One less car
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Berkshires, MA
Bikes: '08 Soma Groove (commuter/long distance tourer), '97 Lemond Zurich (road commuter/tourer),'01 Seven Axiom Ti, '03 Look KG381i, '01 Santa Cruz Superlite X
I have a pair of 8 year old Diadora Jalapeno II shoes that I've used all over the place for commuting and touring. They're great because they sort of look like sneakers, they are SPD shoes and use basic shoestring (repairable) and one velcro strap. Lake shoes seem to look fairly normal too, but I just bought a pair of Diadora Chilis which is a little more odd looking than my Japapenos but still shoestring with a larger velcro covering. I haven't tried it out yet though, still adjusting the cleats on it.
But like you said, just find a decent shoe that fits well with long enough tread on it to cover the cleat area. Wider treads might be good to shed the mud if this is for MTBing.