Velorazzo frame w/ Tiagra grouppo & Alex DA-22 ---- Mercier Kilo TT (fixie commuter)---- '01 Specialized Hard Rock Sport (Beater!!)
need advice on clipless shoes....
Alright, well right now I'm not commuting too far, but in a couple of months I'm jumping from 6mi to around 25 miles. I'm going to use that time to switch my commuter over to clipless, and I have a pair of crank brother candy pedals on the way. I didn't go with road pedals cause my commuter is fixed, and a one sided pedal seemed like it would be asking for trouble. That and I've never seen casual looking road shoes.
Anyways, my question is this. For those that commute in clipless shoes, what's a good model that's casual (looks like a normal shoe, not something that looks like you have a strap fetish) that's SPD compatible, but most importantly is comfortable to walk in?
I've found so far the Pearl Izumi Groove and the Lake MX-60, but aside from these two, I've haven't had muchlucky searching the forums and finding others. Got suggestions? I'd really appreciate it! Ah yes and does your suggestion run wide or narrow? I unfortunately have wide feet, so it affects sizing a bit.
I have some Cannondales similar to the ones in slvoid's post that I got as my first clipless shoes. I'm using stiffer soled shoes now, and have the old Cannondales sitting in the shoe rack collecting dust. They are regular width, size 43, SPD compatible. It would be worth the postage to get rid of them.
I have a pair of intro level Shimano shoes, and just bought a different pair. I have to say the Shimanos are much wider than the new set, and seem pretty wide in general. They look pretty similar to the Tahoes, cost around $50.
I haven't tried the Shimanos, but I've been using the Lake sandals with eggbeaters,
and have found them to be comfortable and clipless friendly, no clicking, and I got
them for about $10 less than the Shimanos.
I think you're on the right track for commuting with SPDs and MTB shoes, or sandals. I'm currently commuting 3-5 days a week, 11.5 miles one way using Look A5.1 pedals with Sidi Iron shoes. A good combo for road riding, but lacking for commuting.