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    What shoes are people using?

    I tried to do a search on the word "shoe" but the search function isn't working today.

    I'm looking to pickup a new pair of shoes and I was wondering what people have had good luck with and would recommend. I've tried on Sidi Dominators and they seem ok. I have Northwave for my road shoes and they work fine but I don't see any place that acually sells them anymore.

    What do you guys have and like?

    I'm relegating my old shimano mtn bike shoes to spin class shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SportDerek
    I tried to do a search on the word "shoe" but the search function isn't working today.

    I'm looking to pickup a new pair of shoes and I was wondering what people have had good luck with and would recommend. I've tried on Sidi Dominators and they seem ok. I have Northwave for my road shoes and they work fine but I don't see any place that acually sells them anymore.

    What do you guys have and like?

    I'm relegating my old shimano mtn bike shoes to spin class shoes.
    I strongly recommend the Specialized Comp or higher which are highly superior to my sidis. IMHO
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    sidi rules! 4 pair here. old dominators from '94 still goin strong but pretty worn, a newer set of eagles from '98 or so are my main shoes but needed the heals re-glued and screwed down, my dominator dh's hve been perfect and my genious 2 road shoes from '96 or so rock to this day. my skinny feet are like those of a little euro girl so the italian build is excellent for me but they also make a wide version. they cost a ton but last 2 tons unlike the northwaves and others ive seen and sold. i cant say enough about these babys!

    i also have a set of nike '04 yvr's that i use occasionally for spring and fall cuz they dont slip and slide in the wet like the hard plastic sidis do. for winter theres nuthin like my gaerne boots.
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    Sidi dominators for xc

    Adidas hematomas for dh.


    Dominators are the most comfortable shoes I've ever ridden in. They fit extremely snug with no slop. If you get the right size it's almost like there's no shoe there. Just straight power transfer from foot to crank.

    Part of the reason they fit so well is the wimply pleather that conforms really well to your foot shape. That also means beating your feet on rocks hurts real bad like.

    Everyone's foot is a different shape so finding a manufacturer that makes its molds to fit your foot is more important than brand I think. Sidis seem to work extremely well for most people. Not all though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    sidi rules! 4 pair here. old dominators from '94 still goin strong but pretty worn, a newer set of eagles from '98 or so are my main shoes but needed the heals re-glued and screwed down, my dominator dh's hve been perfect and my genious 2 road shoes from '96 or so rock to this day. my skinny feet are like those of a little euro girl so the italian build is excellent for me but they also make a wide version. they cost a ton but last 2 tons unlike the northwaves and others ive seen and sold. i cant say enough about these babys!

    i also have a set of nike '04 yvr's that i use occasionally for spring and fall cuz they dont slip and slide in the wet like the hard plastic sidis do. for winter theres nuthin like my gaerne boots.
    I am also running sidi doms, and I love them to death. The only thing the smallest velcro strap always packs up with snow, and this results in it not staying closed. I have to get some shoe covers.
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    Northwave Stealth. Awesome shoe. I have a wide foot and couldn't get a good fit with the Sidi but the toe box on the Northwave is perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    Northwave Stealth. Awesome shoe. I have a wide foot and couldn't get a good fit with the Sidi but the toe box on the Northwave is perfect.
    I tried an awesome pair of Pearl Izumis (price? eh?).Not sure what the model was.
    My preferences might diverge from others because I have a flat foot and therefore rather large which makes it hard to find a perfect fit.
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    I have been using a pair of Sidi Bullets for 3 years and still love them. They are realtively cheap and hold up well.

    But, those Northwaves look real cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by be350ka
    But, those Northwaves look real cool!
    Bling factor too since the sole stiffner is a Ti plate!!
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    Diadora Jalapenos

    The ones with laces. Gotta love them. Still the best way to get a shoe snug. And these Italian shoes have been going strong now for three years.

    Regarding Sidi Dominators:
    Borrowed a friend's pair and promptly fell flat on my face. And this was before I even got clipped in! If you're doing any form of hike-a-bike on wet rocks, I found the sole compound on the Domi's to be too hard. Also they provide next to no protection if you clout you foot on a solid object. A lot of people love 'em, I hated them...my buddy would never buy another pair again either.
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    I've been wearing the Adidas Marathon shoes for a couple of months now, and they have been the most comfortable shoe I've owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    Northwave Stealth. Awesome shoe. I have a wide foot and couldn't get a good fit with the Sidi but the toe box on the Northwave is perfect.
    SSINGA,
    Any idea where I could score a pair? They look to actually have a usable tread.

