very little cushioning in foot bed, round laces bunch at knot and press into foot (i'm knit-picking here)
These shoes feel more like a slipper than a shoe--like a snug moccasin cradling the foot, which is held secure by laces and velcro straps. The result isn't just comfort, but positive, sure response getting in and out of clips. There's not a lot of padding for walking around, but I didn't get them to walk in, and they don't pretend to be hybrid quasi-hiking shoes. They are very firm soles that wrap the foot like a wrestling shoe with good traction grooves and lots of clearance for cleats. My one concern was that they'd come apart, because--as I said--they're not some clod hopper, and they only list for $70. But, after 50 or so trail rides not a stitch has undone. Also, they are black, not some neon pimp colors. The bottom line, though, is they really hug the foot and are sure and comfortable on the pedals, where they belong. I use Time ATAC, and I read a lot about people having trouble getting out of them. I'm convinced that it's sloppy shoes and not the pedals that's the problem here. I paid $70--full retail--at REI. You could probably find them for less online, but my advice with any shoe is to go to the store, try them on, and buy what fits. These seem to fit a lot of feet very well from what I've heard.