I bought these to replace some Pearl Izumi All Road shoes that I used with Shimano SPD cleats. I wanted a true road shoe but I'm on a limited budget so these fit the bill. I had tried on a pair of the Fighter shoes, no ratchet strap, in a LBS so I knew my size was a 43. My PI shoes were also a 43. I wear between a 9 and 9 1/2 shoe in US sizes. I bought the Fighter SBS over a Giro shoe that I tried on in a different LBS because the Northwave shoe was a bit roomier in the toe box. The Giro's seemed like a good shoe but they were a bit too tight for my liking. I went with some Speedplay Light Action pedals and cleats and have put about 150 miles on the shoe/cleat/pedal combo and I'm a happy rider at this point. The shoes fit and feel great.