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    Looking for "walkable" Road Shoes

    I have ball-of-foot pain so I want to switch from SPD to LOOK or SPD-SL pedals on my road bike to spread out the point of contact to the pedal somewhat. However, I really like being able to walk with mountain Shoes. Anyone know of a road shoe that has some tread to it? Thanks.

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    I got some nikes that look like normal shoes. wouldn't want to do an extended hike in them, though.

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    No real road shoe is walkable, sorry.

    Perhaps your shoes are too flexible. If you have a stiff sole that will offer a more comfortable footbed.

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    I can't think of a road shoe that is walkable like an MTB shoe. I have a pair of Shimano MA-80, and those have small walking tabs, but nothing like my Specailized Rockhoppers. There are cleat covers, Kool Kovers are what I use, that allow you to walk a bit without damaging the cleats. I can walk in my shoes for some bits but using the covers to rotate my foot over to walk. I still would hate to walk more then a few hundred yards with them.

    Shimano road shoes will only accept three hole, delta bolt pattern cleats like Look or SPD-SL.
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    You might consider Lake mtn bike shoes. I've got two pair and they are great!

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    Shimano makes some touring shoes that are walkable.

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    i have a set of eggbeaters, and i'm gonna try the road or quattro cleats on my road shoes pretty soon. altho the pedal is small, the cleat:shoe area is spread out to appx. the same as a look or spd-sl cleat. and if you get candy/eggbeaters, you can still use your mtn shoes.

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    Fact is, MTB shoes are designed to be "the walkable" version of a clipless bike shoe, - small cleats, some material that keeps the cleat off the ground, eg "treads" So the entire enterprise of looking for a road shoe that is walkable runs into the contradiction that road cleats are large. They're not easily surrounded with material to keep them off the ground, plus, it would add weight, a no-no for roadies. I second Machka's recommendation of Lake MTB shoes. They're a stellar value, and I have the cheapest ones, they cost me all of 25 bucks. There are other good ones one the market if you feel you must pay more money. Sure I use road shoes if I'm going to put in more than around 40 miles. Seems like Crank brothers has made an effort to allow road shoes to be compatible with their cleats:
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    You guys are missing the point of the thread. Mack_R has foot pain from the SPD cleats and is looking for a walkable shoe that accepts Look or SPD-SL cleats. He does not want to continue using SPD pedals and cleats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    You might consider Lake mtn bike shoes. I've got two pair and they are great!
    I'll second the Lakes. I had a pair of CX125s and they were quite walkable and they will accept Look-style cleats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    You guys are missing the point of the thread. Mack_R has foot pain from the SPD cleats and is looking for a walkable shoe that accepts Look or SPD-SL cleats. He does not want to continue using SPD pedals and cleats.
    Walkable shoes in Look or SPD-SL? I don't think they really exist.

    If he wanted better pedals that could be used either with walkable shoes or dedicated road shoes I'd look into getting one of the eggbeater pedals (quattro, etc).

    The eggbeater quattros (I haven't used them yet) have a pretty good sized platform and different cleats are available from crank brothers for either receased cleat shoes and dedicated road shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack_R
    However, I really like being able to walk with mountain Shoes. Anyone know of a road shoe that has some tread to it? Thanks.
    OK, this question has been asked many times before and here's the question I've always wanted to ask in return: How much walking will you ever do in road shoes? It seems to me that walking that is done in road shoes is in those small distances when you absolutely cannot be on the bike. Once, when I had to walk a mile because of mechanical failure, the Kool Kovers worked just fine. They're great for avoiding slipping in coffee shops and restrooms, too.
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    Eggbeater cleats are similar to SPD and use the same bolt pattern. Still not what we're looking for here.
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    I am a newbie so please forgive my question. I thought someone told me that I could use roadshoe cleats like the Shimano SPDs with a mountain bike shoe. Is this false?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figaro
    OK, this question has been asked many times before and here's the question I've always wanted to ask in return: How much walking will you ever do in road shoes? It seems to me that walking that is done in road shoes is in those small distances when you absolutely cannot be on the bike. Once, when I had to walk a mile because of mechanical failure, the Kool Kovers worked just fine. They're great for avoiding slipping in coffee shops and restrooms, too.
    A lot of us commute and run errands on our road bikes. My office is on the 3d floor of a large historic building with beautiful tile and terrazo floors. So the walk from the bike cage to my desk can be tricky. I love my Sidi Genius 4s but it was just too loud and treacherous to walk to my office in those things.

