Shoes for cycling and general use?

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Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Tangled Metal » 3 Jul 2019, 3:25pm

I cycle in outdoor trainers (salomon x3 ultra of late). Looking at what's a good alternative. Something for easy walking in countryside plus round town, driving and cycling. Not interested in stiff cycling shoes because I don't need performance that way.

What is good out there? Does anyone know?

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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby hamster » 3 Jul 2019, 4:11pm

Try flat MTB shoes. Also Merrell did a range of 'Freewheel' casual cycling shoes good for all-day wear
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/fiv ... d4EALw_wcB

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Postby NUKe » 3 Jul 2019, 4:13pm

Unless you want SPD what is wrong with what you have ? if you want something a bit more cycling specific then Shimano and specialized do the more trainer type stuff. something like Specialized Taho or Shimano MT3. they are SPD but they have a rubber cover so you use without
Giro do some neat looking ones as well.
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Postby Vetus Ossa » 3 Jul 2019, 4:21pm

hamster wrote:Try flat MTB shoes. Also Merrell did a range of 'Freewheel' casual cycling shoes good for all-day wear
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/fiv ... d4EALw_wcB

I own two pairs of five ten's, brilliant shoes.

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Postby mjr » 3 Jul 2019, 4:31pm

My beloved Hi Tec Zuuk Lites have punctured after maybe 4 years of near-daily use, just before I go on tour. I'm dithering between some basic canvas+rubber plimsolls, espadrilles or deck shoes (what's the difference?) and skateboard shoes (maybe Converse, maybe Vans).
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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Paulatic » 3 Jul 2019, 4:55pm

Vetus Ossa wrote:
hamster wrote:Try flat MTB shoes. Also Merrell did a range of 'Freewheel' casual cycling shoes good for all-day wear
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/fiv ... d4EALw_wcB

I own two pairs of five ten's, brilliant shoes.

I often look at them but never find my size is in a sale. How do you find them for size? I’ve heard they can be a bit neat.
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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Vetus Ossa » 3 Jul 2019, 5:01pm

Paulatic wrote:
Vetus Ossa wrote:
hamster wrote:Try flat MTB shoes. Also Merrell did a range of 'Freewheel' casual cycling shoes good for all-day wear
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/fiv ... d4EALw_wcB

I own two pairs of five ten's, brilliant shoes.

I often look at them but never find my size is in a sale. How do you find them for size? I’ve heard they can be a bit neat.

Mine run true to size.
They are quite broad in the forefoot and well padded and very comfortable.
I bought the second pair for general use as I liked the first pair so much.

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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Tangled Metal » 3 Jul 2019, 6:05pm

Current pair are on their way to beatification in that they are the holeyist pair of shoes I've owned for years. Just so comfy I've not replaced. Although a long day in them and my feet no longer fit them. Should go half size up

I'm looking for something new. Unless there's something special I'll just try and get another pair from go outdoors using their price match. Got a £125 pair down to £78 that way. Got the similar boots down even lower.

I thought cycling shoes even mtb flats have stiff soles that aren't good for walking far in. Don't they do touring shoes where it can cycle somewhere and still spend a long day walking around sightseeing in them? Surely that's what touring is about for many?

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Postby brynpoeth » 3 Jul 2019, 6:34pm

I use safety shoes from the diy store, employer provided then for free :wink:
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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Tangled Metal » 3 Jul 2019, 6:40pm

On a tour or commuting?

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Postby al_yrpal » 3 Jul 2019, 6:43pm

I now cycle in a pair of slip on Hush Puppies. They serve for Gardening too! Value for money.

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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Sweep » 3 Jul 2019, 7:07pm

If you want something a bit rufty tufty I can reccomend these:

https://www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk/Spli ... 4786-p.htm

I got a pair for a bit above £30 in a sale and then another for about £40.

Beware their sizing, you need to go one up.

For cycling and wandering around town I use these - very nice.

described as an off road shoe but I think they are too nice for that.

https://www.wiggle.co.uk/giro-rumble-vr-off-road-shoe/

I should stress that I use both without cleats.
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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby LinusR » 3 Jul 2019, 8:51pm

Tangled Metal wrote:I cycle in outdoor trainers (salomon x3 ultra of late). Looking at what's a good alternative. Something for easy walking in countryside plus round town, driving and cycling. Not interested in stiff cycling shoes because I don't need performance that way.

What is good out there? Does anyone know?


I use these cheap Karrimor walking shoes for cycling with flat pedals. They can be a bit warm this time of year. https://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-hot-rock-low-mens-walking-shoes-183714?colcode=18371403

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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby The utility cyclist » 3 Jul 2019, 9:53pm

Even though it's a cycling specific show I found the Northwave Mission shoe to be fantastic for walking in many conditions as well as being fine for driving. Good support and the Vibram sole makes it comfortable for long periods on your feet. Sadly I dn't think they make them anymore but I would say go with a vibram soled light boot/shoe.

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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby mattsccm » 3 Jul 2019, 10:17pm

There is, above, the question about flexible shoes for walking and cycling. Look at it this way. The ideal shoe for pedalling efficiency will be near rigid. For walking it will be as flexible as the foot. ( I am ignoring stiff ness for foot protection or climbing etc)
One just finds ones own sweet spot on the spectrum. I can happily wander about all day in MTB shoes of the hard racey kind. Some can't. MTB shoe made for non clip use are barely more stiff than any old trainers. Some walking shoes are stiffer. Not all cycling shoes are stiff so the idea that they are not suitable for wandering around is incorrect.
Go to a bike shop and try a few pairs. Repeat the process in a mountaineering shop and then the same again in a trainer shop. Find your sweet spot.