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Old 02-19-09, 10:59 AM
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Ugly casual or clip & strap bike shoes

I am seaching in vain for a replacement to my running shoes to wear while riding my bike (I use clips and straps on a fixed gear). All I need is something with a bit stiffer sole that doesn't look awful.

Why is it that no one seems to make normal-looking bike shoes with a sole that you can walk on? It seems that there are only the superfat skater-looking shoes like Adidas Berm or Five Ten Impact, or hideous cyclist shoes that only go with a spandex outfit. I'm just looking for something normal looking that I can also walk around in a bit. The Adidas Minrett would have been just what the doctor ordered, but of course they stopped making them and now only size 4 is available online.

Any suggestions?

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Old 02-19-09, 11:05 AM
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Still own and use the Diadora touring shoes, in black. But most of my riding is done in
non-fat skate shoes ala Vans old schools w/ gum soles. Perfect with clips/straps/touring pedals.
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Old 02-19-09, 11:06 AM
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There are a couple of keen options:

http://zeta.zappos.com/product/7449806/color/164972
http://zeta.zappos.com/product/7449806/color/164972

(just don't put cleats in)

I wonder how hard it would be to DIY a steel shank into the sole of some chuck taylors.
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Old 02-19-09, 11:26 AM
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People *do* make "clipless" bike shoes that don't look awful, though I admit I've only become aware of them after looking for them for a year or so.

Like the Specialized Sonoma:
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...=40334&eid=342





Or Shimano makes several. Like their SH-MT20D:
http://bike.shimano.com/catalog/cycle/products/shoe.jsp?JSESSIONID=JdJmk1rPBvYLm6lg1QGmTMhL2Gy9V7j0179pzFgJYwMn5zGMTyq0!1836743867&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd _id=845524441780342&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302040275&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181419&b mUID=1235063846689



Here's their page that lists all of them:
http://bike.shimano.com/catalog/cycl...=1235063821877

I saw a really normal looking pair from Adidas in a bike shop yesterday. I don't remember the shoe name, though, and I didn't see it online but they sell at least one other normal looking bike shoe called the "Berm":
http://www.adidas.com/campaigns/cycl..._adidascom=com


Like the other guy said, if you don't like clips just don't put clips in.
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Old 02-19-09, 11:56 AM
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Exustar Stelvio - look like leather dress shoes but are walkable and spd compatible.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Ex...oe/5360037363/

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Old 02-19-09, 12:27 PM
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If you want to keep on using clips, I'm a fan of converse. Get a pair in all black and they look decent. However I have all sorts of problems with their durability. Four of the grommets have torn themselves out on my pair.
If your less interested in looking formal, Adidas Sambas, which are apparently made for indoor soccer (Who knew) work really well. They have a nice stiff sole and the toe is pointed properly so they fit clips nicely.
You can also find yourself a nice cobbler, you can bring in a set of cleat mounting plates, and your favorite leather dress shoes and explain what you want, see if they can't help you out.
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Old 02-19-09, 12:32 PM
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Ugh, those exustars make me want to puke. I too am shocked by the lack of decent designs for all cycling shoes. Something either looks tragically bland like the Shimanos above or like a neon spaceship.

Some of the nicest ones I have seen are the Adidas Minretts

These shoes come in a couple of different colors too, and they are more geared towards a compromise between comfort on and off the bike. I wish I had a pair.
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Old 02-19-09, 12:34 PM
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In my experience the Specialized Sonomas do not make for a good toe-clip shoe. The sole is too slick and slides out the back of the pedal. Shimano shoes have a better tread profile.
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I have been using some Adidas soccer shoes for commuting. Had a few pairs of Sambas but I like the Acuna model better:

http://www.shopadidas.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2819291
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Old 02-19-09, 01:46 PM
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My addidas samba feel good with clips and straps.
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My Merrill Continuum low-top hiking shoes work quite well with the clips and straps on my commuter. The uppers are Gore Tex so they're fairly waterproof, but an hour of rain will start to soak through. They're fairly dark, so they don't show scuff marks from the clips, and are stiff enough for good power transfer without being uncomfortable to walk in. The Vibram soles grip pedals well. I got mine from REI.

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Old 02-19-09, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by hairlessbill View Post
I have been using some Adidas soccer shoes for commuting. Had a few pairs of Sambas but I like the Acuna model better:

http://www.shopadidas.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2819291
Originally Posted by IbikezLA View Post
My addidas samba feel good with clips and straps.
I live in my Sambas, and they're about 5.5 years old now. I just can't bring myself to get rid of them...
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Old 02-19-09, 02:39 PM
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Specialized Taho



I am supremely happy with these shoes, and used them with toeclips for a while before moving to clipless. They worked wonderfully both ways, and they look awesome!

Linky: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...=40338&eid=342
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Old 02-19-09, 02:42 PM
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I kinda like the look of the Adidas Hammer



it seems adidas just makes nice shoes.
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Specialized tahoe. This picture doesn't do justice:



Looks much softer and less plasticky in real life. The top velcro is functional to keep the lace knot out of the chainring.
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anyone know how the sizing on the adidas shoes run? My feet are all over the place in sizes between companies, so it's nearly impossible to order online...but I have never seen the adidas shoes (cycling) in stores here in Miami...nor have I actually seen any type of casual commuting shoe with cleat positioning in any stores. I've really been wanting to get something like this though since there is a pretty slippery surface where I work (it's all tile flooring.)
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Originally Posted by markhr View Post
Exustar Stelvio - look like leather dress shoes but are walkable and spd compatible.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Ex...oe/5360037363/

They don't look like dress shoes to me; they look like sneakers.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
They don't look like dress shoes to me; they look like sneakers.
Polishing them helps, obviously.

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=7081

http://bikebrothers.co.uk/newshoes.htm
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I've been thinking about ordering a pair of the Specialized Tahoes in the brown/tan color combo. Do the cleats make much sound on hard surfaces with those shoes?
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It might depend on your cleat and whether you use a spacer or not. I use Crankbros. cleats, and at first I got a light clack, but now I don't really hear it unless I step down fairly hard. the cleats have protectors on either side, so mostly rubber hits the ground.

Really nice shoes. They get my shiny sticker of approval.
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Old 02-19-09, 05:00 PM
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I have Lake hybrid shoes, they look pretty bland to me, and they work well in my clips and straps. I don't ride a fixie though.

All winter I ride in security guard boots (I've had Magnums and and Tactical 511's - both work okay), the soles are quite rigid and they deal with slush and rain fairly well.

I wouldn't be the first person to ask about fashion advice though - I couldn't tell chic from freak if my life depended on it. I just wear what feels good and protects me from the weather.
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Wow, those are pretty nice. I like that they have a SPD version as well.
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Wow, those are pretty nice. I like that they have a SPD version as well.
Yeah, those are crazy nice (if pricey).
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Yeah, those look nice polished.
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