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Old 05-20-14, 01:37 PM
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New Cycling Shoes

I bought my CAAD10 recently off of CL and it came with A530 SPD pedals. I would like to start using cycling shoes.

I'm looking at these shoes:

Nike Poggio OCLV (Nike Poggio Oclv Carbon Fiber Cycling Shoes Road Bike Sz 5 5 | eBay)

Shimano MT33 (https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Produc...04_-1___204700)

My requirements are comfort & versatility... I want shoes I can reasonably walk - not skate - into Starbucks with.

The Nike's seem hard to walk in but the Shimano's look like hiking shoes. Which leads me to wonder - is it weird dressing like a rodie and wearing MTB shoes?

Help me pick out some shoes please. Advice is appreciated.
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Nothing wrong with that. I wear "mountain bike" shoes when I ride.

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Also these caught my eye: Carnac Orion Mountain Shoes - Mountain Shoes
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Nothing wrong with that. I wear "mountain bike" shoes when I ride.

Thanks. Which model are those?
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Originally Posted by rekon View Post
Thanks. Which model are those?
Amazon.com: Shimano SH-RT31 Road Bike Shoes - Men's Grey/Black 45: Shoes

Not available anymore.

I bought on clearance at a local shop.
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Shimano RT32 Road Shoe | Shimano | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

Shimano SH-UT70 ClickR Shoe Black | Shimano | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

Giro Carbide Mountain Shoe | Giro | Brand | www.PricePoint.com
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Old 05-20-14, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rekon View Post
is it weird dressing like a rodie and wearing MTB shoes?
Is it weird dressing like MTB but wearing road shoes?

Do whatever is comfy and fun. Go to a shop and try some shoes just to make sure you order the right size.
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Old 05-20-14, 03:07 PM
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You need to go to a shop and try on a whole bunch of different brands. Then go buy it online if that's your thing.
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Around town with long pants: Exustar SRT707 (SPD) - a lack leather shoe. With shorts, something that looks like sneakers (PI I think), also SPD. On the road, Specialized S-Works with Speedplay X. I put on covers to go into a store or such, but in general I'm on the bike to ride, not shop or sit and drink coffee, so I wear shoes that work well for riding.
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Originally Posted by sfrider View Post
Around town with long pants: Exustar SRT707 (SPD) - a lack leather shoe. With shorts, something that looks like sneakers (PI I think), also SPD. On the road, Specialized S-Works with Speedplay X. I put on covers to go into a store or such, but in general I'm on the bike to ride, not shop or sit and drink coffee, so I wear shoes that work well for riding.
Man the EXUSTAR SRT 707 are really nice. I like how they are inconspicuous of being a cycling shoe. I can pull those off at work. How do you like them? How's the quality?
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I have the MT33. They've been great shoes. I've used them on centuries, commuting, etc. If you want something that can pass as normal looking shoes then these are great. Otherwise, I'd probably go for something without laces next time. I got them thinking that I'd wear them at work when I rode my bike there but the stiff sole is good for cycling, less than perfect for walking. I just keep an extra set of sneakers at work now.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Nothing wrong with that. I wear "mountain bike" shoes when I ride.


If you are wearing the RT-31, you are wearing a road shoe, not an MTB shoe.

My advice is to go try a bunch on, then buy the pair that fits the best in your price range. Not much in the way of features to distinguish one shoe brand from another, and they all generally have several shoes in various price ranges with different sets of features. So pick the features you want (i.e. carbon vs plastic sole, velcro versus buckles, two straps or three, etc) and the price you want to pay, then try on the shoes with the features you want that are priced within your budget, and buy the pair that fits the best. And for the record, if you go to a LBS to try shoes on with the intention to then buy them online, at least buy something while you are there to repay them for having inventory available for you to try on. Realistically, if you are trying it on there, and decide to buy it, you ought to buy it there, but I understand not everybody sees it that way.
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Originally Posted by rekon View Post
Thanks. Which model are those?
Just look for any from the RT series. Those have a walkable but smooth sole.
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Originally Posted by rekon View Post
Man the EXUSTAR SRT 707 are really nice. I like how they are inconspicuous of being a cycling shoe. I can pull those off at work. How do you like them? How's the quality?
If this is your goal I linked you to the Shimano SH-UT70 earlier

Shimano SH-UT70 Urban Cycling Shoe at WesternBikeworks
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Originally Posted by rekon View Post
Man the EXUSTAR SRT 707 are really nice. I like how they are inconspicuous of being a cycling shoe. I can pull those off at work. How do you like them? How's the quality?
They are pretty inconspicuous, but you don't want to wear cycling shoes at work -- it's not as comfortable as you'd hope. Keep another pair in your desk.
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Old 05-21-14, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by rekon View Post
I bought my CAAD10 recently off of CL and it came with A530 SPD pedals. I would like to start using cycling shoes.

I'm looking at these shoes:

Nike Poggio OCLV (Nike Poggio Oclv Carbon Fiber Cycling Shoes Road Bike Sz 5 5 | eBay)

Shimano MT33 (https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Produc...04_-1___204700)

My requirements are comfort & versatility... I want shoes I can reasonably walk - not skate - into Starbucks with.

The Nike's seem hard to walk in but the Shimano's look like hiking shoes. Which leads me to wonder - is it weird dressing like a rodie and wearing MTB shoes?

Help me pick out some shoes please. Advice is appreciated.
Most likely you won't be able to use road shoes with those pedals since spd cleats are 2 screw design and most road shoes are usually drilled with 3 screw design.
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Old 05-22-14, 12:42 AM
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I have a pair of rubber covers that I clip on on the clips of my Sidis when I stop for coffee or wherever. I store them in the pockets of my jersey. I actually keep the covers on my shoes when I'm not wearing them. I think they're even called coffee covers or something.
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