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Old 08-20-09, 09:59 AM   #1
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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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Old 08-20-09, 10:04 AM   #2
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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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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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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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