    On another note, when did shoe makers decide that road shoes with "toe cleats" would make them applicable for off-road use?

    I anxiously await the "what, you have to walk your bike?" posts.

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    Specialized pro shoe from a few years ago

    I like some plastic protection around the toe box, not just fancy eye-talian leather



    there you have it

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    granted, the sidis are not hikers by a long shot. they do fully suck in this respect but on the bike they are stiff as viagra and all kinds of commmmmmmmmmfyyyyyy! as long as ya dont plant yer foot into anything like a rock or a twinkie, or use em under 30 degrees yer ok. wait, did i just bag on my shoe of choice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by k1creeker
    SSINGA,
    Any idea where I could score a pair? They look to actually have a usable tread.

    On another note, when did shoe makers decide that road shoes with "toe cleats" would make them applicable for off-road use?

    I anxiously await the "what, you have to walk your bike?" posts.
    I found mine through a bike accessory retailer on Amazon. Not sure if they are still around.

    The sole is nice and made of a rubber so traction is good.

    FYI - some of the new Addidas stuff looks promising and I had good luck with Specialized shoes in the past.
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    Sidi and Northwave here

    Sidi Action SRS and ghosts for 3 seasons, Northwave Celcius for Winter (now!).

    Sidis last forever (had some Technos last 7 years), fit well if you like a slim shoe (I think they do a wide version of the Doms). NW are very comfy, waterproof and tough - only had them 4 months so can't comment on longevity.

    You US types pay a fortune for Sidis - I've just seen the list price for Dragons is 300 bucks! Not that much cheaper here, but a bit...

    Friend of mine recently paid 430 US for some carbon soled Sidi road shoes!
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    Sidi

    Dominator 4s. Great fitting, stiff, and light weight.

    The grease impregnated teflon soles will improve your technical skills because you absolutely do not want to unclip on steep, slick rock, especially if said rock is already wet. These shoes make me more prone to comitting than bailing on steep techno whether climbing or descending.


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    I use Northwave Runaway shoes for mostly anything, they have a not that stiff sole but are very comfortable to walk with and they have a real sticky treatpattern.
    As a spare pair I have Oakley Radar locks but sadly they are not that secure as the Northwaves wile walking uphill in a loose, rocky condition.Yes,I walk up the hill sometimes.
    I have also for flatpedal use at the days at the jump spot some good old Intense Grip Team shoes, now markeded under the original manufactures name, 5.10 .These are realy sticky, you will not miss your clipless pedals with these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SportDerek
    I tried to do a search on the word "shoe" but the search function isn't working today.

    I'm looking to pickup a new pair of shoes and I was wondering what people have had good luck with and would recommend. I've tried on Sidi Dominators and they seem ok. I have Northwave for my road shoes and they work fine but I don't see any place that acually sells them anymore.

    What do you guys have and like?

    I'm relegating my old shimano mtn bike shoes to spin class shoes.
    Tought question because shoe fit IS very important. I've bought about 3 pairs this year, but I keep going back to my Nikes (don't remember the model, I think it's the ACS line).

    I bought some Specialized BG, who looks awesome, but they're actually to slim for my foot and end up hurting! ouch! And they wear soon, IMO.

    I had some Shimano's, nice fit, but they don't have good grip when walking on soil or mud, so they're for dry weather only.

    I bought some Cannondale's. Pretty confortable, nice to walk, nice fit. But I'm not that sure on the durability contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SportDerek
    I tried to do a search on the word "shoe" but the search function isn't working today.

    I'm looking to pickup a new pair of shoes and I was wondering what people have had good luck with and would recommend. I've tried on Sidi Dominators and they seem ok. I have Northwave for my road shoes and they work fine but I don't see any place that acually sells them anymore.

    What do you guys have and like?

    I'm relegating my old shimano mtn bike shoes to spin class shoes.
    Sidi Dragons for XC and I haven't yet purchsed a rubber soled shoe for my clipless platforms.

