Look cleats are still rather pricey for mass-produced plastic things but they come in a nice box with a really thick manual and pretty decent screws. I've tried the grip version but clicks and squeaks should not accompany a ride.
Put these on your shoes, clip in, and enjoy many miles. Unless you're a frequent walker (the horror!), these cleats will easily last a season. If they don't, you walk in your cycling shoes too much. Take them off and slip on flip-flops like every cyclist with a notion of decency.
I prefer these bi-material cleats to the ones with the rubberplastic walking inserts. The inserts are worn out a month after I get them so I prefer these as they are less expensive and I can clip in and out easier. Invest in a pair of cleat covers. They will wear quickly if you don't use cleat covers and you are walking on asphalt, concrete or gravel. The cleat covers are good for at least a couple of years, maybe longer. I am happy with the amount of float in the greys as compared to the red or black.
Great price, I prefer the most float I can get with LOOKs, the teflon material on the binding surface seem to make the float smoother, beware non-LOOK cleats, they often don't meet the proper size tolerances needed for good engagement and release.
These cleats are a good deal if they're on sale (daily special). However, note that these do not have the rubber grips at the bottom and may be more slippery if you're walking around. I prefer the grey cleats with the 6 degrees of float which give me a nice balance of security and keep my knees happy.
I've standardized on Mavic or Look pedals on all my bikes, and these are my go-to cleats for road pedals. Stock up when they're a Daily Special so you have them on hand when you realize $%, these are worn out and you really need them. Tips - (1) Take a Sharpie and outline the position on the bottom of your shoes before you swap them so you get them back in the same spot, and (2) put a dab of grease on the bolts so they won't seize due to moisture later.
I've always been using the (slightly more expensive, it turns out) 'grip' version of these cleats. I didn't pay attention when ordering, but I now know the difference! Does the job on the bike, but I much prefer the grip version even for short hallway walks on tiles... Will make sure I get the right version next time )
When I first started cycling about nine years ago, I equipped my bike with Shimano Ultegra pedals. A couple of years ago, I got a deal on some Look Keo Carbon pedals and put them on my other bike. Both brands are very reliable, but in the future I will go with the Look Keo. Good pedals are not cheap, and the Keo pedals seem to often beat Shimano on price. They are also lighter in weight. Pedals, at least mine, seem to last forever, but the cleats don't. Keo cleats go on sale, but I rarely see great sales on Shimano cleats. I recently bought two sets of Keo cleats from BTD at [$] each set. Shimano replacement cleats are currently on sale through BTD at [$]. I realize that riders have personal preferences. Both cleat sets have about a 4 1/2 star review rating - you decide.