There IS a difference between Shimano cleats and aftermarket versions. I installed an aftermarket cleat on a pair of shoes, and noticed immediately that there was almost no float. Also, much more difficult to clip in and out. A pair of these Shimano cleats fixed it all. Get the real deal. I will be using SPD style pedals forever.
No complaints. I don't know how long they will last but they seem to be holding up better than the cleats I used when I had Crankbrothers eggbeaters. I put them on my Lake Boots and on my Sidi Mtn Bike shoes in about 10 minutes.
Each time I get a new pair of cycling shoes, new cleats get installed. They are cheap, and get the job done. I am tired of messing with my old used cleats- usually the bolts are all janky and gunked, thus the reason it's nice to install new ones.
I'm liking the Shimano SPD pedals more and more esp. the dual sided models. They are so convenient on my commutes where it involves lots of clipping in and out. I have 3 pairs of shoes with these cleats and they all work well exactly the same. All 3 are the single point release but I've had no problem releasingwhen I had to but also no accidental releases. One time, in a slow turn, my front wheel slipped out on a wet stone surface and my foot popped out no problem saving myself from an embarrassing situation. These were a bargain on sale at BTD.
I've used this style cleat for approximately 25 years and like it. With the purchae of new shoes I thought also time to buy new cleats.
The release is a bit tighter than I am used to with my old well worn cleats...guess that's to be expected. Hope for a short break in period to ease the effort necessary for release.