I switched from a pair of Babolat All Courts to the Barricades, and I can't get over how much better the Barricades are. My babolats, a 1/2 size bigger because the right size simply didn't fit, gave me all types of problem. i.e. blisters, too much movement in the upper toe, and flex point was in the wrong place, i feel, as it pinched the side of my foot on every serve and lunge. BUT, I did love the durability. They lasted for over 8 months. I'm a toe dragger, and have dragged toes off of shoes, and my babolat looks brand new in the toe area. ...now, the barricades. I broke them in by wearing them for a couple of days around the house. But they fit like a glove, i love the way they felt when i strapped them in. I was able to get my correct shoe size, and the shoe flexed in the appropriate location. Running, stopping, jumping, etc felt nice. I know on paper they are suppose to be heavy...but they didn't "feel" sluggish. Now my favorite shoe. Not as well cushioned as my old Nikes, but the Nikes simply didn't last long enough; so not worth the money if you ask me.