rubber on the top of the toe and heel make hooking much easier. However I also found that these shoes stretch less than other shoes. They run more true to size than most shoes and I wouldn’t recommend going more than a half size lower than your normal shoe size or they will be very very tight! Overall great shoes with a very aggressive profile that give confidence in your feet when it is most needed.

Quality craftsmanship at a great price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this shoe and its versatility. The toe and heel design make it a go to for bouldering. I used mostly in the gym and out at the sport crag but after I wore them in and got the rubber to its prime state, I would throw these on for slab and smear away! The heel fit isn't for everyone but it works for me! If you like the LaSportiva Solution you will love this one!!

It also seems to run close to street shoe size. I wear a 12 street shoe and a 11.5 in the acro

Great performance, materials defect?

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

I love the performance of the Acro and would agree with the other reviews. However, after about 6 months of use the leather on the inside around my toes started to deteriorate. Eventually, the leather started to peel away and I had to tear out the material under my toes as the jagged edges were irritating my feet. I'm not sure if anyone else has had this problem. I do have very sweaty feet which may have contributed. I have been bouldering indoors with these shoes about 4 times per week for 6 months. After removing the material, the shoes still perform well other than fitting slightly more loose.

New Favorite Shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 6.5

I used to wear 5.10, but now I can't see myself in anything else. The wide fit is perfect for my feet, and the heel cup is great too. I've bought several pairs already, and I'm sure I'll buy more in the future!
The shoe does fit true to size-- but beware that the sizes listed here on the backcountry website are U.S. men's sizing. The women's sizing is one full size larger. I am a 7.5 wide in women's street shoes, so I chose the 6.5 size (because that would be the equivalent in men's) before checking out.

Best sport climbing shoes I've owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44.5

I'm primarily a sport climber, and I spend more time on project routes than I do on-sighting. I bought a pair of these at a demo in my gym earlier this year. My running shoe size has climbed to 45.5 as my wide-ish feet age and flatten, and my old purple 5.10 Quantums are size 45, but on the advice of Tyler (the Butora rep) I sized them pretty tight at 44.5. They hurt for the first few times out but ultimately became the perfect fit.

I've used these for about 30-40 days, first on granite boulders and then sport climbing on gneiss, tuff, greenstone, and limestone. They excel at heel hooking, toe hooking, pockets, and back-stepping on micro edges like no shoe I've ever owned. I don't know if I'll ever do any trad climbing in them, but their generous top rubber also worked beautifully in crack mode on limestone tufas and similar features on a recent trip to Europe.

I'll be sending these off for their first resole soon, and will miss them while they're away. Butora is a very new company, but they've really done something remarkable here with their first high-end performance shoe.

I think I'm in love

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

First and foremost, this shoe runs small. I wear my street shoes (10.5) at the ends of my toes. Not tight, not snug, just fitted. I first ordered 10.5's on advice that they fit true. I could BARELY get my foot into them. I actually needed help from my partner in getting them off. Ended up having to go a full size up. Swapped them for 11.5's now and they're somewhere between tight and snug. Toes curled a decent bit, but not too terribly much. So, I'm guessing people just wear their street shoes a lot looser than I thought.

I've used these in a few different scenarios so far and boy are they fantastic. I don't think I've felt this confident on a dime-edge in a long time. Toe holds and small pockets on tough overhanging bouldering problems are a cake walk. The heels are solid and sturdy making hooks a dream.

Having wider feet (especially in the forefoot) makes getting well fitting velcro shoes a pain but these things hug every contour tightly. They just fit my feet real well.

Can't wait to see what else I can throw at these puppies.

Not as roomy as advertised

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 8.5

I can't write about how this shoe performs, because I had to return it right after I took it out of the box. I ordered same size as my street shoe size (41.5 or 8.5) as many recommended and I can feel hot spots all over my front knuckles. It isn't as tall in the toe box as La Sportive Genius or Solutions, but similar in width. I exchanged it for a pair of La Sportiva Genius, 39.5 and did not feel any hot spots even though my toes are curled and it is very tight - I could live with that. I have a feeling the Acros would have eventually broke in after 3 months or so, but I would have been in pain for 3 months and probably end up with some irreversible big toe condition.

Hi how was the shoe performance after a months of training with them? I wore 39.5 LS solutions and I want to know what would be my size if I switch to butora acro? thanks

Unanswered Question

Is anyone having any trouble with the heel on this shoe? I'm about five good bouldering sessions in with these, and although I'm loving them so far, I've notice that the heel is super super aggressive. I'm having some issues getting my heels to really suck in to the heelspace without there being any deadspace. It's not slipping on heel hooks or anything yet... Was just wondering if people who have been climbing this shoe for much longer have noticed the heel begin to break in and your heels begin to suck in more.

