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    Anyone ever made their own cycling shoe?

    Yes I know this may sound a bit "crazy" but has anyone thought about modifying their existing shoes to be SPD compatible?

    I figure I could cobble together something just with buying some cleats and investing some time
    Ideally Id like to make my sandals have cleats as I cannot find cycling sandals anywhere (the Shimano ones don't count in my book, I think they're ugly and Im looking for slip on type).



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    Actually I have a friend who installed SPD cleats onto some GI combat boots for winter use. They worked pretty well.

    For something lighter duty, keep in mind that most shoes aren't designed to resist pulling up on the uppers. I think there's a good chance that you'll pull your shoes apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    Actually I have a friend who installed SPD cleats onto some GI combat boots for winter use. They worked pretty well.

    For something lighter duty, keep in mind that most shoes aren't designed to resist pulling up on the uppers. I think there's a good chance that you'll pull your shoes apart.
    Yeah, there was a DIY guide to install spd cleats on your boots a few years ago.

    Get clips+straps.

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    cleated flip-flops? sounds like a recipe for disaster.

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    I have used boat shoes as bike shoes... back in the toe clip days.

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    I had a pair of old Addidas Stan Smiths. I drilled some holes and made a LOOK riding shoe. It works pretty well. Obviously not as stiff, although if I used it a podiatrist made orthotic I had made it better. If you want the stiffness of a real cycling shoe, buy one. Maybe those wooden shoes the Dutch wear.
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    How would you keep the cleat from ripping out of your soles? This happens even with shoes designed to support cleats. I think you need a very strong plate inside the sole to anchor the cleat, not sure how you would put it there.

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    A thought. Steel shank work boots? Cut the upper off and attach a flip flop thong.

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    Japanese wooden sandals perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeNbake
    Yeah, there was a DIY guide to install spd cleats on your boots a few years ago.

    http://www.phred.org/~josh/bike/boots.html

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    I have clips on my pedels and I am using boating shoes right now cause I cannot afford the regular cycling shoes.I have a light shoe with good breathing.It is working for me right now.
    Seems that cycling on the cheap is what I do best right now.hehe
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