I was out on an 18-hour adventure climb when these shoes were delivered to my door.I tried these on right away -- swollen and blistered feet and all -- and immediately fell in love with them. I wish I had had these for my climb! The soles are really stiff, which is great for talus slogging and rocky trails. I love that there's climbing rubber on the bottom and on the sides, which helps to grip rocky terrains easily. I tested them out on some rocky and sandy dirt hills and I like the roomy toe box -- perfect for those with wide feet, and the fact that the heels were kept snug and secure. No slip and slide. The climber shoe lacing allows me to fit my shoe where it's snug and not. Note: I ordered about 1.5 size bigger than my street shoes as climbing shoes tend to run small.