I've been using my old solomon hiking/running shoes for biking, and they have been working pretty decent. However, they are certainly not the most grippy (the area under the balls of my feet is pretty much worn smooth). I have been having problems when I hit consecutive bumpy rocks and roots. It knocks me from the balls of my feet back to my arch which messes with my control/balance, and threatens to knock my foot off the pedal all the way (which has happened a few times, and is certainly not nice). I tried out some old converse I had laying around, and while the grip was certainly better I got arch pain going up, and numb toes going down.
I've been doing some research and have come down to two pairs of shoes.
Five Ten Karver: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=63974
Shimano AM41: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=55371
Has anyone had any experience with either of these shoes? Would the Shimano be grippy enough, or would I be missing out on the 'five ten experience'?