I was in my LBS the other day ordering my new bike, Stumpjumper M4, and consequently I was looking for some mountain bike shoes. I talked to the guy and he asked wether I wanted a regular mountain bike shoe or a hike/bike shoe. At the trails I ride at there are a lot of near vertical ravines you have to climb up and so I was thinking the hike/bike shoe would be better. He, however said that he didnt recommend the hike/bike shoe for one reason or another. After hearing this I decided to hold off buying them until I pick my bike up my bike and in the mean time I would consult my pals at the bike forums. Personally I prefer the look and feel of the hike/bike shoe as well as the fact that they are probably a little easier to walk and hike around in but are there any real disadvantages of them? I am just a recreational rider with no desire to ride in any competitive races so I don't need some ultra-stiff sole or anything. If there are disadvantages I would rather just have the regular type of MTB since they are for biking afterall. Hopefully someone can understand this incomprehensive rambling and help me out .
Thanks in advance
If your not sure what I mean by a hike/bike shoe (I'm not sure if that is the correct term) here is a link: http://www.specialized.com/SBCEqProd...sfi41ud.j27006
Here is another link to what I call "regular MTB shoes" lol: http://www.specialized.com/SBCEqProd...sfi41ud.j27006