So I'm looking into getting into climbing recreationally (have done some in the past). I'm willing to spend money for quality and comfort, but I don't need anything super fancy, as this will still only be a hobby.
So...what is the best brand/style of shoe for general bouldering/climbing?
I have 5.10 Coyotes that I bought at Sport Chalet. They're entry level lace-ups, but you can also use slip-ons and velcro. I'm also new to it but it's probably safe to assume that the lace models are more secure. You'll want to try them on in person because the brands all fit slightly differently. I wear a 13 in running shoes but I found size 12 fit best in 5.10. There are people out there who say to squash your foot into something 2 or 3 sizes smaller than what fits you which is just preposterous. Also, if the upper is dyed leather your feet will be dyed whatever color the shoe is the first few times you wear them.
The Evolv Defy are pretty good beginning shoes, decent build, not too expensive. These are what I got when I started last summer. You might be able to find a pair on Craigslist (I saw some on there when I was looking). I got mine from a sports store on a pretty good discount, I think my pair was ~$60.
And they're velcro for easy-on, easy-off.
And make sure you do try them on. I swear, my feet are at least half a size different from each other, and when you're wearing shoes as tight as climbing shoes, its very noticeable.
Your size or you think its your size? Climbing shoes are super tight. I went to a couple of stores and tried on several different models to make sure I knew what size I actually needed before I started looking at prices.
There's a reason its for sale because it doesn't fit. Don't let it happen to you too.
As for quality? Evolv is a pretty well-respected climbing shoe company. I can't speak for that particular model, but it looks pretty similar to the Defy's that I have, which as a beginner, work just fine for me. A little pricier though, but I guess that just depends on what you want to spend.
Personally, I'd go with a pair of Velcro shoes. They are much more comfortable for dicking around in a gym, bouldering, and doing short climbs (100' or so), because when you are belaying someone, you can unstrap them and get some breathing room for your feet.
La Sportiva Katana's are pretty sick, so are evolvs. Try to get a pair that don't have a super-agressive (like the La Sportiva Miura's) style.
For fit, go to a store that sells climbing shoes and try on a pair (without socks!) that is a half-size smaller than your regular fit. You want climbing shoes to be tight and almost uncomfortable. I typically wear 1-1.5 sizes smaller than my regular shoes.
I haven't actually...mainly went to a climbing gym downtown. Farthest I've made it west in OK was for repelling in Red Rock Canyon. I've thought about getting back into climbing now that I've graduated and will have a little bit more time/money on my hands.
I wear different shoes on each foot, these on the left and a purple lace up 5.10 (I believe) on the right. My climbing partner has messed up feet and so she wears the opposite shoes. We are the same shoe size so I get to look like an idiot with her, for free.