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how do I make my slippery road shoes nonslippery?(13 posts)

how do I make my slippery road shoes nonslippery?ET
Oct 29, 2001 8:11 AM
I use the Shimano SH RO72 road shoes when riding my hybrid. I have no cleats on the shoes; I use clips and straps, which is what I want for commuting. Problem is, whenever I take my foot out to put down and/or push off with it, the shoe slips a lot when making contact with the ground, much more so than the other, more expensive road shoes I use on my road bike ever did (although maybe the cleats have something to do with that). Feels like there's an oil slick below me. One day I'm gonna go down, and there'll be cars everywhere. In addition, they slip a little in the straps as compared to other shoes, but this problem is minimal compared to the first one. I would've thought that after a few months of using them, the scraping and scuffing would eliminate the sliding, but it didn't. There are some raised toe and heel guards on it, but these don't prevent the slipping at all; they might even be making it worse. I love the fit and feel of the shoe. I know Shimano makes a touring version (TO 91) with a better-grip rubberized sole (but without all that fat MTB tread that can't get in and out of straps); so far I've found them only in overseas catalogs, but I'd rather not buy them for two reasons:

1. I prefer the extra stiffness and other features of the road shoe version

2. I'm at or near the wife-limit on purchases

Any suggestions on how to remove the slipperiness of the shoes? Thanks.
Are you using a cleat?TJeanloz
Oct 29, 2001 8:20 AM
Many shoe manufacturers offer an old-school cleat for clip-and-strap setups. If you're not currently using one, it would probably help your situation.
Read my second sentenceET
Oct 29, 2001 8:29 AM
What kind of cleat is that old-school thing? Can you walk in it? Who has it?
Well,TJeanloz
Oct 29, 2001 8:45 AM
When you say 'no cleats' it's hard to know if these count as cleats. They don't snap into the clip-and-strap setup (obviously), so they aren't really what most people think of as cleats. They screw into the holes on the bottom of your shoe, and are raised about 1cm, with a slit running the horizontal length of the cleat. On old pedals, the slit had a corresponding ridge on the pedal that it fit into.

Any dealer can get them, but very few keep them in stock (and I think newer MTB oriented shops will probably not even know they exist). If you have a nearby velodrome (which isn't likely) a track bike shop is the best bet. For Shimano shoes, I'd try to contact Shimano directly.
Sand the bottoms with coarse sand paper (nm)Dave Hickey
Oct 29, 2001 8:24 AM
not sure this will workET
Oct 29, 2001 8:40 AM
Part of the slipperiness is from the "nonslip" toe and heel guards. I've noticed such slipperiness in several shoes. You'd think they'd know better.
couple of untested ideas, and one that doesn't workcory
Oct 29, 2001 8:25 AM
I commute in cheap mountain bike shoes (with lugs) and toe clips w/straps partly because I couldn't live with that problem. They're Diadoras, 40 bucks from Nashbar.
A couple of things I didn't get around to trying include sanding the contact surfaces lightly with coarse sandpaper (probably wear smooth again pretty quick, plus it won't give you any grip on concrete anyway) and putting a few lines of something like Shoe Goo or hot-melt glue across the soles. Old fashioned road shoes used to have those ridges built in, so you could clinch down the straps and be secure (I keep mine loose anyway).
One thing NOT to do: A friend of mine scored the sole in several places with a triangular file. Didn't help the grip, and after a few days one sole broke at a notch.
stair tread stuff?Dog
Oct 29, 2001 8:42 AM
How about that stick on stair tread stuff? Could cut to fit. Or, the little stick ons old people put in their bath tubs?
re: how do I make my slippery road shoes nonslippery?Wesman
Oct 29, 2001 9:01 AM
a) I put duct tape on the heels.
b) I haven't done this one but it should work: dress shoes are usually leather soled which is slippery. You can purchase a material that's like "adhesive sandpaper" which you stick to the soles. That should do it.

You can probably find it at your local drug store near the shoe laces.
Innertube worksLC
Oct 29, 2001 10:03 AM
Just use an old inner tub and cut out a piece that will on to the sole and then glue that on. I have done it to the toe area on road shoes that have cleats to give me some traction when I put my toe down when at a stoplight.
Take them to a cobbler, a $10-15 fix. nmMB1
Oct 29, 2001 10:39 AM
How do they work while pedaling?GregJ
Oct 29, 2001 10:48 AM
I can't imagine that you get any real security on the pedal without using the cleats. I used to have some old touring shoes with a rubber bottom that gripped the pedal. Road shoes that work on quill style pedals had a cleat like TJ was describing. Currently you have the worst of all worlds. I would get cleats of some sort on the road shoe or drop the bucks for the touring shoes, I do short commutes in tennis shoes all the time, you will probably not miss the stiffness as much as you think. Messing around with something sticky on the bottom of your shoes does not sound promising to me.
re: how do I make my slippery road shoes nonslippery?DDEV25
Oct 30, 2001 5:40 AM
I had the same problem with my shoes slipping when pushing off. I decided on velcro. $3-4 for a pack of industrial strength stuff @ Lowe's. I cut it into pieces and put it in the areas where my shoes would come in contact with the ground and even right below the clip (I use clipless pedals) so my foot won't slip off the pedal if I need to pedal without clipping in. I've used this set-up with SPD's & Looks & it's worked fine, so it should work with toe-clips.