Soooo, I took a ride this morning.
I don't race so I was not totally disturbed by the gear selector position. As you can see on the thai document, they advise to set up the selector a little higher. I did not and it's ok for my 10US shoes.
About the vibrations, I still receive them but as I have my feet on a larger area, I don't feel the same pain in the middle of the sole.
First of all, I bought these for the look and I appreciate the platform style and the quality, as you can see on some of the pictures above.
The cons can be the shiny area that can be scratched, we'll see.