Verdict from 4 experts and 12 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Almost every early purchaser of the Butora Gomi adores its insane stickiness on most types of surfaces.
  • This rock climbing shoe has through-the-roof comfiness, according to several delighted customers.
  • It heel hooks like a champ, says a couple of patrons.
  • Based on a report, the Gomi is one of the most sensitive climb-centric Butora kicks out there.
  • On the flexibility front, this Butora piece is exemplary, a wearer claims.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Butora Gomi’s high asking price might shun those on a tight budget.
  • An owner is not impressed with the way this rock shoe handles edges.

Bottom line

A grip and heel-hooking genius—this is a great description for the Butora Gomi climbing shoe. It can also be called a remarkably comfy gear with superb sensitivity to boot.

That being said, would-be purchasers will be required to part with their fortune in acquiring this product. Overall, despite being an expensive piece, the Gomi is yet another win for Butora and a worthy shoe on which to mount rock and wall surfaces alike.

Tip: see the best climbing shoes.

Good to know

-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.

Downturn. 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.

Applications. Sport routes and bouldering are the types of climbs for which the Butora Gomi is made. Senders can use it both indoors (on gym walls) and outdoors (on rocky surfaces).

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.

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

The tough yet sensitive low-top upper of the Butora Gomi rock climbing shoe is made of high-quality suede leather. Getting in and out of its comfy interior is made convenient with a pair of synthetic pull loops attached to its heel. 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. 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.

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

-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.