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Old 04-04-19, 05:15 PM
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Non Clip-in Shoes

Doing the GAP trail in a few months. Looking for a pair of shoes to wear for the trip. Using platform pedals and will stop in towns along the way and walk around. Was going to just wear running shoes but thought maybe something with a bit more solid sole? Im 52 and dont want to look a teenager with some crazy colors or such.
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Old 04-04-19, 06:20 PM
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Can't go wrong with Five Ten. They also have SPD-compatible shoes that look like regular tennis/casual shoes, if you want that flexibility.
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Was going to suggest adidas Sambas, but they might be a little hot during the summer.
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I second the Five Tens.
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Old 04-06-19, 05:42 PM
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get a stiff arch support insole like superfeet? then go try on shoes..
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Old 04-06-19, 07:01 PM
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A lot of SPD mt. bike shoes typically have a removable cover over where you install the cleats.

If you leave the cover in place, they work fine as bike shoes that are stiffer than running shoes and yet are still comfortable to walk in and they work well on platform pedals.
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Old 04-06-19, 07:18 PM
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Gee, it's just not a 'non-cleated bicycle shoe' thread without some ancien lamenting the old Bata Bikers.



I'm surprised a modern rendition hasn't been knocked off in China.
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Old 04-07-19, 07:59 AM
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Look at tennis court shoes, it's what I use. They have a stiffer sole than most other casual shoes, can take some abuse, and there are varieties with good ventilation (nylon fabric in the overall structure of the shoe).
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Old 04-07-19, 08:05 AM
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Many of the SPD shoes come with a plug in the cleat area.

Although, if you use clipless, then I'd probably just go with SPD, or other 2-bolt recessed cleat pedals/shoes, if already getting the shoes.
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Old 04-07-19, 09:29 AM
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I like my Giro Rumble VRs, in blue suede. I use them with toeclips and find them very comfortable for walking short distances. I just left the recessed SPD mounting hole section open. With these and my REI expedition bike / cargo / hiking shorts, I can easily accomplish most of my utility cycling, such as to a store or the YMCA.
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DItto the Superfeet idea. Works great in any walking shoe. I use a light, mesh top trail runner from New Balance.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Was going to suggest adidas Sambas, but they might be a little hot during the summer.
Adidas Samba Classic? Heat never has been a problem for me. However, they are an indoor soccer shoe. Best off the bike, but pretty good on the bike.

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Old 04-12-19, 03:37 PM
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I've never heard of flat sole mountain biking shoes until now. Interesting.

Currently I wear Columbia low top hiking shoes on planned rides and will leave on my high top lace up work boots for unplanned rides after work.

I'm guessing these flat sole shoes are comfortable. How well do they stick to mountain bike type pedals?

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Old 04-12-19, 04:46 PM
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I'm never heard of flat sole mountain biking shoes until now. Interesting.

I'm guessing these flat sole shoes are comfortable. How well do they stick to mountain bike type pedals?

I'm guessing really well. Not me here (this is the head mechanic from my LBS) but he's definitely a Five Ten guy.

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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
I'm never heard of flat sole mountain biking shoes until now. Interesting.

Currently I wear Columbia low top hiking shoes on planned rides and will leave on my high top lace up work boots for unplanned rides after work.

I'm guessing these flat sole shoes are comfortable. How well do they stick to mountain bike type pedals?
Go to mtbr.com and the 50+ forum. Tons of people love flat/pinned pedals and shoes for the same, especially for hardcore technical mt. biking. The pedals have a bunch of adjustable pins on them to keep the shoe on the pedal. Easy to move your shoe around for different conditions. Lots to be said for this system, especially touring.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post


Go to mtbr.com and the 50+ forum. Tons of people love flat/pinned pedals and shoes for the same, especially for hardcore technical mt. biking. The pedals have a bunch of adjustable pins on them to keep the shoe on the pedal. Easy to move your shoe around for different conditions. Lots to be said for this system, especially touring.
Thanks for that info. I do like the pedals, they seem like good all-arounders in my limited experience.
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Old 04-12-19, 08:42 PM
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I'm guessing really well. Not me here (this is the head mechanic from my LBS) but he's definitely a Five Ten guy.

Great photo!

It sure is interesting how off road bicycle pedals are larger than road bike "pedals", but in the motorcycle world off-road footpegs are smaller than on-road pegs.
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Cleats off after broken leg

Having broken my leg last year (unable to get my foot out of clip less pedal as the bike went away from under me, taking my left leg with it snap!) I just put the covers back on my Shoes and put MTB pedals on and so far so good...

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Having broken my leg last year (unable to get my foot out of clip less pedal as the bike went away from under me, taking my left leg with it snap!) I just put the covers back on my Shoes and put MTB pedals on and so far so good...

Ooof. I hate when you can hear your own body break or tear.

Glad to know that you're healed up.
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Ooof. I hate when you can hear your own body break or tear.

Glad to know that you're healed up.
thanks it feels great to be back on wheels
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Gee, it's just not a 'non-cleated bicycle shoe' thread without some ancien lamenting the old Bata Bikers.



I'm surprised a modern rendition hasn't been knocked off in China.
Mine had the yellow and red diagonal stripes, but yeah..



Or a 'touring shoe'. I still wear these... from Specialized...

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Have a pair of Carnac Carlit touring shoes I've had unused for many years , Sz 45.. (will sell) Web image mine haven't left the carpet..

have a pair of Sidi Touring shoes I have used.. another web image..

hard stiffer soles not one for standing around in..

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