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    Shoes for clipless AND platforms?

    I bought my first mountain bike in over 10 years last weekend and man, things sure have changed...

    Anyway, I don't have any decent shoes for riding and I'd like to buy some that will allow me to ride with my platforms for now and will also accept an eggbeater cleat in the near future.

    Will most shoes fit the bill or am I out of luck? Thanks a lot for your help!

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    I was in the same boat a few years back, looking for comfy shoes that had some grip and room for cleats. I ended up with the 661 Launch. They are more of a skate style shoe with fairly gripy soles. There a just a couple of minor drawbacks to them. One is that the sole is not super stiff like some race type shoes. Of course, I also weigh a lot more than most people and am able to bend the soles more easily. The second drawback is that they aren't waterproof. However, the times I've gotten them soaked do not seem to have damaged their integrity. Besides, they are like $45 at bluesky. Unless you find some discontinued brand, you're not likely to get a cheaper shoe.

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    There are many shoes that will do both. Look for something that looks kinda like a normal sneaker (not elf shoes) but is also SPD compatable. The good news is these are the lower end shoes and are cheaper. The bad news is they aren't as stiff as racing shoes so they don't pedal as well. The good news is since the soles are softer they are easier to walk in.

    You could just make the jump to clipless now.

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    Cool, so will the eggbeaters work with an SPD compatible shoe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimday1982
    Cool, so will the eggbeaters work with an SPD compatible shoe?
    Yes! Sometimes you need to cut away some of the cleats on the bottom of the shoe for clearance but thats no big deal.

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    Thanks - I appreciate the help!

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    Most SPD shoes will work with eggbeaters, and they do come with shims for shoes with large cleats. I suggest that you buy locally, though. It's fine to replace a pair of shoes mail order, but I wouldn't buy any sports shoes for the first time without trying them on. Improper shoe fit causes all kinds of injuries. Plus, you are asking that they be good for two different uses. Also, most cycling shoes are sold in european sizes, which may be new for you. Just my two cents... take it or leave it.

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    Yeah, that's a good point. I don't have a choice but to buy them in person because depending on the manufacturer, I can wear anywhere from a size 9 to 11.5 US. Thanks again.

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    Those "softer" shoes for 45$ sound perfect because the pedals I want are the mallet C's so even tho they are not as stiff as the racing shoes I have the platforms of the pedals to support my foot, and maybe they will even be good for going uncliped.

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