I used the new Shamans straight away on my project. The shoes were form fitting, but comfortable right out of the box. I typically like to break new shoes in before using them on redpoint attempts, but once I tried them on I knew that these were ready to go. The Shamans offer superior edging on small footholds and are great on steep terrain. As a female climber I downsized a half size, and they fit my feet perfectly. The three strap closure system never fails, and my heel sits perfectly tight in the shoe while heel hooking. Right now I pretty much just climb in these shoes, and I highly recommend them!