I was advised to get a ratcheted (clipless) shoe because the velcro would allow too much movement while riding. The shop that gave me the tip propsed a Perl Izumi Vortex but did not have my size (48). The wanted $100 for the shoe which included a discount for buying a bike from them. I have since moved and found a new bike shop which carried Specialized shoes. The guy here told me that he actually preferred velcro and made me a deal on the Comp Carbon Rd for $110. I think this is good value for the shoe but would like to hear some opinions on velcro vs ratchet on the top strap.