Altura Wide Fit
A mid-top, trad climbing master, Altura is the shoe you want for those all-day, multi-pitch routes. With built-in, protective Poron padding and ample rubber patches on the side, your ankles and toes will be safe and comfortable.
Enclosed toe lace-up system protects shoelaces from abrasion.
Slip last construction will give you all day performance and comfort.
German hydrovelour split leather with 100% organic hemp lining prevents stretch and odor while providing durability.
Moisture-wicking split-leather foot bed.
The tongue is made from breathable mesh and cushy Poron for maximum comfort.
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US sizes 4-13|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||Multi-pitch|
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
|Upper Material||Hydrovelour Split Leather|
|Footbed Lining|| |
Moisture-Wicking Split Leather
We'll keep climbing in the Alturas, since the more they break in and the better they feel, becoming more precise over time as they soften up. We wanted these to feel like $155 versions of the TCs. They're not, and don't expect the same fit or performance out of the box. We put these side by side with a brand new pair of TCs, and our lead tester could hop on the techiest of faces and pretty much climbed as confidently as he would with a worn-in pair. Not so with the Alturas. They're going to take some time before they start feeling really good. One 5.13 crushing fan of these shoes joked that they really break in around their third resole. Just keep that in mind the first time you put a pair on. After a lengthy intro, they're a great alternative to the TC Pro, especially if you're having trouble finding the right fit with TC, or you want a very durable shoe for guiding or long, easy climbs.
The Butora Altura is an awesome shoe for cracks, slabs, and all-day climbing. It is thoughtfully designed and extremely well-constructed. Like most shoes in this class, the Altura is stiff and not very sensitive, which might be problematic for certain climbers. So if you’re looking for a softer shoe that still offers a high level of performance on granite, I strongly suggest checking out the Tenaya Ra or La Sportiva Katana Lace. Otherwise, the Altura does everything the La Sportiva TC Pro does, but in a more customizable set of widths and sizes, and without the rand delamination issue that plagues the TC Pro. Both shoes work very well on granite, so it really just comes down to fit and preference in terms of stiffness (though they’re relatively close in this regard). Ultimately, if you’re looking for a shoe to help with long days of cracks and slabs, I think your best bet is to try on both the Altura and TC Pro, then go with whichever shoe fits you best.
Stiff, comfortable and exceptionally well made all-day multi-pitch or offwidth climbing shoe. If you’re looking at climbing long routes that involve wider cracks, lots of edging, etc. or just want to thrash out some OW’s then this is a great shoe. If you have trouble finding shoes to fit your unique foot then check out Butora, it might just be what you’re looking for.