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Wearing road shoes as normal shoes: cool, fred-like, ******y?

Old 03-16-11, 03:22 PM
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Wearing road shoes as normal shoes: cool, fred-like, ******y?

So I've been thinking about buying a pair of road shoes and putting some kind of grippy things on the bottom so that I could wear them for daily use and not slip around.

I just think they look so sporty and badass.

What's the opinion here?
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Old 03-16-11, 03:23 PM
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If it makes you happy, do it. Personally I'm on the side of dorky but they aren't my shoes.
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Old 03-16-11, 03:25 PM
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You might have a little trouble walking comfortably, since they are stiff-soled.
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Old 03-16-11, 03:27 PM
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You don't use Speedplays.

Oh. You meant without cleats. You'll destroy them pretty quickly.

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Old 03-16-11, 03:34 PM
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Bike shoes are great if you plan on putting cleats on them and use them for riding with clipless pedals. I see no reason to use them for anything else. Walking in them is not very enjoyable. If you want to use regular shoes and road shoes, Speedplay makes something called a Plateformer. You can attach a plateform to your pedals and use regular shoes. I would imaging other pedal manufacturers have something similar.

I would never wear road shoes for anything other than what they are intended for and that is to attach cleats and use them with clipless pedals.
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Old 03-16-11, 03:39 PM
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sure they look badass...when used on a bike. If there's no bike around and you're wearing cycling shoes you're going to look like a clown. And not one of those respectable clown college graduates.
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Old 03-16-11, 03:39 PM
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Dork alert.
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Go for it if you like. I voted that I don't care what people do.

Not caring would not prevent me from thinking that it looks dumbass rather than badass, but I think that about many things that are fashionable.
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Those will be super comfy for about the first 100 feet of walking. Then, not so much.
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Haha, all good advice. I will admit to not having walked any great distances in the ones I currently have (granted they have speedplay cleats on the bottom). I'll abandon the idea.
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Old 03-16-11, 04:01 PM
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Question is about as dumb as they come, go ahead and wear road shoes as walking shoes I'd like to see it maybe shoot some video and post it for you.
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I saw a guy in Germany doing this, but he was wearing mountain bike shoes. I'd imagine even wearing MTB shoes daily that would probably still be a bad idea.
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but since we're talking about it:
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Why? Specialized makes bike shoes for walking, check their catalogue they don't even have holes for cleats and they have a soft sole.

They're exactly like the spesh sworks shoes complete with boa lacing system, pretty cool imo
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I live in Eugene Oregon. I don't find it strange. But I'm numb to people wearing silly/dumbass things.
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It may give you a better appreciation for what women go through with uncomfortable shoes. If you do it, makes sure you cover the whole sole with grippy stuff...I almost killed myself on some cement stairs wearing my shoes with CF soles.
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There has to be a prize for this topic! Would you wear running shoes to work?
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There's a reason why your foot can flex. it's called walking
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If you want to save some money and want to know what it is like to walk in bikes shoes, take some duct tape and two short 2x4s and tape the 2x4s to the bottom of your shoes. Now try walking. Sucks doesn't it. That is why you don't see people using bike shoes for anything other than riding.
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There has to be a prize for this topic! Would you wear running shoes to work?
I would wear running shoes to work with no problem, riding shoes, no way in hell.
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If you really want to hurt yourself, you should get some asymmetric climbing shoes and wear those walking all day.
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I have a pair of bike shoes with carbon soles. They're very comfy on the bike, but my least comfy shoes to walk in. I wouldn't want them on my feet unless I was on a bike ride...
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In high school (early 70's) is used to wear an old pair of bowling shoes around. (Not multi-color rental shoes, with big numbers on the back, but store-bought bowling shoes.) I thought they were quite cool (at the time), and with the thin leather soles they were pretty comfortable. But that might have been a "minority opinion"....

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Haha, all good advice. I will admit to not having walked any great distances in the ones I currently have (granted they have speedplay cleats on the bottom). I'll abandon the idea.
I hope you weren't dissuaded by anyone who said you'd look like a dumbass. People doing dumbass things makes for good entertainment, so you should consider all those comments votes in favor of your original plan.
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