Like many other people who wrote a review about this shoe, it was my first actual climbing shoe. It's a very comfortable shoe and excels at many things. One of those things is crack climbing. They fit perfectly in the cracks and stick in them like glue, until you pull them out. Another thing is smearing. It rocks (pun!) at smearing. If I wanted to climb 5.15, I could with these shoes not using the footholds, they're so good at smearing. Some leather shoes that are colored leave traces of the dye off on you and color your feet blue. But not this shoe. It comes off without a trace of dye on your foot. The only complaint I have about this is that it doesn't last very long, or at least it didn't for me. I had to get a new pair of shoes within 6 months because the edge was being peeled away from the leather. But otherwise I highly recommend this as a great beginners shoe at a low-ish price.
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