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    Shoes for Platforms

    If you're not riding clipless, what shoes are you using? Hard soles, soft soles, etc?

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    I ride SixSixOne Duallies and Launches - - both skate-shoe soled with stiiffened midsole for better power transfer. Current similar SixSixOne model is the Filter. It has an SPD cutout but you can leave the 'plug' in for platforms.

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    But you're still riding "Mountain Bike" shoes, even with the platforms?

    I've been riding more "athletic" styled shoes, but they seem way too soft on the platforms. I just didn't know if there was benefit to still getting the dedicated shoes and just leaving off the cleats.

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    Five.Ten Impacts. Stiff footbed and super grippy sole.

    They don't have a provision for cleats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prisoner6 View Post
    But you're still riding "Mountain Bike" shoes, even with the platforms?

    I've been riding more "athletic" styled shoes, but they seem way too soft on the platforms. I just didn't know if there was benefit to still getting the dedicated shoes and just leaving off the cleats.
    They are "mountain bike" shoes specifically for platforms; in other words, the sole is a flat, grippy skate-shoe sole but the midsole is stiffer. This is preferable to a normal skate shoe (and definitely more preferable to an athletic shoe). The benefit is in the power transfer to the pedals with a shoe built for biking. The Filter SPD does not have a void in the sole for cleats unless you cut that part out in the sole:



    As never mentioned above, a lot of people really like the FiveTens - - they have a super-grippy sole that was originally designed for rock-climbing, combined with the proper midsole stiffness for mountain biking. I won't recommend them because I am a dutiful sponsor-wh*** .

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    I like my Five.Ten Impacts.
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    Check out Danscomp. There's 100 million dillion choices there.

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    I wear a pair of Specialized bike shoes that look sort of like hiking shoes. They
    have an insert in the sole where a cleat can be installed - should I decide (again) to
    risk skin and bone with clipless pedals.
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    +1 on the Impacts. Super sticky, and much stiffer than a skate shoe. The Karver that was mentioned above might be worth a look too, since they use the same rubber.

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    planning on getting the 'sandals' soon....

    but for now, i've found (oddly) that these strange brown Tretorns () in the back of the closet i rarely wore are incredibly stiff and have a great grip...must be a tennis shoe for....clay? i don't know. they work for now.
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    I ride in some Nike Shox Cogs and I like them a lot. Although I'm not sure if I would even notice a difference if I used biking-specific shoes. I just like the Shox because they are very durable and comfortable for the time I spend with my feet on the trails, and the soles stay on my platforms very well during more technical sections.

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