Shoes for cycling and general use?

General cycling advice ( NOT technical ! )
Tangled Metal
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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Tangled Metal » 4 Jul 2019, 10:17am

True enough. Scrambling / approach shoes from certain more technical brands can actually be quite stiff too. Afterall edging on a thin ledge isn't too dissimilar to pedals in effect.

I guess I'm looking for the more flexible end. Not knowing the mtb shoe sector I've no idea what mtb shoe meets the flexi end of the spectrum. Outdoor shoes I know.

Probably not going to get much time to go round bike shops so probably online purchase. Risky I know. Especially with a narrow heel but std forefoot width. Also any brands needing sizing up or down? Just hoping more experienced might know these things. If not perhaps safer with outdoor shoes.

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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby pwa » 4 Jul 2019, 11:24am

I have never had a cycling shoe that wasn't compromised for walking. And that includes lace-up casual shoes that look like "normal" shoes. If you want to be able to step off the bike then stroll comfortably around a country park, you are probably better off with variants of what you already have. Trainer style shoes designed for general walking, but avoiding any that might be a problem with your chosen pedals.

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The utility cyclist
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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby The utility cyclist » 5 Jul 2019, 3:59pm

pwa wrote:I have never had a cycling shoe that wasn't compromised for walking. And that includes lace-up casual shoes that look like "normal" shoes. If you want to be able to step off the bike then stroll comfortably around a country park, you are probably better off with variants of what you already have. Trainer style shoes designed for general walking, but avoiding any that might be a problem with your chosen pedals.


You never tried the Northwave Mission then. I'm not exactly small and a fast walker/go anywhere type, just a brilliant all round walking/utility shoe, extremely comfortable even after walking a significant number of miles in hot weather but it holds no problems in the cold either.

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Re: Shoes for cycling and general use?

Postby Mick F » 5 Jul 2019, 4:41pm

I cycle/commuted for years and years in trainers. Never ever an issue.
Clips and straps too.

I eventually bought real cycling shoes. Hard rigid black plastic soles. Slippy to walk in, but fine.
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