The version of the Rogue that we reviewed is discontinued and replaced by the Five Ten Rogue VCS. For an updated review of the market's best models today, head over to our comprehensive Climbing Shoes review.
FiveTen.com says the Rogue is designed to "take you from the gym to the rock." This is true, but more than that, it is a quality, comfortable, multi-use rock shoe for all types of outdoor climbing. It comes with with Stealth Rubber and works for any climber, from beginner to expert. The perforated top fabric allows your feet to breathe and stay dry, which is not only nice for the gym but also for warmer weather/climates or just for highly physical, pumpy, sweaty routes or bouldering sessions. It is great for circuit training where easy on and off and long-term wear-ability comes into play. These shoes perform well for most of your average foot moves, from smearing to edging and heel hooking or toe hooking. They are also comfortable enough for just standing around belaying, spotting or talking crap. And they look great!
If you are looking for a more high performance shoe for difficult edging on extreme sport routes or boulder problems, then try the other Five Ten shoe with Stealth Rubber and more precise front point edging, the Five Ten Anasazi VCS. The other well made, high performance rock shoes in the world (although without Stealth Rubber) are the La Sportiva Miura and La Sportiva Miura VS. If you are just starting out and want to save a few bucks you may want to try the $5 less expensive but very similar Evolv Defy or the also similar but $20 less expensive Mad Rock Flash. The Flash seems to edge better but the Rogue is more comfortable and more sensitive. We lean toward the Flash but it's a tough call.