I, too, ride with toe clips. Like you I wanted a stiffer, cycling-specific shoe suitable for clips and went with the Sonoma. I've ridden about 3200 miles with them since August and have to say I'm sorry I waited so long. No more sore feet from too-soft soles when doing long rides. Centuries used to kill my feet in tennis shoes; no problem at all now. Mine fit great, are very comfortable, allow me to walk easily, and fit well regardless of whether I have thin socks on or woolies in the cold. Of course they do flow air, so the cold can be an issue. I wore woolies today and put sandwich baggies over my toes in my shoes today for a 30-miler at 30 degrees. Hard to find a general purpose shoe with no mesh, though. I'll buy another pair when these wear out some day.