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    What shoes do you wear with classic pedals?

    I was wondering what shoes do you wear with pedals and toe clips? I'm not really interested in getting old style leather cycling shoes. Right now I wear a pair of Addidas Samba. They are very comfortable and they last forever, however, they are a little wide and are causing the straps to rub against the crank arms leaving some marks.

    What is your non cycling shoe of choice?

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    totally non-cycling, my shoe of choice is a boat shoe. For road pedals with an outer quill, these are a little wide, but otherwise pretty cool and convenient.

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    very lithe puma sneakers. totally tasteless, but whatever.
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    adidas indoor soccer shoes.
    leather, look kinda retro, low profile, and ~$35ish.
    You can sort of make out my left shoe in this pic of me and robbie tunes, post 50 miler (robbie still had ~30 miles to ride, I had changed clothes except for my shoes)
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    I'll say it before Zaphod gets a chance to. Adidas Adiracer shoes. They're rigid through the heel and flexible at the toe. You can't go wrong with them.

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    Classic = rubber block IMHO. Anything goes on those even bare feet
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    Birkenstock Arizona sandals. Comfortable both on and off the bike, (and yes they get a lot of comments from other riders).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMNHCAGrandPrix View Post
    Birkenstock Arizona sandals. Comfortable both on and off the bike, (and yes they get a lot of comments from other riders).
    i wear sandals 24/7.. but i'm too scared to ride with open toed shoes on a bike.. something about not wanting my toes turned into hamburger

    i need to find some "closed toe" sandals.. right now i just wear an old pair of vans skate shoes when riding
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    I've ridden on Asics indoor soccer shoes, and Asics track shoes with no spikes, older models, with the smooth bottoms.

    With the indoor soccer shoes, I put a solid insole in them, and they were preferable to the track shoes.
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    I have been wearing a pair of Specialized Sonoma shoes I picked up used; they are older ones that are laceups, the new ones use Velcro which doesn't work very well with toeclips. Though they have knockouts for cleats I have just used them plain.

    Failing to find another pair of them I just got some AGU shoes from Nashbar, $35 and free shipping at the time. They have a very stiff sole, and the arch seems oddly located, but they may be just the thing. If you try them, note that the user reviews are right: I sent the first pair back and got them a size up from my regular 43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    i wear sandals 24/7.. but i'm too scared to ride with open toed shoes on a bike.. something about not wanting my toes turned into hamburger

    i need to find some "closed toe" sandals.. right now i just wear an old pair of vans skate shoes when riding
    Keen has exactly what you are looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amesja View Post
    Keen has exactly what you are looking for.
    yeah after i posted that i looked around and noticed Keen makes tons of closed toed sandals
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    I have a related question:
    Is there any modern/currently-available shoe you can attach cleats to, and use with vintage quill-style pedals?
    I've been using Detto's, and just got a pair of Vittoria's as a back-up, but they're not going to last forever.
    I'm afraid I won't be able to find vintage-style shoes later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amesja View Post
    Keen has exactly what you are looking for.
    +1 - I LOVE my Keens....

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    Adidas cycling shoes.

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    My shoe of Choice right now is a Croft and Barrow leather dress/work shoe for daily commuting and work. For my road work I rear Detto Pietro racing shoes reinforced with duct tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    I've ridden on Asics indoor soccer shoes, and Asics track shoes with no spikes, older models, with the smooth bottoms.

    With the indoor soccer shoes, I put a solid insole in them, and they were preferable to the track shoes.
    Are you bolting a cleat on or using a shoe plate?
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    On my commute, I bike in my dress shoes. I have leather-tipped cages to prevent scuffs. On recreational rides, I just wear my pumas.

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    VERY old school - have an ancient pair of black Bata bikers. I,m really going to hate when they finally fall apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elguicho View Post
    I was wondering what shoes do you wear with pedals and toe clips? I'm not really interested in getting old style leather cycling shoes. Right now I wear a pair of Addidas Samba. They are very comfortable and they last forever, however, they are a little wide and are causing the straps to rub against the crank arms leaving some marks.

    What is your non cycling shoe of choice?
    Good Question too...

    I wear Wal-Mart cheap fish heads..

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    I wear leather Bass W- to ride to work in. No toe clips, just block pedals.

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    I just wear my New Balance sneakers, nothing fancy.
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    I wear running shoes. They're worse for crank arm wear than Sambas, but are a LOT cooler in the summer time and the compressible sole makes 'em kinda lock into my Shimano PD-1050 pedals better than most other sole styles.
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    OK, so I've several pairs of cycling shoes:


    These are what I wear most of the time with toe clips. They have the plastic cleat on the underside to grip the pedal. I recently finally wore out a pair I'd had for centuries and picked up another pair from a forum member the same day I reluctantly retired my old ones. They look ratty but should last a good long time.


    Although these are vintage racing shoes, I used them for touring - using clips but without cleats. Nice slick soles are great to slide in, but hell to walk on polished wood flooring!


    My "new" Carnac touring shoes. Still getting broken in and pretty tight around the toe box, side to side, but I think will loosen up nicely with use. I can tour and walk in them.


    OK, so I don't actually use 'em, but they are so cool looking and have never been used. I love the beautiful polished wood soles.


    And yes, there are days when I ride a bike with clipless pedals (Speedplays).
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    Cheap sneakers in summer, leather oxfords in winter.

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