An awesome all around shoe
I bought these as my first climbing shoe because they were affordable and received good all around reviews. I do a lot of bouldering, indoor and outdoor, and some indoor top-rope as well and these guys get the job done very well. They smear and edge well when precision footwork is important when I'm on the wall, and perform well with hooks and clings while bouldering. I usually wear somewhere in the 9-10 street shoe range and went for the 42(9) in these, I maybe could have pushed for the 8.5 since they stretch out a little, but I never had a chance to try on an 8.5. The laces help with getting them super tight when I need it, and I've never felt any discomfort while wearing them. I would absolutely recommend these as an awesome beginner shoe. Especially for someone who hasn't exactly decided what type of climbing they want to embrace, these guys will get through it all. Beware of the red dye.