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Old 09-15-16, 01:38 PM
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SPD shoes for commuting

My old shimano SH-MT22 MTB shoes with recessed SPD cleat have finally crapped out on me after nearly 8 years of hard daily use. much respect to a truly durable cycling shoe.

i would love to simply buy another pair of this shoe because it was so damn durable and worked perfectly for me, but apparently the SH-MT22 isn't made anymore and i'm having a bit of trouble finding something like it.

so, with that said, here's what i'm looking for:

- SPD recessed cleat compatibility
- reasonably comfortable for walking around off the bike
- lace-up design (no fugly straps!)
- something that looks normal enough to wear in a casual office environment (ie, no neon-orange accents or lime green laces or bold graphics/logos or anything stupid like that)



does anyone have suggestions for shoes that i should be looking at?




P.S. - there's no need to tell me that i should just ditch clipless pedals and get regular shoes and platform pedals. i freaking LOVE SPD foot retention and i will not be giving it up under any circumstances. that's a non-starter for me.

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Old 09-15-16, 02:20 PM
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There are five pairs of SH-MT22 tires on E-Bay right now (plus one that the seller wants the Fort Knox treasure for).

As winter is around the corner, I really like the Shimano SH-MW series shoes for winter commuting. Is it the MW7, MW700 or MW81 now?
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Old 09-15-16, 02:37 PM
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There are five pairs of SH-MT22 tires on E-Bay right now (plus one that the seller wants the Fort Knox treasure for).
yeah, and none of them are my size


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As winter is around the corner, I really like the Shimano SH-MW series shoes for winter commuting. Is it the MW7, MW700 or MW81 now?
thanks for suggestion, but i'm not looking for a winter boot, just a regular everday SPD shoe.
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I've been wearing the Giro Rumble VR in blue. They're fairly comfy (a tad narrow, but they break in over time). They basically just look like old school sneakers but I get compliments on them from time to time. My only complaint is that the cleat isn't too recessed, so on some outdoor surfaces I get a bit of cleat contact.
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Old 09-15-16, 03:15 PM
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^ yeah, those caught my eye, but i'm unsure about the blue color. the fact that you get cleat contact also persuades me against them.


the chrome Kursk Pro 2.0 in black also caught my eye. does anyone have experience with this shoe?



i'm not crazy about the red griffon (or the red soles for that matter), but i suppose it's not too garish.
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
the chrome Kursk Pro 2.0 in black also caught my eye. does anyone have experience with this shoe?....
If those are OK, maybe Shimano's SH-CT80GO work? (I can't tell if there's an SPD slot so that may be a deal breaker):
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Old 09-15-16, 04:06 PM
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^ yeah, those might just fit the bill:

- they are SPD recessed cleat compatible, check.

- shimano's website emphasizes their walkability off the bike, so that's a check too.

- traditional lace up design without any fugly and nearly ubiquitous "bike shoe" straps, that's another check.

- i'm not crazy about the orange accents and over-done design, but again, the styling isn't wildly garish or stupid, half-check.



and given the excellent service life i got out of my SH-MT22's, i am fairly inclined to go back to the shimano well again.

120 bones is a little spendy, but if i get another 8 years out these, then it's money well spent i suppose.

the shimano SH-CT80 could be a winner, thanks!

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Old 09-15-16, 04:19 PM
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The Chrome Kursk look the business and REI carries them so you could probably check them out in person. I went with the Giro Rumble VR since it turns out the Kursk seemed to run about a size too big. I also didn't try them with cleats in place, so I'm not sure about cleat contact.
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Old 09-15-16, 06:50 PM
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I haven't tried these, but my MTB shoes from specialized last forever. This line is wearable: 2FO ClipLite Lace Mountain Bike Shoes. This line is wearable. I would have bought a pair instead of the regular MTB but they didn't have the color and size I wanted in stock.


https://www.specialized.com/us/en/sh...e-shoes/118319
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Old 09-15-16, 08:13 PM
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I know you said no straps, but the ratcheting straps are pretty nice. I hate messing with laces. Plus, laces are just another thing to worry about getting caught on your chainring.
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Old 09-15-16, 08:26 PM
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I wear shoes similar to these: https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-S...rl+izumi+shoes

Pearl Izumi makes a lot of street-style shoes other than that one.
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Old 09-15-16, 10:15 PM
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I have two pairs going right now. Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek VI, and Specialized Cadet. Both are lace-up style with subtle non-flashy design or wild colors. The Cadets are black/gray and came with bright fluorescent yellow laces which I swapped out for black on day one. The Pearls are a simple black/gray with a plain mesh design pattern. Either pair can be worn casually without being uncomfortable or inappropriate. I paid about $75 for each pair.

