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SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
edited June 2009 in Women
Ladies (women :wink: )

Please tell me - do you SPD or not? I'm not going to at the moment whilst I get on down with Sexy Sadie, which leaves me needing/wanting some adequate flattie shoes that I won't kill myself with (stilettos not an optnio!).

If you are a flattie wearer, what would you recommend? I'm thinking skate shoes, but wondered if you could recommend a decent brand?

Ta chooks
Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

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  • Mrs ToastMrs Toast Posts: 636
    For the past two years I've been using a pair of British Knights which I got from a discount sport shop! :lol: They were fairly horrendous, with bright pink side panels with skulls on. I actually used a black marker to cover the side panels. It's now rubbing off, and the skulls are starting to emerge - actually looks quite cool, a bit Gears of War! :lol:
  • deadliestdeadliest Posts: 471
    If you are going the skate shoes route then DC or VANS have possibly the grippiest soles out of them all . . . Try Here

    http://www.rollersnakes.co.uk/
    Bikes are drugs and Im pedalling

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  • Ditch WitchDitch Witch Posts: 837
    2nd for DC and Vans, but i ride spds.
    I ride like a girl
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  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    Thanks - I needed grippy info! I think I may have to go shopping at the weekend... *sigh* a tough job but somebody has to do it.......

    (Must investigate what Mrs Toast means by Gears of War... perhaps showing great age.... :wink: )
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • Ditch WitchDitch Witch Posts: 837
    It's a post-modern shoot-em-up game ;)
    I ride like a girl
    Start: 16.5.x Now: 14.10.8 Goal: 11.7.x
    www.ditchwitch.me.uk
    www.darksnow.co.uk
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  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    I find vans work,

    you have to make sure you get the good waffle soles. with the reinforced waffle section in the pedal area. really helps
  • My experience with shoes for flats.....

    Etnies - Grippy but too soft. Too much flex in the sole = not enough arch support and the pedal pins shred the soles in no time, so they don't last.

    Nike 6.0 - Good firm sole = decent support. Grip ok, have slipped though.

    AXO Unika - similar to the Nike 6.0

    Fiveten Impacts - 100% perfect! More expensive but the grip is amazing and they are firm so offer excellent foot support.

    It's a no brainer for me - Fivetens all the way , but if too expensive, I'd say (imo) that the Nike 6.0 come 2nd.
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    To be hoenst for pure grip to control the back of a bike(this is not pedal effiecency) you want a softer sole so as you use your feet they can curve about the pedal slightly.this will allow eaasier jumping, hoping or what ever
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    It's a post-modern shoot-em-up game ;)

    that looks fab.

    not evidence of vast age, just that we don't own any Wii/XBox/PS2/3/4/5 (wotever version is out now)

    although i do know about such video games consoles...
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    back to shoes

    all interesting and useful stuff.

    like i said - shopping beckons :D
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • Major DanMajor Dan Posts: 53
    Mr DW here.

    A big, fat vote for Five-Tens here! :D
    They're grippier than a grippy thing in grippyland ...just don't ask DW about their "non" marking soles on the utility room floor!!! :?
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    I take all my clothes off before I step inside, so no probs there, then!
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    Errrrrr, no, not clothes - I meant shoes :D

    oops.... :lol:
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • Ditch WitchDitch Witch Posts: 837
    :shock:

    Erm, got something on your mind, SJ?


    :lol::lol::lol:
    I ride like a girl
    Start: 16.5.x Now: 14.10.8 Goal: 11.7.x
    www.ditchwitch.me.uk
    www.darksnow.co.uk
    Specialized HardRock Pro Disc 04
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    no more than normal :D

    this is just me on an average day, by the way.... :wink:

    i'm not even going to try to explain what i was thinking about whilst typing.

    sometimes, just sometimes, i cannot multi-task :D
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    Awesome..

    I need a mtbing lass who thinks like that lol
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    i aim to please :wink:
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    Ah now don't tease thats mean, using feminine whiles on the likes of me i'm way to easy a target....
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    but that's why it's so much fun! :D
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    Stop it.. or we will stop giving you advice on footware...

    if you head across to wales to ride(south) on the way down the m4 there is a designer outlet at sarn with a Vans shop so can get a good pair for like £20 often or not, last pair i got were £25
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    that told me, then... :wink:

    thanks for the info - much appreciated.
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    see that was about as good at stamping my feet as i get...(not very lol)
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    oh bless.

    still, it did work (for now)
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • To be hoenst for pure grip to control the back of a bike(this is not pedal effiecency) you want a softer sole so as you use your feet they can curve about the pedal slightly.this will allow eaasier jumping, hoping or what ever

    Yep, see what you mean, but after spending some time hopping and jumping in my Etnies, my feet were mega painful - I have got high arches though, so perhaps I need more support than the average person. Or it could have been foot position on the pedals etc... But no such problems with the Fivetens.

    Personal fit I suppose :D
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    I've got some Merrells - bought them the weekend we moved to Brighton in 2008 - 20 degrees C on the Friday, blanket of snow on the Sunday.... needless to say, no appropriate footwear could be found in our packing boxes!

    I'll give them a try (saw this on another thread in here) and then probably go out and buy some new shoes anyway.

    Pimp my feet :D
    Ned Flanders: “You were bicycling two abreast?”
    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

    Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc 08
  • helen984helen984 Posts: 30
    Vans fit me like a dream, mega comfy and great for riding! (I'm a UK size 7-8 depending on brand)

    I also have a pair of skate-style Nikes in black/grey/mint (I forget the name) which are pretty darn good.
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  • SleepyLeaSleepyLea Posts: 127
    Hmm, I do vans too... I mainly like wearing my pair which I should have thrown out years ago :oops:
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