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Old 05-14-07, 02:43 PM   #1
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Touring Shoes

A couple of years ago I toured on some cool Pearl Izumi cycling shoes with SPD cleats. They worked great for the tour however when I got back home and took them out on regular rides I got a very hot spot under the cleat, probably due to lack of rigidity.

Anyone have any recommendations for a good touring shoe with good stiffness but OK to walk around in?
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Get a Mtn bike shoe if you want to stick with clipless.
I use Sidi Dominators.
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Anyone have any recommendations for a good touring shoe with good stiffness but OK to walk around in?
Those properties are mostly mutually exclusive.

Shimano sandals are comfy to walk in, almost like reg. shoes. They flex a lot. They are heavier than my mtb shoes, and a lot heavier than even cheap road shoes.

When (early 2005) I got the shim sandals i also got some exustars and lakes in same size, then took them to the usps and weighed them. The Shim had a slight weight advantage, but they were all pretty heavy for cycling shoes. Shim were the best fitting of the lot for my feet.

I rode my sandals all summer, then put on my mtb shoes in fall. The increased rigidity of the mtb shoes immediately increased my average speed for identical route by 1 mph, which is significant when you average 12mph. So, you waste energy when riding flexy shoes.

IMO the best solution is a pair of comfy, light road shoes for on bike, other shoes for off bike.

I'll also mention that one of the most experienced bicycle tourists / forum members rides in light backpacking boots - not even the low rise version - and these are apparently his only shoes on tour.
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I'm a fan of Shimano's touring shoes. SH-T092, which is what I have, has been discontinued and replaced with the SH-RT50. It's stiff and lighter than MTB shoes, but it still has a recessed cleat without clunky lugs. The sole is a hard rubber so it's less slippery than the hard plastic on many MTB shoes. The three velcro straps make it easy to adjust fit throughout the day.

Time also has a cheaper touring shoe with some of the same characteristics as the Shimano, but nowhere near as good.
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I am using Lake MX101. Very comfortable on and off the bike and the come in wide sizes.
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I use the basic Shimano laced-up SPD shoes. But rigidity-wise, another factor to consider is your selection of pedals.

I first got SPD-M515 and M520. They are great for commutes and other short distances, but in the long run, especially if I climb a lot of hills on the loaded triplet, I quickly get foot sores. Well, SPD pedals like the M424 solved the problem. The 424 (and a few other more expensive models) not only have the clip, but also a cage that provide decent support for the foot.
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I am using Lake MX101. Very comfortable on and off the bike and the come in wide sizes.
Three thumbs up,if Icould www.lakecyclingshoes.com Places on the internet have Lakes too.The sizes run true. Lake themselves have most sizes, including half sizes in stock. Stores on the net, not so much.
I have the mx165,I have wide feet,Lake has all sizes and many models they have fit your requirements, the folks there are knowledgeble and patient.
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