The classic Paramount gets very little love these days. It sits around looking pretty most of the time. The old racing position doesn't help, but a lot of it has to do with the pedals. I have wear these ancient Nike racing shoes and clunky old Look cleats. I ride my Cyclocross as a road bike mostly, and love my Shimano XTR pedals and Specialized mountain bike shoes. It's a plenty stiff platform for general road riding, and I like being able to walk easily. So, I'm thinking of replacing the Looks with these Shimano A600: They're not classic, but are nice and clean looking at least, and should give decent cornering clearance if I should decide to polish up my crit racing cornering skills from my youth. And shoes. My Specialized carbon soled mtb shoes are literally falling apart, and a recent foot injury has helped me learn that I've been wearing a size too small. So I went ahead and bought these Specialized Sports: They are cheaper, no carbon, but I'm not a fan of all the ratcheting mechanisms on nicer shoes, for mountain biking at least. For a dedicated road shoe, I might eventually get a pair of these: Specialized Recons. I love the classic minimal look and laces. And they would be at home on a Cyclocross bike as well. Specialized brand seems to fit my feet well. I have narrow feet but long toes, so their wider toe box feels good compared to other shoes I tried on. I can't even stand my old Nikes anymore.