Finding the right climbing shoe when you have wide or bigger sized feet can pretty much be like Prince Charming trying to find the one who owned the glass slipper. It’s a challenge and finding the perfect match can be difficult.
These types of sports shoes are especially made to have a snug fit so they grip the foot. I can tell you that snug fitting shoes and wide feet are not the best combination. I’ve made it a point to try and find climbing shoes that are specifically for wide feet and I came across the Butora Acro Wide Fit Climbing Shoe - Men's.
The Korean company, which was established in 2014, is fairly new to the market. This shoe is a doppelganger for the Butora Acro Blue, but is made for - you guessed it, wide feet. I really liked that this isn’t an all new shoe, but a version of something they already had. I took these for a test climb and here’s what this shoe had to offer.
The outsole and rand of the Butora Acro wide fit climbing shoe is made with their very own formula. Known as NEO friction rubber, this latex material is made to be extra sticky to help it adhere to surfaces for better grip during climbing.
This proprietary rubber is also made thin to help provide more sensitivity during climbs and help make gripping easier with toe hooking.
To further ensure that this unique rubber sole is a perfect fit, the NEO fuse rubber is treated with heat and shaped with a press. The result is a perfectly formed sole that contours to the shape of the shoe while providing power and sensitivity during a climb.
The heat molding procedure also ensures that the rubber bonds to the leather and other materials completely, lessening layering.
With its special features and more, this shoe is made for:
Not Recommended for:
Butora is known for making shoes which are true to size. The company recommends buying their climbing shoes in your actual street shoe size without sizing up or down. I have found this tip to work if you wear the same size shoes for all kinds of shoes.
However, if you wear a different shoe size in sneakers (for example 8), and a different shoe size for leather shoes (say 8.5), this advice may not work.
The company also recommends going down a half size if you want an aggressive fit. In reality, it may be best to try and fit out a pair before you decide what size to buy.
“This shoe is not only the most comfortable aggressive climbing shoe I've worn but the most comfortable climbing shoe, PERIOD.
The wide version is AMAZING for my wide, but low volume feet. The liner is super comfortable and even with curled toes I haven't had the irritation problems most other rock climbing shoes give me.
The shoe locks into place and has a great combination of stiffness and sensitivity for both bouldering and sport use.
Very comparable to a Sportiva Katana, another great all around shoe, but far more comfortable and a MUCH better fit for wide feet.”
Given Butora’s relatively new appearance in the industry, it’s surprising what the company has to offer. After trying these out and coming up with the Butora Acro Wide Fit Climbing Shoe - Men’s Review, I must say that I’m even more impressed.
For starters, this shoe has proven to me that you don’t need a fancy price tag to get something that has good quality. This mid-ranged priced shoe won’t have you splurging, but you also get a high quality shoe. Right from when you take it out of the box, you can tell how well it’s made. Look back a couple of months down the road or a few hundred climbs after, and you still have a solid shoe that keeps its downturned shape.
Then there’s comfort. As someone with with feet, aggressive shoes can be a real pain. If you already have foot issues like bunions and the like, it can even be more so. However, the extra room that the shoe provides enough space without being loose. It is comfortable enough without being painful.
I know others have had issues with sizing and expanding the shoe, but I would say that this can be avoided by going to an actual store and trying on the shoes for better sizing. All in all, the Butora Acro Wide Fit leaves little to be desired in an aggressive climbing shoe.