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Old 01-28-06, 07:31 AM   #1
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SPD Shoes you can actually walk in

Know of any? I really love clipless pedals. In addition to starting to commute to work (other threads on the forum) I am going to start using my bike for some basic errands. I am kinda out in the country, but I am lucky enough to have a small shopping center about 2 miles away (grocery store, rite aid, arby's, hallmark store. local pizza joint.)

I have a pair of Shimano shoes, kinda mtn bike I guess (definitely not traditional road shoes). They have a tread and work fine on the trail. But the sole isn't quite deep enough to keep the cleat from clicking on the ground on hard surfaces.

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Old 01-28-06, 07:38 AM   #2
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I got and have been using a Shimano MT038 since Christmas. I've gotten some miles on them now and some walking and they are great. My wife liked them so much she got some too. It looks like they are replaced by the MT40 on Shimano's website. We got ours at REI and they were on clearance when we got my wifes. You might be able to find some.

I haven't had any hotspots yet and they are comfortable enough for me to walk around campus when I ride to school. They seem to be a great shoe for commuting and running errands. They even do well on my 18 mile trip to work.

Here's a picture of the MT40 I found on Shimano's website.
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Old 01-28-06, 07:44 AM   #3
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They look almost the same as mine.

Is the tread deep enough to protect the cleat while walking on sidewalks etc? Mine make me sound like a tap dancer.

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They don't click or anything on me. I'm using eggbeater pedals and cleats though. Possibly the eggbeater cleat is a bit shallower than a true SPD. I thought they were pretty similar though. Possibly its because they are brand new. They may start to click after some of the tread wears down but only time will tell that. If you have a good LBS they should let you install a cleat to the shoe and test it out. REI has a great return policy so I just bought them without testing first and they have turned out good so far.
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I use Shimano MO-040s. I've actually forgotten I have them on and walked around with them for a few hours before. I paid about $40 at Performance. They're probably a bit lightweight for actual offroad use, but for commuting & walking around in stores, they're great.
Looks like they've been replaced by the MO-021 - it looks exactly like my 040's
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Shimano MT038
I can't find those, but think you might mean the M-038? Anyway, they look much like the ones you pictured. I've had them for years and they are awesome!
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I can't find those, but think you might mean the M-038? Anyway, they look much like the ones you pictured. I've had them for years and they are awesome!
Yea thats them. I found this pic on REI's website of the womens model which is brown while the men's is more gray.

Do your cleats hit the ground after several years of use or is there still enough tread to keep them from hitting?

Here's the women's M-038.
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Do your cleats hit the ground after several years of use or is there still enough tread to keep them from hitting?
I still have no problem. Have had them 3 years now, but admittedly more biking than walking.
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I still have no problem. Have had them 3 years now, but admittedly more biking than walking.
I just checked, and mine are the earlier M037 model, as shown:
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I've got the Shimano MT-50G:

They are very nice. I got them from REI a few months ago for 50% off. They are easy to walk in, and have enough grip that I don't worry about sliding in the snow. They are too heavy for true off-roading or touring, but they are ideal for commuting.
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Why sh!mano? I hear they are pretty good shoes, but so are the Adidas ones, and they look waaaaaay better. I use the Syncline, which I is great but I think it is no longer in production, but then there's the Minnret that many people love and the El Moro looks real classy too. Can't go wrong with Adidas, I say.

Edit: I have to admit, that new MT-40 is purty
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I use Shimano MO-040s. I've actually forgotten I have them on and walked around with them for a few hours before. I paid about $40 at Performance. They're probably a bit lightweight for actual offroad use, but for commuting & walking around in stores, they're great.
Looks like they've been replaced by the MO-021 - it looks exactly like my 040's
These are the ones I have^ (MO-021) I'd recommend them for commuting/running errands too. Does anyone have a word on Cannondale shoes? Like the MC610

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i'm a huge fan of six six one's launch shoes. they are comfy to walk in and they are quite warm for winter riding...i commute with them, run around town. Ii have the 2004 version. price point has good prices on the 2004. the link: http://www.pricepoint.com/thumb/1-Cl...ntain-True.htm
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These are the ones I have^ (MO-021) I'd recommend them for commuting/running errands too.
I've got the 021's and have just put the cleats on them. Could be the cheap pedals/cleats I have, but they do click occasionally as I walk, though not too loudly and I think if I put the foot down heel-first and roll that it would be unnoticeable. Actually, I thought it was cool that I free pair of tap-shoes with every set of pedals! Gotta dance! Gotta dance! ('cept I don't know how ...)
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I'm still wearing Cannondale slip on clog shoes that they no longer make. I should have bought three pairs because I figured they'd stop making them. They're great and they don't look like I'm about to hike everest or ride the TDF.
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I have Cannondale Roam shoes, they work really well. I've worn them all day at the office before without any comfort issues. In fact after a while I forgot I was in clipless shoes!
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Why sh!mano?
Oh on my part it was just what was easily available. The store also had some ugly Scott commuting shoes. All the other shoes were hard-shell racing shoes and/or in horrid colours that I would only wear in the backwoods far from people That said, I had another pair of Shimanos before my current M037s and they were also awesome, so I was not unhappy to buy Shimano again.
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I have the shimano MO-021's and they definitely click on the sidewalk with my cleats. However, they don't seem to click on any interior surfaces (including some brick flooring at my office) and they don't mar my hardwood floors, so I can still wear them at work and at home. Overall I'm very happy with them.
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The Specialized Taho is OK for walking, but you still get noise from the plate on hard or gritty surfaces.
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The Specialized Taho is OK for walking, but you still get noise from the plate on hard or gritty surfaces.
I've got the Tahoes as well; I haven't really noticed any problem on hard surfaces.
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I've got, among the pile, a pair of Cannondale Roams

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226

and the C'dale clogs, which are great for slipping into and taking off.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...71926?v=glance


You don't say which clipless system you are using. I use the Crank Brothers systems, don't really have problems with the cleats contacting the ground.
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Sorry, I forgot that SPD is both a brand "as in shimano SPD pedals and clips" as well as SPD compatible. I use Shimano SPD pedals and clips.

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I've been wanting some Shimano Sandals for a while. I finally broke down and ordered some this weekend. I guess they're putting out the new model and lots of places were having close out sales for the old model. I got a pretty good deal (about $25 off). The tricky part was finding somewhere that had my size.
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Nike Kato III lace up works for me. I'm sitting at my office desk at the university with them on now, may change, may not, they are very comfortable. They have good arch support, are not expensive, and seem to be made on a last that seems more narrow than that used by some of the competition. I commute in them daily (rainy days notwithstanding) and do 25-30 mile weekend rides. I like the lace-ups(there is a elastic strap for securing the laces) in that on really cold days (teens, 20's), I can open them up a bit and be comfortable with my 3 layers of socks - light nylon, light wool, heavy wool.

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I've been wanting some Shimano Sandals for a while. I finally broke down and ordered some this weekend. I guess they're putting out the new model and lots of places were having close out sales for the old model. I got a pretty good deal (about $25 off). The tricky part was finding somewhere that had my size.
My sandals get way more pedal time than my shoes.
And, they are just about the comfiest darn sandal, even without clips
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