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    SIDI.............boom-by-yay

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    i have found that the Lake shoes work best for me. Among other things as you probably know, I have screwed up feet (had major reconstructive surgery) and went through probably 7 different shoes (to include SIDI, Specialized, and others) in my first year of biking till I found Lake. It looks like the new Lakes look a lot different. I currently have the MX220 wide version and it looks like it is replaced by the MX225.

    In any event, I think one of the reasons I like em is cause they have both velcro straps and laces. This gives me the best overall support across the entirety of my foot. perhaps some wont like it because of this but a huge plus for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tappoix
    Specialized pro shoe from a few years ago

    I like some plastic protection around the toe box, not just fancy eye-talian leather



    there you have it
    Very good for me also, as they fit, they now look like this, but it is only dirt,12 month's old no loose stitches or or sole's parting from the uppers (my Northwave Stealth did that)
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    I use sidi dominators for XC. expensive but definitely worth the $$. I've been using the same pair for 4 years now. they are tough and fit like a glove.

    skate shoes for technical trail/freeride type stuff since I use platforms. I'm looking to try out the five tens soon.

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    Keep in mind, everyone has different feet, but I am a strong supporter of Specialized BG shoes.

    After getting tortured by my Sidi road shoes & my Sidi mt. shoes for a good 5-6 years, I finaly ditcehd them for the carbon Specialized Mt. shoes & Carbon Specialized Road shoes. It was one of the "funnest" upgrades I ever made. For me, Sidis (both mt. & road) always made my feet sore, to the extent that they felt like i was pedeling on 2 pieces of wood. Then I tried on the BG shoes, they are so comfy, it felt like I was cheating. I ended up buying both mt. & road shoes in the same week. Sure, my MT. shoes have been falling apart after only 6-8 months of use, but for the price, I'll gladly repurchase once I need to.

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    Dominator 4's for 3 years but they are starting to show their age. They have been great shoes...comfortable, stiff, and durable but not sure I like the replacement price.

    The Adidas Hammers look interesting but I don't have much experience with Adidas bike shoes. I like the price (99$ at Go-ride) versus the Sidi's.

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    Dominators are top-shelf road shoes with wallmart treads...they're rag-top clogs.

    When clipped in, Sidi's are positively the best shoes I've ever had.
    When clipped out they are absolutely the positively the worst.

    They track like somebody glued lego blocks to the soles. They slip on rocks wet or dry. They'd slip on velcro and super-glue. They have improved my climbing for the simple fact that I stand a 10x greater chance of busting my arse on foot than on my bike. The only place I got traction on them was in Moab. Bald ice could get traction in Moab.

    On the plus side like others said they're transparent on the foot when clipped in. All you feel is go-go-go. No wiggle, no strech. They breathe great, and are all-day comfortable. And they make 'Zilla friendly sizes (I wear a 50eur). They are the most comfortable shoe I never wanted to walk in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Dominators are top-shelf road shoes with wallmart treads...they're rag-top clogs.

    When clipped in, Sidi's are positively the best shoes I've ever had.
    When clipped out they are absolutely the positively the worst.

    They track like somebody glued lego blocks to the soles. They slip on rocks wet or dry. They'd slip on velcro and super-glue. They have improved my climbing for the simple fact that I stand a 10x greater chance of busting my arse on foot than on my bike. The only place I got traction on them was in Moab. Bald ice could get traction in Moab.

    On the plus side like others said they're transparent on the foot when clipped in. All you feel is go-go-go. No wiggle, no strech. They breathe great, and are all-day comfortable. And they make 'Zilla friendly sizes (I wear a 50eur). They are the most comfortable shoe I never wanted to walk in.
    Well put and all of that is very true for the sidi's.
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    Hmmm, Specialized Comps. Don't remember what year, but there Yellow, and work extremely well. Grip on rocks and stuff, good and stiff, and fit my feet like a glove ( , no pun intended). Oh did I mention mine are really well loved, and just won't die!

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    best biking shoe I've ever used, Five Ten Impact - the first time I bunny hopped with these sticky rubbered shoes, I almost flipped over forward cuz the shoes gripped the platforms so well - amazing!

    But, when I'm just fooling around, I love my shimano spd compatible sandals, like having a convertible's top down while riding.....

