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Old 09-26-12, 07:21 PM   #1
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Cleatless cycling shoes

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I'm trying to find some good options for some cleatless cycling shoes, mainly because I prefer toe cages right now. I currently use any pair of converse allstars that I have laying around. Maybe any of you have some better suggestions? I wear a 14/15 in US size.

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Old 09-26-12, 07:29 PM   #2
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Consider getting Mountain Bike shoes. They come with a cover over the cleat screw holes and you'll always have the option of going clipless in the future if you want.
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Old 09-26-12, 07:58 PM   #3
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I just wear my running shoes. Then when I need to, Ummmm Cross train. The push up the hill is at least easy on the feet.

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Old 09-26-12, 08:01 PM   #4
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Consider getting Mountain Bike shoes. They come with a cover over the cleat screw holes and you'll always have the option of going clipless in the future if you want.
You can also get Shimano BMX shoes which are styled more like sneakers or Keen leather cycling shoes that are somewhat more formal.

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Old 09-26-12, 08:29 PM   #5
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I've gone the 'opposite' way myself. After 3 different styles of shoes and cleats over the years, and sunk $500+ into clipless....no more. Every last one of them gave me hot spots and numb toes.

Put some good ol' track or nice platform pedals on all my bikes last year, and wear either Keen sandals or running shoes. Haven't had a single hot spot or numb toe since, and have done some long distance rides of 40+ miles. Not in it to win it, just in it for fun with the family and exercise.....

Thought about the DZR shoes....as they are supposedly a bit stiffer sole, some nice urban looks, and have the cutout if you want to use it.

http://www.dzrshoes.com/

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Old 09-27-12, 03:55 AM   #6
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Stiff soled cross-training shoes.
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Old 09-27-12, 04:54 AM   #7
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My running shoes have never worked well for cycling for a couple of reasons: one, they're made to have a flexible sole, which robs pedaling power, and mine are stability type shoes and the relatively wide heel platform tends to hit the crank arm.

I second the suggestion of a mountain bike shoe without cleats installed.

And by the way, everyone, they're called toe clips, not cages.
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Old 09-27-12, 07:11 AM   #8
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I find hiking shoes to have pretty stiff soles and work well on standard pedals. But as Craig said, you have to watch the width or they might not work with your set up. I use them with pedals that have powergrips. I also have a pair of Keen sandals and they feel about the same.
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Old 09-27-12, 08:15 AM   #9
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Consider getting Mountain Bike shoes. They come with a cover over the cleat screw holes and you'll always have the option of going clipless in the future if you want.
+1. Something like the Shimano MTL33L. I use them for touring since they are pretty good to walk in. And they are made sturdy. They are type of shoe suggested above. You can, but don't have to, use cleats. Just leave the cover on if you don't use clipless pedals.
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I got a pair of these at Shields a few weeks ago for $50. I wore them a lot before I put the cleats in:

http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-SH-MT4...mano+mtb+shoes

Comfortable and easy to walk in.
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OK, I'm not one to change topics, however.....How do you guys feel about cleats vs toe clips in terms of comfort and practicality?
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Sandels or Running Shoes with BMX platform pedals. The springs glue the shoes to the pedals and you can disengage any time you want.
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OK, I'm not one to change topics, however.....How do you guys feel about cleats vs toe clips in terms of comfort and practicality?
My first road bike had toe clips and I hated them so much I didn't ride it for 10 years. I wore cross trainers so that may have been some of my issue, but I found them difficult to get into, out of and they were uncomfortable for long rides. I got a Hybrid this summer and added SPD clipless pedals. Love them so much I got a pair of SPD road pedals for my road bike and have ridden it more the last month than I have for the last 10 years.
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Hello,

I'm trying to find some good options for some cleatless cycling shoes, mainly because I prefer toe cages right now. I currently use any pair of converse allstars that I have laying around. Maybe any of you have some better suggestions? I wear a 14/15 in US size.

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Treat yourself to a new pair of converse, nike, etc. to have a good comfy shoe for walking and riding.

You don't need no stinking overpriced cycling shoe to ride with toe clips!!
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OK, I'm not one to change topics, however.....How do you guys feel about cleats vs toe clips in terms of comfort and practicality?
Cleats are safer, more comfortable, and easier to work with over the course of a long ride, you don't have to cinch them down (while you're moving). Plus you don't wear your regular shoes out more quickly on the bottom and especially on the edge of your pedals.

But if somebody absolutely wants to avoid the clipless system, they'd probably be well-served by a stiff pair of mountain shoes, and by just not putting cleats into them.
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My first road bike had toe clips and I hated them so much I didn't ride it for 10 years. I wore cross trainers so that may have been some of my issue, but I found them difficult to get into, out of and they were uncomfortable for long rides. I got a Hybrid this summer and added SPD clipless pedals. Love them so much I got a pair of SPD road pedals for my road bike and have ridden it more the last month than I have for the last 10 years.
And....I'm exactly the opposite. I outfitted my 2 favorite bikes (a KHS MTB and a Lemond Zurick road bike) in the 90s with SPDs, and shoes, and then onto Speedplays....and quit riding cause of numbness, hot spots, etc. etc. Now back to platforms and regular ol' comfy shoes and toe clips on two tandems (N+4 this year! buying off of CL ). Lost 30+ pounds...and starting to look at what next local century I can start training for!

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Treat yourself to a new pair of converse, nike, etc. to have a good comfy shoe for walking and riding.

You don't need no stinking overpriced cycling shoe to ride with toe clips!!
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Size 14 for me

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Dromarti "Storica". The Bentley Continental GT of cleat-free cycling shoes.
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+1 for MTB shoes with the cleat cover in place. I wear MTB shoes with cleats for all my riding and they are quite comfortable to walk around in at rest stops or anyplace I want to get off the bike for a while. They look like regular athletic shoes, work just like regular shoes on most surfaces, and don't draw any attention. I have dual sided pedals and sometimes ride unclipped on the flat sides and they work great. There are also touring shoes that look a bit more like casual shoes than athletic footwear but still have a walkable sole. Both MTB and touring shoes are stiffer than regular shoes but not as rigid as road cycling shoes. The recessed cleat keeps the whole sole in play when walking. I hate going into a store or cafe walking like a deer on ice and sounding like I'm wearing taps so "real" road shoes are out for me.
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Dromarti "Storica". The Bentley Continental GT of cleat-free cycling shoes.
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Add stiff arch support insoles, to shoes you like..
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I use golf shoes with the spikes removed . Works great .
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I'm having excellent results using a pair of Keen Tryon WP with Ergon PC2 pedals. They keep my feet solidly planted (but not trapped) and dry!
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