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    Comfy Shoes

    I ride my roadie to work when weather is nice out but I carry a change of shoes since my SPD footwear isn't really comfortable for walking around the office, plus, they're stiff so kinda loud to clomp around.

    So, thinking I could get a new pair of more street-worthy SPD-compat. shoes and just wear them all day. Office dress code is casual, so just need a pair of comfortable shoes that I can ride a few miles and then walk around in.

    Anyone have recommendation for such?

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    I looked for the same thing in the past but didn't find anything affordable that would suit me so I have a pair of dress shoe that I keep at work and I ride with another pair of shoe. Good luck with your search.
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    There is this but, as i said, nothing affordable.http://www.dromarti.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
    There is this but, as i said, nothing affordable.http://www.dromarti.com/
    Those look pretty nice, but even a little too formal-ish for my workplace (I wear jeans to work, typically). Never a slave to fashion, I'm looking for comfort (and quiet - most of the "casual" MTB shoes are still pretty stiff, and have loud footsteps - or maybe I need to lose some weight

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    The office I work in is fairly casual and I do a lot of walking throughout the day so I just wear a pair of Asic's onitsuka tigers. They're relatively stiff enough for a decent ride and they're comfy for tromping around in at work. Plus, they're cheap. That being said, I usually only commute about 5 miles but I've worn them on rides up to 25 miles and have zero complaints. Did I mention, they're cheap? That's a big selling point in my book

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    http://www.rei.com/search?cat=4500108&cat=4500790&jxSPD%20compatible=SPD+compatible&jxPrice=100^124.99&hist=cat%2C45001 08%3ACycling+Footwear^jxSPD+compatible%2CSPD+compatible^cat%2C4500790%3AMen%27s+Mountain+Bike+Shoes^ jxPrice%2C100~124.99&range=jxPrice

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    Chrome and DZR have a number of casual SPD compatible shoes. Most major cycling shoes companies also make reasonably casual versions too, though some may still be too sporty for you. Keen has SPD versions of their sandals and a pair of laced shoes. I have not worn any of these particular brands though, so I can only reference reviews for how comfortable they are.

    http://www.chromebagsstore.com/shoes.html
    http://www.dzrshoes.com/shoes
    http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/wall/shoes/men/pedal

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    I ride with a pair of Specialized Tahoes. They are comfy, quiet unless I step on a rock or something and get to the cleat, and fairly casual (not as much as the Chrome Kursk Pro, but for me casual enough that I don't feel totally out of place off the bike with them.)

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    If you have a bike shop nearby, I would suggest trying out some more mtb shoes. I have a pair of Shimano MT40 shoes (http://goo.gl/H5Nt1) and they're pretty comfortable for walking around in. However, as I walk a lot at work I have returned to using platform pedals with my regular walking / athletic shoes. This is much more breathable, I can wear whatever kind of footwear I'm going to have on the rest of the day, and I don't need to carry an extra pair of shoes with the rest of my daily gear. Outside of that, have you thought about going with toe clips?
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    I tried a couple of different SPD shoes in hopes of finding good support and good walkability. A few hundred bucks later, I still hadn't found it and didn't care to spend any more. Back to platforms (any shoes I want, from formal to flip-flops).

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    I just bought a pair of DZR Minna. http://www.dzrshoes.com/minna I got them last friday and so have only been using them for a little bit. So far I like them a lot. They are stiff but comfy. I have a 30mileRT commute and have no problem with them. They are also my first clipless setup.


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    All SPD shoes will have a stiff sole to accommodate for pedaling. In my experience, the sneakers such as Chrome's Kursk Pro's are aesthetically more pleasing, but no more or less comfortable than a pair of cycling specific shoes (think MTB SPD shoes). Cycling and walking, when it comes to footwear are simply not conducive, if either one is going to be predominant for a long period of time. Some non-SPD shoes have found a nice in between, but no SPD shoes that I know of.

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    With my comfy shoes I push platform pedals.. Ergon my new favorite.

