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Butora, a 2-year-young shoe company based in Aurora, Colorado, hit it out of the park on their first attempt at an aggressive performance shoe. With a super-sharp downturn and baby-soft sensitivity, the Acro manages to push the boundaries of the high-performance spectrum. “The shoe just lasers in on precise foot placements and pockets,” one tester said after bouldering pocketed sandstone roofs in Rocktown, Georgia. “It just swoops right in there and sticks!” Testers found that the extra-high level of performance didn’t mean sacrificing ease of wear, either. The inner sock lining drastically increased comfort, making these surprisingly wearable between burns. Still, the Acros are more redpoint shoes than long-route boots. A single-strap closure system at the ankle cranked down the fit, and an added strip of rubber across the top of the foot made toe hooks absolutely bomber. Keep in mind that the Acro is essentially a slipper, and it can be a pain to get them on and off right out of the box. This does get much easier as the shoe breaks in and softens up, and a piece of plastic bag over the heel helped in the interim.
With a downturned shape, added toe rubber, and sensitivity through the midfoot, the Acro delivers on the steeps and techy vertical alike. The single-strap closure and inner sock lining allowed for a great fit.
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