Attractive shoe, stiff sole, cleans easily, too. It felt like my toes were being jammed pretty hard - especially compared to my smaller sized Northwave Aerlite S.B.S. road shoes, which ought to be similarly sized. Still, I'm hoping for these to stretch as they break in, and if so, I'd highly recommend these! I'm very happy w/my other two pair (Aerlite SBS as mentioned, and the GTX Celsius), so while the jury is still out, I hope to amend this rating w/a full 5 stars after some more miles & races!