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Old 04-10-13, 06:25 AM
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Looking for affordable spd mtb shoe with stiff soles

We ordered the Disc Truckers and are getting Shimano M520 pedals with them. I spent last night searching, but didn't find anything specifically addressing our wants. After reading a whole bunch of threads, I decided to go with the mtb pedals for the recessed cleats and ease of walking. However, a lot of people report their mtb shoes being uncomfortable after 50-60 miles due to their soles being too soft and/or flexible. Good for walking, bad for longer distance riding.

We only want something that's OK to get off the bike, go in the store, library, etc. No significant walking or hiking. We take extra footwear for that. So I guess we're looking for the most road-like mtb shoes that won't break the bank. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 04-10-13, 07:18 AM
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I've been wearing Lake mountain bike shoes for years, and I really like them. Comfortable for long, long distances on the bicycle, and for after-ride hikes.
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https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...09_-1___202526

I've had these for a couple months now. They've been very comfortable on and off the bike and seem well worth the $59.99. FWIW Shimano shoes tend to run small, order at least one size bigger than you think you will need. I ordered two sizes bigger.
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Old 04-10-13, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by JWK View Post
We only want something that's OK to get off the bike, go in the store, library, etc. No significant walking or hiking. We take extra footwear for that. So I guess we're looking for the most road-like mtb shoes that won't break the bank. Thanks for any suggestions.
What's your budget? I've been very happy with my Specialized Comp MTB shoes. They're much stiffer than my Shimano MT-31 "mountain touring" shoes. The MT-31s just aren't stiff enough for riding long distances day after day.
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Old 04-10-13, 09:05 AM
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I find that for me Sidi lower or middle range MTB shoes are the best bang for the buck for me. They keep changing the model names but I liked the Bullet 2 and the Giau in previous years. It looks like the Duran might be the current model to fill that niche. I have a wide foot so I buy the Mega version.

My daughter used what I think was the MT-31 for the Trans America and found them way less than optimum. Besides not being stiff enough and not fitting her as well as they could they fell apart rather quickly. She since switched to a Sidi women's model similar to men's models that I mentioned above and loves them.
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Old 04-10-13, 09:54 AM
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Nashbar has Shimano mtb shoe w recessed spd up to EU 52 / US 16 in stock.
Stiff sole but walks well.
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There are many inexpensive mtb shoes that will work for touring. My Answer mtb shoes have lasted >30,000 miles, but they're about wore out (lace holes stretched out and near breaking). Really, any shoe will work. If you're carrying spare walking shoes, then even road shoes would work. All Nashbar products (#3) are simply name-brand products that are rebranded and sold at lower price, they are usually a good deal. Ditto Performance Bike (Nashbar's parent co) brand products. JensonUSA and PricePoint sell stuff cheap too.

Have you considered sandals? They are usually biased towards walking, with less stiff sole than dedicated cycling shoes. Keen has made a few models for years now, very popular. Shimano made the best years ago, but newer models are reportedly inferior. Mine are falling apart from degradation of the synthetic leather uppers, but it took 10 years.

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Old 04-10-13, 11:49 AM
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You can always increase the stiffness with a rigid arch support insole.

NB: If the whole sole is stiff, your heel wants to come out of the shoe when you walk.
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I've been touring with the Shimano M087Es recently and find them superior to my Sidis. The heal liner has outlasted the Sidis by a wide margine and I have weak ankles and I find the Shimano much more stable when tramping down dirt trails. They are very stiff but I have hiked up to 10 miles on "rest days" in them without major complaints. One thing I did find is I needed a size larger than my regular shoe size (47 instead of 46). Now the bad news Shimano discontinued them. You can find random sizes online at close out prices. They appear to have been replaced with the very similar looking M088 model and still at half the price of mid-range Sidis. They are also available in wide widths.
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and still at half the price of mid-range Sidis. They are also available in wide widths.
Half the price of the Sidi mid-range models? Only if you consider the Dominator mid range. I consider the Dominator high end.

BTW: You can find the Sidi Giau on sale at Performance for about $120 right now. If someone wants a good mid range MTB shoe for touring, I like these pretty well and they are holding up well for me. I consider them a pretty good bargain at this price
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talking about shoes is like discussing bike seats in many ways.
That said, for me having a good stiff bike shoe makes a big difference in my foot comfort, along with how it fits my foot (back to the subject of it being diff for everyone depending on your foot)

when I got a pair of Specialized mtb comp a number of years ago, because they fit me so well, had the right amount of arch support and were stiffer when riding, it was such a jump in all day riding foot comfort compared to my old Shimano mtb shoes.

