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Old 01-19-15, 09:30 PM
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favorite footwear

I do not own a bike with pedal clips or cleats etc. so I ride in a pair of northface trail sneakers.
They fit well, are supportive and don't slip.
What do you wear when you ride and why?
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Old 01-19-15, 09:52 PM
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I have good old school toeclips and straps on all of my bicycles. I have a pair of Lake flat-soled BMX shoes, a pair of Diadora mountain bike shoes, and two pairs of flat-soled ASICs TN505s. The Diadoras work best with the road quill pedals on the road bikes, but the BMX and ASICs shoes are OK for shopping, errands, general short-to-mid distance transportation, etc.

I wish I had a pair of two of the old Avocet touring shoes, with the steel shank and rubber sole with four parallel grooves which served as surrogate cleats. Those were my favorite cycling shoes of all time.
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Old 01-19-15, 10:16 PM
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SIDI Shoes with Custom molded Conform'able Insoles and Speedplay cleats.
SIDI for the comfort and quality, Insoles for comfort and Speedplay for ease of use,
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I use Lake cycling sandals with SPD pedals.
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Old 01-20-15, 08:12 AM
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Sidi mega Genius 5.5 and Specialized Pro road shoes. Both fitted with Speedplay cleats for my Speedplay Light Action pedals.
And I'm 70 y/o.
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Old 01-20-15, 09:14 AM
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Street shoes if I'm just riding to work or around town, otherwise these:



Or in cold weather, these:

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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I wish I had a pair of two of the old Avocet touring shoes, with the steel shank and rubber sole with four parallel grooves which served as surrogate cleats. Those were my favorite cycling shoes of all time.
Way back when I used toe clips I had a pair of Specialized(I think) touring shoes, stiff sole, with ridges on the bottom to act as cleats. Very similar to the Avocets. They where a great option when you either had cycling specific shoes or sneakers.
Now it's either specialized MTB shoes(SPD) or Specialized road shoes(Look).
I've tried several brands of shoes, but the Specialized feet my feet the best.
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Old 01-20-15, 10:13 AM
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I wear a pair of Columbia high-top hiking shoes. I'm off the (mountain) bike and out in the underbrush/grass/rocks to do geocaching frequently enough that biking shoes with clips and such would be a real nuisance to deal with. Yeah, they are heavier than actual biking shoes, but I don't obsess over a few grams when one of the reasons I ride is for exercise.
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Old 01-20-15, 10:26 AM
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old rigid soled merrell walking shoes which fit like a glove. I use them because they provide the best support for the task.
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Old 01-20-15, 11:26 AM
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Wet weather.. Local travel, LL Bean rubber Mocs , adding The Birkenstock 3/4 insoles I Hoarded in the 70's
(they have to be imported from Germany,now US distributor stopped carrying them ..

And Birk Shoes and Sandals .

I have SiDi & Carnac touring shoes [bought as they were closed out] , but their hard soles, OK Cycling, they are not good for working in ,
standing on concrete floors ..

I have 3 pair of SPuD type shoes . Italian Made For Nike , a Shimano Touring type & their Sandals, sold off the Keens Commuter ones
Since I like the non Clip Klones and platform pedals Better .. for same reason .. hard floors , walking.

Long tours I like loose fitting shoes with comfort enhancing supportive Insoles and toe clip pedals , the blood flow and nerve endings not constricted .

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Old 01-20-15, 03:41 PM
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I use Giro factor road shoes with ultegra pedals and the blue cleats.
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Old 01-20-15, 07:07 PM
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I have a great metatarsal joint that has seen two surgeries, and now doesn't tolerate much flexion when walking. Consequently, I wear my bike shoes most of the time - always at work. I have an old pair of Shimano road shoes, and I lately picked up a more recent pair, again Shimano, only because that's what fit me comfortably. I absolutely lived in Sidi mesh road shoes (before clipless pedals were introduced) in the 80s.
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Old 01-20-15, 09:07 PM
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Sidi Dominator bike shoes. These are MTB shoes, so they are walkable. They are supportive, fit well, last forever, and have an extremely stiff sole. They take a 2 hole cleat, so SPDs or similar cleats and pedals. Vastly more comfortable on a ride than shoes with more flexible soles.
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Old 01-20-15, 09:23 PM
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Normal office shoes (with Neos Villager overshoes in the wet or when below freezing). Reason -- convenience. I bike for convenience.
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Old 01-20-15, 09:43 PM
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Specialized S-Works with SPD-SLs. I like going fast (comparatively) and long. Cliples pedals make both much easier and comfortable.
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Old 01-21-15, 07:40 AM
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Northwave shoes fit my feet the best.
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Old 01-21-15, 08:03 AM
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On my road bike, I wear Specialized cycling shoes and use SPD pedals. My hybrid has standard platform pedals so when I ride it, I wear Rebok Classic walking shoes. The sole is thick and fairly stiff and they seldom slip off the pedals due to the design of the sole. They are also extremely comfortable shoes.
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Old 01-22-15, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Sidi Dominator bike shoes. These are MTB shoes, so they are walkable. They are supportive, fit well, last forever, and have an extremely stiff sole. They take a 2 hole cleat, so SPDs or similar cleats and pedals. Vastly more comfortable on a ride than shoes with more flexible soles.
+1 for Sidi Dominators. Mine are at least 14 years old and still doing very well, although I did build up worn parts of the sole with Shoe Goo a few years ago. I've always used Superfeet insoles in them (all my other shoes).
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To be honest my high top converse are my favorite shoes for cycling
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Originally Posted by Tony Marley View Post
I use Lake cycling sandals with SPD pedals.

+1 on spd and sandals. I love wearing sandals.
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Old 01-25-15, 05:55 AM
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Tried SPD-SL for a couple of years now SPD which I like better. My commuter has double sided clips pedals and duels on my city bike.
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Old 01-25-15, 07:33 AM
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I gave up the SPD pedals several years ago and find that platforms with pegs installed are just as efficient and more comfortable.


I wear light hiking shoes when touring,I like Chrome shoes in town, but most of the time I wear some Rockport slipons.

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Shimano SPD sandals and A530 pedals when it is warm, and Keen Austin shoes in colder weather. I would wear the sandals all the time, if I could stand cold feet.
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These are 5 10's and I have been using them for 3 years now since I switched to flat pedals. The great thing(s) about this shoe, comfortable, super rubber bottom and I wear them hiking also because they grip like crazy. Also, you can generally find them on sale somewhere online.
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For fixed gear riding I have Louis Garneau shoes with Crank Bros. cleats since I use Egg-Beather pedais.
For double-centuries I have Giro shoes with SPD-L cleats. Dura-Ace pedals.
For commuting I have 6-6-1 sandals, Shimano SPD pedals.
For club rides I have Sidi Shoes with SPD-L cleats, Ultegra pedals.
For touring i have some old Shimano shoes with the (also old!) SPD-R pedals.
For easy training rides and recreational recovery rides I have Lake shoes, SPD-L cleats.
For mountain bike riding I have 6-6-1 mountain bike shoes, SPD cleats.
For trips to the Post Office, Bank, Grocery store, etc. I use whatever shoes I have on (usually cheapo Costco sandals) since the old Hercules has platform pedals.

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