The La Sportiva TC Pro comes close to living up to the rock star, climb-anything-anywhere hype surrounding it. It features phenomenal edging, a flat toe, ankle protection for cracks, decent smearing ability, and an ultra supportive, semi-stiff sole that will keep your feet feeling strong pitch after pitch. This makes this shoe a top contender for the ultimate, single-quiver shoe title. As with any jack-of-all-trades, the TC Pro falls behind many specialized shoes in their respective terrains. It doesn't excel in the steep and burly world of high-end sport or bouldering.
For either, you'd be better off choosing the La Sportiva Genius or the Tenaya Tarifa. It also doesn't feel as versatile as the La Sportiva Skwama on a range of rock types. Instead, the TC Pro is an all-around, solid B student, with a peculiar savant-like genius for one subject. The brainchild of Tommy Caldwell is in a class of its own on high-end granite trad climbs. Only in the thinnest of cracks is this shoe less than perfect. If your hands can handle it, for the most part, these shoes can too. The semi-stiff sole stands in cracks all day without mangling your toes and will keep your feet from getting tired long after you've forgotten what lap you're on.