User Review: The North Face Men's Buildering
Materials: Leather upper. Vibram sole.
Use: Approach and bouldering.
Break-in Period: Good out of the box.
Price Paid: $60
Great approach shoe! Worked really well in the Black Hills and held up to the sharp granite really well. The Vibram sole is super sticky and rand on the toe and heel allow for better grip and a few more technical moves. Extra low cut allows for a better range of motion.
Doesn't make a good trail shoe because of the shallow tread and little support. Then again they're not really made for hiking so if you're wanting a hiking shoe, look elsewhere. They're ok for light hikes unless you have problem feet, they seem to put a lot of pressure on my heels. They're showing a little bit of wear but I've had them for well over a year and they've seen some hard use so it's understandable. Overall a very good and well crafted approach shoe.