I'll be honest, I only bought the silver Empires because it matches my Bianchi L'Una. Other than that superficial aspect the features of it are pretty enticing. Yes, its light, extremely stiff and has a nice snug fit. The only downside would be its polarizing looks and the neon laces tend to show its wear (read; it gets dirty). I wish they would come up with more color choices; like a red and white. But if you had a choice between a close-out 2011-12 S-Works or these? I'd...haha, tough choice because the old S-Works plastic internal cogs tend to wear out after 4000miles. You know what; be bold and buy these retro shoes.