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    Most Raod SHoe like SPD Shoe

    I love the feel, fit and weight of road shoes with look type cleats. I want some touring shoes that use SPD cleats. Seems like all the MTB shoes are heavy with outrageous treads on the soles. So what is the most road shoe-like shoe that still has recessed cleats suitable for general touring and day rides where I want to stop in stores and walk normally??
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    Adidas Gran Corsico

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    I use Sidi Dominator 5's, and love them. They are certainly light and comfortable. As for "horrible cleats," they have cleats, but I'm not sure whether I would define them as horrible or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanfleisig View Post
    I use Sidi Dominator 5's, and love them. They are certainly light and comfortable. As for "horrible cleats," they have cleats, but I'm not sure whether I would define them as horrible or not.
    +1 on the Sidi Dominator 5's. Lightweight, good stiff sole, I'm not sure how comfy they'd be on an extended tour though (maybe I just need to get bigger ones).

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    At $240 a pair for the Sidi's, do you get to test drive them? Is that possible with shoes in this range?
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    I'm currently using Nike Granfondo WRX. It had an all carbon sole and replaceable cleats. The WR in WRX stands for walkable road.

    Shimano makes a shoe called the RT-50, it has a recessed cleat with a fairly smooth bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbueloLoco View Post
    At $240 a pair for the Sidi's, do you get to test drive them? Is that possible with shoes in this range?
    The Sidi Bullet 2 is a less expensive (list price $159) option and I like mine quite well.

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    I should add that I found them quite satisfactory day in and day out this summer on the the TransAmerica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbueloLoco View Post
    At $240 a pair for the Sidi's, do you get to test drive them? Is that possible with shoes in this range?
    At the time that I bought them they were about the only shoe that was available in wider sizes. Plus... fleabay $140.

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    www.performancebike.com has seven different road shoes for under $100 that will take SPD cleats. They range from the Performance house brand Forté to Cannondale to Pearl Izumi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikEthan View Post
    At the time that I bought them they were about the only shoe that was available in wider sizes. Plus... fleabay $140.
    FWIW: The cheaper Sidis are available in the same mega sizing.

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    The best commuter/touring shoe I've ever used is the Sonoma 3 shoe by specialized...

    uses mountain SPD, but doesn't have the silly over-aggressive mountain styling...looks like a low-key sneaker...has velcro so you can get a snug fit....

    i put over 7000 miles on mine before they started falling apart, but I walked a ton with them...

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    The Shimano RT-50 is, SFAIK, the only SPD bike shoe that is specifically designed for the road, has no MTB shoe lugs, yet still has the cleat recessed for easy walking. Lighter and better-looking than the Specialized Tahoes I'd been using.

    I've never seen them advertised, though, and my LBS had to order them for me. I first read of them in a recommendation by Jobst Brandt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernmart View Post
    The Shimano RT-50 is, SFAIK, the only SPD bike shoe that is specifically designed for the road, has no MTB shoe lugs, yet still has the cleat recessed for easy walking. Lighter and better-looking than the Specialized Tahoes I'd been using.

    I've never seen them advertised, though, and my LBS had to order them for me. I first read of them in a recommendation by Jobst Brandt.
    That's a good looking shoe. What about sole stiffness? Is it more rigid like a road shoe or does it flex like an MTB shoe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    That's a good looking shoe. What about sole stiffness? Is it more rigid like a road shoe or does it flex like an MTB shoe?
    I don't know the answer, but for the record, MTB shoes aren't necessarily less stiff. As far as I can tell the only difference between my Sidi road and my similarly priced Sidi MTB shoes is the tread on the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    That's a good looking shoe. What about sole stiffness? Is it more rigid like a road shoe or does it flex like an MTB shoe?
    I also have the Shimano MTB version of the same shoe (a size larger, to wear with thick socks in winter), and I can't tell any difference in stiffness. The RT-50's are very stiff in the area around the cleat, and cinch quite tight with the three velcro straps. That's what seems to count, in my judgement.
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    P.S. Just for the hell of it, I used both shoes--the RT-50's and my Shimano MTB shoes, on two similar back-to-back rides this past weekend, and concluded that the RT-50s are slightly but noticeably stiffer. Appropriate, for a shoe designed specifically for the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernmart View Post
    P.S. Just for the hell of it, I used both shoes--the RT-50's and my Shimano MTB shoes, on two similar back-to-back rides this past weekend, and concluded that the RT-50s are slightly but noticeably stiffer. Appropriate, for a shoe designed specifically for the road.
    A pair of these might be my next bicycle purchase. Thanks for posting them.
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    I have an early version of the Forte Traverse shoe they have seen a lot of touring miles. They have been very good shoes. Now I also have a pair of Shimano SHMT-20 and after a cross country tour with them last year they are also a great touring shoe. I have never found the tread on these shoes to be a problem. They both are comfortable to ride in and to walk in. I will not say that I have worn them on multi mile hikes in the mountains but have done a lot of walking around cities and towns.
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