Several thousand miles later....
This shows the cleats after a summer of training and racing NUE's. Still in pretty good condition, good enough to train on this spring. I replace my cleats once/twice a year to keep the fit snug and the action crisp. The cleats are made of a softer material than the pedal so that it wears and not your blinged out Egg Beaters. Replacing cleats is much better than pedals. If you keep your cleats installed for 10 deg til release and replace them periodically you will be happy and the action will dis-engage without effort.