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Old 03-21-10, 01:10 AM
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favorite commuting shoe?

Anyone have a favorite non-clipless shoe for commuting/general riding? It should be:

-Relatively stiff sole for cycling,
-Not be too crazy-looking to wear at a casual office,
-Somewhat waterproof or water-resistant, and...
-Cost about or less than $100.

Thanks!
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Old 03-21-10, 02:01 AM
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I wear Adidas Millennium Sambas. If I had to worry about looks I would just pack nicer shoes to wear to the office.
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I wear some New Balance cross-training shoes for everything except for when I need dress shoes. My office is very casual so it's a jeans n' t-shirt kind of day M-F. My shoes are the New Balance 504 to be exact.
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It's kinda hard to find decent stiff shoes for the commute... but they're all I wear. Got a.pair of those retro looking NBs... they're the stiffest. But they don't breath well enough for summer use. So then I wear soccer shoes (nike addidas puma) got a pair of each... the nikes have the second stiffest feel.
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Old 03-21-10, 06:09 AM
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I wear New Balance black tennis shoes -- that's about it. With large BMX pedals I don't see the point in finding a "stiff" shoe. Just about any tennis shoe will work.
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Old 03-21-10, 06:14 AM
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Instead of tennis shoes, I went and purchased a pair of skate boarding shoes. The sole is stiffer and you can go from very wild to very traditional in style....look good even with dockers and dress casual.
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Old 03-21-10, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by xray1978
I wear Adidas Millennium Sambas. If I had to worry about looks I would just pack nicer shoes to wear to the office.
+1

Great shoes
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Skateboarding shoes combined with wide, grippy BMX pedals are great for commuting. Although, I usually wear regular sneakers.
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Old 03-21-10, 08:02 AM
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I like to wear skateboard shoes, but in winter or cold weather I wear waterproof hiking boots.
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Keen Newport sandals are what keep my dogs cool and comfortable. From spring to fall. If its a little cool out I add socks. When I get to work I just change into the work shoes. They'll fit most shoe covers.

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Old 03-21-10, 09:14 AM
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I wear running shoes when it's dry and light hiking boots when it's wet.

If I was gonna go so far as to worry about stiff soles, I'd go ahead and run clipless with Keen Austin Pedal shoes ($120).

Wooops, they've got *****ake in the name, so the ***** part gets starred. You'll have to google 'em.

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Old 03-21-10, 05:51 PM
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Insulated hiking boots in the winter, skate or running shoes in the summer. If it's raining, I wear uninsulated Gore-Tex hiking boots. You don't need stiff soles if you're riding BMX or other wide platform pedals, that's a clipless thing.

I don't know how much luck you're going to have finding a waterproof shoe that looks office casual. Maybe booties over your work shoes on rainy days would be a better bet.
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Old 03-21-10, 06:02 PM
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Skateboard shoes and wide, sharp grippy pedals. Luckily I have small feet and can wear boys skateboard shoes -- cheapcheapcheap!

My current favs are a pair of royal blue suede Etnies I bought for $15.00.
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Old 03-21-10, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by cyber_hawke
Instead of tennis shoes, I went and purchased a pair of skate boarding shoes. The sole is stiffer
+1, I use Circa skate shoes and MKS Touring pedals with toe clips. The wider shoe fits firmer in the toe clips, the sole is super stiff so you can't really feel the edge of the pedal, and they are comfortable in anything other than hot weather or heavy rain.
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Another vote for the Addidas Samba indoor soccer shoes. Our office too, has a casual dress code so the Sambas are perfect.
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I have been wearing a pair of Five-Ten Guide Tennies and I love them. Super grippy tread that is not so soft that it tears up against a pedal. But they are not all puffy and fat like skateboard shoes. They are meant for bouldering and rock sports in general so they are tough as nails. Kind of expensive but I think they will last.

https://www.trailspace.com/gear/five-ten/guide-tennie/

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fat and puffy skate shoes? are you stuck in 1999?
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1999? Why? What happens then? (I'm stuck in 1989. Please help.)

I have some low-cut day-hikers (Kamik) from Sierra Trading Post, and office shoes that I keep at the office.
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Of course, I'm in grad school, so my definition of casual is a bit different than when I was working.
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I'm on my second pair of Skechers. If you go to their site and look for "urbantrack", those are pretty much what I have (not exactly though). Anyway, they are basically like sneakers with leather uppers. Pretty durable; I had my first pair for a while before I started to ride my bike two years ago, and they are still in decent shape although one or two seams have let loose (I plan to patch them up). I just recently got the second pair.
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I take a EEEEEE width shoe (yup, 6E - more like bear paws than feet), so my options are limited. I've been using a pair of New Balance walking shoes - brown leather, waterproof, very comfortable, somewhat durable, and ugly as hell. Mailman shoes. They've been discontinued. The place I buy my shoes has some Dunham walking shoes in, but they're a pretty stingy EEEEEE, and fit too tight. I guess I'm back to canvas sneakers and workboots.
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Originally Posted by avocado
Anyone have a favorite non-clipless shoe for commuting/general riding? It should be:

-Relatively stiff sole for cycling,
-Not be too crazy-looking to wear at a casual office,
-Somewhat waterproof or water-resistant, and...
-Cost about or less than $100.

Thanks!
Another happy Adidas Samba wearer. But I don't wear them in the rain, if I can help it -- not because they're especially delicate, but just because I want them to hold up as long as possible. On rainy days I have my knock-off Crocs from Target. Surprisingly good, though you'd never guess it.
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Old 03-22-10, 03:31 PM
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As a year-round soccer player and HS soccer coach, I think its funny that I'm one of the few who doesn't use them to ride. I have a set of Shimano SPDs on my commuter and my roadie, and use lake mx85s for both bikes. Theyre easy to walk in, comfy, and the treads make sure i dont destroy the floor going to and from work.
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Old 03-22-10, 05:06 PM
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I use Lake MX101. I've had them for about 5 years now and they're still holding up very well. Good vibram soles which are decent for walking around in. They also make wide sizes, which is great since I find most cycling shoes to be quite narrow.
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Old 03-22-10, 07:48 PM
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Northwave waterproof MTB shoes are great! Easy to walk in. Before that, I tried to make my own shoe by drilling out the place for the cleat. The screws didn't stay tight and clipping in and out felt weird
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