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    What are you guys' favorite shoes to wear? Because I'm needing a new pair right now. I've been wearing a pair of Vans but they lost their grip pretty quickly as I've been able to tell by the spike in pedal to shin incidents. I had a pretty good experience with DVS' but I don't know.. Anyway, I'm looking for a durable, grippy shoe that still has good feel for the pedals. Lightness really isn't a concern, I'm not going to be running or anything in them.

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    vans from teh shoe outlet...

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    5.10 impact

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    DC's are my fav and they last forever

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    vans bucky lasek

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    Any old school vans are good

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    I've heard great things about the 5.10 Impacts and High Impacts (hightop of the regular model). I'm going to go try to find some tomorrow. They look much more supportive and biking-specific than vans. For me, skate shoes are too loose fitting and wear out too quickly. Also, they offer zero protection and ankle support. The 5.10 High Impacts look right for me, I'll report back if I pick up a pair. They're supposed to be ULTRA sticky, so I'm excited to try them out!

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    Vans Rowley.

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    5.10 all the way.

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    Vans Estilo

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    Es Accels, sticky like tape covered in glue covered in some other sort of space age sticky stuff they used to use to hold MIR together.

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    In my experience, I've torn up Es' pretty quickly.

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    Anything but DC's. They wear out in a month just walking in them, I can't start to imagine what a pedal can do to those.

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    So is there any chance my LBS could get the 5.10's? Or are they only sold online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny C.
    So is there any chance my LBS could get the 5.10's? Or are they only sold online?

    yeah maybe....... their not very hard to find online man. just go to go-ride.com
    Looking for a 7.87 x 2.25mm shock, any brand any age that runs well!! cheap would be appreciated!

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    both my pairs of vans have lasted for ever walking around in and riding and my old dc's lasted a while to

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinb89
    yeah maybe....... their not very hard to find online man. just go to go-ride.com
    Yeah, but I have pretty wide feet and I usually like to try shoes on first (or at least see a sizing chart)

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    check out the lake richie schley signature shoes, they're pretty awesome. im on my second pair and yeah they grip really well but not crazy hardcore like the 5.10s so youc an adjsut yoru feet alittle better.

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    etnies terraneas are really good

    i use vans bucky laseks and thus far are as good as day 1


    five10 or nike sb/air whistler/6.0 are all damm cool tho

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    I where Van's and am perfectly fine with them.

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    I've never owned a pair of Vans that lasted me more than 3 weeks before they came to bits. I'm currently wearing a pair of Orchid Van Homan pro model shoes, and they're the only shoes I've had that have lasted me more than 6 months. They're pretty grippy, and plenty comfy to boot.
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    doesnt' anyone here have lotec? or even orchid? i have had 2 pairs of orchids and they are better than any skate shoe. they have a really grippy deep pattern that your pins in the pedals just eat up.

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    For DJ I like to move my foot around easily so I run Adios. Five Tens would suck for DJ because you'd be immobile. Go for a skate shoe. Vans are poopy though because they're really soft so they hurt your feet as your pedals dig into them.

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    Etnied Callicut have great grip and last a long time. i have also heard that the Lake Ritchy Shley Signatur shoe kicks ass, also. but u really can not beat 5.10's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ojai Bicyclist
    For DJ I like to move my foot around easily so I run Adios. Five Tens would suck for DJ because you'd be immobile. Go for a skate shoe. Vans are poopy though because they're really soft so they hurt your feet as your pedals dig into them.
    They're really that grippy?

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    5.10 is a rock climbing shoe company (thus the 5.10 wall rating name), so maybe you could order a pair through one of your local outdoor outfitter or climbing stores, then try them on that way...

    I've been known to ride occasionally wearing flip flops... without great results...

    Have had pretty good luck with most of the skate shoes I've had, from etnies to globe, but I guess I'm not that hard on my shoes apparantly.... but, I'd stay away from the new DC's... ever since they were bought out by quiksilver, stuff just seems to have gone downhill...
    and like Ojai Bicyclist said, if the soles are too thin or soft, they suck on pedals and hurt your arches.
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    I have '05 Fallen Rivals, kind of on the expensive side, but I''ve had them almost two years, they have a full 5 months of intense biking in them and I've just starting tearing through the thread with my pins, I've still got plenty of wear left in them. They'll probably hold up fine for another summer.

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    I get new shoes every 4 months..


    CPX did more wear in one day then I did in the other 3 weeks I have had these ones.


    Etnies Artos. Screw it, I'm sticking with Etnies. Best quality I have ever had... as long as I get gum soles.

