A quick recap: I'm new to cycling, just got a Spec. Tricross Comp (a year old), which I love. Have been doing some road rides and some trail rides. Just ordered Candy C pedals from ebay, and need MTB shoes to clip into. I tried on a Shimano shoe (121) and a Pearl Izumi shoe (Vagabond M4) at REI. They were ok. Then I tried a Sidi Dominator shoe at a bike store and loved it, except for the price. So I'm scouring the 'net for a deal on my size Dominator (44.5), but wondered about some less expensive Sidis (the Blaze perhaps). Or anything else.
I'd like to spend no more than $100 on ebay or on sale on MTB shoes, unless I spend a bit more for the Dominators (if I can find a great deal on them). I don't need the absolute best shoes ever, but want them to be comfortable and last a long time. What do YOU suggest?