Verdict from 14 experts and 45 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Butora Acro blue and orange (narrow and wide variants, respectively) are extremely comfortable, as mentioned by almost every buyer.
  • Many of those who have put the shoe through the wringer say that its outsole is remarkably sticky.
  • Its hooking abilities (whether heel or toe) are nothing short of spectacular, according to several reviewers.
  • A good number of people who have purchased this Butora rock climbing footgear swear by the shoe’s exemplary bouldering prowess.
  • Some owners who have bought the Acro find it a nice piece of investment.
  • This Butora offering does well on overhangs, based on a couple of reports.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several wearers claim that the heel zone of this product is too roomy.
  • Less than a handful of shoppers complain about the Acro’s rubber wearing out in just a few months.
  • Its sensitivity could be a bit better, claims a moderately experienced sender.

Bottom line

Climbers who wish to boost their performance while bouldering might want to give the Butora Acro a try. Indeed, this superbly comfortable climbing shoe is well equipped for such a pursuit. That said, this amazingly grippy footgear also excels in both heel- and toe-hooking scenarios.

The only thing that gives this purchase-worthy product a bad name, however, is its allegedly too-spacious heel region. Nonetheless, the Acro is yet another Butora masterpiece whose strengths far outweigh a couple of missteps.

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Good to know

-The Butora Acro is a rock climbing shoe engineered with technologies that help climbers approach technical boulder problems. Its high-tension rand at the heel transfers power to the toe zone, giving the shoe enhanced edging capability.

-Granting wearers a supportive platform when dealing with edges and pockets is its adequately stiff midsole. A Butora-exclusive outsole, on the other hand, supplies users with sufficient grip on a variety of rocky features.

Downturn. The Acro from Butora is an aggressive rock shoe. Its beak-like front end is extra stiff to give climbers a secure footing on narrow ledges and tiny nubbins. This type of downturn is ideal for single-pitch routes.

Applications. This aggressive rock climbing shoe is primarily for bouldering and steep sport climbing adventures. It is also designed for projects that require a steady and precise platform for pocketing and edging, which are maneuvers used often in face climbing. Its overall construction makes it ideal for outdoor escapades.

The Acro is a low-top climbing piece. It is a unisex shoe, which means purchasers from the female crowd may need to go a full size down. Its narrow and wide widths are color-coded blue and orange, respectively. Its Velcro closure gives owners the ability to cinch it down to their desired fit. 

The asymmetric shape of the Acro provides a performance fit. The result is a tighter feel. It also curves toward the big toe.

Midsole. Giving the Acro a solid and supportive forefoot platform is its ABS midsole. Its design actively channels exerted effort onto the tip of the downturned toe zone, thereby granting increased face climbing precision and control. Its stiffness promises to retain the aggressive camber of the shoe.

Outsole. This climb-centric footgear from Butora gives the foot a secure grip on a variety of surfaces thanks to its brand-exclusive outsole, called NEO Fuse. It is made of long-wearing rubber with a thickness of 4 mm.

The Butora Acro’s upper is one part synthetic and one part natural leather. It has a liner made of microfiber. Almost the entire forefoot region comes with heavy-duty randing for grip in scenarios where toe hooking is required. What covers the base of the upper and the heel zone is the same reinforcing material.

Fit management is handled by the shoe’s closure system which consists of a triple-fork hook-and-loop strap. The ones responsible for on-and-off convenience, however, are the two pull loops attached to the Acro’s heel.

In the world of footwear, competition is always present, and climbing kicks are not exempt from this fact. Case in point: many people compare Butora’s Acro with La Sportiva’s Solution. Consider the aspects that set them apart below:

Width options. If you are looking for either a narrow or wide climbing shoe, chances are you will not have to look past the Acro. Indeed, the featured product in this head-to-head is offered in both narrow and wide options. The piece from La Sportiva, on the other hand, is only offered in standard width.

Rand coverage. The Butora Acro has a noticeably wider rand coverage than the Solution, especially around the toe and instep parts. That said, the forefoot rand seen in the competition comes with patterns and grooves, hinting at a thicker construction overall.

Pricing. While both climb-centric products are meant for bouldering and sport climbing, only one of them has a cheaper price tag. On the pricing front, the Acro takes the crown for being about $25 less than the La Sportiva Solution.

Weight. The Butora is about 10 grams lighter than its rival. The weight difference may be minimal, but for the weight purists, the winner could be gold.

- Doff your kicks between climbs. Doing so enables your feet and shoes to dry.

- After each climbing day, use a damp cloth to wipe the footbed and the liner. 

- You can spot clean the pair using alcohol. Dilute the solution in water first.

- Use a toothbrush if cleaning the dirt is difficult.

- Do not soak the leather parts because they might stiffen or get damaged.

- A small amount of alcohol can be used to wipe the sole.