Theres nothing special or high tech about it. But if you are an average climber like myself this shoe will do. Hard to grip on the tiniest dime footholds, but isnt that hard period ha. The best thing about this shoe is that its comfortable, i wear it all the time when im climbing, no need to take it off to give your toes a break. Also i have wide feet, and these still fit great. All in all, its a good comfortable shoe, bring along an aggressive shoe for some more intense stuff.