    And for clipless racing shoes.....I'm not into that much [I clipless style racing shoes mainly with my cyclocrosser], but I do like the simplicity of my AXO Vipers - one velcro zig-zag fastener clinches them up heel lift proof [took the toe velcro off cuz the shoe is narrow, dont need it if you have wider feet] - I hear they are blowing these out everywhere - good durable shoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bollox
    The ones with laces. Gotta love them. Still the best way to get a shoe snug. And these Italian shoes have been going strong now for three years.
    Wierd. That's the only shoe I've ever pulled up on and left the sole attached to my pedal with. I gutted it somehow.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bollox
    Regarding Sidi Dominators:
    Borrowed a friend's pair and promptly fell flat on my face. And this was before I even got clipped in! If you're doing any form of hike-a-bike on wet rocks, I found the sole compound on the Domi's to be too hard. Also they provide next to no protection if you clout you foot on a solid object. A lot of people love 'em, I hated them...my buddy would never buy another pair again either.
    You fell flat on your face walking on flat ground? Rad. Can you put on some socks and walk around on a hardwood floor and get me some video. Sidis have hard soles but you have a talent.

    I'm still convinced that the designers at sidi have still never really seen a mountain bike or where they get ridden. Either that or they're just some domestique roadie who's tired of looking at manbutt in a leotard and having to bring it goo shots....so needs to take out some agression on a demographic. Because why else would anyone in their right mind free of malice ever think for a second that the granite they put on the bottoms of those shoes have any freaking place on the bottom of a ballet slipper that will be applied to creek crossings?

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    Sidi Dominators and sizing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    And they make 'Zilla friendly sizes (I wear a 50eur).
    I wear a 49, and that is the sole reason, no pun intended cause the soles do suck, that I bought a pair of Dominators. I spent years with my toes curled up with too small Shimanos (I've never seen a LBS with anything larger than a US 12.5) and am really enjoying wearing shoes that fit.

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    'Zilla...

    The bolt on sole unit on Action SRS and Dragon's is softer/stickier than the hard and skatey sole on Dominators. Not perfect, but better. Crazy money though...
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    I agree with KW...either SIDI has it in for MTBers or they've never met one, or both.

    Deano, yeah the SRS prices are the only thing that make the D4 prices seem even remotely sane. I gather from the reviews, the SRS soles apparently have the durability of pencil erasers....The regular SIDIs grip like hot buttered poo...the SRSs grip like hot poo w/o the butter.

    But IMO they're still the best fitting shoes on the planet, and their stiff soles make even eggbeaters feel like platforms.

    I also have a pair of Diadora Geckos...got em for ~30 bucks. I only use them for spin class. They don't fit half as good as my SIDIs, but at least they make them in 'Zilla sizes.(apparently Itialians like men with big...uh...feet). The treads are much better, but that's the only thing I like more about them, and since they've never been outside it dosen't matter. They actually they fit pretty good, but once you've had time in a pair of shoes that never let you foot lift off the insole or slide in the heel or toe box, and still stay comfortable all day, you're spoiled.
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    :^)

    Indeed, I've been through 2 soles already (actually I've had them about 3 years so that ain't bad). Current sole looks pretty ragged.

    I've only ever used Sidi until these Northwaves so I don't think I know what a grippy soled bike shoe feels like!

    A slim-line Vibram sole would be cool.

    NWs will on tomorrow - it's still sub-zero here.
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    Come 'Zilla - tell the truth about your real riding shoes....
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    Foot numbness

    I have dumped hundreds into new shoes over the past few years, went smaller, went bigger. Still, 1 hour into my ride and my toes start going numb. Not sure if Specialized BG is supposed to alleviate this (the one brand I have not tried)...Anyone else experience this???

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    Warning!


    Don't try Specialized Pro Carbons with Time ATACs. The cleat retention cage thingies on the pedals will wear grooves in the carbon soles allowing the cleat/shoe to bob up and down on pedal. Other than that I thought they were an excellent shoe, fitting much better than my cheaper model Comps.

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    Well, when winter comes thoes shoes as pictured above just don't cut it. The distance from your foot to the metal cleat interface is just too small, sucking lots of heat out of your foot. We can ride all year round here due to the dry climate, but the shaded valleys and high mountains can get quite cold at times and those "hardcore XC shoes" with their thin mesh just don't cut it. I have such shoes that I use in the summer, but no amount of socks or covers can really make them warm. There's two options, one is to get real winter boots, which can be overly warm and overkill most of the time, or to just get some "simpler" SPD shoes with bigger soles, more padding, the ones that are usually cheaper and such. Those work better when it gets colder, are more compatable with thicker socks and hold in heat much better due to more padding and the increased distance from your foot to the metal spd cleat and pedal. If it's wet, I break out the goretex socks.

