Join Date: Nov 2003
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The lower end of the Shimano MTB shoe line has a more normal sole pattern, no dragon tooth mud lugs or screw in snake fangs. They are designed for walking although with the stiff sole, there is considerable "rocker" or curve to the sole under the ball of the foot to enable the wearer to proceed forward from heel to toe without bouncing up and down. At this level, the shoes are lace up, not velcro straps. The M020 is the low end starter shoe (maybe M021 by now). The M038 is a step up and also has a single velcro strap, not to fasten the shoe but to act as a lace cover so your laces don't stray into chainwheel/chain conflict.
Somewhere up the line is a speciality shoe (sorry, don't have the #) that is known as a touring shoe. It has all the earmarks of a pure bred road shoe except..........it would still take a recessed MTB cleat if you chose to put one on.
All have stiff soles to improve power delivery and to help prevent pain in the arch of the foot (something here about planters tendonitus) from the leverage between the ball of the foot on the pedal and the force being applied by the leg to the ankle. Most have some form of breathable upper to allow the foot to remain cooler. All improve your bikely image and all are certainly an improvement over Black Loafers!!!
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