I have been suffering from this problem for a long time and thinking about a solution for a while. I commute on my bicycle and ride with toe clips. I really don't like having to carry two sets of shoes, so like to ride in the shoes I need to wear to work, out, et cetera. The problem is that my shoes get destroyed by my pedals, clips and straps. Bottom of the shoe gets chewed up by pedal, sides get rubbed by strap and turned black, toes get imprints from pulling up hills and pulling to slow down.
So...does anyone have any good ideas of how to protect my shoes? I thought of those rubber covers BusinessMen slide on over their wingtips, but think a full slip is excessive. I was thinking of some sort of cover/slip that just goes on the toes/front of my shoe and covers that part going into the pedal. A knit toe cap? I don't know...
I'd love any ideas...and maybe we're onto some sort of new fixed product. You can have marketing rights as long as I get pristine shoes!