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    Burliest SPD compatible shoes, 3/4 height?

    Really, I am looking for a workboot that has a spud fitting (yeah, I'm dreaming). My fantasy would be to have a vibram insert that would clip back into the sole while working, remove for riding.
    Sure, I should just get some flat pedals, but I don't want to, mmmK?

    What's out there these days thatvI could actually find online/etc?
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    Light bike shoes, boots in the camelback works for me. Not quite what you're asking for, but better than flats...

    I've seen some police boots that might fit what you're looking for, possibly in the winter riding forums.
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    Shimano SH-MT53
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    Yup, a pair of boots (as light as you think will work for you) in the backpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher View Post
    Shimano SH-MT53
    I have those and they seem like they should be perfect.
    They are good but the metal clip on the bottom does touch the floor a little and can be annoying on some surfaces, but not a real issue.
    The metal clips are easy to remove if you wanted to install them before each ride.
    They are very durable shoes!
    They look cool enough too.

    However, these are like any pair of boots that you love to look at but hurt your feet to wear.
    They preformed well at everything except they are too uncomfortable.
    The outside sole is a nice rubber which works on all surfaces...
    However, the inner sole is a full length rigid abs plastic panel, about 1/4" thick.
    They place a removable 1mm cloth pad on top of that to meet your feet,

    They do not allow enough flex in any direction so my feet eventually get fatigued of being in the same positions.
    At first it's fine but after 30 minutes of wearing them the discomfort starts.
    I tried to add gel and foam pads but the problem is the lack of flex, not impact related pain.

    The shoe size was accurate to my feet, but notice the sizes are Japanese not US or UK, so check your size conversion twice.

    I went back to my very comfortable Specialized clip-less shoes for riding.
    It's annoying to change shoes but it's worth it for saving the pain!

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    Mavic Alpine XL

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    Quote Originally Posted by epic View Post
    Mavic Alpine XL
    Can you tell us about your experience with these shoes?

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    Shimano MT-91
    Shimano MT91 MTB SPD Boots | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com




    Now that I have work again, I plan to get a pair. Seems no one in the USA stocks them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus View Post
    Shimano MT-91
    Shimano MT91 MTB SPD Boots | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com




    Now that I have work again, I plan to get a pair. Seems no one in the USA stocks them.
    All the shoes I have had of similar design were too rigid and inflexible for the trails I frequent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    All the shoes I have had of similar design were too rigid and inflexible for the trails I frequent.
    It IS a work boot with a cleat. I see it as a way to get to a work site. 95 percent work, 5 percent ride.

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    Let us know how you like them after wearing them 5 days a week.

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    I'll second the MT-91s. As well as being my ride-in and build boot, they are my favorite wet-weather riding footwear, period.

    My hike-in and build boots are leather-lined Lowa Banffs, so I do like a stiff boot though. I have ridden with them a couple times and it's pretty miserable.



    The MT-91s are nowhere near that stiff--maybe more like a Lowa Renegade GTX. I rode in boots similar to these (on flats) a fair bit before getting the MT-91s, but the Shimanos are so much nicer for riding.



    Sadly, my day job prevents me from being able to wear any of the above 5 days a week. Closest I've managed is 3-days of wearing MT-91s riding the valley in Whistler. We got doused with rain while riding Comfortably Numb and there is no shoe I would have rather been wearing.

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    I have some concern that the MT91's will make me look like a clueless braggart on the half urban concrete half off road trails I ride.
    Everyone wears specialized road style clipless shoes here, I even have a set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    I have some concern that the MT91's will make me look like a clueless braggart on the half urban concrete half off road trails I ride.
    Everyone wears specialized road style clipless shoes here, I even have a set.
    It is sad when fashion takes priority over dirt work.

    We don't do urban, we do trails.





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    I want to see someone riding around in those high water boots pictured above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epic View Post
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