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Old 04-20-09, 08:40 PM
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commuter shoe ideas.....

I'm looking for input on a commuter shoe solution. I've been considering the Shimano MT70 but have not been locating them in my size (45) at a reasonable price! The features that appealed to me are the spd/walkable nature of the shoe and the gore-tex lining. My commute will require that I walk a bit to get to my office from where I lock up my bike so I wanted a shoe that is somewhat walkable as I will change into work shoes at my desk. Is anyone aware of a similar shoe to the MT70? I'm not looking to break the bank on these, about $60 or so. Any ideas???
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Stilettos or other form of high heels... But they're gonna cost ya!
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Old 04-21-09, 10:18 AM
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I hadn't heard of that one before - I know of other casual shoes, and other waterproof shoes, but not of ones that are both waterproof and casual and not cold weather insulated a little bit. :-(
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Old 04-21-09, 10:25 AM
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MT-40 with overshoes? Works well for me.
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Old 04-21-09, 10:46 AM
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sandals work great sometimes I walk all day in them. they are great because you can vary sock thickness for bad weather. plus I find the shimano ones very stiff.
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Old 04-21-09, 11:52 AM
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The MT70's look pretty good. For those interested, Backcountryoutlet.com has them on clearance for $60 - seems like a good deal for a gore-tex lined shoe. unfortunately not in my size
http://www.backcountryoutlet.com/out...Shoe-Mens.html
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Old 04-21-09, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by KitN View Post
Stilettos or other form of high heels... But they're gonna cost ya!
She means boots, because commuter bikes have pumps mounted to the frame, which makes it hard to pedal.

When it gets cold, thigh-high dominatrix boots will keep your knees warm on long rides.
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Old 04-21-09, 02:15 PM
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I use the Specialized Taho shoe. It works well and is easy to walk in.

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=342&gold_ses=
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Old 04-21-09, 02:27 PM
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I have two pairs, a Shimano MT21 & an MT20. Work great and you can fine them for about $40 sometimes. But I just wear them all day at work. Nashbar has the MT21 in size 45 http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...5_10000_201359
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Another vote for Sandals. Cool and comfortable.
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Old 04-21-09, 05:02 PM
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I got these:



With some Crank Bros Candy SL pedals.

I don't have a bike yet, but that's beside the point.
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I dig Vans for daily commuting, but then again, I use toeclips or platforms with no SPD...
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Old 04-21-09, 05:24 PM
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Shimano R085. Nice smooth but walkable sole designed for touring rather than scaling the sides of hills.
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I commute with Keen sandals, and love them.
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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...&top_category=


Shimano MT21 Multi Purpose Shoe - 2008
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Originally Posted by Jerrod View Post
I use the Specialized Taho shoe. It works well and is easy to walk in.

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=342&gold_ses=
+1 great shoe and one of very few in 48/14
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Old 04-21-09, 10:06 PM
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I'm a big fan of Keen's shoes and sandals. I wrote them several years ago begging them to produce a cycling shoe (even started a thread in BF to encourage them- which I can't find). Well, they started with Keen cycling sandal- but I wasn't interested in a cycling sandal. But now they have introduced the Keen Cycling shoe .

So I bought a pair at the end of March. Here's my "review":

comfort- excellent on and off the bike. I rate it the most comfortable cycling specific shoe I've ever worn. feels good on the pedals and on the streets.

durability- a solid shoe that won't wear out. Well made.

weight- not for the weight weenies but this is a touring/commuting/MTB shoe- I wouldn't wear them for a training ride or race.

"walkability"- this is very important for me in a commuting/touring shoe. And I have never been satisfied with any cycling specific shoe to go on a long tour with no other shoe or sandal in my gear for walking. This shoe is good for a long walk. Even possibly a hike! I wouldn't run in it by choice but you could run in it if you had to in these shoes. I did a 3 day tour with only these shoe and was perfectly content.

style/look-I'd prefer it looked less like an athletic shoe/cycling shoe and more like just a good solid shoe. The pull over velcro tabs, while convenient, look a bit too cycling specific/athletic for my tastes but overall the shoe is good looking and most people I've asked about it find it to be a good looking shoe. I'm not crazy about the grey color- I'm tempted to take a black permanent marker to the shoe and paint them black.

waterproof/water resistant/ventilation- not exactly water proof but they are pretty water resistant. I'll know after the weekend how they are in warm weather- I'm not quite sure how breathable they are yet- but, so far, they're pretty good in cooler temps.

cost/economy- I'm mister cheap esp. when it comes to commuting costs. I like buying cheap and then making it last as long or longer than the higher priced selection. These shoes are expensive no getting around it- they are not cheap shoes. But they seem worth the price if they last a long time and they work as well off the bike as these do. Fortunately, I was able use a discount coupon worth 20% when I bought them at REI and will receive a further rebate as an REI member. But the orig. price of $130 is the highest I have ever spent on cycling shoe. But I'm feeling they were worth it.
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