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    First Shoes...

    Looking for a nice pair of entry-level shoes.

    In doing a search here, came across a pair of Shimano MT41's which are a step above the pair of MT31's I was considering.

    I like them because they look well constructed and because they look like one can walk and trek with them on the trail if neccesary. They look like they'd be stable (wide base, good side support, flexible, etc...) when one would have to carry their bike and those things are important to me...stability along with comfort.

    Plus, they seem priced right (not too cheap, not too expensive).

    Any one use these?



    Besides these Shimano MT41's, are there any other shoes like them?

    (Yes, I've done my looking around, but I'd like to hear first hand accounts and around where I live, there isn't much of a selection of MTB specific shoes.)

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    Check out the LBS and try on shoes. A friend recently went in and reports $25 SPD Shimano mtb shoes. Like the ones I paid $130 for three months ago. Damn. Personally I'd go for the best cycling shoe you can get with the emphasis on riding instead of walking. Many shoes will naturally be able to do this. If you're looking at shoes definitely go for the SPD cleat compatibility, and also having the option of adding metal cleats is a huge plus because it makes walking up steep stuff immensely easier. Ironically this is when you need that feature the most. And having a ratchet binding, don't know what it's called where there is a plastic strap that you can ratchet down like a ski boot is great as it greatly reduces any play between your foot and the shoe and thus the pedal and bike.

    Also, fyi flexibility is bad bad bad in a mtb shoe. You lose a lot of power and comfort as your foot 'bends' around the pedal making for really uncomfortable long rides. I had insanely painful foot cramps before going to cycling shoes from my foot molding around the pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lampy29
    Check out the LBS and try on shoes. A friend recently went in and reports $25 SPD Shimano mtb shoes. Like the ones I paid $130 for three months ago. Damn. Personally I'd go for the best cycling shoe you can get with the emphasis on riding instead of walking. Many shoes will naturally be able to do this. If you're looking at shoes definitely go for the SPD cleat compatibility, and also having the option of adding metal cleats is a huge plus because it makes walking up steep stuff immensely easier. Ironically this is when you need that feature the most. And having a ratchet binding, don't know what it's called where there is a plastic strap that you can ratchet down like a ski boot is great as it greatly reduces any play between your foot and the shoe and thus the pedal and bike.

    Also, fyi flexibility is bad bad bad in a mtb shoe. You lose a lot of power and comfort as your foot 'bends' around the pedal making for really uncomfortable long rides. I had insanely painful foot cramps before going to cycling shoes from my foot molding around the pedal.
    Hey Lampy,

    Yeah, I'm aware about how stiff one wants a cycling shoe to be,
    but the shoes I'm considering are flexible in the heel area
    (where I'd do a lot of bending).

    The trails I like to ride are riddled with obstacles one has to trek their bike over.
    I personally love this kind of workout.

    Plus, there are times that I literally jog with my bike on my back. I do this on purpose at points in a trail ride. I'm less concerned with Cross Country type shoes or with going fast.
    The stuff I ride is very reliant on controlling a bike through some crazy tracks.
    And it's slow. I haven't gotten a good stretch of 30 or more feet where I can get up to speed at all.

    So now I'm seeing where clipless are definitely helpful and preferrable.

    I almost considered a pair of shoes that were made for platform pedals that would stiffen up in the sole while riding, but bend easier than clipless shoes, but after riding more and more, I realize that I have to go clipless and that that stiffness is needed.

    Thanks for the advice. Very helpful.

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    Glad you know what you're doing here. Definitely seems like you've done your research. Good luck!
    A medical student who wandered into Iowa

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    I use a pair of Pearl Izumi touring shoes. They're a tad stiffer sole than the skate shoes I use when on flats, but they're still a soft shoe. They're too soft for many people, I haven't noticed any fatigue in my feet until the 30 mile mark or so. I don't think I'd want to ride much further with them.

    They're great for commuting, because you can walk in them easy. I've had them on while trail building and can walk around good on soft dirt. Just make sure you clean the cleats out good.

    They're similar to this shoe, but have laces.

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    I tried on a pair of these at a LBS,
    <a href="https://s255.photobucket.com/albums/hh144/Runfox/Misc/?action=view&current=Shoes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh144/Runfox/Misc/Shoes.jpg" border="0" alt="Bontrager Shoes"></a>
    they fit snug as they should, he measured my foot so I got the right size , international 44, and they have a good rugged tread you can walk on. They just have three Velcro tabs but I was able to tighten them up just fine without any expensive ratchet mechanism. They aren't cheep,nor are they the most expensive, but I think the shoe fit and comfort is worth spending a little more on. I don't think I would buy shoes except at a LBS where I could try them on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runfox
    I tried on a pair of these at a LBS,
    <a href="https://s255.photobucket.com/albums/hh144/Runfox/Misc/?action=view&current=Shoes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh144/Runfox/Misc/Shoes.jpg" border="0" alt="Bontrager Shoes"></a>
    they fit snug as they should, he measured my foot so I got the right size , international 44, and they have a good rugged tread you can walk on. They just have three Velcro tabs but I was able to tighten them up just fine without any expensive ratchet mechanism. They aren't cheep,nor are they the most expensive, but I think the shoe fit and comfort is worth spending a little more on. I don't think I would buy shoes except at a LBS where I could try them on.
    I paid $30 less than that for my shoes with an "expensive ratchet mechanism". Even if they had been full MSRP price they'd have been a whopping $20 more than the shoes you mention.

    Hardly something I'd deem that expensive, and IMO a great feature.

    (edit: Yes, this was at a local shop and not an internet bargain; though it is not a bike specific shop)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lampy29
    Glad you know what you're doing here. Definitely seems like you've done your research. Good luck!
    Thanks L.


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    Ok, looks like budget is going to be "up to" $100.

    Have the Shimano MT41 and Bonty's in consideration so far.

    Anybody use these Northwaves?
    Or any model fo Northwaves?



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    I have a pair of Five Tens and they are ace! You should try them - they have stealth rubber which means that you dont slip on anything (unless really slippy mud). You can get them without the ankle support (which I need due to injuries from years ago) but they are good for both riding and jogging with bike. Anyways - good luck buddy. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=18192

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    Quote Originally Posted by em_b8


    I have a pair of Five Tens and they are ace! You should try them - they have stealth rubber which means that you dont slip on anything (unless really slippy mud). You can get them without the ankle support (which I need due to injuries from years ago) but they are good for both riding and jogging with bike. Anyways - good luck buddy. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=18192
    Except the OP wants something that's clipless compatible...

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    Yeah, I know but I thought I would put it in the mix anyway cos they are good shoes............. Sorry for going off track

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