Peterwrote a review of Shimano SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe - Men's on May 30, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
These shoes strike a great balance between stiffness, comfort, and walkability. They fit my 275mm long / 105mm wide average volume feet well in size 44. The Boa system on this version does not dig into the top of the foot like the newer version of the XC7. The heel gripper material works pretty well, but the heel grip is not quite as secure as shoes with Sidi's Heel Security System or Specialized's S-Works shoes, but the wider forefoot of the Shimano shoes is (in my opinion) more valuable.