When you first come across rock climbing, the pros can amaze you with their skill and technique. You might be tempted just to find out what shoe your favorite climber wears and buy it. As it turns out, it will probably better to get rock climbing gear for beginners.
Buying a shoe that your favorite climber wears is a bad idea.
Another bad idea is buying the most expensive, well-reviewed shoe on the market. While these shoes are expensive and well-reviewed for a reason, it takes an experienced climber to use them for all they are worth. If you are a beginner, you will want to shoot for something that meets the following two criteria: