Who should buy the Butora Gomi

The Butora Gomi is yet another win for Butora and a worthy shoe on which to mount rock and wall surfaces alike. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that offers improved sensitivity and flexibility underfoot.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides an adequate surface grip.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that can be used on gym walls or rocky surfaces.

Who should not buy the Butora Gomi

The Gomi is engineered with an aggressive downward camber. Its heavily downturned beak helps the forefoot and toes to focus power on minute edges and sag-like protrusions. In general, climbing kicks with this amount of downturn are primarily meant for single-pitch ascents.

You may also want to check these shoes: 

  • La Sportiva Miura
  • La Sportiva Tarantula
  • La Sportiva Katana Lace

Butora Gomi notable features

The Butora Gomi is a downturned performance rock shoe built with enhanced comfort in mind. This is a less rigid offering with a set of components that specializes in aggressive climbing pursuits.

It is a midsole-less rock climbing shoe, which translates to improved sensitivity and flexibility underfoot. Adequate surface grip, on the other hand, is a provision courtesy of the Butora-exclusive outsole called Neo Fuse.


The Butora Gomi is a below-the-ankle rock climbing shoe for men and women. As it comes with a leather upper, a bit of stretch might occur over time. An asymmetric last was used in its construction, leaving the shoe with an inward bend, which can give the arch and the forefoot a little bit of pressure. For an aggressive fit, the brand recommends buyers to get the shoe in their street shoe size. Its Velcro closure provides a personalized and secure lockdown.

Enough sticking power on different types of surfaces

Thanks to the Butora Gomi’s Neo Fuse outsole, climbers can gain elevation on different types of surfaces with enough sticking power. 

Long-wearing and flexible

It is made of long-wearing rubber, with a thickness of 4 mm. Butora shoemakers gave it a segmented construction, leaving the shoe’s medial section outsole-less for extra flexibility.

Tough yet supportive low-top upper

The tough yet sensitive low-top upper of the Butora Gomi rock climbing shoe is made of high-quality suede leather. 

Easy to wear

Getting in and out of its comfy interior is made convenient with a pair of synthetic pull loops attached to its heel. 

Excellent toe hooking performance

Reinforcing its arch and forefoot zones is a heavy-duty rand for lateral surface grip. The shoe’s instep and toe box are engineered with a thin yet sturdy rubber patch, which produces enough traction during toe hooks.

Pulls of the heel maneuver efficiently

Its rear section has a high-tension rand and a reinforced heel cup. These two components work together to help wearers pull off heel maneuvers efficiently.

Butora Gomi's lockdown system

A single strap is what makes up Gomi’s lockdown system. It is built with Velcro (hook-and-loop) fasteners, making it highly adjustable.

Nice to know

  • The Butora Gomi comes in two colorways: Seagrass (wide) and Pink (narrow).
  • Climbers who are into aggressively downturned shoes might want to consider the Butora Acro.

Facts / Specs

Closure: Velcro
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather
Last Shape: Asymmetric
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Stiffness: Medium stiff

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.