First of all, thanks again goes out to Rob at Lithium Motorsports for getting me these in such a timely manner. YOU ROCK. The first thing I noticed when I put these on was that they feel like shoes. Comfy and cushy inside they felt normal and not at all uncomfortable. Then I played with the knob on the back of the calf, and they became one with my feet. I definitely felt like I was wearing some high tech gear for high performance. Getting up and walking around, they're a bit stiff and I didn't think I'd be able to feel the pedals at all with the boots on. I figure that'll be resolved once they break in properly. Heading downstairs to the garage, I made the most noise I've ever made descending those stairs. Due to the stiffness of the new boots they acted almost like ski boots, with each step down making the most obnoxious stomp. Going across the parking lot, the lack of rhythmic squeaks that accompanied my old boots was welcoming. No need to grease these things, not for while, anyway. I get on the bike and I was right. I couldn't quite get the feel of the pedals. Shifting up was sketchy, and shifting down had to be a heavy stomp, because I couldn't get much of an indication of where the pedals were. Due to the new rubber soles, I had trouble moving my feet forward and back on the peg. I literally had to lift my foot off the peg to get it under the shift pedal or the over the brake pedal, as opposed to simply sliding it along the top of the peg moving from my toes to the ball of my feet. Something else I think will be resolved once they're broken in... On the highway, these things feel great. I felt like I was wearing heavy socks than boots, and only realized they were there when I was shifting or braking. Very comfy. I look forward to when these are totally broken in. All I need are gloves and I'm set for my one trial track day and the Seattle 100. no, it's not dog shit.