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Old 02-01-10, 02:01 PM   #1
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Nike Dunks with SPD cleats

I've always wanted a pair, so I went ahead and made some this weekend.


They work great and are comfortable too. I posted up a full tutorial on my blog this afternoon:
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Can you still play b-ball in them?
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Can you still play b-ball in them?
given that they have a rigid insole, i don't think they'd be a good idea for strenuous athletics like b-ball. they are fine for walking around the 'burg, bar hopping, and other brooklyn hipster-approved activities.
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I've been eyeing some old winter boots for the same treatment. Any issues w/ cold air coming in through the sole?
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I've been eyeing some old winter boots for the same treatment. Any issues w/ cold air coming in through the sole?
No, the sole is sealed under 3 layers so it's not leaking air through the sole.

However, the toe box on the dunks is vented:


so for winter shoes, it would probably be better to use boots or an all-leather shoe like Campers.
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Those are cool, but I think it's more classic hipster when done with shoes like Tigers or Sambas.
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ah I wanna see. but the link isn't working for me. damn.
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How solid does it feel when you ride? My concern with a mod like that would be for the cleat to get ripped out of there while pulling up on the pedals.

But it looks cool. Good job.
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Those are cool, but I think it's more classic hipster when done with shoes like Tigers or Sambas.
That wouldn't work well, because Tigers and Sambas have thin soles. You need to use a sneaker that has a thick enough sole so that the cleat is recessed; that keeps it from grinding on the ground and pushing into your foot when you walk.

The way I made those Dunks, they feel and look totally normal when walking around.


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How solid does it feel when you ride? My concern with a mod like that would be for the cleat to get ripped out of there while pulling up on the pedals.
If you read the full article on the blog, you'll see that I have a whole hard plastic sole from a road shoe inside the Dunk. so the force is equally distributed across the sole and not localized on the thin rubber of the Dunk sole. basically it's a regular road shoe hidden inside a Dunk.
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How solid does it feel when you ride? My concern with a mod like that would be for the cleat to get ripped out of there while pulling up on the pedals.

But it looks cool. Good job.
Don't really see how that could happen. Cleat is attached to a rigid cycling shoe sole, correct? The entire cycling sole is glued between the soles of the dunks, correct? Seems like it should be fine.
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...basically it's a regular road shoe hidden inside a Dunk.
This is awesome.



Very well done.
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whoa, I thought this was gonna be another one of those destined-for-failure mods I've seen people do with Sambas', but you went all out and cannibalized 2 pairs of shoes to do this. Looks like it could work pretty well too. Be interested to see how you like them after a few months of riding. good job though.
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Fantastic! Did you have to cut the holes in the soles that big---could you have gotten away with making them smaller? Not that I'm not completely impressed with what you've done here, of course!
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are there any similar shoes that come stock? I'm looking for some casual shoes that I can go clipless with, but also walk around in.
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Fantastic! Did you have to cut the holes in the soles that big---could you have gotten away with making them smaller? Not that I'm not completely impressed with what you've done here, of course!
Don't forget that they have to fit over the pedal body, which is larger than the cleat. Those holes are no bigger than on shoes made for those pedals.
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are there any similar shoes that come stock? I'm looking for some casual shoes that I can go clipless with, but also walk around in.
Bazillions. google and ye shall find.
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Don't forget that they have to fit over the pedal body, which is larger than the cleat. Those holes are no bigger than on shoes made for those pedals.
yeah i held the Dunk next to a pair of 611 Filters I have to figure out the positioning and size:


In general, there are a couple of purpose-built SPD sneakers out there from 611, Shimano, Vans, etc. But none look as cool as Nike Dunks, IMO.

If you want to buy something similar off-the-shelf, my vote goes to the 611 Filter. Read my review of it here, with pics: http://djcatnap.com/?p=366
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If you read the full article on the blog, you'll see that I have a whole hard plastic sole from a road shoe inside the Dunk. so the force is equally distributed across the sole and not localized on the thin rubber of the Dunk sole. basically it's a regular road shoe hidden inside a Dunk.
Oh yeah i see now. Sorry, had just eyed the thread before having to dart out of there. Now that I read the blog it makes a lot of sense. Looks pretty safe... and a good project to get into. Maybe I'll try and butcher some of my old shoes as practice for this. Thanks
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In general, there are a couple of purpose-built SPD sneakers out there from 611, Shimano, Vans, etc. But none look as cool as Nike Dunks, IMO.

If you want to buy something similar off-the-shelf, my vote goes to the 611 Filter. Read my review of it here, with pics: http://djcatnap.com/?p=366
but they do make SPD compatible Dunk 6.0s.
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but they do make SPD compatible Dunk 6.0s.
link me to store where i can buy them.

the only ones i know about are the Gyrizo's they made for the Beijing Olympics. impossible to get and rumored to cost around $300 new if you can find them.

please prove me wrong.
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it looks good but you need the "double washer" between the bolt heads and cleats. the bolts have a conical head intended to fit in a chamfered hole. without the washer the conical bolt head will point load the cleat.

i cant say it will cause a problem but i could see the cleat rocking back and forth and wearing loose.

get the rest of the hardware and enjoy!
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link me to store where i can buy them.

the only ones i know about are the Gyrizo's they made for the Beijing Olympics. impossible to get and rumored to cost around $300 new if you can find them.

please prove me wrong.
you know what, you are right. now that i think back they were the gyrizo's. Dans Comp used to sell them. Huh. turns out i shoulda got them when they were only 90 bucks.
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link me to store where i can buy them.

the only ones i know about are the Gyrizo's they made for the Beijing Olympics. impossible to get and rumored to cost around $300 new if you can find them.

please prove me wrong.
you know what, you are right. now that i think back they were the gyrizo's. Dans Comp used to sell them. Huh. turns out i shoulda got them when they were only 90 bucks.
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it looks good but you need the "double washer" between the bolt heads and cleats. the bolts have a conical head intended to fit in a chamfered hole. without the washer the conical bolt head will point load the cleat.

i cant say it will cause a problem but i could see the cleat rocking back and forth and wearing loose.

get the rest of the hardware and enjoy!
Absolutely! I missed that. Without the plate, I'd think the cleat could pry apart and break.
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