The G5500 is a very good skate. Good fit in the heel; no slop. My street shoe size is 8, the Graf size 7R fits perfectly, not the 6.5 shown on the sizing chart. Quality and workmanship appear excellent. Easy break-in, very comfortable now. New cowling design is light weight and allows a good attack angle as advertised. This would be a good buy at the original price, but is a great value at the sale price.