I was ready to pull out the credit card, and my buddy at the LBS told me, essentially, "Save your money." Perhaps equally amazing is that the LBS is a Performance Bike Shop, not a local Ma and Pa store.
After reading all the shoe and pedal threads, I just had to check out the story for myself. So I rambled over to the shop during my lunch break. I explained that I had SPD pedals and rode in either old MTB shoes or Shimano sandals.
He asked, "Do the shoes fit?"
I said, "Yes."
He asked, "Are you going to race?"
I said, "No."
He said, "I like new stuff as much as anyone, but if it's working..." And then his voice just kind of trailed off.
I took it as a sign to buy a sweat band and bail out.