    I got a good deal on PI Vagabond MTB shoes. Basically the same as their road shoe but with walkable rubber cleats on the bottom. Unfortunately, I think they only accept SPDs so the won't work for Mack_R.
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    crank bros' road /quattro cleat has a bigger shoe:cleat contact area than the regular eggbeater cleat. although the "attachment" area still remains small, the extra support around the cleat as well as the stiffness of a road sole should address both the walkability and foot pain issues. so would kool kovers. of course it depends on what kind of walking you have in mind.

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    Consider a pair of SPD compatible sandals. I prefer Look style pedals, but for commuting, I like my Shimano sandals. Very handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso
    A lot of us commute and run errands on our road bikes. My office is on the 3d floor of a large historic building with beautiful tile and terrazo floors. So the walk from the bike cage to my desk can be tricky. I love my Sidi Genius 4s but it was just too loud and treacherous to walk to my office in those things.

    I got a good deal on PI Vagabond MTB shoes. Basically the same as their road shoe but with walkable rubber cleats on the bottom. Unfortunately, I think they only accept SPDs so the won't work for Mack_R.

    I too have PI Vagabonds MTB shoes, but use them with my Crankbrother Eggbeaters (EBs) which uses a different cleat than SPDs. The pedals and shoes work very well together, easy in and easy out. Despite not having any pedal plateform for your shoes when clipped into the EBs, the PIs are rigid enough that it makes no difference in terms of the lack of a plateform. I think the MTB shoes are the closest thing you'll get to walkable shoes, IMHO. Mack_R, just make sure what ever shoe you get, just make sure the sole is rigid enough without too much flex and one that has lots of plateform if that will help...Also, if he's experiencing ball-of-foot pain, then shouldn't the sole not flex much? I think it shouldn't but that 's my opinion.

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    What kind of spd pedals do you have? It sounds like the pain may be from a pedal that is not giving you enough support. You can get shimano spd pedals that are platform and will give you a wider base of support. That way you don't have to buy different shoes if you like the shoes you have. I use a platform spd pedal on my roadbike with Nike Kato shoes. No problems, no pain.

    Here is a link to reviews of the pedal I use from mtb review: http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Pedal/product_79591.shtml

    I'm sure there are other pedals out there that are lighter but if you are not racing the extra weight is minimal and probably will not make a difference.

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    The only road shoe I think is walkable in are ones where you are using the standard stp pedals and a mtb style cleat with pontoons on the side. I have these on my Diadora, I can post a pic if need be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitmiss
    I am a newbie so please forgive my question. I thought someone told me that I could use roadshoe cleats like the Shimano SPDs with a mountain bike shoe. Is this false?
    There's been a couple versions of SPDs. SPD-SLs and SPD-Rs (I forget which is the current version) are road-shoe compatible only. The cleat is simply too big to fit inbetween the treads of a mountani-bike shoe.

    The original SPD cleat (still manufactured) though works just fine with road bikes. My road bike has mountain bike SPD pedals and I use SIDI mountain bike shoes -- no problems with that setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    I'll second the Lakes. I had a pair of CX125s and they were quite walkable and they will accept Look-style cleats.
    I have two pairs of Lake CX125's I bought at closeout prices from Priecpoint.com last year. Very comfortable, reasonably light and very walkable. And, as khuon said, they will accept Look style cleats. If the CX25 isn't around anymore, Lake must have something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blandin
    If the CX25 isn't around anymore, Lake must have something similar.
    I know you meant CX125s... At anyrate, they do look to be discontinued but the CX120 is pretty much the same shoe. I don't know what the real differences are though.
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