As I search for my next bike, and vacillate between a Surley LHT or CrossCheck (or similar) or a nice mid-level (maybe carbon) road bike, I am also thinking about pedals and shoes.
I rode my Roubaix with a pair of pretty good Sidi MTB shoes (they no longer seem to make this specific model, but they are the kind with three velcro straps on top - I thought they were called Dominators but current Dominators have a buckle on top - mine were more like the Diablo without being high tops) on Shimano M520 clipless pedals. Although the shoes are a few years old, they remain in excellent condition. I no longer have the pedals but do have the cleats in the shoes.
The only complaint I had that might be shoe-related was that I got occasional hot spots. I don't know if that's pedal or shoe related (or both) or a fit issue, but I do remember having that problem.
My plan is to continue using these shoes and get another pair of M520s regardless of what bike I choose. This would keep expenses down. I no longer own the pedals.
That said, are there significant advantages to switching out to road bike shoes? And if I did that, what would you recommend? And what pedals? I really enjoyed the M520s, and they were my first clipless pedal.
I'll probably ride about 50-75 miles a week, in about four rides. I enjoyed the MTB shoes because I could walk in them easily.
What say you?