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    well im new to this and i just where my Fila cross trainers with my custom fit orthotics that i had made last year by my podiatrist after surgery for planters fasciitis on both feet.should i be wearing something else?

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    I use oldstyle toe clips and straps, and I wear indoor soccer shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtom View Post
    well im new to this and i just where my Fila cross trainers with my custom fit orthotics that i had made last year by my podiatrist after surgery for planters fasciitis on both feet.should i be wearing something else?
    Eventually, depending on how much you ride, you will start to be interested in clipless pedals/shoes--they are more efficient and make pedaling distances or faster much easier...
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    Quote Originally Posted by magohn View Post
    I went clipless last year after somebody posted on the forums that REI had mistakenly put on clearance "Shimano R160 Road Bike Shoes - Women's - '08 Closeout". Turns out not many women have a size 13 foot. The store had listed the mens shoes and so I snapped them up for $50. The shoes are so comfortable and so light (carbon soles) that if I eve need a new pair I would be tempted to spend the retail cost of $250. I love these shoes:

    I say you were real lucky that you got them. 250.00? They look real pretty.


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    I wear my normal gym shoes.
    You find it stiff enough? I feel like my feet are swimming into the pedals. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by funrover View Post
    So far I have had good luck with 3 brands: Teva, Merrill(sp) and my favorite Keen
    Keen seems to be a popular brand...I'll have to check that out.....and those other . ;0

    Quote Originally Posted by JacktheFlash View Post
    I like skate board shoes like Vans. My New Balance seem to have a failrly stiff sole and I like them too.
    Are skate board shoes stiff? I actually like Van sneakers but I only bought a couple of slip on pairs . Very comfy. I probably bought the wrong ones for biking. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by she View Post
    I tried search and can't find anything. Maybe I'm not putting the right keywords?
    I don't use clipless and yes I don't wear bike shorts (but planning to wear underneath my pants) I know I need stiffer sneakers or shoes. My payless sneakers aren't cutting it.
    So what do you wear and /or suggest? Any input please.....
    I use Shimano BMX shoes (current incarnation here http://www.bicyclehero.com/us/shimano-sh-mp66w-bmx-mountain-bike-shoes-white-44.html) with 2-hole cleats (currently Bebop), although you could just pass on removing the plug in the sole and ride them on platform pedals.

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    Another vote for 2-sided SPD pedals. I also like to have mountain bike shoes that have rubber in the arch. Most have a slick nylon or fiberglass arch, that is really easy to slip off of at a traffic intersection. Slipping off is dangerous. I've seen people wreck that way numerous times.

    You can push through the intersection with the rubber arches without being clipped in. Saves me lots of worry at busy intersections.

    I also have an old stiff front-fork mountain bike that I use as a commuter with old fashioned toe clips. That works fine for carrying groceries and such, but I can't pull up on the toe clips as hard on hills as I can with SPD pedals.
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    I wear Sidi mountian bike shoes and use Shimano M324 SPD pedals.

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    I brought my bike in for the derraileurs to be adjusted yesterday. While I was waiting I found these Keen bike sandles, ordinarily in the $100-$115 range:


    They were on sale for $89, one pair, my size. I waffled and didn't buy and regretted later because they were a perfect fit. I went online and found the exact same shoes on Amazon for $69. I ordinarily would have supported my LBS but I couldn't pass up this deal.

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    I just wear regular ole Nike tennis shoes. No clips on the pedals or anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    I brought my bike in for the derraileurs to be adjusted yesterday. While I was waiting I found these Keen bike sandles, ordinarily in the $100-$115 range:
    I have a pair of of Keen bike sandals for SPD. In the summer, I wear them on bike rides to a couple of beaches that have lots of rocks on the ground, where you can swim, but your feet need protection.
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    Goldfinch- 69 bucks is the cheapest I've ever seen Keen's. Thanks for the link, I ordered a pair. Stouts is a site to keep an eye on that carries Keens too. I have found that the even the biggest sites don't have every color and size variations at all times. Do you think the better the deal the less likely you are to find exacctly what you want?
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    I like these, sole is stiff and they don't slip, plus, easy to stop and get the
    rocks out.

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    Keen Sandals, rain or shine, stiff and dry out well.

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    Shimano mountain bike shoes with SPD cleats.

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    Bought them this year and since they are an older model I only paid $100 for them at my LBS. I also use SPD-SL pedals with them.

    Next to switching to bibs these are the most comfortable addition to my cycling gear.
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    Brahma low cut boots from Wal-mart. A couple of the styles are very light, and have stiff soles; and less than $30-

    My commute is 12 miles each way, the Brahmas are comfortable for the ride and all day at work (office).

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    I am a fan of Sidi shoes but understand they are expensive. I recently bought a pair of Pearl Izumi MTB shoes at REI. They were on sale - I think around $70. Although I've added a cleat, I can see where these shoes would work great without one (I use the same pedal system - Time - on my MTB and road bikes - just different style platforms). The shoes are stiff enough to be supportive but comfortable for walking around. I highly recommend them (as I see others have as well).

    One word of Sidi's... yes I know they cost just south of $300 but most comfortable shoes ever and they last. I beat my MTB shoes up terribly and am still using a pair I bought a number of seasons ago. I can't say the Sidi's are the most comfortable walking around shoes (even though I buy the Dominators with an MTB sole) which is why I bought the PI for longer,more difficult rides where i know i have to walk.

    I am a firm believer in using the right equipment for the task. For instance, cycling shorts... nothing beats them for comfort and function. Cycling shoes same thing. The investment in good stuff is worth it.
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    Adidas road shoes (closeout, cheap at local bike shop) + Speedplay pedals (new for 2011, formerly Time pedals)

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    For my commute (20-34 miles round trip, depending on how I feel), plain old sneakers with wide bmx style pedals work fine for me.

    For longer rides, I'm currently using shimano "multi-use touring shoes" and dual sided spd mountain pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dygituljunky View Post
    Shimano mountain bike shoes with SPD cleats.
    Ditto - I've had my first (and cheapest) pair for over four years. Ride MTN bike mostly on streets or MUP, somtimes on real mountain bike trails.
    Soaked by rain numerous times. Still working fine. Went to cleats to keep the foot on the pedal.

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    I mostly wear Speedo's version of the aquasock which has almost zero padding for better foot/pedal transfer and keeps my feet dry if I have to cross a stream. In the summer I sometimes ride wearing my rope sandals: I have a pair from Nomadic State of Mind, but there are several similar manufacturers. Again, little padding for less squishiness.

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    I wear these everyday with slacks for work. I get home and change into my baggies and t-shirt and then put these back on. I am crazy about them Very stiff, look good and extremely comfortable.

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    That said, the more serious mtn bikers I have been around swear by these. I am surprised no one has mentioned these yet.

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    This summer I am wearing my regular Keen sandals. They're not bike sandals but they seem rigid enougn. In the winter I wear my Shimano mountain bike shoes.
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    I've been happiest with the Chrome shoes I bought last fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc_ View Post
    For my commute (20-34 miles round trip, depending on how I feel), plain old sneakers with wide bmx style pedals work fine for me.

    For longer rides, I'm currently using shimano "multi-use touring shoes" and dual sided spd mountain pedals.

    I have an older version of this shoe with Speedplay Frog cleats. The shoes have been great. Comfortable and easy to walk around in should the need arise.

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