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You can always spot the king — he wears the crown. And if the king’s a savvy sport climber and boulderer, he’ll also wear the new RED CHILI CORONA VCR ($115, rock shoes. An update on the German outfit’s proven high-performance shoe, the Corona VCR games the precision steeps with its double-Velcro closure, slingshot heel, low-profile and asymmetrical toebox, and sensitive 4.5mm RX2 sole. The VCR also adds tweaks to the midsole (for added feedback), a new color scheme, and a toe patch and bolstered heel band for bombtruck hooking. Nice!

—Matt Samet