We put these shoes on experienced climbers who've been at it for years. Climbers with fat feet, skinny feet and everywhere in between climbed cracks, steep faces, and slabs, evaluating each shoe for comfort and sensitivity, in relation to their unique foot shape. We took them on pitches of rock climbing of every sort: sport, trad, and bouldering. As climbers and guides, the single most important thing we wear are the shoes on our feet. How well your shoes perform, and how comfortable they are can make or break an experience, so getting the right fit and performance is crucial.
We assessed these shoes primarily on how well they climbed and how they treated our feet on boulders, single pitch affairs, and after long days of climbing. We evaluated critical aspects of their performance such as how they edge, smear, and climb pockets, in addition to the durability, comfort, and versatility of the shoes. While testing of this nature is inherently subjective, our side-by-side assessment by testers of different foot types and climbing preferences creates an accurate, unbiased assessment of each shoe.