Re: Suggestion for beginner footwear.
Totally agree on this. While competing in Strongman I was constantly being told to get some better shoes - I competed in skate shoes, and being tight when it comes to spending money on footwear I decided mine were more than suitable.
When I transferred to Crossfit, it just happened to coincide with some extra funds being available. So I treated myself to Nano 3.0s and some oly shoes. I now realise people telling me to change my shoes were actually trying to help and not just mocking my ropey old skate shoes!!
The stability improvement aspect is noticable straight away. You are right about feeling planted when pressing etc.