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    Shoes for Platform pedals

    Looking for some shoe choices for platforms.
    Been riding with SPDs, but want to try platforms on my all mountain bike.
    I looked at a pair of Five-Tens, nice shoes but couldn't spend that type of money. Want to see what other shoes would work.
    What are you wearing?

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    I love using any Vans and Emerica Square Ones. Any vulcanized style skate shoe will do fine. With Vans you can really feel the pedaland the waffle sole is nice, soft and grippy. If you get pedals with some nice sharp pins, you will feel pretty locked in (in a good way).

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    5.10s. They turn even crappy pedals into amazing grippers.

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    I ride with 5.10's now, used Vans before. Vans seem to work real good if you don't wanna spend a lot on shoes.

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    How long do the 5.10s last?

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    had Vans and switched to 5 10s..I have some foot position issues with those large dimples @ times..Anyone else have this issue ?
    Respect the Aina....Aloha

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    Buy 5.10s, but if you don't want to spend much get 5.10s on sale.

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    Didn't know you needed special shoes for platform pedals. I just use my everyday normal shoes. Just some NB walking type shoes. The pedals I have grip them just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IJBCape
    I love using any Vans and Emerica Square Ones. Any vulcanized style skate shoe will do fine. With Vans you can really feel the pedaland the waffle sole is nice, soft and grippy. If you get pedals with some nice sharp pins, you will feel pretty locked in (in a good way).
    arnt square one's by es?

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    Vans are great and you can usually find a good pair for $20-$30.

    5.10s are amazing if you have the coin to spend.

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    I used Vans for years and various skate shoes. Recently I started using Solomon SpeedCross 2, just because I had them and needed new riding shoes. I have to say I really like them much better than any of the previous Ive owned. They are super light, breathe excellent, soles stick really well and are great for quick get offs on steep terrain when you need some shoe traction. Some may think they are a bit soft for power transfer yaddah yaddah but Ive had great success with them.


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    5:10s are worth it. One of the few occasions where the hype is justified.

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    5.10 is worth it.

    To save a bit of cash you can get normal shoes resoled in 5.10.

    The 5.10 shoes are actually a bit crap, it is the magic soles you are paying for.
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    Used to have skate shoes, generally Es. With the new pedals they started wearing our pretty damn fast .. 1-2 months and they'd have holes through the bottoms.
    I can certainly say that the 5.10s I have now are way more solid.

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    op,

    check out your local skate shop. They usually closeout alot of models quite often. I picked up a pair of 6.0s for $30. I use 5.10s as well and have to agree with everyone on their performance/investment. There is one thing I do use on 2 other pairs of flats on my SS and DJer and that is Straitline Replacement pins. I've found these to make even my clapped out 4yr old HalfCab lawn shoes to grip like crazy. I think they would enhance your shoe choice regardless of $$.

    Vans does have a new flat specific mtb shoe. Its called the Gravel. Looks to be a cool 5.10 alternative. Same price though, $90, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockymtnrider
    How long do the 5.10s last?
    How hard do youride? I ride around 3-5 times a week from 10 to 16 mile rides on average depending on where I'm riding. I don't do super big jumps, just some small drops and jumps here and there and mine are going on about 8 months. I know some people that have had there impacts for over a year and they are still going strong. But if you ride hard enough and often enough you can tear through them pretty quick according to some. Definitely worth the cost, and I would buy another pair when these ones wear down.

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    Just got a pair of 5.10 Freeriders at Sport Chalet. I was expecting to pay $94 and when they rang them up the were only $39. I was stunned. No one said they were on sale or anything. But I wasn't going to complain.

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    $39?! should've bought 2 pair!

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    What model of 5.10 is recommended for MTB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorCyclist
    What model of 5.10 is recommended for MTB?
    any of these:

    http://fiveten.com/products/product-.../Freeride_m23/

    i like the freerider personally, but it doesn't have ankle protection.
    i spurt in the wind, and the wind drug it

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