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Old 09-16-16, 12:34 AM
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I've had a pair of Shimano MTB41's for as long as the o.p. has had the 22's. Maybe longer. They are still wearable but only barely. I looked them up but found that they too don't exist anymore. It would appear that the MTB50 is the closest modern equivalent to the 41's and there is probably an equivalent for the 22 as well. It's not that big a deal. I get the retro-grouch thing to a point. But only to a point. FWIW.
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Old 09-16-16, 05:34 AM
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+1 for Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek. I have the V women's version in grey/purple and love them, I think it meets all of the OP's requirements. They lace up, easy to walk in off the bike and look like regular sport sneakers.
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Old 09-16-16, 09:18 AM
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No suggestions for Bontrager SSR's? I got them at my LBS during a special bike club only event for only $40, in my gargantuan US size 13. I've been commuting with them for the past 2 years now, and had to wear them around the office once when I forgot my regular shoes.

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Giro Republic. Or Republic LX if you want to spend more money.
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Old 09-19-16, 07:48 AM
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so i went with the shimano sh-ct80's, mostly because my last shimano shoes were so damn durable, and because the ct80's are the least ugly shoe shimano currently makes.

I got 'em over the weekend and this morning was my first ride with them. they seem really nice. they feel a lot like my old shoes, which is great because i LOVED my old shoes.

they're slightly big for me at size 44, but that's cool because they'll accommodate thicker socks on chilly days, and the lace up design still allows me to get 'em snug with regular socks.
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post

the chrome Kursk Pro 2.0 in black also caught my eye. does anyone have experience with this shoe?



i'm not crazy about the red griffon (or the red soles for that matter), but i suppose it's not too garish.
I used Chrome Kursk Pros for many years (including touring in France). I didn't bother having a change of shoes in the office - I wore the Kursks all day. They are heavy shoes for riding, but that was the only downside.

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Giro Republic. Or Republic LX if you want to spend more money.
This is my current shoe, I wouldn't wear them in the office, but I really like the fit, function, and looks of this shoe. While walking, they are a little slippery on wet surfaces.
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
so i went with the shimano sh-ct80's, mostly because my last shimano shoes were so damn durable, and because the ct80's are the least ugly shoe shimano currently makes.

I got 'em over the weekend and this morning was my first ride with them. they seem really nice. they feel a lot like my old shoes, which is great because i LOVED my old shoes.

they're slightly big for me at size 44, but that's cool because they'll accommodate thicker socks on chilly days, and the lace up design still allows me to get 'em snug with regular socks.
OOPS! I'm late on my advice.

BTW - Shimano is a solid choice! I have a very old pair of Shimano MTB shoes that I still use all the time.

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I am currently converting a 1988 GT All-Terrain Outpost to a hybrid style bike in the short term, and eventually do a drop bar conversion. My main ride is a 1973 LeJeune TDF. It has the Lyotard platform pedals to which I have added the Christophe cages and toe straps. Being vintage myself, I have grown to really like them. This is a little outside the intention of this thread, but I'd like to ask anyway. The main reason is because I want to buy a decent pair of cycling shoes for platform pedals that will receive the toe cages and straps I already have. I plan to upgrade the quality of the platform pedals, but they must be compatible with the Christophe cages & straps.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.....

Thanks folks!
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I keep comfortable slip on shoes at the office, but often ride to client meetings with Sidi SPD mountain bike shoes that look kind of techy (very comfortable though). Fortunately my clients are very bike-friendly


It is interesting to think about having something sexier for this purpose, like the QUOC Urbanite ($$$), but the Boston climate is often inclement. Perhaps some protective goo would help the nice leather survive. Does anyone have experience with such product?
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I've had a pair of SH-WM64's for about 6 months and I like them. Cleats are recessed, 2 velcro and 1 ratchet strap makes for fast on/off, and styling is more neutral (not screaming bike shoe). The shoe is comfortable on the bike and for walking. I got them on sale at my LBS for 1/2 off as part of an inventory closeout. They had no more of the men's SH-M89 in my size, and the SH-WM64 seems like the same shoe and fit fine. I haven't had them long enough to comment on their durability, but they look to be well constructed.

https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Women.../dp/B013QBI5TM
https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-SH-M0.../dp/B00LWGUXSU

These shoes don't meet SteelyDan's criteria, as they are not lace up. But I couldn't help not suggesting them as I've liked them so much myself.

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Have you considered leaving a pair of regular shoes under your desk for work? It's what I do, and it lets me wear whatever cycling shoe I want.
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Have you considered leaving a pair of regular shoes under your desk for work? It's what I do, and it lets me wear whatever cycling shoe I want.
This!

My bike shoes are comfortable, but I've never considered wearing them when at work. I wear out shoes pretty fast so I want to save my bike shoes for the bike. That's why I've never considered lace-ups -- I want bike shoes that are fast on and fast off.

I still prefer a comfortable, recessed cleat, neutral styled bike shoe. They win for running errands and the like. I've never liked clacking down the aisles in the grocery store.
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I've been using the Shimano MT33 shoes. I like them but they are a bit heavy and narrow. I only wear them when cycling, but they seem to be comfortable enough to wear off the bike. Price is right, too!
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