Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Michigan, USA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Trek 520, Winsdor road bike, and Giant mountain bike
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Here is my two cents on the subject. Road riders and racers want as stiff a shoe as they can get since they are off the seat a lot when sprinting and climbing hills. People who tour spin more and don't get off their seat as often. The stiffer the shoe the less pressure that will be on a particular spot on your foot, which should keep your feet from hurting over long distances.
For touring, I go for a shoe that is stiff but has a slight "walkability factor" to them. If you can't walk more than a few feet in them then don't take them touring. You are not going to want to take your shoes off every time you get off your bike to rest or eat.
For long walks after bicycling, during the day (say you have to walk your bike due to a breakdown), or just hanging around the camp or hotel, I would recommend that you carry a pair of tennis shoes or lightweight shoes.
You can get regular touring shoes or use high quality mountain biking shoes. Mountain biking shoes usually have a slight flexibility to them since riders get off their bikes a lot to hike. Just don't get the mountain biking shoes designed for racers.