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Shoes for Cycling and Walking?(10 posts)

Shoes for Cycling and Walking?wingspan
Nov 24, 2001 6:45 PM
Can anyone recommend a shoe that I can wear while riding (clipless pedals) and then get off the bike and comfortably walk for awhile? This is recreational and commuter riding I'm talking about (Trek hybrid). Usually ride somewhere, or commute, then walk around.
Nov 24, 2001 7:32 PM
re: Shoes for Cycling and Walking?Scot_Gore
Nov 24, 2001 7:34 PM
Much depends on the clipless pedals you are using (or plan to use).

If your goal is recreational riding, (and you're not already locked into a pedal) you most likely would be satisfied with most SPD compatible shoes and cleats. They are most recessed into the sole of the shoe for the least interference while walking around.

If you already have a pedal system on your bike and are looking for good walking around shoe to go with it, reply back here with what it is, for a more specific recomendation.

For Scot...Shoes for Cycling and Walking?wingspan
Nov 24, 2001 7:54 PM
The pedals I am using are Shimano SPD M324, stock on the 2002 Trek 7700.
For Scot...Shoes for Cycling and Walking?I AM
Nov 24, 2001 8:01 PM
Ican't remember who makes them but I have seen shoes that look like skate board shoes that take SPD cleats and they were for
riding and walking around. Sorry I can't remember who made them.
For Scot...Shoes for Cycling and Walking?Scot_Gore
Nov 24, 2001 8:23 PM

I only breifly flirted with the SPD system and have no actual experience on the pedals or in the shoes. I did all my research with SPD in mind and ended up going to a different system. However, I saw alot of shoes in the meantime. With the goal of riding and getting off and walking shop the Cannondale MTB line, Shimano's got the Zorath, and the Lake's MX100 are all worth looking at. You could ride someplace, walk away from your bike and most people wouldn't know you were wearing a clipless shoe with any of the above. Some Cannondales have hugh toes so check the shoe against your cleat on your cleat MFRs web site.

Good Luck
mid-price MTB shoesdano
Nov 24, 2001 10:59 PM
Find some mid-priced MTB shoes that aren't made for racing. Specialized, Cannondale, Shimano, etc all make shoes sold in dealerships that feature more flexible soles and roomier measurements than racing shoes but still take SPD or Time ATAC recessed cleats. I have a pair of Specialized shoes that I use with Time ATAC Alium pedals on my commuter bike. I think they are called the "Sport" model. Works very well for both riding and walking. Cycling shoes will never be great walkers simply because the soles are so stiff, but if you stay just below the level of off-road racing shoes, the soles are sufficiently flexible and the measurements sufficiently roomy to make them at least reasonable for walking off the bike. The mid-range shoes also look more like normal shoes with earth-tone suede materials instead of bright yellow and red leathers. Another benefit I've found with the Specialized MTB shoes I bought are their water and wind resistance compared to normal road shoes. Much better for cold weather riding than ventilated road shoes.
Nov 25, 2001 8:44 AM
The Chili and the Jalapeno models are both pretty popular for the purpose you've described. The recessed spot will allow you to use either SPD's or maybe Speedplay Frogs and walk freely, yet the sole isn't so heavily lugged as to be overkill for roady riding.

Shimano MO-32TJeanloz
Nov 25, 2001 7:43 AM
The 'entry level' Shimano shoe (MO-32) was designed for just such a use. It is SPD compatible, with a rubber sole- and it looks like a sneaker, not a cycling shoe. These are very poplular among the touring crowd who want a cycling shoe that will perform like a cycling shoe, but also want to walk around without looking like clowns.
Cheap MB shoes (diadoras $40 at Nashbar...)cory
Nov 26, 2001 8:52 AM
I wear size 15 shoes, and they're hard as hell to find. This summer I bought four pairs of Diadora Jalapenos from Nashbar for $39.95 apiece. One pair got SPD cleats for my mountain bike, one goes with the toe clips on my commuter and two are in boxes in the garage, for when I wear out the first two (never know when I'll see 15s again). They work great and are comfortable to walk in, too.
Performance had the same shoes, but I waited from May until August or September for delivery, with promises every couple of weeks, then canceled.