The R1Bs are a great all-around shoe that is stiff enough to race in and at the same time comfortable enough to use on a leisurely century ride. And you will be hard-pressed to find a better looking road shoe. Of course authentic Italian loafers can be expensive, and the R1B's are certainly not cheap, but there are many more expensive top-of-the-line road shoes out there. For me, the best feature of this shoe is the wider-than-average toebox combined with Fizik Volume Control. It gives me that little extra bit of width that I have not been able to find in other shoes.