I just thought I'd share this in case anybody, like me, has been curious about trying clipless pedals and aren't afraid of ordering shoes online before trying them on. It was the best deal by more than $20 I could find anywhere on shoes & pedals for a beginner.
I just ordered a set of Serfas Saddleback MTB shoes and Shimano PD-M520 pedals w/ cleats from JensonUSA.com for a total of $54.98.
I don't have high expectations for the shoes or think that they'll be super comfortable. I'm mainly buying them with the intention of trying out clipless pedals for the first time to see how well I can get accustomed to them. Then, if I like them, I'll take what I've learned about them from experience and invest in a better pair of shoes and pedals. Who knows? Maybe the Serfas shoes'll be just fine and I'll invest in better shoes when they wear out? The shoes have 4.3/5 stars in the reviews on their site. I'll report back once I get them if anyone's interested.
Here's how. I requested a price match on the pedals because Nashbar has them for $26.99 right now and Jenson approved that instantly. The shoes are already on sale for $29.99. Then, if you've never ordered from Jenson USA, just create an account before you check out and use coupon code new2cust12 at checkout for another $2 off. Shipping is free for orders over $50.
Serfas Saddleback Shoes
Shimano Pedals at JensonUSA and at Nashbar
EDIT 9/5/2013: The price of the shoes went up $3 to $32.99, but the pedals are still $26.99 @ Nashbar so you should still be able to get them at JensonUSA for that price with the price match.