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    I need new shoes

    My old shoes are falling apart. I need to replace them. I use clipless pedals and ride mostly XC and some downhill. I do a lot of rides where some walking is required. I need something that will have traction on loose dirt and rocks. I am not to concerned about weight. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Different shoes fit different feet. What are you wearing now? How do they feel?
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    you need to try on a pair of Lake's.

    Quote Originally Posted by jfsh
    My old shoes are falling apart. I need to replace them. I use clipless pedals and ride mostly XC and some downhill. I do a lot of rides where some walking is required. I need something that will have traction on loose dirt and rocks. I am not to concerned about weight. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfsh
    My old shoes are falling apart. I need to replace them. I use clipless pedals and ride mostly XC and some downhill. I do a lot of rides where some walking is required. I need something that will have traction on loose dirt and rocks. I am not to concerned about weight. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
    I just bought a pair of these Specialized Tahos. They are more like a hiking boot than most bike shoes I've seen recently and so far (1 ride) I've been very happy with them. The sole is a softer compound than most mtb shoes and has very decent traction. The Specialized shoes I have owned in the past aren't the most durable but for only $65 I won't be too upset if they only last me 2-3 seasons.


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    i need new shoes too, platforms been tearin up my etnies
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Different shoes fit different feet. What are you wearing now? How do they feel?

    I have a pair of Cannondale shoes that I bought when I bought my ProFlex back in 96. The shoes lasted longer then the bike. I have liked the shoes but I have only owned one pair. I don't have anything to compare them to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian


    i've had the grey pair since earlier this fall. i can't complain. they were one of the most comfortable pair of mtb shoes i've ever worn (though i've never owned a pair of sidis or lakes). traction is good. sole is stiff enough. your best bet is to just shop around and try on as many different brands/models as you can. they all fit differently.

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    For clipless pedal use, I use the Specialized Sawpit.



    Carbon ankle protection, flexible toe with good tread for walking/climbing, SPD. It think it is designed for law enforcement.

    For flat pedal use, I use the 661 Dually.



    Hard ankle protection, good tread for flats.

    Review articles:
    http://www.nsmb.com/gear/661_dually_03_03.php
    http://www.nsmb.com/gear/axo_dually_03_02.php

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    Same boat here, I'm currently using the Shimano entry level SH-M038 shoe. I've only been using it since last September, but already I've ripped off some of the sole (maybe I'm a bit aggressive w/ entries) also not really anywhere near a stiff shoe and I'm looking for something a bit stiffer and better quality. The Specialized looks good, any other suggestions? I won't be able to try any shoes on, will just have to take a chance and order them online and hope they fit and feel good - anything has to be better than the Shimano's I'm currently using.

    Any links to online e-tailers with suggested shoes would be appreciated. I currently check Jensons, Supergo, Greenfish, CBO, Speedgoat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx

    Any links to online e-tailers with suggested shoes would be appreciated. I currently check Jensons, Supergo, Greenfish, CBO, Speedgoat.


    this link will bring you right to the specialized store.

    good luck ordering shoes online. i hope you have more luck than i usually do!

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    Probably impossible to find in the US, but here in Switzerland is a shoemaker who adapts real hiking boots (light ones) to SPD use (new sole). They're good (at least the gore-tex ones) for winter use too. But they are not 'dainty' shoes, not as slipper/light feeling as race mtb shoes.

    Maybe you could mail order if you want this speciality item:

    http://www.rada.ch/ita/pages/scarpe_mb.html

    For the walking part of the equation other good options are the new Shimano model SH-MT90 with Vibram sole (not sure if available in USA, it is in Europe), Lake and Scott Vibram soled ones.

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    I bought 2 pair (one for my wife) of the 661 Duallys from GoRide.com as they have them on sale for $50US. (The formatting on the page is messed up a little.)

    http://www.go-ride.com/prod_hot.html

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    Lake.


    Super comfortable, durable, secure and stiff (depending on the model).
    The deal-maker is that this past year they started putting vibram soles on them. Same as a high quality hiking boot. these soles are Significantly better than any other riding shoe maker. I have been using two pairs of them and love them.

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    i love this shoe...

    http://specialized.com/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=10150

    great price, feel and function exceptionally well too...

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