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What sort of shoes for cyclocross?

rodgers73rodgers73 Posts: 2,626
edited March 2012 in Road buying advice
i'm looking to buy some MTB shoes that I can use with my ordinary hybrid, but also have decent enough grip for doing cyclocross. Do I want a super stiff sole or a more flexible one given that I'd be running a bit?

I'm not spending more than £70 on them as I'm still not 100% I'll be doing cyclocross come this winter, but still want to get the right type of shoe just in case.



  • bigpiklebigpikle Posts: 1,690
    I got a budget pair of Specialized MTB shoes and have found them brilliant. They have the usual aggressive molded rubber sole but its worth finding some with studs - ideally removable - for when it gets slippy.

    In all honesty I've never found myself in a cross race thinking my sole is too stiff or flexible but have often found myself slipping and sliding all over the place trying to keep upright on a wet muddy slope :D
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 26,238
    Ones that fit are paramount although for 'cross, ones that takes Toe studs are invaluable, n'er I say vital! Other than that, as stiff as you can get them...
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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    IME the running in CX racing is usually short and steep because its the stuff you can't ride up. When it's slippy, it's more a waddle with splayed feet than a run! I would worry more about shoe fit than grip TBH - as you'll spend 95% of the time pedalling, then go for the lightest, stiffest shoes. Having a very aggressive sole can be a disadvantage as they can pack with mud and weigh a tonne!
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