I first purchased these shoes after hearing numerous recommendations from teammates on my cycling team. Initially they fit well, and I found that the the instep was very accommodating to my low instep. However, after racing and training in them for about 1000 miles I find that the toe box is too narrow for my foot. The outside of my foot would really hurt after any serious climbing. I can say that they were fairly stiff but not overly so and looked crazy cool in highlighter yellow.