Thomas W.wrote a review of Pearl Izumi PRO Leader v4 Cycling Shoe - Men's on September 30, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
I bought this model to replace a lower model of worn-out Pearl Izumi shoes after >5 years and >25K miles. I bought the same size, EU 47, which felt right standing and trying the shoes on. I found blood-stained Bandaids inside both shoes. That should have been a clue something was wrong with the shoes. I assumed the shoes were tried on and returned by another customer, but I decided to try them. They were terrible and hurt both feet in different places including abrading the skin on both feet. The right shoe cut into the skin inside the right ankle despite loosening the Boa closure to no tension. The left shoe cut into the top of my foot due to way the tongue was sewn to the boot—the root of the tongue projected down onto the top of my foot. I wanted the shoes to work, so I tried them a second time with heavier socks and experienced a similar result. [Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — not really said by Einstein, but definitely applies here.] I contacted Competitive Cyclist and Nate Simpson couldn't have been more helpful with my return and following-up to ensure satisfaction! I was afraid to try another pair of this model, so I ordered a similar style of Pearl Izumi shoes to my previous pair and I'm quite pleased. No issues with the replacement model with >100 miles on them. I think this pair of shoes is the exception—due to poor workmanship.