I have about 700 miles in my Northwaves, and I like them a lot. I was looking for a similar fit to Shimano with a wider toe box. The RC folks recommended the Northwaves - and they were right on. Besides fit, these shoes border on plush. The fit is close, but comfy thanks to the padded tongue and wooden insole. My 47 Shimano translated to a 46 Northwave. They were able to get stiff and comfortable into the same package. Brilliant.