Here are some pics of the World Cup Times I have. The retail wa $188! I think I paid $120.
I have 2 pairs of eggbeaters and another pair of Candy SL's. I don't really need more eggbeaters right now. I'm attempting to become a minimalist!!!
Ummm...Just an observation on pedals. Its not so much the size of the pedal, that makes a difference with shoe sole contact, and energy transfer, its the size of the cleat.
Pedals like eggbeaters look like they offer no contact because of the size of the pedal. I have compared these to the Candy SL and when I am clippped in I can't discern a difference. On the Crank Bros. pedals the cleat almost spans the length of the axle. Time cleats are smaller, pedal body larger.
If you look at most road specific pedals the cleats are huge! That is because they want to have optimum power transfer. Things like mud clearance and the ability to unclip and reclip quickly aren't as important as with a mountain bike pedal.
As far a mountain bike shoes for road use...Shoes like Sidi have removeable cleats, and sole lugs, and are quite stiff. They are not as stiff as an upper echelon road shoe but they are pretty stiff.