I bought these shoes to replace an old set of specialized shoes. These shoes are nice and stiff and really comfortable. As is typical with Northwave, the toebox is a little more roomy than say a SIDI. I think it's nice because you can wear a set of woolies without getting to cramped. I normally wear a 46 in a SIDI and I ordered 45s and they were just the right fit.
These are great shorts. I love that you can remove the chamois. I do it when it's cold and I want to wear my bib pants. They're nice and cool in the heat and actually quite warm in the cold. The fit is nice too--not too baggy but not too tight. Size chart is pretty accurate to my jeans' size.