i use specialized shoes... they are about 5 years old though. i also buy an use specilized shammis (sp?). i have found that they work great and i own 3 different shorts since 2008 and they got me accross the country and through my first ear of college cycling with no chaff. i would strongly recomend them.
are you racing for a school, company team, or just for the hell of it? and where at? glad to see other nsers out there road racin!