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'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.