I have been road cycling for four years but have always used SPDs and mtb shoes, partly because I used to use the same bike for commuting and recreational road cycling and found them easier to walk in, and partly because it was a cheaper setup! They say that they aren't as comfortable for road riding and you don't get the same performance benefit, but I have done 100+ miles on them and kept up on fast club runs. However, with a new bike on the way, I'm wondering if now might be the time to get road shoes, and go 'full roadie' so to speak! Do road shoes make enough difference to justify switching at this point in my cycling 'career'? No plans to race, just sportives/club rides/solo riding etc. One thing that has bothered me lately with my spd shoes is that, if I fail to clip in the first time, there isn't much of a platform to rest my foot on until I can clip in successfully. This sometimes results in my foot nearly slipping off. Is the chance of a foot slipping off a pedal whilst riding unclipped less of an issue with the wider SPD-SL pedals? I'm aware this topic opens a bit of a can of worms .