Everyone is raving about the heel. So I'm thinking it may just be a size issue. My toes are nicely snug and in great position already, but I maybe could have gone down a half size to really fill out the space better. Anyway, thanks for any input!

Comfy

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I give these to my boyfriend as a gift. He wanted an aggressive shoe that was also comfortable. After hearing him constantly complain about his feet hurting I bought him these and he loves them! I got them at his street size and the fit is fine.

perfect for hard sport/bouldering

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

This shoe is well designed and my personal weapon of choice when working a project.

Comfort and Performance

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sizing: I wear a 9-9.5 street shoe and got these in a size 8. Out of the box, the shoes were super comfortable but tight. After 2 weeks of climbing in them, the leather stretched to conform to my foot and now they've got a sock-like feel. I absolutely love climbing in these.

Performance: The rubber is soft and plentiful. I absolutely love the fact that the shoe is basically covered in rubber. Toe and heel hooks feel great. The shoe is stiff in all the right ways. I can edge well on small edges while still being able to wrap my toes around holds on overhung problems.

Durability: I try to climb at least three times a week in both the gym and outside. So far the rubber is holding up well and showing little signs of wear. I'm not worried about the longevity of these shoes and am excited to keep on beating them up. The construction of the shoe itself is well done. No issues with delamination and all of the seams are tight without any protrusions.

I absolutely love this shoe and would highly recommend it to anyone. Great product from Butora!

Thanks for the very helpful review and being a part of the backcountry community!

One shoe for all

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10.5

I had avoided aggressive shoes due to trying on numerous other models in other brands and not finding one that fit my foot. I came across these at a demo at my gym and popped one onto my foot. By pop, I mean it literally made a suction noise onto my heel it fit so well out of the box. I sized these down a half size from street shoe and they only got more comfortable over the next 5 or so gym sessions as they broke in. The rubber is amazing and extremely durable. I've been climbing on average 3-4 days per week in the gym now for 4 months after purchasing them originally and they are showing very little wear of the toe rubber. I now climb, boulder, and multi-pitch in these, and I don't even have to take them off between burns or pitches. I think I feel I've found the best shoe for my climbing and helping me push harder grades.

I left my sportivas at home, on purpose

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 9

After climbing in Murias for 15 years, I picked up a pair of Acros. Mainly because I tried them on at a demo and they were unbelievable comfortable. I could wear them for several climbs and not want to pull them off in pain, and I sent my little project first go after weeks of failure. The sticky rubber on the top of the toe box is no joke. I downsized 1/2 size from my street shoe and it fits perfect. No air pockets in the heel and the toe box is tight like an ace bandage wrapped around my foot. I brought my miuras in my pack for the last 3 trips and didn't take them out once. I couldn't leave my trusted shoe....could I ? Then I did something I have not done in a very very long time... I didn't pack my muiras and I have not looked back. I love these shoes they make my feet happy. They edge great , they smear great, the heel is awesome and they are hands down the most comfortable shoe I have ever put on.
I am stoked to have found Butora, Good job on making my new favorite shoe !

Hi Nicholas,

Thanks for the review - what size are your miuras and what size are your acros?

Trying to work out which size to order.
I've found the miura vs women's to be a little too narrow - however, I'm a size EU 34,5 in the miuras, but looking for something wider but as aggressive...

Thanks,
Nanna

Perfect for hard gym climbing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 8.5

I'll be completely honest, I spend most of my time climbing in the gym but that's just because I'm a hardcore training freak. I love to push my muscles to absolute failure and when I'm finished, I sit back, chug a glass of protein powder and watch everyone else inch their way up the wall. To me, climbing is an individualistic pursuit of inner glory. Here I am, alone in this space, and the only way forward is up. Move lightly, like a ninja, think quickly, like a squirrel, and if you lose focus, well, you're hanging six feet below your last draw limp with blood rushing to your fingertips.

Okay, so this is about the shoes though, right?! These babies are superstars when it comes to ultra sensitive, powerful performance. They're a slipper, and yet they're also velcro. They fit my heel like Cinderella's glass slipper and the pop I hear when I pull them onto my feet is pure bliss. I wore them for an entire session, straight out of the box and had no problems. The rubber is soft, not as soft as C4 (ie it won't melt under a lamp) and I would probably fit it a half size smaller than your street shoe. That's just me though.

Where it's at

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10

The Acro is where it's at. Comfortable aggression all day long. I like my solutions, but the Acros have me converted. Comfortable right out of the box, and fit like a glove. This is my go to shoe for anything steep.

Heel Toe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46

Virtually no break in period.
The best heel/toe combo of any climbing shoe I've worn.
I learned to trust a heel hook in this shoe, because my heel stayed where I put it.
No glue splatter, clean finish.
The stiff down-turned ABS mid-sole and soft rubber make it the most versatile shoe I have ever climbed in.
I'm also a big fan of the Python and the new Shaman, but the Acro is my current red-point shoe.