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Old 04-12-10, 06:15 PM
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Ideal Shoes for Touring?

I am on the market for an ideal touring shoe? I have heard I at least want mtb pedals and shoes because of the recessed cleat. Am I going to hate a stiffer shoe when I am walking a little? Am I going to lose a lot of power by going with a more walkable shoe? Anyone have a pair they want to sell?
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I wear sidi dominator 5's with shimano M520 pedals.. works for me on the touring rig. Pretty stiff sole but decent for walking into the store.. around camp and so forth.

I don't ride without a clipless pedal of some kind. Some around here seem to get along with clips and or platforms. Just not me.
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Consider ditching the clipless. The benefits of clipless pedals are not critical on a tour and then you can wear any shoes you want.
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My first tour I used clipless peddles with cycling shoes, second tour I used clips with cycling shoes and now I use hiking shoes with regular old school Shimano LX platform peddles. I find cycling shoes uncomfortable and ugly and I always carry an extra pair of shoes anyway so I figure I may as well just use hiking shoes!
 
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Keen makes some nice bike shoes. I wear regular Keens for walking but I haven't tried the bike version. If the bike versions are close to there regular walking shoes they might be worth a try.
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Croc shoes on platform pedals. Light weight. Comfortable. Wear them without socks in heat. Wear them with wool socks in cold. Wear them with waterproof socks in cold rain/snow. Walk anywhere...
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I find that clipless is my preference. But only for pedaling of course. I carry a pair of Crocks for use off bike if Im going to be doing much walking, which is rare.

Clipless is, in my opinion, better for spinning at 80-90 rpm which is where I try to keep it. And, of course, with clipless you can pull and push which can be useful climbing hills.

Having a problem with 'hot foot', I've found that it helps if I unclip for a while and use the platform side of the pedal.

I have done a number of tours using just running shoes with inserts. Does simplify the pedaling/walking thing, just not quite as efficient for pedaling. Not a big deal either way.

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Whatever you're comfortable with. I'm partial to Shimano sandals myself, because I use sandals for most all my other biking and they work fine.

I would in no way contradict you if you decide to use racing shoes, if you use them for most other biking and you're most comfortable pedaling with those. You just might want to pack some sandals and slippers with you for walking around.
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I use a reasonably stiff-soled pair of MTB shoes (right now I'm using something from shimano that I got at a year end sale), clipless pedals, and I stick a pair of Tevas in my pannier for walking around.
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Stiff mountain bike shoes for me. I bring sandals for walking/showers. Really it's trial and error, you pretty much have to figure out for yourself what works for you. There is no universal ideal.
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I usually wear cycling shoes, and use spd cleats, so that I can walk in the shoes off the bike. This year, I thought I'd try something different - I just bought a pair of Keen bike sandals, and I've been commuting with them for a couple weeks now. So far, they're great. In cold weather, I show off my geekiness by wearing them with wool socks.

I googled "Keen bicycle sandals", and found a blog site by someone else who has the same sandals here: https://theheaviestbike.blogspot.com/...ng-sandal.html He's got a few pics of them in the blog article.

At first I thought they were way too skinny for my feet, but after looking at my shimano bike shoes, I realized that they're not any narrower, and they fit just fine. Not sure if I'll end up with foot funk, but they're supposed to be machine washable, and the foot bed is removeable, so hopefully I won't end up gagging on my own stench.

My thought was that by using sandals, I could cut down on one pair of footwear on tour. I'll probably take a pair of crocs along as a second shoe, since they're waterproof, and weigh almost nothing.

Hope this helps!
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Keen Springwaters. Very comfortable on and off the bike. Water resistant.
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A pair of specialized MTB shoes with clipless. And a pair of waterproof/quick drying puma/Volvo ocean race shoes.

the shoes have to grommet holes on the back so it's easy to clip them to racks or bags

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Man, I would love to go with platforms, but i have gotten so that I can't use em anymore. It is funny because when I used to MTB, I only used platforms, even going up to Tsali, nothing but platforms. Now that I ride a touring bike, I have gotten so used to clipless, I can't use anything else, feels like I am going to fall off the bike!

I picked up a used pair of Nike ACG MTB shoes on Craigslist for $10, they are so comfy and fit so good, I have repaired them twice, I use them with some Shaman PD-M515's. My wife thinks I am some sort of cheapskate because I keep patching and gluing these old shoes back together. I might like to look into some SPD sandals, they look kinda comfy too
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For the longest time I biked in racing shoes since that's what I started off doing, not touring. But just last spring, I splurged on a pair of Pearl Izumi touring shoes. They are really comfortable and I don't get hot foot in them. They have a recessed cleat so walking is comfortable enough and not slippery on tile floors, unlike my last pair. I went on a tour with a group of people that carried so little with them that I was inspired to leave my sneakers behind leaving me with just my biking shoes. Everything was fine until the 4th day when we did a 5 mile hike. The next 5 days (which included some shorter hikes but mostly biking) my feet were killing me. I will never make that mistake again!