    Cannot judge shoe fit over the net .. they aint my feet..
    try some on, in person, at your local Bike shop.

    I say find insoles that work for you first,
    then bring them with you for the trial fitting..

    Brands ?, Italian SiDi have abundant widths and sizes..

    Nothing wrong with changing shoes, your cleats last longer that way..
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    +1 on Tahoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye View Post
    I ride with a pair of Specialized Tahoes. They are comfy, quiet unless I step on a rock or something and get to the cleat, and fairly casual...
    . I love my Tahoes. Wide toe box. Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoody View Post
    Outside of that, have you thought about going with toe clips?
    Everyone, thanks for input, of course, I'll go over to the LBSes and Performance and REI and all the other stores and try some on, but was looking for suggestions on ones that folks have worn for a while.

    Question above: Yes, I have straps on my regular commuter that I just ride with any shoes. But, I have a pair of stiff SPD shoes that I share between mountain bike and road bike. Occasionally, I like to jump on the roadie (my favorite one) to get to work, but the shoes aren't good for walking, so I'm trying to find lazy way to do this without swapping pedals.

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    Update on my DZR's. Yesterday I rode 30milesRT to and from work and walked about 1.2miles to lunch and back all in the same shoe. No problems. Comfortable, easy to walk in, no clicking from SPD cleats.

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    I'm looking also for something like this for my newly acquired GT series 3 road bike. I think I've settled on A530 pedals to replace the toe strap pedals it came with.

    I was thinking for walking + riding
    Shimano SH-MT43-G
    http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-2012-M.../dp/B005XWX4H6
    Shimano SH-MT23
    http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-2012-M...9214640&sr=1-1
    or
    Shimano M087-G
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2RCT8MB1RT96V


    What do you guys think of these? Anyone tried them?


    I'm thinking maybe I just want something I can walk briefly in and just bring shoes with me. Is it really that much weight to throw a bag on with some shoes? I've not tried that yet myself. Biker for um 2 days now
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    IMO, keep a spare pair at work. A pair of comfy sneakers at work and a dedicated pair of road shoes definitely beats a hybrid "walkable" SPD shoe in both price and performance.

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    I keep two pair of street shoes - one black, one brown - at my desk. I wear Keen bike sandals during the ride and the 1/2 mile walk from showers to desk. Saves wear and tear on my expensive bike footwear and is a little more business-appropriate even with blue jeans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkfrench View Post
    I keep two pair of street shoes - one black, one brown - at my desk. I wear Keen bike sandals during the ride and the 1/2 mile walk from showers to desk. Saves wear and tear on my expensive bike footwear and is a little more business-appropriate even with blue jeans.
    Ditto this, although with sneakers instead of bike footwear. If you don't mind walking to the desk in whatever - say an executive who has to keep up an image - it saves all the trouble.

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    I second, (or is it third by now), the DZRs. I have the Midnight and they fit and work well. I use them with Shimano M324 pedals. The only issue I can see is that I had to put the cleats as far to the inside as they would go to keep the shoe from rubbing on the crank.
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    Just ordered a pair of DZR Mamba X shoes. I'll post some pics when they show up. Now I've just got to learn how to ride clipped in

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivan_yulaev View Post
    IMO, keep a spare pair at work. A pair of comfy sneakers at work and a dedicated pair of road shoes definitely beats a hybrid "walkable" SPD shoe in both price and performance.
    +1

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    I am a big fan of my Keen Austin's. Expensive?- I guess that's relative. Given that I wear them pretty much everyday in all kinds of weather and they have lasted beautifully, and I'm tough on shoes, I'd say they're a good deal, if you see them as an investment over time.

    I find myself wearing them even if I'm not cycling. They look great and are comfortable when walking. After searching for years I've found my favorite cycling shoe. I use them as my everyday commuting shoe and have been using them on long tours and rides where I might do a bit of walking/hiking.

    http://www.rei.com/search?query=Keen+austin

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