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I'd Like To Buy These Shoes...But...

Old 01-27-15, 10:32 PM
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I'd Like To Buy These Shoes...But...

Amazon.com: Gavin Elite Road Cycling Shoe: Sports & Outdoors

.....the cleat isn't recessed (I use SPD) and I need to be able to walk- so I'm wondering, if I were to get cleat covers, for, say if I wanted to walk into a store or something....and if I ever got stranded miles from home and needed to hoof it, just unscrew the cleats. Would that work? Or are these kind of non-recessed shoes just not going to allow me to walk more than a few feet, no matter what?
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1) Cleat covers hook to the cleat not the shoe, if you take the cleats off, there is no cover either.

2) SPD-SL is not as bad as everyone makes it sound. You walk like a duck, and not normally, but you can walk. Granted I would not want to do any distance if I did not have to, but its possible. Shoe stiffness is actually a bigger problem. Road shoes usually have less flex, and high-end carbon road shoes have zero flex.

3) -- 1) and 2) are moot here any as that shoe is SPD compatible. From the description: "Compatible with: Look, SPD, SPD-R & SPD-SL cleats". :-)
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Walking isn't so bad. You just look/sound like an idiot. Taking the cleats off would do more harm than good. The bottom of the shoe is stiff and slick. The cleat itself actually gives you traction.
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Since you use SPD, I'd recommend an MTB shoe with treads. Lighter MTB shoes are basically road shoes with a different hole pattern and treads to recess the cleat. Heck of a lot easier to walk and no cleat covers needed.
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If you want to be able to walk in your bike shoes, buy MTB shoes. You can sort of walk in road shoes, but not far.
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Thanks guys.

Yeah, I've been buying MTB shoes. Just kinda liked these, and thought if they wouldn't be *that bad* for walking, it might be O-K. I just like the look of them better than mTB shoes- But I have to say, the MTB shoes are functional.

Got a pair of these on the way:

http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-Se...l+izumi+seek+v

They don't look too bad.
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Originally Posted by Stucky View Post
Amazon.com: Gavin Elite Road Cycling Shoe: Sports & Outdoors

.....the cleat isn't recessed (I use SPD) and I need to be able to walk- so I'm wondering, if I were to get cleat covers, for, say if I wanted to walk into a store or something....and if I ever got stranded miles from home and needed to hoof it, just unscrew the cleats. Would that work? Or are these kind of non-recessed shoes just not going to allow me to walk more than a few feet, no matter what?
I own those shoes - but I use them without cleats in toe clips. I would NOT say that, even without cleats on, that they're much use for walking more than a few hundred yards. I agree that if you really want to be able to walk much longer distances, get MTB shoes.
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will this be compatible?
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or you can buy this shoe
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Originally Posted by k_kibbler View Post
Since you use SPD, I'd recommend an MTB shoe with treads. Lighter MTB shoes are basically road shoes with a different hole pattern and treads to recess the cleat. Heck of a lot easier to walk and no cleat covers needed.
+1
I have been riding for years with MTN Bike SPDs. Able to walk around without marking up floors. I even drive home in them.
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Originally Posted by Stucky View Post
Amazon.com: Gavin Elite Road Cycling Shoe: Sports & Outdoors

.....the cleat isn't recessed (I use SPD) and I need to be able to walk- so I'm wondering, if I were to get cleat covers, for, say if I wanted to walk into a store or something....and if I ever got stranded miles from home and needed to hoof it, just unscrew the cleats. Would that work? Or are these kind of non-recessed shoes just not going to allow me to walk more than a few feet, no matter what?
wow, those are ugly...

lol, but if you had to, you could walk home in anything... if ya had to... it wouldn't be comfy, but it wouldn't kill you.. I walk around in my road shoes all the time.. always pop into convenience store and the like...
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There are other pontoons available as well, that don't use the third hole, iirc. If you want a decent walkable SPD compatible shoe, Specialized Tahoe's are hard to beat.
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I walked about 3 miles in road shoes once. Sucked, but it's doable.
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