I'm looking for an everyday shoe with a stiffer sole than my tennis/running shoes. After trying on a pair of Exustar touring shoes, I realized that even a simple platform can give me discomfort when the shoe fits poorly. Specialized shoes seem to fit me well. I want to assume that shimano shoes would also fit me, but that means a 114 mile trip to Houston just to try them on... The nearest bike shop has bontrager, but their shoes are all mtb shoes. It would be really nice to be able to find an everyday shoe that doesn't make my foot numb after a group ride, but more importantly, keep my feet cool in this soon to be hot and humid SE TX summer.
I've tried a pair of nashbar sandals too. Even though there was plenty of room, my forefoot varus didn't agree with the flat footbed on the sandals, and they ended up giving me hotspots. Anyone have suggestions for stiff shoes for platform systems that mimics specialized's body geometry concept?
P.S. for the record, after trying on some specialized, I bought a pair of specialized bg pro for my more serious cycling pursuits.
FWIW I find a good pair of stout walking shoes* work very
well with my quill pedals (and toeclips) road bike. Currently
use a pair of good summer walking boots** with the plastic
quill pedals on my folding bike - but they need replacing soon.
Walking stuff is better than tennis / running / training stuff.
Very comfortable off the bike as well, and probably quite
a bit less than bike specific footwear, but YMMV.
Still a nice pair of walking shoes is not a loss if you can't
get on with using them on a bike, though I'd be surprised,
walking breaks in most well fitting shoes to fit very well.
* Timberland -12 years old and still going
** Karrimor - Recent - waterproof and breathable,
(worn a lot as general footwear, hence worn out).
I tried some Shimano leisure/MTB style shoes on platforms and they work quite well, better than Specialized Sonoma. I got a fair amount of wear from them and they are good for walking and hiking over rough ground.
I kind of like the idea of a rigid sole. The main problem I have is numbness after a long ride. From what I've found, there are soles made from stainless steel, and carbon fiber... I guess I'll have to weigh the two options between a rigid insole and a pair of shoes.