I purchased a pair of Sidi Mtb. shoes back in the late 90's which I still use from time to time and have not worn out yet. I purchased another brand of cycling shoe that was supposed to be good as well and after a year of wear they are already falling apart. I decided to shell out the big bucks for the Sidi Drako SRS shoes and I'm glad I did. They fit my feet like a glove, they're light and appear durable. The only complaint I have is that the glossy black is a little on the flashy side. I'd have preferred a matt black. Perhaps after some good hard use they'll dull down a bit.