When I first got these shoes a year ago I hated them. They fit differently than I expected, they were bulkier than I expected. My first review reflected only how the shoe fit with my expectations, not actual performance.
I'm on my second pair. I've logged over 800 miles in this shoe so far and love it. It's a brilliant road shoe for when I'm not close enough to trails. The grip is like an f1 tire: smooth and sticky. The shoe showed no signs of breaking down after about 600 miles, despite me attempting to rip a hole in the top of the toe box.
Ironically, fit was my first complaint, but now it's my favorite attribute. The toe box is anatomically shaped. It fits comfortably, and hasn't blown out the sides of the shoe like every other inov8 i've owned (i'm on my 10th pair).
So in short, my apologies Road-x 255s, I love you.