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Old 12-04-06, 05:58 PM   #1
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what kinda spd shoes do y'all wear?

i loved my 661 launch spd's, but they literally fell a part in a rather short period of time, imo. possibly due to rides thru floods, but still. anyone got any info on something that is tantalizingly cheep, epically durable, or (gasp!), both?
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Old 12-04-06, 06:06 PM   #2
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Ummm...SixSixOne Launch SPDs. Only problem I've had is I bought them a size too large and the inside cushion behind the heel/achilles has fallen apart.
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Old 12-04-06, 06:10 PM   #3
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Pearl Izumi Vagabonds. I got them cheap at Copeland's last winter and they've been very reliable so far.

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I have a pair of Specialized BG shoes (comp I think). They have been great so far.
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Old school Nike Ngumba's
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for commuting / road I wanted spd's so I could walk in them, but I wanted stiffness because, well, road shoes are supposed to be stiff.. but I have to be able to walk into my office building without looking like a complete moron too... so I wanted a shoe I could walk in.

I ended up with the '07 Nike Medora - very stiff sole, and they built up the heel and rounded off the walking tread so you can still walk comfortably even with a solid sole.

Of all the spd shoes I tried on (a subset of the market to be sure), they were both the stiffest, AND easiest to walk in. An unlikely combination.
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Shimano MTB shoes
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Sidis - Bullet and Dominator 5. Not cheap, but very durable.
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Old 12-04-06, 07:55 PM   #9
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-Sidi Dominator 5 for summer

-Exustar E-SM450 Cold Weather Shoes, But I have limited use with them.

-Currently using Merrell Thermo Path Finders with DH Platform Pedals. Not SPD, but allows me to get my foot down ASAP in deep snow and slippery conditions.

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I think they're Shimano M120's (not sure of the exact number). They've been through countless rainstorms where I could literally pour water from my shoe after taking them off. I think I have around 6000 or so miles of mostly commuting but some offroad riding with them. No signs of falling apart anywhere. The only thing I don't like is that the tread is too shallow and my cleats scrape the ground. That's far from a good enough reason to replace them though. I figure I'll eventually rip a strap off or something then I'll buy new ones. I paid $75 about 2 years ago.
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Old 12-04-06, 09:04 PM   #11
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I love my Shimano SPD sandles. I wear them year round here in CA. Wool socks in the winter.
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Primary shoes are some really old-school Didadora's. Lots of mesh and laces.

Bought some Sidi Dominator 5's to replace the diadora's, but the old shoes are holding up so well I haven't even put cleats on the sidi's yet.

Still searching for a winter boot that offers some true warmth in my size (48). I hear the Sidi shoes aren't really warm, and not sure about Lake sizing (running small, and they only make a 48 and a 50... no 49?).

Also have another pair of identical Diadoras and a pair of Pearl Izumi's that are spinning shoes, although I haven't been to a class in months now.
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I have a pair of cheapie Shimano mtb shoes, a pair of Shimano sandals, a pair of Answer Kashmir boots and I just ordered a pair of Diadora Igwanas that Nashbar had for like 35 bucks (before the discount).
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Still searching for a winter boot that offers some true warmth in my size (48). I hear the Sidi shoes aren't really warm, and not sure about Lake sizing (running small, and they only make a 48 and a 50... no 49?).
I like the Answer Kashmir boots I got earlier this year...the 48s are much comfier on my size 13 wide feet than the Lakes, and have kept me plenty warm so far. 13F this morning, only a pair of smartwool socks and the boots on my feet. I've seen em on sale for less than 70 bucks lately.
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Old 12-04-06, 09:35 PM   #15
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I have these Diadora bike-cop shoes, for winter. I bought them too big to accommodate wool socks, but they're still too big. But for big, dorky boots, they fit nicely and they seem quite warm. No real complaints. (Except this just reminded me to cut out some more of the tread! I fell last time I wore them from getting snagged!) These things are on sale at Performance for $40 or something.

I also have a pair of Adidas Hammers, which are my size, but they're pretty narrow. My toes tend to fall asleep in them.

Does anyone think it would be possible to compile a list of shoe manufacturers and how they generally fit? (As in: Adidas run narrow, Lake's tend to be a size too small, that kind of thing.) Many of us buy shoes online and can't always try things on at the LBS. (My LBS doesn't even stock 46's and higher, generally....)

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Answer mountain bike shoes. I've been commuting and walking in the current pair for over two years.
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Specialized Road Comp shoes seem to fit my feet well and I don't have problems riding 100 miles at a time in them. I've tried Sidi but they just don't fit my feet as well.

I use LOOK Carbon KEO pedals on both my road bikes which also serve commuting duty on and off throughout the year.
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I love the Shimano sandles. I also have Shimano M021's. And I have a pair of Sidi road shoes but haven't worn them all summer. I still have this image in my head from a picture at the scene of Sydney's accident showing a lone bike shoe on the pavement ..that looked just like mine. Sorry if that creeps anybody out.
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Shimano Sandals. Quite durable. 13k miles and I got a new pair as the velcro on one strap stopped working. That is quite easy to repair and I will.
Warm with wool and/or water proof socks. You can fit multiple pairs of socks to match the weather.
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Sometimes, if you get a pair big enough. I already wear 48s - one pair of wool socks and sealskins is the best I can do...luckily thats good enough for most conditions.
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