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Old 02-24-19, 03:51 PM
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I have been riding with Specialized and LG shoes that have really been pretty comfortable but the lugged soles don't seem to last me more that a couple of years before wearing out the lugs on the heels. I bought a pair of Shimano MO89L at Performance, just before they closed their store. They were the only SPD shoes they had left in a size 42, and for the price they were selling them for, buying them was a no brainer. Of all the shoes I've had in the past, these have got to be the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. To be honest, they are as comfortable or more so than my Sketchers. Now I just have to see how long the lugs hold up at the heels. I have the Shimano M530 pedals so the lugs around the cleats sit nicely on the cage around the retainer, creating more shoe to pedal contact area. No sore feet regardless of the ride distance.
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Old 02-25-19, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
do you know what was causing the problem? I am pretty sure any shoe that has caused me problems was too tight, at least late in a ride. I also had some toe covers that caused me no end of pain, took me nearly 400k to figure that out. I had used them plenty of times before without issue.

Other than the foot itself, a shoe can cause problems at the ankle. I think I had problems with that on one pair of shoes.
Oh, it definitely started out with dumb stuff. My first couple of brevets were in sneakers on Shimano 6207 pedals that were meant for stiff shoes and cleats. I moved on to SPD pedals and Giro Rumbles, which got me a lot further down the road but were slightly too small when my feet swelled toward the end of a 400+, even when I loosened the laces a bunch. In desperation, I took the liners out of the bottom for more room, but neglected to lower my saddle to compensate, so I had sore hamstrings for a while afterward.

I bought a pair of Shimano M089s in the next size up just in time for PBP 2015 and they were a lot more comfortable, but increased the risk of toe overlap. The journey continues...
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Old 02-28-19, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
....2 bolt SPD style, with the BOA style tensioners, which are also light weight.
Any good recommendations?

Thanks. .
Specialized S-Works 6 mtb. Lightweight, very stiff. Narrow heel with round&fairly-wide front.

Replaced by the 7 now, so you may be able to find a pair on discount.
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Old 02-28-19, 10:16 PM
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I've used various Shimano MTB shoes in the past, but now I am very happy with a pair of Giro Cylinder MTB shoes I bought two years ago. The dial wheel makes it so quick to loosen or tighten the shoes. I've got wide feed but never felt too tight in them. They're reasonable for walking and even hiking off the bike, but a little slippery on wet surfaces - about the only caveat I have.
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Old 03-01-19, 08:25 AM
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I wish I'd have tried on a fizik x3 shoe before I bought my bontrager, they seem pretty similar but they don't have the vestigial velcro on the toe box. I like the boa system a lot I have on my shoes.
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Old 03-01-19, 02:32 PM
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I'm not a big fan of boa. I have a couple of pairs of road shoes that use it, and I feel like the ratcheting strap on the Giros is better. For gravel or mtb, boa just seems like a bad idea. I had to repair my mtb lakes by taking them apart and gluing them back together. Boa didn't want to supply the part that failed, even though they make it. But they relented. Apparently they consider it a part of the shoe. At first, I thought I was going to have to throw away a $300 pair of shoes over a silly little plastic tube.
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Old 03-02-19, 09:31 PM
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Weird, it seems like the boa parts are pretty cheap compared to the rest of shoes. Maybe one day someone will donate a broken boa shoe to the local co-op and I can try fixing one.
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BOA is almost mandatory for me. I thought is was a gimmick but I love being able to adjust on the fly.
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After several months of thought on this, I'm considering standardizing on... MTB/touring sandals. Check it out: easy adjustability, they breathe really well (no more wet socks after it rains), and swollen feet have more room to expand. My only concern at this point is whether the soles are stiff enough for long distance. We'll find out.
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A dear friend of mine has done many 1000K and 1200K brevets with his sandals. I have no idea of the model but here is the picture.

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A dear friend of mine has done many 1000K and 1200K brevets with his sandals. I have no idea of the model but here is the picture.
That's what I have! Shimano SH-5D5.
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just watch out for sunburn on the top of your feet
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