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    661 launch shoes?

    Quick question. Do the 661 launch shoes have a solid(hard) sole, or is it compliant? Would it be alright for everyday use?
    I gotta know quick b4 I buy other shoes.

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    Bueler?Bueler?

    Anyone? Bueler? am I being disowned? Why is it that noone ever replies to my posts? i feel so sad...
    Im just saying..

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    The sole is fairly rigid, but you'd be hard pressed to tell because of the padding in the footbed and around your ankle.

    I used some as my first clipless shoe for all of last year, but when the rains came around and I was dunking my feet in water crossings, I learned why you don't want wet-pillow skate shoes on your feet for rides.

    Get them pretty much if you're only planning on fair weather dirt-jumping antics, I'd say.

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    Mixed feelings.

    They're nothing like XC race shoes. They're more like skate shoes. I got a pair through pricepoint with a pair of Time Atac Z's. (getting both costs about the same as just buying the pedals).

    If you use flats or clipless pedals w/ a larger platform, the shoes work well, otherwise -not so good.

    *And as the other poster mentioned, they're like big sponges when they get wet.
    *My other complaint is when I put on a pair of cleats, one of the holes stripped.
    (I didn't torque down by any means. -I was just trying to get it snug.)
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    Everyday?

    Is the sole soft enough to be comfortable for everyday wear?

    I have to do P.E. at school, so I need to be able to run and stuff. I actually have a pair of Specialized PosiTrac shoes, but the sole is too stiff to walk in everyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiggyperson
    Is the sole soft enough to be comfortable for everyday wear?

    I have to do P.E. at school, so I need to be able to run and stuff. I actually have a pair of Specialized PosiTrac shoes, but the sole is too stiff to walk in everyday.
    I have a pair of luanch shoes. Yes, it is quite comfortable for everyday wear. It looks like a normal shoe also.Not sure if it is good for running though.

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    Cool!

    Now I have an excse to go by Jenson USA tomorrow! I guess I can go try them on and everything. One thing though, how well do theyb grip flat pedals. No cleats at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiggyperson
    Now I have an excse to go by Jenson USA tomorrow! I guess I can go try them on and everything. One thing though, how well do theyb grip flat pedals. No cleats at all.
    They work fine with platform pedals. I was using them with specailized magnesium platforms. However, I'm not sure there would be any issue if the rubber pad covering the cleat mounting bracket drops off after prolong usage (I did not use them long enough).

    The new "hammer" model might be a better option if you use flat only.
    http://www.vsportgroup.com/gear/shoe_hammer.html

    One thing I didn't like about the launch shoe was that It came with ridiculously long shoe lace. Definitely need to replace them with shorter ones, unless the latest model come with shorter shoe lace.

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