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    Shimano's New 2 Strap SPD Sandals

    My pair of the new Shimano SPD sandals, SH-SD66, just arrived. Here are my first impressions and comparisons with the SD65 3 strap sandals.

    The new sandals are basically identical to the old ones except they are modified to eliminate the center strap. The sole and footbed appear to be identical except for color.

    Topside the leather body is again pretty much identical except for elimination of the center strap and slight trimming of the side panels at the top where the middle strap mounted. The netting under the front strap has been narrowed and a padded tongue under the rear strap that extends to about the middle of the foot, side to side, has been added. On the old SD65 the netting extended across the top of the foot under the front and middle straps. Pull-on loops have been added at the rear of the uppers.

    The color of my pair is a much darker brown than the illustration on the Shimano web site.
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    So what you are saying is that they went back to their original design. That is good, in my opinion the 3 strap was about the worst design ever.
    If it looks like the $3000 bikes but costs less than a decent helmet, it probably isn't a wise investment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Milice View Post
    So what you are saying is that they went back to their original design. That is good, in my opinion the 3 strap was about the worst design ever.
    From some posts I saw at the time I believe that the footbed was changed from the original 2 strap sandal to the three strap. Some posts I read liked the original design footbed while others preferred the new one.
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