It is a pretty stiff soled shoe, edges really well. The lace system is great, very fast and easy to adjust/untie. These shoes STINK like none other, you really have to make sure to let them dry out in the sun, evolv claims it is because they don't use harsh chemical treatments to keep odors down, so i guess it is a positive in that respect. Work well for cracks too. I use mine mostly as my gym shoe as the toe can be a little uncomfortable for long multipitch climbs, at least for my foot. Got to love the color.