Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

A Better Shoe Idea for Commuting to Work?

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

A Better Shoe Idea for Commuting to Work?

Old 06-02-10, 10:24 AM
  #1  
realdeal4984
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A Better Shoe Idea for Commuting to Work?

Hi everyone, I just started commuting to work (about 12 miles RT) as well as using road shoes. Ever since I started using the clipless system I can't imagine going back to riding with just regular shoes. What I was curious about is if anyone has a better method or idea than just carrying my work shoes in a backpack each day, or even just leaving my shoes at work. This becomes a little tedious but isn't horrible. Any help or ideas would be great, thanks!
realdeal4984 is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 10:34 AM
  #2  
neil
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 737
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by realdeal4984
Hi everyone, I just started commuting to work (about 12 miles RT) as well as using road shoes. Ever since I started using the clipless system I can't imagine going back to riding with just regular shoes. What I was curious about is if anyone has a better method or idea than just carrying my work shoes in a backpack each day, or even just leaving my shoes at work. This becomes a little tedious but isn't horrible. Any help or ideas would be great, thanks!
You really have to. For daily use, you should definitely go with the extra set of shoes that live at the office. Mountain bike shoes recess the cleats more than road shoes, but even they are not comfortable for walking long periods in, so wearing your bike shoes all day isn't really an option.
neil is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 10:37 AM
  #3  
AndrewP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Montreal
Posts: 6,521

Bikes: Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Leave shoes, belt, trousers, towel and shampoo at work. I ride with SPD cleats and walkable shoes but I wouldnt want to walk around in them all day.
AndrewP is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 10:38 AM
  #4  
mustachiod
Senior Member
 
mustachiod's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
a few cyclists at work have a variety of shoes under their desks for this reason.

i still use toe clips because i want to be able to grab my bike at any time without being required to change my shoes. and i still have spare shoes at work because my feet sweat on the ride in.
mustachiod is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 10:42 AM
  #5  
Zap Hassellhoff
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 116

Bikes: 1986 Schwinn Tempo

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I was in the same position as you. I got sick of carrying my work shoes in my bag so I switched out my old shimano clip pedels for a set of MTB platform pedels. I went with the Wellgo MG-1, they're magnesium with metal pins, super grippy and work well with street shoes. I've used them on a 100+ mile ride and they worked great. In the end, I'm pretty happy. My commuter gear has been simplified and in general my bike is much more ridable on a daily basis.
Zap Hassellhoff is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 10:53 AM
  #6  
HardyWeinberg
GATC
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
Posts: 8,728
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 463 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 27 Posts
I have a separate pair of shoes I leave at the office. And 2-sided pedals if I want to take off mid-day w/o putting the cleated shoes back on.
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 11:01 AM
  #7  
noisebeam
Arizona Dessert
 
noisebeam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 15,030

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex

Mentioned: 76 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5344 Post(s)
Liked 2,168 Times in 1,288 Posts
What are the downsides of leaving shoes at work?
noisebeam is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 11:03 AM
  #8  
hillikus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: NE
Posts: 60

Bikes: 09 Motobecane Fantom CX, Trek YSL-CC, 05-Giant STP2, 73 Schwinn World Voyageur, 73 Raleigh Super Course, 73 Raleigh Sports(his and hers), 1984 Trek 520

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A couple of guys that ride in leave sandals at the bike rack. We have a pretty secure rack so they just velcro them around the bar and use them to walk in/out and change at their desks. They used to just leave their lock on the bike rack to lock their sandals overnight but it is entirely unnecessary here.
hillikus is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 03:16 PM
  #9  
cmherrmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Posts: 75

Bikes: 1997 Trek 2300

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by hillikus
A couple of guys that ride in leave sandals at the bike rack. We have a pretty secure rack so they just velcro them around the bar and use them to walk in/out and change at their desks. They used to just leave their lock on the bike rack to lock their sandals overnight but it is entirely unnecessary here.
This is exactly what I do, I have an old pair of rubber sandals that I leave on the rack outside of our building. I'm still thinking about getting another set of flat pedals just for commuting and putting my clipless pedals on only for the weekend long rides. I have had a few too many close calls where I nearly tipped over because of having to make a quick stop and almost not getting unclipped in time.

