I've always liked Shimano SPD and these are no exception. Tight hold and the bolts have stayed tight on my shoes. I eventually wear them out from walking but takes a long time so the overall value to money is good. Excellent customer service from Western per usual.
These shoes fit great and the upper is soft. The sole is plenty of stiff for aggressive riding. I wore them now for ~400mi and really like them.
I was unsure about sizing but I called the vendor and they gave me info about shimano's sizing variations.
Returns would have been easy (according to that conversation) but The shoes fit perfectly.
Currently, I am riding on my second pair. Great for no sock warm weather riding. My feet tend to overheat especially in the foot beds of standard cycling shoes (Sidi) when riding open roads where pavement reflects the days heat. The cycling sandal solves this problem. Two downsides 1) if the top of your feet are sensitive to sunlight or burning you will need to add sun screen to your pre ride regimnt if not wearing socks. 2) sand and fine road detritus tend to collect between soles of feet and foot pad making stops necessary from time to time on long rides to wipe off.