Just wondering what you guys like to ride in? When I've got my toe clips setup, I usually like my Adidas Sambas - good, somewhat stiff sole that lets me walk around comfortably once I get to work/school. For my SPDs, I used to love riding in DZRs (DZR | Urban Cycling Shoes), mainly because for the most part they looked like normal shoes. I had a buddy who used to ride in Chromes for the same reason, but I could always hear his cleats click-clacking when he'd walk down the halls.
My DZRs now have over 4,000 miles on them and are starting to fall apart. They also have an irremovable stink to them. I can't even untie them without almost fainting. Anyhow, I recently bought a pair of Giro Republics (Republic) to replace them. I LOVE the feel they give me on my ride. I've never had a "real" cycling shoe before this and having that hard plastic sole has dramatically improved the quality of my commutes, and when I want to transition into a fitness ride on the way home, I feel like I can crank out more power with these. The only downside is that I have to keep a pair of tennis shoes at work to change into to stay comfy on my feet all day, although they do fine when I'm only off the bike for a couple hours at a time.
I feel like I've completed my crawl (flat pedals) - walk (toe clips) - run (clipless) transition through pedals and have finally found a pair of shoes that really work for me! What are your thoughts on shoes for cycling? Fans of cycling specific shoes or prefer standard tennis shoes?