GOLD is one of the all time classic rock
shoes and one of the few remaining that
is meticuoulsy hand crafted and board
lasted - the other being the Boreal ACE.
Board lasting is a process of wrapping
the upper "cut" around a leather
board, stitching it into place and then
adding a mid-sole, sticky rubber outsole
and finally, when the shoe is removed
from the last - an insole. It is the most
time intensive and expensive way to make
a shoe, but many would argue the best.
The resulting structure is supportive,
durable and offers long term predictible
performance... as well as the option for
multiple resoles. The BALLET'S mid ankle
cut adds further support for technical
edging and also protection in fist and
off-width cracks. To-the- toe lacing can
be relaxed for twisting into cracks or
snugged up for superb edging precision.
Same tall sticky rubber and rands as the
venerable ACE with 4.6 - 5.2 mm size graded
sticky FS Quattro rubber under foot. A
great "free wall" shoe and good
all arounder. Crafted in Spain, delivered
Fitting tip: if you wear a men's 10.5
US street shoe (UK9.5) order this size
for comforatable crack climbing and long
routes. I you want the ACE to be "stiffer"
for standing on knobs and thin face holds
go down 1/2 size to a UK9.