    I appreciate good SPD shoes, and I've found some of the more "XCish" ones that I like, but at this time they aren't a good choice. I go cheaper in the winter and it makes me warmer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    I also have a pair of Diadora Geckos...got em for ~30 bucks. I only use them for spin class. .
    Thank god for that too. I've never seen a shoe break down as fast as the "geckos" did. I think the gecko was dead or something and it just decomposed really fast. If you're using them inside then you're probably ok. Just don't ever ride a real bike with em!
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    yep. whenever my toes are geetin smooshed weather it be too big a sock or too small a shoe. my funny feet like skinny toe boxes so its rarely a shoe width issue for me. my guess is that may be yer problem as its just about all thats left besides it simply bein laced up too tight. ive done that too with the same results. keep tryin.
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    Another Sidi Dom/Eagle rider here. I used to be able to get 'em for $99 from a couple of shops in the UK (shipping was about $20 to the US), but the weak dollar fixed that. They're pricey at $229/pr, though. But they are damn comfy if you get the right fit. I TOTALLY agree that the soles are downright dangerous. If I could make one change to the shoe, it would be to put some of that rubber stuff on the underside of them. They didn't need the carbon sole and the associated extra expense.

    They're definitely an XC shoe, the Lorica material is thin but fairly resilient. If you spank your foot on a rock or tree, you'll be reaching for expletives. But for me, they've been way better than my previous shoes. I've run Northwave Teams (good shoe, odd colors) and Nike Cairns/Yuhas/Poohbah (all of which were ultimately dismal failures).

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    Sidi Bullet 2 Megas are the newest I have with blue Superfeet insoles (really improves them). Also I have a pair of well loved Lake MX201 wides. If both manufactures didn't make wide models, I could not wear them. I have an almost new pair of Sidi Genius 2 in regular width (road) that are pure torture to wear. Put your feet to sleep every time. Do they bind Euros feet at birth?
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    MBEXX - Your foot numbness will go away when you switch over to the Specialized BG - it did for me at least (that's what the raised "bump" in the middle of the foot bed does- the metatorsal button).

    Not only that, but your knees will feel better too, due to the wedging on the BG shoes.
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    The Superfeet insoles act similar to the BG shoes, I think. It can be moved from shoe to shoe also. My main source of numbness in the past has been crowding of the forefoot. To me, having the toe box wide enough is an absolute necessity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jokermtb
    best biking shoe I've ever used, Five Ten Impact - the first time I bunny hopped with these sticky rubbered shoes, I almost flipped over forward cuz the shoes gripped the platforms so well - amazing!
    + 1 for Five Ten Impact shoes.

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    SIDIs just don't like rocks

    I almost forgot, while the SIDIs do slide easily off any trackable surface, they are also prone to leave a little behind each time.

    Acadian might remember his creative photo-enhancement of my 1-year old D4s




    They did glue together and clean up nicely: (yes these are the same shoes)



    My problem was I was always trying to keep up with better riders so I'd hop off and recklessly dash up stuff I stalled on. I think if you ride very rocky technical terrain you can't bang, scrape and srabble all over the place like they are hiking boots. But if you treat (and walk) them like office shoes the uppers will last quite well...My second pair faired much better.

    Now the treads are a different matter...
    blackjack843 had also posted some photos of his 15-month old SRS uppers and soles:


    I found the regular treads to wear almost as quickly when dashing up a lot of rocks. As I got better at clearing things on the bike, my shoes wore a lot less...big suprise eh?

    BTW Roostalee and the others are quite correct, the uppers offer almost no protection from anything but the sun. If you strike your foot on something, you might as well have done it in socks. I still love these shoes though, fit and feel is really important to me.
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    Sidi Dom 5s here

    Great shoe. They seem to be able to take more abuse than any shoe I have seen. I also have some of those Lake winter boots. Very nice. I'm set with shoes for a while but need to take some shoe goo to the Lakes.

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