These shoes are pretty stiff right out of the box.
the lace-closure down near the toe is slightly different than other shoes--the side walls of the shoe are not stitched to the toe, which lets the upper sort of glide over the toe. it's an interesting design that i suppose is meant keep the sides from bubbling out down there like a lot of shoes do. the only problem i've had with this is that it makes it hard to get my foot into the toe cage on my bike.
also the stitching around the cup-sole is only in a few key locations (on the toe and the sides of the heel) and doesn't go the whole way around. that may become a problem with more wear.
other than those three things, it's a nice shoe.
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