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Comfortable SPD shoes?

cycladianpiratecycladianpirate Posts: 122
edited April 2011 in Commuting general
Anyone using a pair of SPD shoes that they find comfortable both on and off the bike?

I'm new to this clipless lark and bought a pair of Dhb MTB shoes which are fine for cycling in but you wouldn't want to clock many miles walking in them (although I appreciate that isn't their primary purpose).

If anyone can point to a pair that they would honestly consider wearing all day while on both two wheels and two feet, I would be greatly interested.

Cheers.

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  • Mr PlumMr Plum Posts: 1,097
    If you're looking for an on bike/off bike compromise then maybe have a look at a few touring shoes. I almost bought a pair of the Mavic Cyclo Tour shoes because they look great but I had nowhere local to try before I buy - something that should be done with shoes (and helmets!). Northwave also do some good looking touring shoes. The reason I'm suggesting them is that they tend to have a more flexible and rubberised sole rather than a stiff plastic/carbon sole. Something to think about anyway.
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  • Brilliant!!

    Tried various google searches but didn't think to try 'touring shoes'! Hours of dithering here I come!

    Thanks very much.
  • I've got a pair of specialized sonoma shoes.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... gn=froogle

    Very comfortable, flexible, good for walking in. Not so flexible that they're useless with the clipless pedals
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  • I have a pair of these and would recommend them...

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/nor ... =northwave shoes

    They have Vibram soles so they are pretty similar to walking shoes. They are GoreTex as well so if you put your feet down in a puddle they are pretty watertight.

    They are quite roomy so it's worth trying them on before buying.
  • TwostageTwostage Posts: 987
    I use a pair of shimano mtb shoes, a few years old so they might not do this particular type any more. They are comfortable for walking but they do make a scraping/scratching noise when walking on concrete.
  • I wear shimano MT42 . nice and comfy on and off the bike
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  • RufusARufusA Posts: 500
    +1 on the Northwave Expeditions, although I did have Shimano MT42's before that.

    FWIW the Northwave's have quite a lot of space in the toe area so feels a little sloppy on the uplift when clipped in. However they are lighter and the sole is more flexible than the MT42's.

    Both are good, but for me the Northwaves are better, and keep my feet dry!

    Also worth looking at the Specialized Tahoe. Quite a flexible sole and a fair bit cheaper than the Northwave (although sans the Goretex).

    Rufus.
  • beverickbeverick Posts: 3,461
    To be fair, many leisure and MTB shoes will probably do the trick providing they aren't the more sporty types.

    I have a 2006/7 year pair of these:
    http://www.westbrookcycles.co.uk/footwe ... 011-p81633
    Which I've worn all day a couple of times. Wearing cleats all day is not ideal as they do catch on things occasionally (particularly the leading edge of stairs and they can be lethal on tiled floors).

    Neither do the above shoes have the stiffest of mid-soles so they're not that efficient when it comes to pedalling.

    Personally, I prefer to keep a pair of shoes at work and change when I get in.

    Bob
  • jimmocratesjimmocrates Posts: 131
    I've got a pair of specialized sonoma shoes.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... gn=froogle

    Very comfortable, flexible, good for walking in. Not so flexible that they're useless with the clipless pedals

    +1 for these.
    I've had a pair now for about 4 years, and they're money well spent. Extremely comfortable both on and off the bike and offer plenty of grip.
  • markp2markp2 Posts: 162
    Lidl cycling shoes. Look like trainers, Ok to walk in, extremely comfortable to cycle in and dead cheap (£12.99 my last pair)
    I wear them daily throughout the year covering 3-4000miles, commuting, off roading on a MTB and sportives on a road bilke etc. They last about 18 -24 months before giving up.
    Cheers,
    Mark
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  • You should take a look at DZR's Range here:

    http://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/manufactu ... -shoes-52/

    or Chrome's Kursk SPD Shoe:

    http://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/chrome-ku ... s-897.html

    Both brand's shoes are designed for on and off the bike, with recessed cleats and a natural walking gait.

    Alternatively, the forthcoming Quoc Pham Tourer Shoe, whilst a little more expensive, is also a great choice:

    http://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/quoc-pham ... k-925.html
  • shouldbeinbedshouldbeinbed Posts: 2,660
    I've got a pair of specialized sonoma shoes.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... gn=froogle

    Very comfortable, flexible, good for walking in. Not so flexible that they're useless with the clipless pedals

    +1 for these.
    I've had a pair now for about 4 years, and they're money well spent. Extremely comfortable both on and off the bike and offer plenty of grip.

    + 2 i've bigged these up on the various shoe & pedal threads. They are great general purpose shoes. Comfortable & grippy on my feet i can easily pull up as well as push down when pedalling, the cleat is recessed enough for walking and the soles grippy on all surfaces. I wear them in work at weekends, they're fine and look like any other casual style shoe. If they ever discontinue them I'll be buying as many pairs as possible to stockpile.
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