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Old 09-08-17, 07:55 AM
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Footwear for long ride, trusted or new?

what would you use for approx. 50 paved dry miles?

trusted footwear that's been used dozens of times (Keen sandals) or new cycling specific footwear that has been tested on only a 30 miler but seems fine (Lake MTB shoes)

the weather for Saturday will start cool (50s) but the closed toe sandals with sport socks will be just fine, no need to close up my feet in a shoe yet. but I did spend money on the MTB shoes & they are supposed to be good for cycling, so ...



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Old 09-08-17, 08:00 AM
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If they were fine on 30 miles, I really doubt that you'll have issues on a 50 miles ride.

That said, if your regular solution is fine, what are you hoping to gain by going to something else?
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If they work for you that is all that matters.
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Old 09-08-17, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
if your regular solution is fine, what are you hoping to gain by going to something else?
oh, I got the shoes for the fall & winter & maybe warm weather too if they were significantly better in some way. been using stiff soled walking shoes for cooler months & thought legit cycling shoes would provide something the others did not
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Old 09-08-17, 04:33 PM
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My butt has never been picky about saddles, but my feet are very picky about footwear. Long, skinny, bony feet with high arches and no padding.

That's one reason I'm still riding platforms and wearing my low top Montrail hiking shoes or Merrell high tops for rides up 50-60 miles or so. My feet are comfy. And if I need to walk home those are comfy shoes.

Personally, I'd go with the sandals while it's still sandal weather.
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Old 09-08-17, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
...thought legit cycling shoes would provide something the others did not
I've never tried clipless, but did wear stiff soled Detto Pietros with cleats strapped into quill pedals with toe clips years ago. Stiff soles do transmit power a bit more efficiently, but take awhile to get accustomed to. There's usually some discomfort the first few rides. And the foot retention helped me with consistency in fast spinning, but I never pulled up on the pedals the way some riders say they do.

Anyway, if 50-60 miles is a longer than average ride for you, that's not the time to try new footwear. Wear the new shoes on several shorter rides to get accustomed to 'em.
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just put both pair in the car, guess I'm driving in slippers. thanks
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
what would you use for approx. 50 paved dry miles?

trusted footwear that's been used dozens of times (Keen sandals) or new cycling specific footwear that has been tested on only a 30 miler but seems fine (Lake MTB shoes)

the weather for Saturday will start cool (50s) but the closed toe sandals with sport socks will be just fine, no need to close up my feet in a shoe yet. but I did spend money on the MTB shoes & they are supposed to be good for cycling, so ...
Answer C, wear the trusted for the long runs, and wear the new on the short runs until they to become trusted.
I do like the looks of those Keen Sandals.
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If your feet get cold, wear the other shoes on the next ride.
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I don't wear anything but trusted shoes more than 100 yards from home. If you have new shoes you think you'd like to use, take the time on some local rides to confirm that you can trust them
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thanks! all good reasons to wear the sandals. decided on the shoes because 1) they are cycling specific & 2) had the sandals to wear sight seeing w Sister after the ride. turned out to be good decisions. didn't quite make it to 50 miles, but 46 was pretty close




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I don't wear anything but trusted shoes more than 100 yards from home.
Do you live in a clothing optional community?
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No, but the people here accept me as part of the local color.
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I'm late to the party, but I'm in the trusted shoes for long rides camp. Whenever I get new shoes (cycling, running or duty boots) I wear them several times for progressively longer periods. Most of the time, good shoes could be worn right from the start, but half-way through a long ride is a poor time to realize you have a hot spot or a blister.
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