I'm current commuting to work - 15 miles round trip with 9+ of those miles on a bike trail with only two stops. The remaining 6 miles are almost all residential without too many stop signs/stop lights. Currently I'm riding a cheap department-store hybrid and will get a road bike in a couple months. I'll use the road bike for commuting but also for group rides and a couple/three/four centuries a year.
So with that said I'm thinking about picking up something like the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek shoes with some SPD pedals now. I'd like to learn to use the clipless on a bike that I'm less concerned with falling down - I figure it'll happen to me since it happens to almost everyone when they learn to ride clipless.
I'm assuming I can comfortably wear the X-Alps for work? If not are there any shoes that can be worn all day for work? My pack is full already with my change of clothes so fitting an extra pair of shoes would be a bit of a problem. I know I could just leave a pair of shoes at work to change into but for some reason I don't want to do that.
Also, I know that people's opinions on clipless are quite varied but does anyone have any concerns or issues about using them on a commute with little traffic and few stops?