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View Poll Results: Do you use work shoes or something else?
I use the same shoes for commuting and work without making any change 38 25.00%
I commute in athletic shoes and change into work shoes 27 17.76%
I use mountain bike shoes with "clipless" pedals 64 42.11%
I use road bike shoes with "clipless" pedals 15 9.87%
I found another solution, please see my post 8 5.26%
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Old 11-02-08, 04:50 PM   #1
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Do you use work shoes or something else?

Do you use work shoes or something else when you commute on your bike?
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Old 11-02-08, 05:10 PM   #2
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i use sneakers, puma, and toe clips. i'm a dance teacher and a fitness coach, so i can just lock up my bike and work. i've been thinking alot about mtb shoes+clipless. i won't be able to dance in them. but i'm use to bringing extra shoes and changing them for a dance floor anyways.
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Old 11-02-08, 05:12 PM   #3
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I use toe clips and wear bmx shoes - similar to the new mtb type shoe. Flat sole with grooves across it. No cleat system at all. A bit of support but not the dead stiff racing type shoe. Ventilation areas (breathable material, not holes). A fancy cover for the laces so they don't go getting tangled up in stuff. You can walk in them all day. I commute 11km to uni, spend the day at uni or in the office at work, then ride home again. They proved very good in pouring rain too ... well, as comfortable as you can get with soaked feet.

These shoes are comfortable on the bike. Offer plenty of support - although I haven't done longer rides I'm thinking about putting toe clips on the sportster and using these shoes there. These shoes are also comfortable off the bike - for walking and sitting around.

I've got SPD clipless shoes but found that in this sort of use, the soles wore down very quickly and you were walking on the cleat. They aren't comfortable in the office thanks to the too hard sole. They don't look right either whereas the others do ... sort of.

I'd love to try touring shoes but the industry in this country is very narrow minded and they just aren't available - the shoes I bought were the only ones without cleats that I found in six shops.

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Pretty much every pair of dress shoes that I own live in the closet in work (my aide is constantly complaining about the large collection of shoes). I use mountain bike style shoes for ease of walking the halls in work before I get to change, and stopping at the store on the way home.
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Old 11-02-08, 05:56 PM   #5
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I wear spd sandals I don't like riding without cleats but I want to be able to walk. I have a pair of shoes at work to wear when I get there. but i can walk in the sandals too if needed.
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One of my personal rules for biking is to use the same stuff on and off the bike. I've got three pairs of shoes, and I use two of them on the bike--mostly one of the two--and my sandals when it's warm enough to forgo socks.
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Mountain bike shoes. Sometimes I switch into sneakers when I get to work, but I can just wear the bike shoes at work too, if I'm riding out somewhere for lunch I will just put them back on after my shower.
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Old 11-02-08, 06:33 PM   #8
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with my bent I don't have to change clothes but I got to have my cleats so the sandals are great I can wear them year around with different socks walk a lot if needed but they are easy to change too.
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I've tried clipless pedals, and they're not bad for for touring and long rec rides on MUPs, but I don't like them for riding in town, because of all the stops & starts, some of which are on steep hills. They're just too much of a pain in traffic. It's much easier and almost as effective to just use those big, wide, BMX-style pedals with little metal studs and whatever shoes you happen to have on. I usually wear waterproof walking shoes on my ride to work, and then continue wearing them at work, because I'm on my feet all day and they're really comfortable. (I'm a teacher.)
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For years I used New Balance black shoes for cycling and work. this year a policy change and we have to use footwear that extends above the ankle. Safety? I can't afford fancy biking shoes so I still ride to and form in the old NB shoes and change to knee-high rubber boots at work. Toe-clips and platforms.
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I've always used clipless with road shoes, and then changed to regular shoes when I get to work. I leave a pair of shoes under my desk.

My new bike (see signature) has toe clips. I've never used toe clips and I find them very hard to use. I'll be practicing.
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I've tried clipless pedals, and they're not bad for for touring and long rec rides on MUPs, but I don't like them for riding in town, because of all the stops & starts, some of which are on steep hills. They're just too much of a pain in traffic. It's much easier and almost as effective to just use those big, wide, BMX-style pedals with little metal studs and whatever shoes you happen to have on. I usually wear waterproof walking shoes on my ride to work, and then continue wearing them at work, because I'm on my feet all day and they're really comfortable. (I'm a teacher.)
it depends on the pedals and shoes and your skill. I use shimano spds and all I do is step on the pedal and I am in so it is not a big deal going in and out a lot. I am far more secure with them and no issues of my feet slipping off the pedals and more efficient peddling.
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^ I've never had my feet slip off the pedals while wearing shoes and platforms.
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I am extremely picky when it comes to shoes. I use platforms and currently some New Balance sneakers. Going to try and find some hiking/trail shoes for winter.
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^ I've never had my feet slip off the pedals while wearing shoes and platforms.
I have and it causes problems. it can be hard on your shins and other parts. I put a lot of power on the cranks when I start.
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I have SPD road shoes, MTB shoes, boots, and sandals. I have Look road shoes, and Look boots. I also have road shoes with special slotted cleats for the track clip&strap pedals on my Paramount.
I keep two pair of dress shoes in my office.
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I wear black New Balance walking shoes. They're comfy enough to ride in and also comply with my company's dress code.
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I use lightly lugged Lake mtb shoes with platforms and Power Grips. I'm not quite ready to invest in clipless yet, and having the nice stiff sole with the Power Grips is a nice compromise. My everyday/work shoes have a very soft sole and made my feet sore under hard pedaling.

I change into different shoes at work, though I really want to buy another pair of shoes for work that I can leave there. The shoes themselves weigh as much as a liter of water, which is nothing to scoff at.
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I'm part of the small percentage who commute while wearing clipless road shoes. I work behind a supermarket deli counter, and I have to wear slip resistant footwear. My case, it's a pair of black clodhoppers from Wal-Mart. I carry them with me in a backpack, and change into them in the parking lot. I'm not into wearing tights- today I wore jeans.
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i've been commuting in the same pair of shimano touring shoes (SPD) for the last 10 years... really. i've replaced the cleats a couple of times, and that's it. i wear them on the bike, and then change into "work shoes" when i get to my office. in the winter, i wear neoprene over-shoes over them---still toasty and warm.

plus, if i need to, the touring shoes allow me to walk without much hassle, kind of like a sneaker with a piece of gravel stuck in the front.
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I voted clipless road bike shoes, since I commute 16 miles each way. I keep my shoes at work, in the gym locker I rent.
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Mountain bikes shoes cuz I need to be able to walk in them a block or two with out looking like a stuck-chicken butt.
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^ I've never had my feet slip off the pedals while wearing shoes and platforms.
You must not be pedaling that hard
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You must not be pedaling that hard
...or ever ride in the rain.
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Depends on the bike. Which depends on my mood.
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