surly old man
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Bikes: IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
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Yes. The cleat comes off, and then the shoes are mainly useful for their stiff sole.
Now that I think about it, the pedal does not really have to have a raised edge, since the cleat goes down below the sole quite a bit. So any edge at all, not just a raised one, will work. I have used the cleat with 3 or 4 pedals and it has worked well with all.
Some people, like Sheldon Brown, insist that the cleats are dangerous because you cannot reliably get your feet out quickly. After riding with them for a while, I can see what they mean to some extent.