A bombshell success for us, the Crux climbs, hikes, and spares some cash, too. Walking up to do a route like Eldorado Canyon's classic, Rewritten (5.7), we rely on the solid foundation of the Vibram Vertical Approach sticky sole, with engineered EVA for comfort and support. Once on route, the climbing zone under the toes keeps us relaxed and happy. Kevlar webbing on the natural suede upper retains its shape and to-the-toe lacing lets us customize the fit while on the move. At such a competitive price, it's hard to believe you get a shoe this ready to charge.