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What shoes for mountain biking?

dodgykneesdodgyknees Posts: 148
edited October 2008 in MTB buying advice
Been riding for the last 12 months in cheap Quechua hiking boots from Decathlon. These have been fine until now but last weekend I hit a stubby tree stump with my left peddle and now I've got one badly mashed toe.

Have therefore decided that the time has come for some proper riding shoes with reinforced toe caps.

So any suggestions of reasonably priced riding shoes for use with flats would be gratefully accepted. Under £45 = reasonable over £45 = not.

Quite like the look of the 661 Dually but can't tell if the toe cap is reinforced & after last weekend that reinforcement is what I'm really after.


  • As you say you say you were using hiking boots, I'm guessing you don't use Clip in shoes. If you don't use clip in shoes, why not go for a set of cheap work boots with steel toecaps?
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  • dunkerdunker Posts: 1,503
    i think the perfect flat shoe/boot would have a stealth rubber sole, strong toe box and fully goretex, anything like that exist? five tens are great but they get a bit soggy in wet weather.
  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    Hiking boots probably offer more foot (and ankle) protection than most dedicated cycling shoes.

    I've never seen a pair that makes a virtue of having reinforced toecaps.

    I know that's not much help, but it sounds like you might have just had a really unlucky accident - and there may not be a pair of cycle shoes that would have prevented it.
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