I figure that given how important foot comfort is when one rides a lot, if a given shoe fits you well compared to other shoes that may cost 20 or 40 or 60 bucks less, get the ones that fit you best. The extra money is well spent and given how long you will use them, not a factor in the long run. My mtb comps are I think going into their fourth season, and as I dont mtn bike with them and use rain booties, they are in fine shape, so I figure they will last probably at least another four years easily.

try lots of shoes on and see how diff they feel. Like a bike frame and setup, fit is all important.

Also, listen to what your feet tell you as soon as you put them on, compare this to all the others youve tried on. Dont figure "oh, they will break in...." go with what supports your feet properly, it'll make a big difference in foot comfort.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
You can find the Sidi Giau on sale at Performance for about $120 right now.
That's a very good price. My Sidis were absolutely great while riding. It was walking around off the bike that gave me troubles. If I my heel hit a soft spot walking down hill I would turn my ankle. To be fair they were racing shoes and in a real racing situation when you are off your bike you are probably on your toes scrambling up a steep trail.
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I was in the market for new shoes for a while to replace North Wave Lizzard which I liked. I ended up buying Shimano M087 for a little over $100 from Performance. They are fairly light, stiff and they have the rachetting device to get them very snug. I like them now but hopefully will like them better once they break in. I've also had Shimano mt33- I like them but they are heavy.
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I know youre requesting responses for clipless options but i have to ask if youve tried using regular sneakers with platform pedals. I use the MKS Lambdas. They have a long platform that supports most of my foot so it doesnt matter how stiff my shoes are. Plus i can walk around with more comfort and i dont need to bring another pair of shoes. I used to ride clipless, and ive tried many different configurations over the years but ive never been as comfortable as when using the lambdas and regular sneakers. Ive ridden 100-mile charity rides, road rides with my pals, and of course toured all without clipless. The idea that youre not a serious cyclist unless youre using clipless is silly. /rant
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
Half the price of the Sidi mid-range models? Only if you consider the Dominator mid range. I consider the Dominator high end.

BTW: You can find the Sidi Giau on sale at Performance for about $120 right now. If someone wants a good mid range MTB shoe for touring, I like these pretty well and they are holding up well for me. I consider them a pretty good bargain at this price
That is a great price, but they only have a few oddball sizes left for that deal.

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I know youre requesting responses for clipless options but i have to ask if youve tried using regular sneakers with platform pedals. I use the MKS Lambdas. They have a long platform that supports most of my foot so it doesnt matter how stiff my shoes are. Plus i can walk around with more comfort and i dont need to bring another pair of shoes. I used to ride clipless, and ive tried many different configurations over the years but ive never been as comfortable as when using the lambdas and regular sneakers. Ive ridden 100-mile charity rides, road rides with my pals, and of course toured all without clipless. The idea that youre not a serious cyclist unless youre using clipless is silly. /rant
I actually never have but have seriously considered it this time around. In fact, those are the very pedals I would get.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and info. It looks like we are going to try the Shimano M077 shoes. Down the line a bit we are going to get some MKS Lambda pedals and see how that works. I might even end up going back to road pedals and shoes. I used to use LOOK pedals and my feet were never uncomfortable or got any hot spots at all even after 100+ miles. But man, did I ever HATE TO GET OFF THE BIKE. So it would be an always-carry-other-shoes type scenario. I don't know if I would like that too much, either.

What's really frustrating is trying to get info on the soles of the mtb shoes. I know if I get inexpensive shoes like the Shimano M077s, the uppers won't be as good, might not last as long, be as comfortable, etc. as the better Specialized or Sidi for $150+. But you just can't get any info on the soles as to stiffness or support. You can buy a pair of road shoes in the $75 - $100 range and be confident the support will be there. Other parts will be lacking, but you will have a good idea whether you like road shoes and pedals or not. Not so with mtb shoes. I guess since they have different purposes and priorities (unlike road shoes), there is a great variance in the types of soles. However, you would think the description or specs would give a better indication. The only thing I have been able to surmise is that XC shoes are the most road-like when it comes to the soles. I am not even positive about that, just seems that way. But then again, I haven't noticed anyone here singing the praises of XC shoes for touring, so maybe I'm still in the dark.
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i've had these for a few thousand miles. so far they are fine. i weigh 150 and ride SS, so i'm putting plenty of pressure on them. no bruising.

rhe sole is very aggressive, and very very hard plastic. not really necessary for what i do, but it doesn't really cause me any trouble either. easy to walk in.

in a perfect world, the sole could be even stiffer with a thin rubber bottom, and the triple Velcro attachment method could possibly be improved with a combination of laces and Velcro or ratchet. the uppers are very light, but i think i would like to see what a stiffer material could offer.

all in all not bad for about 90.

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