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Old 06-17-09, 11:44 AM
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Good shoes with platform pedals?

My ol' lady and I are both searching for some shoes for our upcoming three month tour. We'll both be riding with clips and straps, and looking for something both durable and low profile so as to be comfortable with toe clips (we'll both be on MKS touring pedals). We're also not opposed to bringing a separate pair for walking around and exploring out of the saddle. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-17-09, 12:21 PM
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I like skateboarding shoes.Smooth toe,stiffer sole than tennis shoes,flat bottom,no ribs around the outside,and can get them in leather.
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Old 06-17-09, 01:04 PM
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I just picked up a pair of TOMS shoes (www.toms.com) and rode a fair amount of time around town with them on. I have to say, with the right sock, these shoes are a perfect fit and weight for someone who likes to ride in sandals but needs a bit more. Although I don't have any experience with them in clips/straps I could guess they wouldn't be as comfortable with the toe clip because of the plain and light canvas construction wouldn't provide much coosh from the hardness of the clip.
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Old 06-17-09, 02:01 PM
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Vans are good. Columbia "4 Fish" are good ones. But yeah .. . . any skateboard shoe is good, even boat shoes can be good.
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I have the mks touring pedals also but without the clips and straps.I wear a pair of hiking shoes while riding and around camp,I'll also gring along a pair of sandles to wear aroung camp after everything is set up.Hiking shoes are very comfortable and sturdy for hiking after your ride and work great on the bike too.
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I like the Five Ten.
They have sticky outsoles (they manufacture climbing shoes as well) and because they are designed for cycling they are also more efficient for pedaling. They also have reflective material on them.

http://www.rei.com/pwr/product-revie...oes-Men-s.html
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Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
I like skateboarding shoes.Smooth toe,stiffer sole than tennis shoes,flat bottom,no ribs around the outside,and can get them in leather.
Who'd known? Sounds like a good idea. I use running shoes but skateboarding shoes sound better, especially for clips.
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Old 06-18-09, 10:46 AM
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Here's my story for your consideration. I've rejected toe clips on my bikes after several tries, each ending in a fall. I decided to do my first big tour (Seattle to San Luis Opispo, only I quit in Santa Cruz) in 1992 with platform pedals. At the time Nashbar sold "cycling shoes" which were intended for platform pedals. They were advertised as having stiff soles, which supposedly made them better than regular shoes for riding. They were the only shoes I brought in an attempt to save weight.

They were okay for riding, I guess, though I never noticed any real superiority to regular shoes, but turned out to be terrible for just walking around. By the third week my feet felt bruised and I avoided walking in them. I went barefoot when I could and walked as little as possible when shod.

Since then I've bought a really comfortable pair of lightweight running shoes before each tour - spared no expense. I always wear running shoes when I ride around home, and they're wonderfully comfortable for just walking around - like in campgrounds.

By only bringing one pair of shoes I save the significant weight of a second pair (made moreso by the fact that I wear size 14's.) My feet stay happy. I have to make sure to keep them dry, however, because I have no backup pair.

My advice for you would be to buy something very comfortable for walking, because you'll be doing a lot of it on your tour. If you want to save weight and only take one pair, I think lightweight, comfortable walkers are a must.

A couple I met two summers ago was wearing clipless shoes. When they were off the bike he was wearing Crocs and she was wearing flip-flops. Those were both good, lightweight solutions, but I prefer something more substantial.

Now, after saying all that, I'll admit I've never tried clipless pedals, and I'm thinking of doing so. The chances are good that before the end of the summer I'll have some size 49 road shoes and clipless pedals. I'm going to try them on my other road bike - not my tourer. If I fall in love with them I guess I'll have to consider a new plan for my next tour.
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All the fixed gear people rave about adidas sambas for platform pedals.
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Old 06-22-09, 10:17 AM
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I think we'll probably be going with some walking sneakers or low-profile skateboard shoes. I wore some pumas that were very similar to Sambas on my last tour but pretty much destroyed them after three and a half weeks. So something a bit tougher is in order this time.
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