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Old 07-25-07, 03:33 AM   #1
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Walking in cycling shoes?

What are the differences (if any) between mountain bike and road bike shoes

Is it okay to walk in road cycling shoes? How much damage is there in doing that?

How long do they last?

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Old 07-25-07, 03:39 AM   #2
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Mtn bike shoes are definitely easier to walk in. But, unfortunately, I find Look style cleats more comfortable. the 'hot spot,' is larger. As long as one does not have to walk much, who cares. You do a little touring with lots of walking, definitely , SPD style cleats are better. I cover the Look cleats with Kool rubber covers, that helps. Yet you have to walk should your bike become inoperable, you will find the cleat covers will deteroiate in no time.Since, it's been rare, my bikes become way laid, I prefer Looks.
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If you're going to only do long road rides with little to no walking - road shoes and pedals ftw.

However, if you're going to use your bike to run errands, and get off the bike and get groceries or whatever, mtb shoes/recessed cleat pedals are the way to go.
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doesn't matter to me - my soles are replaceable :smug:

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What are the differences (if any) between mountain bike and road bike shoes

Is it okay to walk in road cycling shoes? How much damage is there in doing that?

How long do they last?
Road bike shoes are a pain in the butt for walking. I use Look cleat covers if I'm going to do any significant walking. Look cleats will wear it quickly if you walk on them a lot without covers.

Sidi shoes have replaceable heel pads - the part of the road shoe that will wear out from walking.

Road bike shoes are more efficient if you are going to do a lot of road riding.

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I use Kool covers for the Look cleats on my road-bike shoes, and I've only had to walk once in the past 3 years, when I had an un-fixable puncture. I actually found it easier to jog than walk; I think it's to do with being on the balls of your feet rather than having to use your heels.

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I have looks. I had a one more flat then patch (spring roads are fun). I walked about 20 feet in the road shoes, took em off and just went barefoot. Road shoes are a pain to walk in, even more so if your walking indoors on slippery floors.
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Road shoes are usually stiffer than than mountain biking shoes. Walking in road shoes are limited to very short distances. I've hiked in my SPD sandals for a few hours so definitely a better option for the walking thing.
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Mountain bike shoes are better for commuting. Unless you just want to walk like a penguin.

In my road shoes with Look cleats I try not to walk at all. I'll take my shoes off and walk around barefoot or in my socks, before I walk around in those shoes.
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I'm with commuterrun... I'll walk in my socks or barefoot before hiking home multiple miles with my road shoes.
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I'm with commuterrun... I'll walk in my socks or barefoot before hiking home multiple miles with my road shoes.
Well...if I had to go that far I'd get on my cell and call the wife to come get me.
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I love all the comments about how mountain bike shoe soles are soft and flexy - ummm...next time you're in a bike shop pick up a pair and try and flex them. Suprise, suprise they're just as stiff as the road shoes BUT you can walk in them without danger or looking like a tard.
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yeah, i call it the duck walk

don't forget there are other styles of cycling shoes. for cold/wet weather i also have lake winter shoes. they're not even pretending not to be cycling shoes, but i've gone to clubs, interviews, grocery shopping etc and never had to think about weird looks, slick surfaces, metal grates, stairs... (note: if anyone considers these shoes for sub zero temps, be sure to buy extra oversized!)
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