It's not very fair to offer a review of these shoes as I've barely put 20 miles on them. But, here we go! I'll keep it limited - just like my experience with them.
The superficial and unimportant: They're green! I love the color. I think they make my feet look big, though. Also, they are a little loose around the heel, but using the extra eyelets with a heel lock lacing pattern, that's not an issue.
The more important (the fit): So... the intriguing forward fulcrum. First of all, it did not radically alter my footstrike. I am a heel striker, in or out of these shoes. It did rock me forward, almost imperceptibly. After about half a mile, I got into a groove and they felt really neat - sorry for my inability to articulate this, but it was almost like I was floating. I would land on my heels but then be immediately pushed off onto my toes and onto the next stride. I made a mistake, wearing them for their first outside run on city streets with lots of stop and go. Almost as soon as I would get into a groove of floating, I'd have to stop for a distracted bike messenger or a stoplight.
Also, they are NOT in the barefoot vein, either. There was one point during the 5k when I was nearing exhaustion and I thought to myself, "My feet are doing no work." The shoe was propelling me forward and my foot muscles were barely engaging. Again, hard to explain, but this felt like a good thing (at the time).
I'm not sure how they'll work in the long term, and with even a hint of knee pain still lingering, I'm not keen to stick with a shoe that might not be a good fit. In the short term? I'm curious to keep trying them. My Asics felt heavy in comparison when I went back to them.
The unexpected: I noticed something unusual while wearing them, something I'm going to pay attention to. It seems that when I run my right foot points out at a slight angle. I'm duck-footed. It's subtle; I'm not surprised that no one's every pointed it out after a gait analysis in a running store. I'd never noticed this before, and honestly I may never have noticed it at all if my shoes weren't attention-getting green. But it makes me wonder: could this be related to my (right) knee pain?
PS: Because, as we've already established, I'm addicted to the Times, here's a sad article for you: the obituary for Alan Sillitoe, author of "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner."
On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"