I need to consult your experience once more.
I've used Shimano SPD-SL pedals, with road shoes.
I did the Brevet 300, and the Brevet 400 with them.
I also use them on regular rides.
I don't change pedals, and use the same pedals when commuting, or running errands,
with running shoes, etc.
I'm now convinced that having road shoes with SPD-SL cleats can be a bit cumbersome in randonnees,
and having recessed cleats has many benefits.
Following an advice here, I tried the Lake CX120 shoes, but the SPD-SL cleat still protrudes, and I'm afraid it's not that comfortable.
So now I'm looking for a pedal that has recessed cleats, AND can be ridden with regular shoes (or even sandals.)
The one that attracts my attention is the Shimano A520.
It is a single sided (so other side promises to be comfortable with non riding shoes) SPD pedals, which means many shoes can be used.
Its other side doesn't look flat.
I'd like know from people who has the A520, if it's any good?
It looks like it's not one of Shimano's high end pedals, but that might mean it weighs more than a feather...
(Currently I have the Shimano R540, which are Shimano's entry level road pedals, and they work very well, so I my hunch is that the A520 will be trusty.)
Can one ride the A520 with running shoes? My commute isn't long, less than 10km.
Are there any other pedals you can recommend?
Someone recommeded the CrankBrothers Smarty or Mallet, but the mechanism protrudes, and it doesn't seem it would be comfortable with running shoes.