I recently bought some cheap ($60) mountain bike shoes. It changed my riding style, and I'm really 'pedaling in a circle' now.
I have a complaint though... when I sprint and put a lot of force into the other-than-down parts of the stroke, my foot moves around a lot. It doesn't feel efficient, and is rather annoying.
If I tighten the straps enough that this doesn't happen, it really constricts my feet and isn't comfortable.
I haven't found it useful to tighten the ratchet before sprinting/attacking. I would rather have the ratchet over my toes, as that's where most of the movement is.
So... is this normal for cycling (mountain) shoes? If not, is it because mine are cheap or do I just have a bad fit?