Hey Andy, I've had all the different versions of the Byerlys, as we sell them and as they are just comfortable shoes. The biggest improvement I've seen personally on the newest shoes is there is a bit more padding on the shoe's tongue and improved material over the tongue of the shoes so they seem to fit better. (at least my foot) Like any shoe ( or clothes for that matter) everyone fits differently in different brands...but I think the Byerlys are a safe bet. The other skate shoes we've been selling and I know that several top pros really like are the DVS triumph mesh shoes. Good luck and if we can help let us know.
Bill @ Performance.