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Old 04-19-05, 10:50 AM   #1
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spd shoes

Anybody know of any spd shoe that is not from China?
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Yeah, the ones from Italy. I hear they're nice.
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Most shoes will take SPD cleats. Do you mean MTB (walkable) shoes? As mentioned above Sidi are Italian, as are Gaerne, Vittoria, DMT and some others. Diadora is an Italian company but some of their cheap shoes are made in Asia, while the high enders are produced in Bulgaria. Oh, Carnac shoes are very nice and made in France.
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I have a pair of SIDIs and for long term rides where I need support...they absolutely rock, but forget about using them to walk in. I had a pair of specialized Tahos that rocked for that. As far as SIDIs they're small in size.
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I have too many shoes(for a self-proclaimed minimalist). Two Italian made Look drilled shoes, Sidi and Diadora. Two Chinese made SPD drilled shoes, Shimano and Nashbar. I bought all of them mail-order. So far, I found no big difference in the quality where they have been made. I think the brand name stands behind the products is more important.

One thing I would avoid buying is shoes made of genuine leather(my Diadora). It's so easy to get scratched and you can't avoid it if you ride a bicycle with them. Split leather(Shimano) is holding up much better.
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My Cannondale MTB-syle shoes seem to be pretty high quality, though I forget where they were made. Probably china. One thing though, I had to cut away some of the rubber on the bottom around the cleat, because I couldn't clip in.
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