One of the first shoes from Red Chili that our testers raved about: It’s aggressive and has an asymmetric toe, with high-quality design and construction for “sport, bouldering, trad, cracks—everything but big walls!”
Testers complimented the narrow-volume, high-arch design that really wrapped around the foot without any air pockets, even for both platypus– and pencil-footed testers. Size up for comfort. These are tight.
“The shoe is relatively stiff, but the rubber is soft, so you get the best of both worlds.” Testers found support on edges and in cracks, but the Vibram Grip XS still enveloped every nubbin, even polished limestone.
“Super-impressed with all the places I can wear these slippers.” Rubber covers the toe, heel, entire sole, and Achilles but doesn’t prohibit sensitivity, and an aggressive shape and toe help the foot find holds.
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