These shoes are exceptional. If I was recommending a pair of shoes to a beginner, it would be this pair. The reasoning? 1) They are incredibly comfortable, even in a snug fit, which is huge for being at the gym CLIMBING, and not sitting on a bench with your shoes off. 2) They have very firm rubber, which might not seem critical, but for a new climber without tough, strong feet, it's great. 3) They catch and hold the tiniest foot holds and edges, which immediately boosted my confidence and ability, allowing me to stand on almost anything with ease. Those three factors alone are why beginners should have these.
In addition, I could literally wear these all day, they are the perfect fit. My toes aren't curled up, but are touching the end of the shoe when my heel is smashed all the way to the back. There's absolutely ZERO gaps. The laces are great and can be cranked down if you prefer an overly tight fit. The last feature that I wish was on every climbing shoe is the mid cut. I like having my ankles covered and protected. There is no restriction that I can tell by having this. ALSO, they are very breathable and stay pretty cool. I sweat a lot, so this is really nice.
Street Shoe- Nike 10.5 -Super comfy, with a little room in the front
La Sportiva TC Pro- 43 - PERFECT FIT, toes are flat, but have no room for movement. They were comfortable from day 1 and have only gotten better. They've actually molded themselves to my foot.
Miura XX- 42 - Super snug, SUPER comfortable, easy to get on, pretty aggressive, but I can wear them in comfort for a couple hours. Best shoes of all time for all the reasons climbing shoes are good: Edging, Comfort, Stickyness, etc.
Miura VS-42- Very Comfortable, but not a huge fan of the fixed tongue like the Geniuses have, much prefer the XX's. These shoes are the basis for the best shoe ever, so yeah, they're great.
La Sportiva Genius - 43.5 - Toes curled initially, and were VERY painful til they broke in. Now they feel fine and could easily be a 43. I use these for overhangs, which the TC Pro's aren't the best at.
Evolve Shaman- 10/43- VERY long and painful break in, but I dont think I'd like them if they didn't fit as perfectly as they do now. Very comfortable because of the soft linsides, but they're super aggressive and I can only wear them for an hour max. I usually only need a couple minutes of rest and then good for another hour.
5.10 Lace ups (can't remember the name, but they looked like the Anasazi) - 45 - Way too tight, could only take 3 or 4 boulder problems with them.
Evolv Rentals - 10.5 - Flat toes, super comfy, but snug.