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Old 07-05-12, 10:48 PM
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what kind of shoes are you wearing?

Ok so i've got c-record pedals with cages on one bike and Dura Ace pedals with cages on another bike. I am a size 11, most of the shoes i have are too fat to fit in the cages.

I've been looking around for nice shoes and i've been leaning towards Adidas Samba shoes. I was looking in the direction of indoor soccer shoes cause they're narrow and have a nice gum sole usually.

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What do you guys use on pedals that have cages? I need some ideas and recommendations
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12W oxfords - but they don't usually fit anything to begin with.

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I have wide feet too and gave up on clip/strap pedals. I use Sidi Dragon mountain bike shoes and SPD pedals for just about everything these days. Road, mountain, commuting, touring and cross. I have converted a couple buddies to clipless as well. Like myself, they tried it once and wondered how they ever lived without.

That being said, I've had a dozen or so pairs of Sambas (or similar variants) over the years and they are great shoes.
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For cage pedals, an old pair of Asics track shoes without the spikes.
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Foot Joy Golf Shoes, spikes removed .
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Samba Classics in black.
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Size 12, flat and wide, clips are not a good option for me. SPDs do give me hot foot on longer rides, but, overall, I really like them as an all purpose pedal. I use Keen commuter sandals most of the time and Keen commuters shoes for the other times. My preference is to wear sandals all year as much as is practical.

I hate sneakers, always have. I hate how they look, I hate how they feel...I'll wear boat style shoes or casual shoes...I really seem to like Bournes. I used to swear by Doc Martens before they switched production out of England; they fall apart and are made like crap now.
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For cage pedals, an old pair of Asics track shoes without the spikes.
Which ones? There is a large selection!

I too prefer SPD's but would like to have shoes for rat traps for my older bikes.
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I'm a size 11 also and I'm using JOMA lozano-101 indoor soccer shoes that have an almost smooth sole. My problem was also that the modern sport shoes have too much height and width and big lug pattern to the sole and they don't fit into my Christophe toe clips and Campy Record pedals.

Here is the model I bought at the soccer store. About $50.00

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Laugh all you want to:

I gave up on cleat shoes that I converted to cage/toe-clip use by gluing on a rubber sole. Efficent? Yes! But, now my faves are Florsheim loafers that are close to being penny loafers — strap and moccasin toe.

I have both a brown and a black pair that are a little too scruffy for dress use any longer. So, I had a shoemaker put the thicker grade of Vibram shoe sole on each pair. I got him to use the fullest length of the sole stock, so it extends right back into the instep. Perfect comfort! And, when I pull on the Christof straps, I am really anchored in the the clip. The Vibram makes them stiff enough, and they breathe nicely. And no, I never have any probelms with them coming adrift because of their laceless design.

I've had some flats and had to hike home — and it was sure better than the clomping I once did in my Shimano RD76's! They are 8 1/2 size, so they fit perfectly on a MKS Sylvan Lites — a pretty small pedal.

Recommended!!! I got the idea from my dad years ago. He said that during his service in England during WWII, he used moccasins on his Bates racer. He must have had a stiff sole sewn on.
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Lol, I have debated riding in a pair of old Florsheim Imperial longwings, I know they would work perfectly.
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When I was using clips/straps I wore NorthFace Fire Road II running shoes. Size 11.5W. I kept my straps a little slack and they worked well.

I've since put SPDs on all my bikes and am loving my Lake MX170-W shoes.

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SPDs do give me hot foot on longer rides, but, overall, I really like them as an all purpose pedal.
Try the A520 or A600. They offer more support around the clip and made the difference for me. No more hot spots.
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Speaking of hot foot, I'm riding a century next weekend. Any recommendations? I like my SPD sneakers, but I'm a bit scared. I get some serious foot pain on long rides. One of the causes is a pinched nerve in my back.
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I usually wear black-on-black Vans skate shoes. I like platform pedals without retention, and the waffle soles stick to them really well. By choosing black-on-black, I can get away with them at my office job.

Now this has me thinking of trying those Sambas...
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There is no substitute for proper cycling shoes when you are cycling. If you are just cruising the 'hood or bar hopping, or whatever, flat pedals are fine, no need for clips. You can wear punk boots then, if that's what suits you, or black on black Vans. Whatever works in your situation. We are not here to judge, unless the valve stems are not aligned with the label
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platforms and flip flops daily commuting. SPD pedal plus SPD sandal or SPD mtb shoe for longer rides.
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All my pedals have clips and straps. I used to ride with worn out New Balance cross-trainers like the 608 or 609. I get hot foot every so often and my sweetie was pushing me to try something different. So I picked up a pair of the Shimano touring/multi-use/mtb MT33's. I wanted something with laces, not Velcro-style fastener straps. It's actually an SPD pedal but I just kept the cleat plug in place. The thought was the hard sole would make the pedal cages kinder to my feet. My neighbor, a cyclist, was also pushing me to try something with a non-spongy sole, the thought being that it would absorb less pedaling energy.

The jury is still out. I still get hot foot every so often but if I am careful not to over-tighten the laces I'm usually okay. They do seem to make pedaling more efficient. They are harder to get into the pedal because the trailing edge of the pedal cage hangs up on the bottom of the shoe, but I'm getting better at it. They are heavier than what I used to wear, the price of a rigid sole, I guess. Will I keep using them as my preferred shoe? I dunno'.

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Samba Classic, they fit fine on nks sylvans with double straps.
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Timberland. Only 1 bikes has clips. They tend to cut off circulation.

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Right now I use some Nike cycling specific shoes with Keo pedals on my two modern road bikes, but I just use my normal tennis shoes for my Raleigh. I do, however, intend on gettins some sort of tennis shoes that are more cycling friendly and using clips/straps on the Raleigh. Something that breathes well and is durable to walk around in when the bike is parked.

I love the function of my clipless pedals, but the shoes aren't as much fun to walk around in when I stop. I'm also not quite of a purist as many on this forum in regards to using only C&V products on my bike, but I do agree in the pedal department. It just seems weird to my sense of view to see a classic bike with a very modern shoe/pedal combination.
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Always like the classic leather Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe on which the Samba is modelled... has a stiff enough sole to make riding pleasant although they are a little warm.

Picked up a pair of dark grey leather Uvex shoes with a safety toe that look a lot like vintage road shoes that I really like as they are light, stiff, and cool.
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Sperry Topsiders, Addidas sneakers, and sometimes sandals.
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Adidas Dragon


I must say that most of the basic Adidas models works very well with toe-clips. Yes, of course they are softer than a proper race shoe.
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I'm using VO half-clips on one of my bikes and just wear whatever's convenient.
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