the soles of my feet have been killing me and i've decided to go clipless, but what pedals to get? all my friends suggest getting mountain shoes, like Sidi, for easier walking---but i know NOTHING about pedals, float, etc. Can someone help?
IRO Mark V pro (RIP), Bianchi Giro, Giant Xtc1, Redline Conquest Pro, Kelly Deluxe singlespeed.
Generally speaking, it would seem that most people use mtn type pedal. My guess is because the cleats do allow you to walk a bit easier (they are smaller and are recessed in mtn shoes). Road shoes typically have a larger platform and are one-sided. This is an advantage on a road bike to add to cornering clearance.
So anyway, to answer your questions
1. People seem to argue the merits of Crank Brothers Egg Beaters and Time ATACs. They are both good.
2. No cycling shoes really let you walk well. Mtn shoes are better than road shoes.
3. Float is the amount you can move laterally before you unclip.