I've been riding more and thinking about what next to add to my utility / commuting bike. I need to purchase a new pair of shoes as my venerable Brooks ASR trail runners are finally starting to show some wear. I don't really run on trails anymore because I'd rather ride my bike more often. So, instead of buying a new pair $150 ASR running shoes I find my market for new biking shoes and pedals. I'd like to stay in the sub $200 range.
Since I'm using these as a commuter / utility shoe, I need to be able to walk in them. They are also going to get wet in the rain, snowed on in the winter, and otherwise deal with all weather conditions. So far, it seems like SPD mountain biking shoes and pedals are good bet.
I was wondering if
1) I'm on the right track with SPD, and
2) Y'all have any particular favorites you might recommend.