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Old 01-10-08, 03:16 PM
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Dress Shoes

Anyone wear dress shoes regularly while commuting? How long before that nice leather sole gets shredded apart?
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Old 01-10-08, 04:05 PM
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Always.
Shredded? It's about as likely for the gas pedal on my car to shred my shoes. What kind of pedals are you using?

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Old 01-10-08, 04:07 PM
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I used to but I made sure I got some with thicker soles and rubber inserts/bits (leather and wet pavement/stairs don't mix too well).
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I just keep them under my desk.
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I keep a pair of dress shoes at work. I rarely wear them anyplace else and if I did I'd just pack them up and bring 'em home.
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My most comfortable pair of shoes is a pair of dress shoes I've been wearing since I was 14 years old. They have thousands of miles on them and because of their hard, stiff soles, they make a great shoe for pedaling in.

They haven't ever gotten damaged from pedaling though, but that could be because of their rubber sole.
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Old 01-10-08, 04:40 PM
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Has anyone come up with an attachment to snap onto Ladies clip-less shoes to turn then into dressy heels for work? Then click them off for the ride home?
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Old 01-10-08, 07:23 PM
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My wife commutes when the weather is decent, she dresses for riding then changes at work, but when she goes out at lunch, just around downtown Cincinnati, usually no more than a couple blocks, she wears whatever dress shoes she is wearing including heels.
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Old 01-10-08, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
My wife commutes when the weather is decent, she dresses for riding then changes at work, but when she goes out at lunch, just around downtown Cincinnati, usually no more than a couple blocks, she wears whatever dress shoes she is wearing including heels.
It is all about attitude!...FWIW I wear whatever I want when riding, if to church on a Sunday it quite often is a suit and tie with leather soled dress shoes. If you happen to use toe clips I can highly recommend the leather covered ones.

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Old 01-11-08, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
Has anyone come up with an attachment to snap onto Ladies clip-less shoes to turn then into dressy heels for work? Then click them off for the ride home?
Trying to tell us something?
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Old 01-11-08, 07:36 AM
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I have worn dress shoes before. If I'm wearing lightweight polyester pants in the summer, dress shoes go well.

But I prefer casual shoes since they grip better. I like platform pedals with some teeth, and bought some recently to replace the stock ones on my Breezer. When I buy shoes, I look for stiff rubber (or whatever that stuff is) soled shoes.

Since I've changed pedals, I don't slip nearly as often and don't have to be quite so careful (I can crank it a little more quickly).

That said, if my place of work was more formal, I'd put the flat platforms back on and ride with dress shoes, if need be. Or keep them at work. It's not that big of a deal.
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Every day. In the winter, they are inside my New England Overshoes, so wear and tear are reduced. In the summer, I have to polish them more often than the winter, but it only takes ten or fifteen minutes. I've never had any issues with the soles wearing out.
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Old 01-11-08, 09:18 AM
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I just keep them under my desk.
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That's what I do - keep a spare pair at the office.
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Old 01-11-08, 09:40 AM
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For what it's worth, there are a lot of high-quality dress shoes around now that use thinner, rubber soles. They don't look like the first batch of rubber-soled dress shoes in that they don't resemble Doc Martens. You can't tell them from regular dress shoes except that people can't hear you walking.

I have a pair like that now. I'm sure they'd get good grip on a bike, but I imagine they'd get trashed by road grime and such.
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Old 01-14-08, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
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Shredded? It's about as likely for the gas pedal on my car to shred my shoes. What kind of pedals are you using?
Thanks for the feedback, folks. Here's my deal...I've got a really nice pair of leather sole dress shoes. I've been riding a mountain bike to and from my home to a bus stop (where I also leave my bike), which is just over a mile away. Not all that far, I know. But, it seems like the bottom of my soles are getting kind gnarled by the pedals. I see sideways streaks on the soles, which I'm attributing to the pedals. I thought it'd be fine, given the short distance I'm riding, but I guess not. I also have a pair of dress shoes at the office (for when I do a longer ride into work on a road bike and with cycling shoes). But when I'm doing that short ride on the mountain bike, I'm wearing my office clothes and don't have anything else - except my sneakers - to wear between the bus stop and work. I dunno...not a biggie. But my shoes are definitely getting banged up.
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+1

That's what I do - keep a spare pair at the office.
+2 and since the shoes pretty much are only worn in the office, they should stay in perfect shape indefinitely.
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I even wear my suit on my commute, which is now only two miles. I have not shredded mine, I think , because I use a product called a "Power Strap" I bought it at first to ensure that the shiny side upper wouldn't get trashed by the clip and I'm also lazy and don't like to bring an extra pair in the bag to change into when I arrive. I'm cheap too and don't want to spend the money on a pair of shoes just sitting at work. THe stap keeps my feet on the pedals and also dosn't allow for much lateral movement. The rubber sole idea is also a good one as I have a couple pair of those too.
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Old 01-15-08, 01:49 PM
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I even wear my suit on my commute, which is now only two miles. I have not shredded mine, I think , because I use a product called a "Power Strap" I bought it at first to ensure that the shiny side upper wouldn't get trashed by the clip and I'm also lazy and don't like to bring an extra pair in the bag to change into when I arrive. I'm cheap too and don't want to spend the money on a pair of shoes just sitting at work. THe stap keeps my feet on the pedals and also dosn't allow for much lateral movement. The rubber sole idea is also a good one as I have a couple pair of those too.
That's about the same for me. No suit, but shirt and tie, and I don't have the power grips. I have an older upright three speed, with nice old hard rubber pedals, no teeth or anything like that. Since the trip is only 1.5 mi each way and I'm not out to set speed records I don't feel any need to clips. Just a nice, mellow pedal into work. During the summer (because of the humidity) I carry a change of clothes and leave my shoes and belts in the office.
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I keep my dress shoes in my filing drawer. I don't have any files, so it works well.
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