Well, I got a pair of platforms, to replace my clipless pedals for awhile. I want to learn the "proper" ways of bunny hopping, improving my balance, and confidence before I go back to my clipless pedals. I have a few questions though; people say to wear skater shoes, but is it really necessary? I have a pair of New Balance trail running shoes--would I experience any noticable loss in grip? Also, what are your views on the Sun Ringle ZuZu platform pedals? Good? Bad? Why?