Commuting - Power Grips + MKS Touring Pedals + Small Wide Feet: Skateboard Shoes?
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07-25-07, 11:22 AM
I've known since I was 14 years old that I have the perfect skateboard foot: Small but wide, perfect for angling the board into tight turns.
It appears I may be making a full (skateboarding) circle, upon seeing several cyclists recommend skateboard shoes for MKS pedals and Power Grips. My metropark bike has MKS pedals and Power Grips ... and because I'm having trouble finding biking shoes for small wide feet ... I'm wondering if skateboard shoes might do the trick.
Are there any good skateboard shoe vendors that offer good selection of shoes ... for MKS touring pedals and Power Grips ... for my size 7.5 Wide feet? And are comfortable for walking around the metropark?
07-25-07, 03:19 PM
sorry, i got long skinny feet! but...
i use mks touring pedals with the extra long power grips. and i ride em every day.
i have two different pairs of shoes that i wear to ride: 1. light approach shoes with a hard sole 2. Tupac Makaveli Branded shoes
The key for good riding shoes is to get a hard sole. Go to the shoe store. Use your hand to bend the bottom (near your toes) of the shoe. Those that don't bend so much are "maybes". Try these on. Do they fit and feel nice? If it feels right, go for it.
07-25-07, 03:29 PM
I have wide feet and also use Powergrips with my platform pedals. I found indoor soccer shoes to do the trick for me. The shoes do bend quite easily but there are not that much cushioning at the bottom so the power transfer is more efficient compared to thick soled shoes.
07-25-07, 03:32 PM
I cannot comment on men's shoes in any way, but if you're feet are extra wide, definitely get the extra long PowerGrips. I do have MKS sylvan touring pedals, and they're great for wide feet. Mine are of average width, and the pedal is roomy for me and my regular length PowerGrips.
07-25-07, 07:25 PM
I've got long wide feet, but I use the MKS touring with powergrips and they're awesome!!!! I love the combo.
07-26-07, 05:58 AM
I think you'll be happy with the powergrips. They are a good product.
FWIW, I have 11EE sized feet and have no problems using the standard sized PowerGrips with boots.
I used to mountain bike with Powergrips way back in the day (until I went SPD). I thought they were great, really held my foot in there.
However, after about a year it became apparent that the torsion that I had to apply to keep my foot firmly planted in there was causing me knee pain. I stopped using them and the pain went away.
This may not be an issue for riding on the road, as I liked my feet really nice and snug for the offroad stuff back then. Just letting you know my results.
07-27-07, 03:39 PM
Thanks everyone. I've never used Power Grips, but I've enjoyed shoe cages mounted on my old Trek 730's pedals.
With discussion about Power Grips ... and about 9Rings' discussion about going SPD ... are there any issues about using them if you've had an injured ankle? I wouldn't think so if you're careful. But I'm currently paranoid about my recovering from a mild fracture of the distal tip of my right fibula (aka, twisted ankle). Any war stories about ankle damage or ankle boo boos caused from using either Power Grips or clipless pedals?
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