These shoes rock, and yes I am going after the pun! I have worn everything from North Face flip flops to Solomon trail shoes for approaches, but nothing comes close to competing with this shoes! They are a little heavy, but worth there weight in gold! They have a lot of padding for extra comfort, and I always tend to get sore arches, but not in these shoes! And when I get to the base of the climb, I keep them on for cold days, and can still climb in these shoes! The rubber is great, and seems comparable to the rubber on my TC Pro rock shoes! They really do "stick like glue". They have great traction, and are an all around great shoe!