I decided on these partly because they were on sale and for their looks. Probably the most attractive I've seen from Northwave. I ordered a 1/2 size smaller than normal and at first they really squeezed my feet, but just after a few rides they are more accomodating. The rachet and dorsal cable laces are very effective locking down the foot as well as easy to adjust on the go. Before these�I used my tri shoes for everything and this was just a big jump never having a pure carbon footbed. BUT, beware the localized plantar pressure that can result so think about insole orthotics to support the arch and distribute stress. Anyway, this shoe is a great deal especially on sale and I'm happy with my first performance/race-level buy.