I've only been climbing for five months and this is my first and only pair of climbing shoes, so I can't speak well on the relative stickiness of the rubber or "rock feel" or anything deep like that. But I can say I love 'em. I expected to have to take them off frequently, but the arch isn't extremely overstated nor are the toes overly pointed, so I can actually walk around in them a bit (though they're definitely not an all-day-comfort shoe). For sizing: I wear a 10 and have pretty wide feet, and I wear an extremely thin wicking sock when I climb (even though they're lined, I fear the potential for stink), and the size 10 fits me well. After five months of indoor and outdoor climbing at least once a week, there are some signs of wear on the sole, but no thin spots or signs of breaking. (Most of the wear came from one particular long climb on a rock face that had been baking in the scorching sun -- I think I literally meted my shoes on that.) I climb around 5.10's right now, which I consider a solid climb, so I consider this a solid shoe. Maybe the crazy 5.14-ers out there need the super-pointy, barely-there slippers, but for me, these work well.