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    Converting regular shoes to SPD's...

    Retarded question, I know...it is out of necessity, as I wear 18's and am currently suffering with slightly stretched out Sidi DOminator 52's. Anyone have any experience putting in plates with a regular shoe to stiffen it up and adding a SPD adaptor?

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    I had this idea back in the late-90s, but I never went anywhere with it. Interested to see what people have to say about it.

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    sounds basically impossible for the non-cobbler. if you try something, please take lots of photos and post progress. otherwise, see if you can find a cobbler/shoemaker or something that could modify an existing shoe.
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    I would try calling various shoe manufacturers to see if they would make you a custom shoe to fit you.

    As for modifying a sneaker, it should work, but the real question is how well the shoe will hold up after the modification. It may end up lasting only a couple rides and so get expensive if you have to keep doing it over and over again to new sneakers.
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    I tried this back in 1993. All I accomplished was ruining a pair of shoes. The twisting force of clipping out made the holes stretch and later fail. I was using a toe clip specific cycling shoe (they use to exist).

    In short, I don't recommend this, but good luck if you do! Size 18 must make shoe purchases very difficult.

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    I tried this back in 1993. All I accomplished was ruining a pair of shoes. The twisting force of clipping out made the holes stretch and later fail. I was using a toe clip specific cycling shoe (they use to exist).

    In short, I don't recommend this, but good luck if you do! Size 18 must make shoe purchases very difficult.

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    I did this with a pair of nike lava dome hiking shoes back when spd's first came out but specific shoes were not yet available. Used an aluminum plate that I either shoe goo or epoxied into the shoe base. I used the standard piece that comes with the cleats and the long bolts. I clipped the lugs off the shoes and used a second aluminum plate under the cleat. I then clearanced the insole to fit over the protruding inner piece and rode them for at least a year until I could get real SPD shoes when they finally were available.

    Not the best solution but I would think that an enterprising person with a dremel and epoxy could do a better solution. Also you might try Lake or Rocket as I think they can make custom lasts for shoes.
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