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Looking for a good walkable shoe

Old 09-15-10, 10:57 AM
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Looking for a good walkable shoe

I've been wearing Shimano RT80's for quite awhile and need a replacement that will work with my frog cleats. This is for a road bike, so I prefer to avoid MTB shoes if possible. Any recommendations?
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I like these....I can walk for miles and yet no discomfort.
https://www.orvis.com/store/product.a...LAID=479780226
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Just get the MTB shoes...the bike won't care and the pedals don't know the difference.

I have both road shoes and MTB shoes and almost always ride with the MTB shoes on my road bike. I like having the ability to walk and know that I won't slip on the pavement when I come to a stop sign. I also like the abilty to not have to immediately change my shoes should I need to drive my car after a ride or to enter my house. I also have the option to bike to a store with worrying about slipping in aisle six.

I wear a set of Diadora MTB shoes that I got on clearance a few years back. Still in great shape.
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specialized BG comp mountain, has a nice roll to the foot. The hard plastic soles aren't the greatest for grip, but adequate. At busy intersections with cross traffic at 40mph and no signals, I like being able to run with the bike to slip through a gap in traffic. It's faster to get going and change direction if need be and no messing with clipping in/out. Plus, walking the bike = pedestrian, not a cyclist crossing traffic. Even if there is a light, that could be jaywalking vs. moving violation? I need to practice my cyclocross remount.
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Originally Posted by black_box View Post
specialized BG comp mountain...
Those seem to be SPD only. I'm similarly interested, as my Lake CX125s are wearing out. Those were the only ones I could find a few years ago that were fairly walkable yet took a Look-style cleat. A bit on the heavy side if you care about that sort of thing. Seems like Lake no longer makes the CX125s or a successor, though some places still seem to have them. https://bicyclesource.us/product/lake...es-70814-1.htm (I would call first since it seems odd that they list all sizes)
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady View Post
Just get the MTB shoes...the bike won't care and the pedals don't know the difference.
The reason I went with the RT80's is that they have a smooth sole, yet still are walkable -- i.e. they're designed to walk on pavement rather than up a mud covered hill. I find the sole is less liable to slip when walking on smooth wet surfaces. Aside from having a greater contact area, the material seems softer than you get with the normal rubber spike configuration. Also, they're less prone to grabbing mud.

I can always do MTB shoes in a pinch, but you'd think there'd be more shoes for touring
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
I can always do MTB shoes in a pinch, but you'd think there'd be more shoes for touring
Are you using two-bolt SPD cleats or road cleats?
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Walkable Cycling Shoes?

Any shoe can be a cycling shoe, if you like....

https://www.retrofitz.blogspot.com/

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I walk easily in my Shimano road shoes with Speedplay cleats and I don't use coffee covers either. I put Shoe Goo on the cleats and that makes them grip well even on wet roads.
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Originally Posted by NRRider View Post
Are you using two-bolt SPD cleats or road cleats?
2 bolt -- I wear frogs.

The nature of a frog cleat is you can walk directly on them without pontoons or whatever, so you can mount them on any shoe that will take two bolts. However, we have a lot of bamboo flooring at home, and I walk quite a bit indoors since my bike is parked a considerable distance from my desk so I really do want a walkable sole rather than a road shoe.

MTB is serviceable, but I was hoping for something slicker and lighter than the roughly 730g I currently have.
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The Bontrager Street may fit the bill. SPD, Speedplay approved, low-profile tread. And it doesn't look like an MTB shoe...

https://bontrager.com/model/07820
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The Bontrager Street may fit the bill. SPD, Speedplay approved, low-profile tread. And it doesn't look like an MTB shoe...

https://bontrager.com/model/07820
Might give these a shot. They are definitely along the right lines, and I prefer straps to buckles.
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