Well.....a local shop had a 'Christmas in July' sale and I went for instant gratification (and Boulder nostalgia
: ) after too much time checking out options and got some Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek
$84.99 Style no. 5729
•Ride and Run (R&R) nylon plate for easy hike-a-bike and great pedaling power •Carbon rubber lugged outsole for superior traction and durability •Flexible forefoot and a running shoe beveled heel •Low cut construction for a light, fast fit and feel •Quick drying, highly breathable mesh/synthetic upper
FWIW, This was after not finding my size online in the Roams and not quite in love with the suede on the Sette Enduros, along with the store not having my size in some Shimanos......
They're very light and comfortable, have excellent gripping lug soles and definitely feel like they are shoes not 'bike' shoes. Having a little buyer's remorse, though, not loving the yellow and a bit concerned about the mesh and lightness over time. Might be a little too minimalist for some and there is a lot of lateral pivoting on the pedal that I'm not used to yet....I am, however, starting to like the idea of getting some MTB pedals for my road bike and using shoes like these though....we'll see.
Again, thanks for the input & best regards, Terry.