    My other shoes lasted a month. Complained and got another pair... wore them out in 2 months... Guess I'm hard on shoes eh.


    How are 5.10 Impacts for everyday use?? I don't wanna change shoes just to go riding...

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    The Lakes are dope and last a long time, not to mention sticky.
    A friend has the 510's, way to stiff for djing only good for drops.
    Ive been rockin Ipaths for over 2 years now and have never had a problem. Look them up.

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    Are basketball shoes a bad choice? Seem like they would work and offer ankle suport. Or is the sole too stiff?

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    Gum soles are the best for the pins on your pedals to dig into. Basketball shoes don't have them, at least not any pairs I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny C.
    In my experience, I've torn up Es' pretty quickly.
    This is a way late response, but I would have to agreee my Es's are losing the the raised portion of the sole pattern but it has not seem to affect overall performance of the shoe.

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    I just purchased a pair of Orchids that my LBS had on sale. These things rock. The sole is nice and stiff, and the tread has the perfect balance of grippyness. Recommended.

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    661 makes there dually taki that works pretty good.

    its a 3/4 hightop and it has a lil bit of ankle support built in, it feels alot more supportive and i cant roll my ankle at all when they are tight.

    check them out
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    Quote Originally Posted by standard235
    I get new shoes every 4 months..


    CPX did more wear in one day then I did in the other 3 weeks I have had these ones.


    Etnies Artos. Screw it, I'm sticking with Etnies. Best quality I have ever had... as long as I get gum soles.

    My other shoes lasted a month. Complained and got another pair... wore them out in 2 months... Guess I'm hard on shoes eh.


    How are 5.10 Impacts for everyday use?? I don't wanna change shoes just to go riding...
    The Etneis arto saaris are really good biking shoes they have a burly stiff grippy sole that sheds mud really well
    best pair of bike shoes ive ever had but i would lik to try some 5.10s

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    I've come back to report on the 5.10s.
    Incredible shoes! Sooo grippy, so supportive, so damn COMFY! My only gripe is that the padding is so thick that, while nice for comfort, it means the laces have to be pulled out pretty far to be tied snugly, which means you have to find a way to secure them on the drive side or else they'll get caught on the drivetrain bits. Not a tough fix though, so not a big problem.
    As an all around shoe they work very well, but they are NOT grippy on all walking surfaces, (wood, linoleum, smooth metal. I think this is mostly due to the flat, constant-contact sole. On more uneven surfaces like rock or gratings they stick like glue. Fairly similar to rock climbing shoes.) and I don't suspect the rubber would last long being used for all-around purposes.
    I've been using them with Crank Brothers 5050xx pedals with the long screw-type pins and they have been perfect. They are so sticky you get most of the benefits of clipless pedals without the drawbacks. With one foot I can crank the pedal almost the full 360 degrees. maybe 280 degrees total, or a little over 3/4 turn. Once you put your body weight on the pedal, it is impossible to move the shoe around on the platform. You must physically lift your foot to reposition. A little funky at first, but obviously worth the benefits.
    Strongly recommended.

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    Once you put your body weight on the pedal, it is impossible to move the shoe around on the platform.
    well, not always a good thing.... I like to be able to move my feet
    Schralp it Heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeSATORI
    well, not always a good thing.... I like to be able to move my feet
    Agreed, it's not for everyone. I've had time to get used to it now and wouldn't go back. For general urban riding, though, I would prefer a shoe with a tad less grip. The ankle support also hurts your maneuverability, so trials-type riders should look elsewhere.
    Everything is a compromise!

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    I just bought these. Haven't tried them out yet though. I prefer to be a bit unique. lol.


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    I use Fallens, but that's cuz I skate too. Right now I have some beat up Aces and some nearly new Rival Lo-Fi's. All Fallens all have basically the same grip, so any should work.

    How to you tear up shoes on a bike? You don't exactly have any sort of stuff to tear the uppers against, or atleast nothing I know off.

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    i gots some xl3s they own
    ive had fer ever so there suer comfy like house slippers
    the soles have bald spots and my crudy stock pedals are missing pins but my grip is fine so...i donno
    anyway id go for vans they have tonsa cool shoes

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    yea as i said both my vans have work hella good
    but im most likely gonna get sum lotek throw backs
    heard loteks r good so i figured id try um out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny C.
    Gum soles are the best for the pins on your pedals to dig into. Basketball shoes don't have them, at least not any pairs I've seen.

    how can you tell before you purchase a pair of shoes that they have gum soles?

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