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    Recommendations for Touring shoes?

    I'm looking for opinions on a good touring shoe. I have a Trek 720 with clips. I do everything from relatively short commuting (<20 miles) on up to back to back centuries. As I'm not as young as I used to be, comfort and a shoe that's going to be kind to my aging feet are important considerations. I don't race so speed is not a concern for me per se.

    Thanks!

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    MTB shoes work well for touring. Or just wear any pair of shoes you find comfortable and give you good support; then find a pedal and strap combo that works with those shoes. I've used mtb shoes for touring in the past and liked them a lot but I'm thinking of going with my hiking shoes on my next tour.

    By the way I have a Trek 720 as well; great bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfbill View Post
    I'm looking for opinions on a good touring shoe. I have a Trek 720 with clips. I do everything from relatively short commuting (<20 miles) on up to back to back centuries. As I'm not as young as I used to be, comfort and a shoe that's going to be kind to my aging feet are important considerations. I don't race so speed is not a concern for me per se.

    Thanks!
    You don't need special shoes to tour in. Anything with decent support and a shape that fits your current pedals/clips will work.

    You can try the shoes you have and if they don't work go to a REI/outdoors shop and see what looks good.
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    BMX Platform pedals and skate shoes. Works great for me (I'm 51).

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    I added Superfeet insoles to my trail shoes and I like the slight extra stiffness they provide on the pedals. I have cage pedals and toe clips. I hike a lot of side trips when I'm bike touring so that's my favorite combination and I don't need to bring any other footwear.

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    You mean Toe clips and straps? smooth soles slip in easily , how exotic a shoe do you want?

    I had a shoe repair shop do a resole leaving a slot gap to engage the back of my pedal like old school road shoes .

    so the shoe , though easily inserting into the pedal , didnt slip around, once in there.

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    I have found Sidi shoes fit me very well. I like Sidi MTB racing shoes for touring. I use inexpensive SPD pedals. I can walk in them, but I bring a pair is sandals for the wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mm718 View Post
    BMX Platform pedals and skate shoes. Works great for me (I'm 51).
    +1 I've been using BMX platform pedals (with those spike things on them) and a regular pair of tennis shoes for the last 6 months. They are as secure as toe clips, without the pain of toe clips.
    Perfect for touring.

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    MTB pedals and Teva Churn shoes, with an insole. Walk, cycle, hike. They are light, comfortable, durable, well ventilated.
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    I am happily surprised how secure BMX pedals are. I can pull back as I pedal for a bit of extra power. Now I just need to find some shoes with stiffer soles.
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    Or find a stiff arch support insole you like, then go shopping for a shoe that fits with the new insole ..

    the shoe fit may need be bigger, to compensate..

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