Here's my deal: I have really wide feet and a really narrow budget but I want to try giving the efficiency of clipless pedals a spin.
I'm tired of wasting energy on regular pedals; lifting my leg does nothing to move me forward.
My foot measures approx. 23 cm/9 in long and 10 cm/4 in wide (U.S. size is a women's 6.5 D), and I have trouble enough finding regular shoes in my size and price range. I'm willing to spend up to $100 on a good pair of biking shoes, but only if I know they're going to fit well and last at least 2 Midwest riding seasons (March~October).
I've also considered trying toe clips. My biggest hesitation with those is that I'm not sure how quickly I'd be able to get my foot out of them should I need to. (I've seen enough other riders unclip seamlessly enough to give me hope there, but toe clips are less common.) Not to mention they seem outdated and clunky.
Is there a way to convert regular shoes to clipless? Any specific suggestions on brands or websites?
Or should I just consider getting a dog to lift it's leg on the whole idea of my riding clipless?