The La Sportiva Tarantula is an excellent all around entry level climbing shoe. It excels at gym climbing, cragging, and is slightly more aggressive than the traditional beginner shoe. The unlined leather upper provides all day comfort, and long lasting sticky FriXion rubber sticks to plastic and rock equally well. The hook and loop closures are infinitely adjustable and help adapt the shoe to various foot types. Its asymmetrical shape helps beginning climbers push the grades at a faster pace.