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I have clipless on my other bike, but on my tourer I go with platforms and no clips. Here's why: I like riding clipless, but the difference between clipless and platforms is not overwhelming. When touring I often like to go hiking. I'll take a rest day in a beautiful spot and hike. While mountain bike shoes are certainly better for walking than road bike, they're certainly not the most comfortable. They're fine for going into a store, but not for a 10 mile hike in a national park. By taking regular shoes, I only have to bring one pair - not a pair for biking and a pair for off-bike walking. Lots of tourers I've met have had riding shoes and something else - flip-flops, Crocs, etc. I wouldn't want to try the afformentioned hike on either of those.

I could bring riding shoes and walking shoes, but that would be extra weight - especially since I wear size 14 - and for what? I'm fine with one pair of really nice, really light running shoes. I can ride all day without my feet bothering me, and I can take long hikes in comfort, and save weight. (I also bring shoe covers for rain, because if my one pair of shoes get wet I don't have a backup pair.)
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Originally Posted by markf
I use a reasonably stiff-soled pair of MTB shoes (right now I'm using something from shimano that I got at a year end sale), clipless pedals, and I stick a pair of Tevas in my pannier for walking around.
This is what I do, too. On my trip through Oregon last year, I did a 2.5 mile walk around a lake in my biking shoes and found that the bottom of my foot, where the cleat is, got a bit sore in the last half mile.

I find my Teva's comfortable enough that I would have no problem taking a several mile hike in them. The only problem is that they begin to smell after constant use.

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I carry a pair of sandals on tour and use spd pedals and shoes. I have recessed clips on the shoes and never had any discomfort or other issues.

Don't overthink touring. It's just a bunch of bike rides all lumped together.
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Originally Posted by ploeg
... I'm partial to Shimano sandals ...
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These are great! Comfortable to walk in, and stiff enough for the bike. I don't recommend riding barefoot in them, as the surface doesn't dissipate moisture from sweat very well. In the summer you can ride with a light poly or coolmax sock; with a warm sock and a neoprene bootie, I've used them in temps down to 20 deg F and light snow. For anything colder/wetter, I have the MW80 cycling boots. It's nice to only have to worry about needing two pieces of footwear on tour.

In the end, whatever you are comfortable with will be ideal. The advantages of clipless pedals are many, however, and it's definitely worth a try.
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I use pedals with toeclips & a pair of Lake MX101 MTB shoes with Vibram soles. I find the shoes to be a comfortable platform with the clips a nd easy to walk around in
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As ugly as most Keen shoes are, I broke down and bought a pair of Commuter Sandals because they were the only cycling specific sandals that fit my feet properly. If touring in the summer, I suggest these shoes to keep the feet cool. If I can find a pair of Springwaters on sale, I will buy a pair.
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I use Shimano M520 SPD pedals. Cheap (~$35 on sale/eBay) and dependable. Plus, the adjustable release tension and availability of the SH-56 multi-release cleat makes them great for beginners. I've got them on all of my bikes, including the super-expensive road bike.

If I think I'll be walking a lot, I wear my Shimano MT31 shoes. They look like regular hiking shoes and are comfortable for riding up to 50-60 miles/day. The sole flexes a bit, so they're pretty comfortable to walk in but that means they also start to get a bit uncomfortable at the end of a long ride. Sadly, they've been discontinued...

If I don't think I'll be walking much, I prefer my Specialized BG Comp MTB shoes. The Specialized shoes have a much stiffer sole, which makes them far more comfortable for long-distance pedaling. Unfortunately, it also means they're not especially comfortable for hiking or walking long distances.
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I use Shimano sandals with Speedplay Frog pedals, and they are the only pair of shoes I take with me. I've done 10 mile hikes in them. I wear socks (i know, i know) and vary the sock weight by temperature. I use neoprene socks over wool socks when it's cold/raining.
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I can't imagine riding without my clipless pedals! I have Shimano SPD pedals and mtb style shoes. I find them very comfortable for riding and walking around town sightseeing and such.
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I was looking at these:

https://www.rei.com/product/780853

MTBers who use platforms highly recommend the five ten impacts. This have the similar grip sole, but look more comfortable. I am thinking of getting them and could be used for biking and hiking. Anybody ever try five tens?
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