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    Arrrgh! My shoes are done after just 2 months ...

    Hey people, my Airwalks are just about worn through after a couple of months on flat pedals. Granted, they were my first two months with flat pedals, and sure, I might be a little bit bigger and rougher on stuff, but 2 months? These came recommended by the local BMX shop, and I'm unimpressed ...

    I remember an informative shoe thread from about a month and a half ago ... but can't find it now. A kind of discontinued 661's were popular, I do remember. What are people riding that work for them? And that last? I had heard some folks are going with hikers (like Salomons) these days. Personally I don't care what they are, so long as they grip and last.

    If it helps, I'm trying to learn the usual urban/trials tricks ... manualling, hops, etc ... any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Good job! The best cheap ass shoes.....

    No kidding, I have found the best flat pedal shoes non-spd out there....They are made by Dickies. I paid something like 20 bucks a pair, and bought 3 pair because they are kind of hard to find....they are made from some really thick canvass-type material and the soles are somewhat thick and tough, but not flimsy or too stiff. The traction is awesome, the out side edges have tread that is jagged back towards the heal, and the inside tread is jagged forward towards the toes...Point being that you lock on and the tread keeps your feet from sliding forward or backward off the pedals...I still ride in a pair I bought over a year ago, and have two new pairs waiting in the closet at home when the first one wears out. The laces are tough and thick too, and haven't broke on me yet. I'm telling you, these are the best shoes I have ridden flats in.
    Yes, I want some cheezy poofs...!

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    Old School

    I wear old school vans high tops. They are light, fairly sturdy, have sweet skull and bones graphics, good ankle support, affordable and breath well. I got them online for $44 at a place called something like heelsideshoes.com (i think thats the name)

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    I ride in some DVS I picked up for DH racing, and grip damn good. The only thing my feet fall off on is during crazy rock gardens with lots of speed. I did some DH yesterday, and during some sections where I needed to replace my feet on the pedals, I actually had to kinda of "jump" and move my foot. Ive also been wearing them for a year, and they show no signs of wear, and I ride hard. They may be a bit more than your shoes at $90, but they definetly lasted longer =).

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    I wear Vans something or another. Previously have worn Vans Rowleys and those lasted a long time. 661 still has a nice pair that's on thier website, I might get a set of those soon.
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    Turns out that five years of not mountain biking, really makes one strive to get back to it.

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    good BMX or skate shoes won't fall apart

    I've never had a pair of Vans that lasted more than one season. In contrast, I've had 2 seasons on my Etnies, 3 seasons on my Answer Flatfoots. Other friends have found that DC and Duffs hold up well too.

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    Thanks all ... I'm gonna go check some prices. I've got a birthday next week and a parent visiting.

    As an aside - there's nothing that I could be doing that accelerates the wear process, is there? I mean, I'm not grinding my shoes on the pins just for fun or anything ... the Airwalks were damn comfy, but I can't be running through shoes like this at any price ...

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    I rode some older Vans bmx shoes ( Nastazio's ) and they worked great, but the soles got wasted after about a year of riding flats with large pegs.

    It sounded like the Intense shoes may have been the best around for DH style riding, but they are no longer made.

    A pic of some Adidas Hematoma's is below. I ordered some from Go-Ride who highly recommended them. They are about $100, maybe you'd be interested in them.

    <img src="http://gallery.consumerreview.com/webcrossing/images/hematoma(2).jpg">

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    Dont get suade(sp?) type shoes, or a cloth like material, those will fall apart faster. My DVS's are like a leather/polyurethane compound, and are holding up great. DC is good, but not great, had a few fall apart on me. Never tried Duffs, but know a few friends who skate in them, and they like them. Try different stuff, and see what works for you. Or, you would always buy a pair or non-clipless mtb shoes?

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    I recently bought a pair of Oakley Radar shoes they seem to work really well. Before that I had an old pair of Kastel sk8 shoes. I will keep you posted on how the Oakley's hold up.
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    ive worn several paris of vans

    i wear a pair eveyrday to school and every day i play hokcy or go biking with them on... so they cn take abuse lol remmber i am a teenager lol they never get cleaned or anything. yeha m on my third pair now. just bought them today lol i think they were 80 dollars but i bought 2 pairs one pair was adidas for running and these both were like 80 dollars so ithink the total was like 160 wiht tax cuz it ewas bye one get the second half off and i bought gel inserts too
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    New Hematomas for sale

    Hey guys. Hate to spam, but I did buy and ad in the classifieds.

    I'm selling some virtually brand new (one 45 minute ride in them) Adidas Hematomas, size 10, for $55 plus $6 shipping. These are the maroon and black ones. They come with hardware and the rubber plate covering the spd holes has not been cut.

    http://marketplace.consumerreview.co...uery=retrieval

    The picture is not of the actual shoes but I'm happy to take some shots and send them to anyone who is interested.

    Thanks!

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