As I prep my new XC machine for the local trails, I'm still scratching my head as to what I should go for in the line of shoes. I've dug through the Performance brands, Nashbar deals, Jenson, Cambria, Beyond Bikes, Blue Sky, etc, etc , etc. I'm on a major budget for shoes right now, so nothing over $55, unfortunately.
Anyway, I found two at Price Point that I like. However, they are two completely differant animals, as far as I can tell.
The first is their Element shoe. It appears to have a solid Nylon sole, similar to a road shoe. This design I am used to, as I ride mainly road bikes. However, the second is the Enduro Suede shoe, one that I also like. It has a rubber sole with a nylon mid-sole for the cleats. I kind of like this idea, in order to be more casual for general wear, and walking trails, if I so desire. I honestly am not too sure which would be the better route to take.
I have read the MTBR, and both shoes have fairly decent reviews. I just can't decide on which would be best. Have any of you used either type, not necessarily the exact shoe, but the solid nylon vs rubber sole type? And which do you think is best for your situations, and why?
All your opinions would be more than helpful. I keep going back and forth in my decision making, and it's driving me nuts.