This is the best fitting shoe I have ever found. I am on my bike about 20 hours a week and my feet take quite a beating. I have high arches and bony feet which usually means that I have a hard time to find a shoe that doesn't rub somewhere. The laced top gives you a perfectly conforming fit through the whole foot. I have tried diadora jet racer, specialized s-works shoes, sidi genius, giro factor, and while they have been alright they all had a long break-in period. The empire on the other hand fit fantastically right out of the box. I rode a century on day 3 having the shoes.