The DMT Prisma SpeedPlays are the first "high end" shoes I've had after wearing Specialized road shoes for the past 5 years. Up until last year I used Look Keos and bought SpeedPlays early last season. The DMTs are much more stiff and feel more secure on the pedals. After 2 rides with the DMTs, I wore the Specialized because of bad weather, and the Specialized with the adapter plates felt loose compared to the DMTs, although the direct connection cleats on the DMTs released just as easlily as the Specialized. Fit my foot well, size is same as Specialized.