I'm trying to replace my rather tatty Spec BG trail/touring type things that I've had a for a good few years. I've never been overly fond of them, but I bought em and was/am tight (now I have kids).
When I started out I used to use Shimano Carbon race things (the bright blue ones of yonder), I loved those shoes, when they fell apart after many a race I replaced them with the new version with ratchet (bright silver things) - they were ace and the ratchet was a revelation.
The price of any decent quality shoes seems to have gone through the roof these days. Also, lots of gripes from Shimano shoes not engaging with caged pedals..