Last month I bought a pair of Giro Cylinder cycling shoes.
For about the last three years I had been using a pair of Shimano SH-M088LE shoes with SPD cleats that I'd been quite happy with. I must have put close to 30,000 km on them.
Before that I had a pair of Shimano SH-MT42NV, but much preferred the ratchet mechanism of the newer SH-M088LE to the shoe laces of the SH-MT42NV. Either pair was easy to walk in off the bike, in fact I do most of my shopping in these MTB shoes, as I usually cycle to the stores and walk around in my cycling shoes. Both of my bikes have double sided SPD pedals.
Earlier this year I noticed that my pair of Shimano shoes was coming apart. The fabric was tearing up near the big toe on the left foot so my socks were showing. Electrical tape only works so long to cover that up, especially in the rain... Time for a new pair!
As it happened, my son and I were on day 3 of our cycling adventure across Umbria and Tuscany, when we passed a local bike shop on the outskirts of Siena (http://www.sienabikeshop.it/Index_en.html). I decided to try on several pairs of shoes. The shop owner was very knowledgeable and helpful.
The Giro Cylinder had enough space for my relatively wide feet and I liked its mechanism. It uses a ratchet wheel to tighten nylon strings. Pull the wheel up and it releases to take off the shoes, push it down and turn and it tightens in small increments. It works quite well. I'm curious if it will last the same 30,000 km as my last pair of Shimano shoes, but so far I'm very happy with them. They're very comfortable and easy to use.
The only slight criticism I have is that they feel quite slippery on wet surfaces, so be careful when walking in the rain.