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    Good Touring Shoe Match for Shimano SPD Pedals

    A few days ago I purchased the Shimano SPD PD-520 clippless peddles for long distance unsupported touring.

    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/drivetrain/P...76_135crx.aspx

    I was told that because of the smaller platform (about 1.25 x 1.25"), it might be more comfortable to go with a cycling shoe which has a firmer than average sole, in order to distribute the pressure over a greater area of the underside of the shoe.

    If this is true, what brand of touring shoe would be a good match for this particular peddal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo1903 View Post
    A few days ago I purchased the Shimano SPD PD-520 clippless peddles for long distance unsupported touring.

    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/drivetrain/P...76_135crx.aspx

    I was told that because of the smaller platform (about 1.25 x 1.25"), it might be more comfortable to go with a cycling shoe which has a firmer than average sole, in order to distribute the pressure over a greater area of the underside of the shoe.

    If this is true, what brand of touring shoe would be a good match for this particular peddal?
    I used the Sidi Bullet 2 (if you have wide feet like me, they come in a Mega model). It is a good buy, coming in a lot cheaper than the higher end Sidi shoes like the Dominator and I think I actually like them better. I have done one 4200+ mile tour and a lot of shorter rides with them and they worked out very well. They aren't the best walking shoe, but I have often walked a mile or two with no problems.

    That said try on a few different shoes to see what fits. Everyones feet are different and they need to fit.

    Edit:
    I should have mentioned that we met quite a few folks that used a less stiff shoe and were happy. The Shimano SH-MT21 is one that a lot of folks have used. They are nice for walking, but maybe less so for riding (depending on who you ask). My daughter used them for the TA and was unhappy with them. When they fell apart after less than 5000 miles she replaced them with a pair of Bullet 2s. I expect them to last a long time since mine have 7000+ miles on them and are nicely broken in but look like they will last a LOT longer.
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    I have the similar PD-M540 pedals. My Shimano SH-MT40 shoes have over 10,000 miles of all-weather riding on them and they still look and feel great. I like the combination of lace-up shoes with a velcro strap to keep the laces out of the chain. I also like that they look nice enough to wear at work and most people won't even notice I'm wearing bike shoes.

    On the Shimano web site it looks like the "improved" 2008 model of the same shoe is the SH-MT41G.

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    I recently covered 2500km with some Time TXT mountain shoes. They look like light hiking boots on the outside. They're resonably stiff, but pretty comfortable to walk in.

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    Thanks all! I'm going to do the rounds to several LBS's to see if I can find the brands mentioned - try them on to see what seems to fit me best.

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    They're sometimes hard to find, but my difficult-to-fit wife swears by the Shimano sandals. I've had good luck with Specialized Taho shoes. They're fit for strolling around, and I've had no hot spot issues with the spd pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo1903 View Post
    Thanks all! I'm going to do the rounds to several LBS's to see if I can find the brands mentioned - try them on to see what seems to fit me best.
    Be aware that a lot of shops only carry the top end of the Sidi line. Personally I think the sweet spot is the less expensive Bullet 2. If no one else has them REI stocks them.

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    I have Keen SPD sandals (from REI) and Shimano SPD shoes (MT-40 from LBS) paired with Shimano A-530 pedals (from REI - platform on one side, clips on other). I use the sandals in warmer weather and the MTB shoes in cooler weather (under ~50F/10C). Both have worked well for me with the dual-sided pedals on longer day rides and weeklong tours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo1903 View Post
    I was told that because of the smaller platform (about 1.25 x 1.25"), it might be more comfortable to go with a cycling shoe which has a firmer than average sole, in order to distribute the pressure over a greater area of the underside of the shoe.
    Probably not true, at least not in my experience. Some people get hot spots on their feet because their shoes are too tight, or they tend to mash pedals rather than spin - this is nature's way of telling you that you're not bicycling in an efficient manner.

    As previously mentioned by others, sandals, esp. shimano, are very popular for touring. They are NOT a firm-soled cycling shoe, which is what makes them comfortable to walk in.

    A firm (carbon) soled shoe is more efficient for transferring pedaling action into forward motion, so get one if this is important to you.
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    So, I ended up getting the Sidi Bullet 2's. Thanks for the recommendation staehpi1!. One reason for getting this pair is that I already have a Sidi road shoe and the narrow width seems to fit my foot type well. I've just taken the Bullet 2 for a bit of a spin and think the combination of the pedal and Sidi's will serve me well.

    I've also heard that with any speciality cycling shoe, that one should have a pair of light weight sneakers (i.e. low packing volume such as canvas), as they'd be more suitable for longer walks. As long as one is carrying around a regular pair of sneakers anyway, it makes sense that the cycling shoe be geared more toward peddling and minimal walking. The Sidi Bullet 2 seems to fit the bill, since it's stiffness would have a greater transfer of energy to the pedal but not as comfortable as some other bike shoes for an extended walk.

    That said, the idea of a cycling sandal also sounds appealing.

    This forum is great! Thanks all for their input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo1903 View Post
    I've also heard that with any speciality cycling shoe, that one should have a pair of light weight sneakers (i.e. low packing volume such as canvas), as they'd be more suitable for longer walks.
    I think you will enjoy the Bullet 2s. They are OK to walk in for a mile or two at least and probably a lot farther. Still it was nice to get out of them once in a while. Two of us carried Crocs for that purpose on the TA and the other used a pair of Mions. The Crocs were easier to step into and out of when entering exiting the tent and the Mions were probably more support when hiking, but both worked out well. BTW: you can find the Crocs in less garish colors than you typically see if you want.
    http://www.crocs.com/
    http://www.mionfootwear.com/home

    Others carry anything from cheap flip flops to hiking shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyler_WA View Post
    I have the similar PD-M540 pedals. My Shimano SH-MT40 shoes have over 10,000 miles of all-weather riding on them and they still look and feel great. I like the combination of lace-up shoes with a velcro strap to keep the laces out of the chain. I also like that they look nice enough to wear at work and most people won't even notice I'm wearing bike shoes.

    On the Shimano web site it looks like the "improved" 2008 model of the same shoe is the SH-MT41G.
    I have the 2008 MT41's and I have to say they are a very nice shoe. Good for walking and quiet on hard floors.

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