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Great shoe, not great rubber

I've been climbing in these for 3 years now and they are still my favorite shoes. I wear a 11.5 street shoe and got a 9.5 in these shoes. It was a bit too tight in the beginning, but the unlined leather has really stretched and now fit my feet really well. They also don't have the stink that any of my other shoes, that I seldom wear, have. One thing to mention, and this is a big deal for climbing shoes. The rubber soles on these just plain suck. I gave up on them after a couple of months use. They sat around for a year, then I decided that they fit so well that I'd shell out $35 to have them resoled with five ten rubber. Huge difference, now I have really comfortable high performance shoes with great rubber for a total of about $110. Go ahead and buy them, but know that you're going to have to get them resoled if you want good friction.

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Totally agree with you. For comfort, these shoes are wonderful. For function, these are the worst shoes I've ever owned. The last pair of 5.10s that I had would stick to anything. The rubber on these is utter and complete crap and will slip at the drop of a hat. Do NOT buy these shoes unless you want to re-sole them or stick to the gym. These are not rock shoes.

As a side note I might add that I bought one pair and climbed on them for a month and had to return them because the soles delaminated from the toes. Got another pair thinking that what happened to the first was a freak occurrence and the same thing happened within a couple months.

I would not recommend this shoe unless you are comfortable taking lead falls because the rubber sucks.