Took my first spill yesterday because some butt head came flying around the corner just as I was pulling out of our parking lot and was attempting to clip in my second foot. I had to turn very sharply to the right and stop with my right foot clipped in and my left almost in. Only hurt my ego but it sure was embarrassing with people all around.
cmherrmann is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 03:32 PM
  #10  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,865

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 68 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2952 Post(s)
Liked 3,100 Times in 1,414 Posts
I leave my dress shoes at work and have a pair of old running shoes in my bike locker for the walk across the street from the garage. (FWIW, you can use Ultegra pedals like platforms for short distances. Just wear rubber soles, not leather. Trust me on this.)
caloso is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 03:34 PM
  #11  
scoatw
Senior Member
 
scoatw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: central ohio
Posts: 1,536

Bikes: 96 gary fisher 'utopia' : 99 Softride 'Norwester'(for sale), 1972 Raleigh Twenty. Surly 1x1 converted to 1x8, 96 Turner Burner

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I use toe-clips. And I wear Keen H2 sandals when I commute. Very comfortable in the hot weather. Below 60f I wear them with socks down to about 40f then switch to the winter footwear. They have a clipless model. I keep my work shoes at work.

Last edited by scoatw; 06-02-10 at 03:37 PM.
scoatw is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 03:57 PM
  #12  
ItsJustMe
Se˝ior Member
 
ItsJustMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 13,749

Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 446 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
I rode clipless for about 3 years, using mountain shoes. They look very normal and you could wear them around work.

I switched back to non-clipless (I actually use toe clips) and honestly, there's hardly any difference IMO.
__________________
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
ItsJustMe is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 04:48 PM
  #13  
mtnwalker
Senior Member
 
mtnwalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 1,952

Bikes: '84 Centurion Accordo RS, '06 Gary Fisher Marlin, '06 Schwinn Fastback 27, '06 Litespeed Teramo

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by noisebeam
What are the downsides of leaving shoes at work?
Besides the shoe smelling up the office and you walking in the next day with the smell of your own stinking feet filling the air? Let.....me.....think.....








mtnwalker is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 04:49 PM
  #14  
wunderkind
Pro Paper Plane Pilot
 
wunderkind's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,645
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I leave my leather dress shoe at my office drawer. Works fine.
wunderkind is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 04:50 PM
  #15  
mtnwalker
Senior Member
 
mtnwalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 1,952

Bikes: '84 Centurion Accordo RS, '06 Gary Fisher Marlin, '06 Schwinn Fastback 27, '06 Litespeed Teramo

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by caloso
I leave my dress shoes at work and have a pair of old running shoes in my bike locker for the walk across the street from the garage. (FWIW, you can use Ultegra pedals like platforms for short distances. Just wear rubber soles, not leather. Trust me on this.)
I have the same set up. A pair of shoes in the bike locker to walk to the locker room to the office. Another pair of shoes in the office to wear for work.
mtnwalker is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 04:57 PM
  #16  
prathmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
Posts: 7,239
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 659 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
My SPD shoes are about as comfortable to walk in as any of my other shoes - and much more so than my dress shoes. So I'd usually just use those during the day. But I also kept a pair of dress shoes in a desk drawer for any meetings where more formal attire was expected.
prathmann is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 05:05 PM
  #17  
ItsJustMe
Se˝ior Member
 
ItsJustMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 13,749

Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 446 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by mtnwalker
Besides the shoe smelling up the office and you walking in the next day with the smell of your own stinking feet filling the air? Let.....me.....think.....
I shower when I get to work and put on fresh socks. I've had the same pair of sneakers at work for about 6 years now, they're fine. I only ever wear them with freshly washed feet and fresh socks, in an air conditioned building.
__________________
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
ItsJustMe is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 05:27 PM
  #18  
noisebeam
Arizona Dessert
 
noisebeam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 15,030

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex

Mentioned: 76 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5344 Post(s)
Liked 2,168 Times in 1,288 Posts
Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
I shower when I get to work and put on fresh socks. I've had the same pair of sneakers at work for about 6 years now, they're fine. I only ever wear them with freshly washed feet and fresh socks, in an air conditioned building.
Same here. Neither my shoes nor my feet stink - loved ones will agree.
noisebeam is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 05:31 PM
  #19  
es82
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 68
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have a pair of Keen Austin shoes. Recessed cleats and are suitable for office shoes for where I work (your mileage may vary depending on dress code). Comfy enough for walking around in. I wouldn't want to go on a long hike/walk with them, but going for lunch / around the office / short errands are fine.
es82 is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 06:10 PM
  #20  
ghettocruiser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Dress shoes, steel toed boots, and loafers all reside under my desk at work.
ghettocruiser is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 08:06 PM
  #21  
cyclokitty 
Not safe for work
 
cyclokitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,121

Bikes: KHS Town and Country 100 & Jamis Durango Femme 1.0

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
I wear Teva sandals with my platform pedals during the summer. When it gets chilly I wear skateboard shoes. Then in the winter I wear my monster winter boots.
cyclokitty is offline  
Old 06-02-10, 09:05 PM
  #22  
trustnoone
Senior Member
 
trustnoone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Edmonton AB
Posts: 520

Bikes: 2011 Colnago World Cup, 2012 Eddy Merckx AMX-2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When I lived on the Wet Coast (Vancouver) almost eveyone regardless of how they got there left their dress shoes under their desk at work as opposed to getting them ruined in the rain.

Me too, I'll ride clipless till I die or get a BMX.
trustnoone is offline  
Old 06-03-10, 07:16 AM
  #23  
JeremyZ
Senior Member
 
JeremyZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 794

Bikes: 1997 Schwinn Searcher GS, 2007 Dahon Curve D3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by realdeal4984
... What I was curious about is if anyone has a better method or idea than just carrying my work shoes in a backpack each day, or even just leaving my shoes at work. This becomes a little tedious but isn't horrible.
I have a file drawer at my desk full of three pair of shoes. I find this a lot less tedious than carrying them or sacrificing my foot comfort at any time. Another advantage to this method is that your work shoes will last a lot longer, as they won't see as much pavement. (mine see only carpet, tile, and waxed polished concrete) They last forever.
JeremyZ is offline  
Old 06-03-10, 09:27 AM
  #24  
realdeal4984
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks everyone! I just read through all of your posts and I see the overwhelming number of you that just leave a pair or two at work. Simple, yet effective, so I don't have to worry about my sweaty feet stinking up the same pair of work shoes day in and day out. Not to mention I won't have that extra weight when I'm commuting back and forth. I love riding!
realdeal4984 is offline  
Old 06-03-10, 10:38 AM
  #25  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 23,208
Mentioned: 89 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18881 Post(s)
Liked 10,643 Times in 6,053 Posts
I leave a pair of normal shoes under my desk, and change when I get in ... or sometimes forget to.

I picked a pair of Keen Commuter clipless shoes up this past weekend. There's a swimming beach about eight miles from me, which is a nice ride to warm up for a dip in the lake, if summer happens this year. I wanted bike shoes I could swim in, or at least get soaked on my way out of the lake, and a second pair in case I get drenched in a downpour and want to bike the next day. Anyway, the new shoes are less powerful in the saddle, but so much better for walking around than the Pearl Izumi mountain bike shoes.



You can see just by looking at them, that they don't grip your feet the same way, and you can't pull the pedals up with as much force as other shoes allow. But, if your job allows, you could walk around in these all day long, and forget you have cleats in them.
Seattle Forrest is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.