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Northwave shoes(2 posts)

Northwave shoesGMS
Jun 7, 2002 7:04 PM
I'm considering some Northwave Freerides since they seem like they'd be a walkable shoe, and a local store actually has some. Are these good riding shoes, and are they also walkable? How long does it take to wear the rubber down enough to start scraping the metal against the ground?

Also, Northwave says their shoes are compatible with all pedals. Is this true? I thought they had to be different somehow for SPDs vs. Speedplays, etc.

Someone even told me there are different sizes of SPDs, 52's, 53's and 54's or something, and the wrong one would kind of work but sometimes get stuck.

Clearly I don't know anything, but these shoes looked good and I may use them with my Shimano M505 pedals.

Thank you.
re: Northwave shoesDINOSAUR
Jun 8, 2002 7:53 AM
I have some old Northwave Team's, going on four seasons. They have been good shoes. My wife had to resew the velcro strap as it started to unravel. I will most likely replace them with another pair of NW's. When they mention their shoes are compatable with all pedal systems, it means you probably have to purchase an adapter plate which is extra ($12.00?). My view on shoes is if they feel comfortable and fit and the price is right, buy them. Shoes are like saddles, no one fit for all, you have to experiment and find what works for you. Don't know anything about the Freerides, they sound like MB shoes and if you do a lot of walking it might be a good way to go...