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Most of my tire experience is 5-10 years old and dealt with different cars and different driving. It's important to remember that tire technology is racing forward and many things may have changed.
That said, I feel Michelin are overpriced for value/performance and you're buying a well-marketed name. Fine product, but there may be better, cheaper alternatives.
In your case, not sure what kind of driving you're doing. If it's work driving, and lots of it, how much are you zoom-zooming around? Is it highways? City? Suburbia/rural?
Personally, I am very happy to give up some high-end performance for more reassurance I won't slide off the road in heavy rain or if I get caught out in snow and ice.
Again, my personal opinion, but if I drove my new tires (barely a performance tire) at anything like their capability, I'd have the cops chasing me and neighbors throwing rocks at me. All of the street driving I've personally experienced in the last couple of years offers so few opportunities for safe high-performance driving, it's not worth it: too much traffic, inattentive traffic, crowded roads, low speed limits, bicyclists, runners, texting drivers, frequent red lights, heavy trucks, etc.
I'm willing to compromise my high-end a bunch for comfort and safety on the lower end. If I can only take a turn at 90%, that's no harm. If I screw up in bad weather or something, I want the tire to catch me so I don't damage my car, myself, or uninvolved people.