When Butora entered the climbing shoe market, many dismissed them, thinking there was no need for another player in the shoe game. But when people saw how well they performed for the price, that doubt faded fast. The Butora Brava is no exception. At $45, this shoe is a bargain and offers excellent features that make this shoe our pick for Best Buy. Although the shoe is narrow and relatively low volume, a wide hook and loop opening makes it easy to get in and out of. The heel strap allows the kids to size up enough to give some growing room, though the strap isn't quite as useful as the one on the Evolv Venga or the Mad Rock Mad Monkey. A small wedge of EVA under the heels helps with cushioning for kids who tend to play at the base all day in their shoes.
Any kids entering the sport will love this shoe (especially those with narrow feet). The proprietary Neo Friction Fuse rubber is sticky and holds its edge pretty well; anyone looking for top performance may eventually want a stiffer shoe like the Black Diamond Momentum - Kids. For better edging, the La Sportiva Maverink is a more aggressive, down-turned shoe for bouldering.