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Old 01-21-10, 11:34 PM
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What kind of shoes do you wear when riding?

Just wondering what type of shoes do you wear when you ride to work?
Do you use cycling shoes? Sneakers? Office leather shoes?

Right now I wear plain old sneakers. However since converting to toe strap/clips, my sneakers feel rather big. I heard soccer shoes are good because it has hard section where the ball of the foot is. Opinions?
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Mid- winter riding my winter bike in snowy slush I've been wearing a huge pair of Gore-tex hiking boots. Most of the time, however, I wear Keen's for my commute and love them.

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Usually I just wear regular sneakers (e.g. vans) with half-clips. If your shoes aren't fitting very well you can try "deep" clips that are designed to fit wider regular shoes. But it depends on what shoes you are wearing, my vans are relatively thin sneakers and fit fine. If you are getting hot spots you may want to try a sneaker with a harder sole. If it is really cold or nasty I wear my hand-me-down, older than I am super comfortable/warm boots. If I'm riding a long way and trying to do it reasonably quickly I use my speedplays with cycling shoes. But I'm finding that more and more I prefer to just leave as much time as possible for the ride, wear comfortable regular shoes, and always bring a lock so I can "stop and smell the roses" whenever I want.
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On my tiny commute of less than a couple of miles, I just wear my work shoes, which are the kind worn by those who work in supermarkets and restaurants: basically a rougher version of dress shoes.
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Even in the winter, with a commute of 5 km, I still end up choosing walkable SPDs. Way better than trying to fit my other shoes into clips, much prefer the ride over platforms, and if I wana walk in them I just do.
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i commute 14 miles a day. I wear the Chrome shoes often seen in the banners. $70 dollars, made out of codura. Durable, comfy, and a very stiff sole as well. I recommend wearing at least quarter socks to regular crew, or the edge of the shoe will eat the back of your ankle.
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mtb clipless year round, just more socks/newspapers/booties in winter
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In the winter I have several pairs of boots I use depending on the weather we are having and in the summer I swap between my Adidas Stan Smiths and my Uvex riding shoes.

The Adidas shoes are excellent for clips and straps... smoother soled with no lugs and a firm footbed equals a nice riding shoe.

The Uvex shoes are also leather, breathable, and have a safety toe which is excellent for clips / straps and what I use on the road bikes as they are much like traditional riding shoes.
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Northern Wisconsin
10 below zero
And all other weather
5 mile commute one way
10pm and 8 am
Never wear anything else

https://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Prod...lator-GORE-TEX

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sandals and wool socks
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Leather office shoes, with Totes if there is rain, snow, or very cold weather.

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I used to use Lake SPD shoes, but now have studded platform pedals that grip any shoe with a spongy sole. Hiking boots in cold weather, running shoes in warm weather, Keen sandals on very hot days.
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I like adidas sambas in toe clips. They are narrow and will come out easily if need be.
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Pearl Izumi Vagabond II MTB shoes with Crank brothers cleats for all my bikes. They've gone 5-6 years and they're truly beat to hell. 3

I need a new pair, but I can't find any that fit as well as these.
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I like skateboard shoes,smooth toes,no cleats,flat bottom,leather.
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I wear a pair of timberland boat shoes for normal/not to cold and a pair of columbia hiking boats for cold/wet conditions.
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In the summer I wear Pearl Izumi MTB shoes. This winter I've ended up using the same shoes inside some Performance Booties. These booties have a rubber sole and are much more durable than those that are just stiched together on the bottom like my previous ones. They're also on sale for $19.00 . Beware though, they run at least 2 sizes too small. Size 11's fit snug on my size 42 (approx U.S. size 9) MTB shoes.

Since my winter bike has platform pedals I take the cleats off. I also use an insulating insole.

This combination along with wool socks has been good to about -10 F. At that temp my toes start to get a little cold by the time I get to work, but not bad. If I had to ride two hours when it's that cold, I'd need something different.

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Shimano mountain shoes. In the winter my toes used to get cold, but a few weeks ago I wrapped a plastic grocery sack around the toes and wrapped it in duct tape. IE hobo toe covers. My toes are fine now, it's been down to about 5*F.

At 0 or below, I usually install platform pedals and switch to hunting boots.
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i currently wear vans slip ons. i use them because they're simple to put on, and since there isn't anything for my clips/straps to get caught on, or any need for the straps to be looser than snug.

after the winter ends, i'll be buying some clipless xtr pedals and a nice pair of clipless MTB shoes.
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The longer the commute, the more beneficial cycling specific shoes will be. Cycling shoes are specifically built with very stiff soles to minimize foot flex (and fatigue) and to maximize power transfer.

As to whether a MTB style shoe (recessed cleat), or conventional road shoe (non recessed cleat) is best, it depends on how far you have to walk to your desk or work station once you get off your bike.

Since you state that you're using straps, I'd probably go with MTB shoes as they are easier to walk in while off the bike.

If your commute is less than 5 miles, it probably doesn't matter..... except, as the weather gets nicer, you may find you want to tack on some extra miles on the way home. A cycling shoe will make this more enjoyable. If you live in a hot climate, look for a shoe that is well ventilated.

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Specialized Tahoe or Shimano MTB shoes. Have a couple different pairs, all are SPD clipless.
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Whatever you do, don't do what I did. I was wearing some cheap spd style shoe when I tried on some sidis at the bike shop. Now I own a couple of pairs and I'm seriously looking at the winter boot.

The worst part of the whole situation is that I can no longer complain about the cost of my wifes shoe habit. It's very frustrating.
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Just an old beat up pair of New Balance sneakers here. Did Crocs fairly regularly this summer.

Got a pair of these recently as Lands End moved some warm weather inventory at a discount. Once it gets back into the mid-to-upper 40s in the AM, I'll probably switch over to these.

Clipless may be on the horizon for me, but for now it's not a reality. Not enough $$$, other more pressing bike needs, and really wide feet are all obstacles to attempting the switch for now.
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