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    What Shoes?

    My current pair of commuting shoes are a disgrace. About two years old, they're slipon leather dress shoes with no tread left. The advantage is they go on and off quickly and allow me to get into my proper shoes at work. But otherwise they suck and offer neither support nor traction. The speciality bicycle shoes I've seen are even more bizarre, and for old-fashioned pedals (remember those?) they don't make any sense to me. So what are people wearing?
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    Why not just wear your proper shoes, rather than leaving them at work?

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    For 'normal' shoes on platform pedals I'd look to a decent boot (Danner is the gold standard there) with a steel shank for proper support. Still, have you considered cleats?
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    I cannot reccomend clipless pedals and cleats enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laika
    I cannot reccomend clipless pedals and cleats enough.
    and Shimano sandals
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    Best toe clip shoe I have ever had, and you can walk in them just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laika
    I cannot reccomend clipless pedals and cleats enough.
    1+...with MTB shoes (recessed cleat). Maybe next spring I'll get around to getting some sandals...

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    Skateboard shoes. No unnecessary cushion in the heals. Nice broad sole at the toe. Perfect for platform pedals.

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    Love my Shimano sandles and clipless pedals.

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    Tevas ( which the screen as let go on and the rear tread is missing ) and toe clips why? when it rains no socks lets the water go in and out no squishh light and durable as h3ll

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    I like the Tevas idea, but I'm reluctant to mess with the platform pedals. I need to be able to keep my feet free. Basically I'm just after an easy slip-on shoe with excellent tread for walking on a mix of slick surfaces that will also grip the pedal. What's the point of putting on fancy clipless pedals with cleats for a big slow commuting bike? It's not like I can squeeze more speed out of it. It moves as fast as it moves, and no faster. Plus, it's easy to fall with clipless and falling with a fifty pound steel bike under you is no minor thing. There are some serious ft. lbs. involved in it. Thus my desire to keep my legs free. Also, I use my legs for the frequent stops and starts.

    The skateboard shoes are an interesting idea. I wonder if they make any in 13 wide.

    Danners are great boots, and I have a pair of rain forests with studs. But they take ten minutes to get on and off. For winter, they're going to be my go-to shoes. But for now they're too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulH
    Why not just wear your proper shoes, rather than leaving them at work?

    Paul
    LOL--that's what my current shoes are. That's what happens to my good shoes when I wear them outside the office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post

    Best toe clip shoe I have ever had, and you can walk in them just fine.
    --A
    Wondering if we can re-tread this thread (okay, bad pun) about shoe selection?

    For my metropark bike, I'll be using MKS touring pedals with Power Grips. I have short but very wide feet, and my business shoes are usually 7.5 Wide or 8.0 Wide. Are there good recommendations for platform shoes with Power Grips ... for small wide feet?

    For example, the photo from AllenG looks good, but I'm not sure of their model name or of who makes them? Where can these shoes be looked at, and do they come in wide sizes?

    And on the subject of wide feet, are there particular skateboard shoe vendors that possibly have good selections for use on MKS touring pedals with Power Grips ... that come in size 7.5 Wide?

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    ^^^
    Carnac is the brand, Carlit is the model.
    They are no longer in production (Carnac did a limited run). Google "Carnac Carlit" and you may be able to still find them. They run small, so if you do find them go up 1/2 to one US size. If you get them and find they are a little too big, a Dr. Sholes type insert will help the fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    ^^^
    Carnac is the brand, Carlit is the model.
    They are no longer in production (Carnac did a limited run). Google "Carnac Carlit" and you may be able to still find them. They run small, so if you do find them go up 1/2 to one US size. If you get them and find they are a little too big, a Dr. Sholes type insert will help the fit.
    Thanks. Apparently the Carlit are long since gone, and actually not recommended for wide feet. The one pair of touring shoes I have (given to me) are an old style of Cannondale touring shoes, with thin grooves on the sole like I see on the picture of your Carlit shoes. So, a final question is: Are there any sites where you can still order old style touring shoes, that were probably the style in the 80's and early 90's? Those old style, lightweight, stiff-sole touring shoes really rock, but I can't find them anywhere.

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    I wear Specialized Carbon Comp road shoes with LOOK Carbon KEO pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeakywheel View Post
    Skateboard shoes. No unnecessary cushion in the heals. Nice broad sole at the toe. Perfect for platform pedals.
    You got it right squeaky. I like Hurley denim canvas skate sneakers with platform pedals, but plenty of other good ones out there. If the pedal is "platform size", it keeps the foot from bending back too much, don't need a super stiff shoe.

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    I wear a pair of Keen sandals in the summer. The big toe bumper thing can be a bit of a pain to get into the toe-clips and they tend to make my feet a little sweaty but they are the only sandals that have toe protection. At least you can wash them when they get too stinky.

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    I wear these


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    I wair a pair of these:


    I wear them for work, too, because nobody cares about the dress code really.

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    I wear a pair of 661 Launch Taki Shoes with my MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals & Zefal Mini Toe Clips, works like a charm. The shoes have a small pocket area on the upper part of the tongue to stuff the shoe laces into. I keep them laced & just slip them on making sure to to re-tuck the laces.


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    The SixSixOne's are good, and I ordered a pair of Size 41 (8 U.S.) Descent Taki through the internet. Great biking shoes, but too narrow for someone that needs to wear EEE-width .... If my feet were any wider, I would be quacking like a duck. At the risk of looking like a Fred on his way to the bowling alley ... I ordered the following shoes from Rockport. They are EE-width, but I now know that they feel as wide as EEE as other brands. This is Rockport's Size 7.5-EE, Coleshill-model, made of leather but fairly lightweight for casual shoes. I got them because they are fairly flat and appears like the sole will anchor in pretty good with MKS pedals and Power Grips. The Rockport Coleshill Size 7.5-EE fit great and will be comfortable for riding and walking around the Michigan metroparks.


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