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    what type of shoe for flat pedal`s?

    looking to try some flats, what kind of shoes do i need?

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    I use skateboarding shoes, DC's to be exact. They work great and are very comfortable in my opinion.
    Hope this helps.
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    You might try indoor soccer shoes - stiff soles - small cleats - lets you pull back and up part way on the up stroke.

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    2nd season with Teva Links, feels comfortable like tennis shoe but has the stiffness for those rides.

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    5.10's if they're available in your area. The quality of the flat pedals is also significant though.

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    I have the 5/10 Cravers. Super sticky....but.......BIG HEAVY and BULKY in my opinion. I'll probably get a pair of Teva for next season. Something a little lighter. Don't get me wrong the 5/10's are a great shoe. Just wish they were a little lighter.

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    I also use indoor soccer shoes but only cause I'm poor and I had them laying around for ages :P

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    You can feel the pedal through the shoe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
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    You can feel the pedal through the shoe.
    I know he is controversial, but James recently spoke out against overly-stiff soles:

    Why you don't need stiff soled riding shoe for flat pedals | Mountain Bike Training Programs

    Your comment brought to mind the article, so I thought I'd post the link.

    I know I like my Five-Ten Freeriders far more than my Five-Ten Karvers. I am very tempted now to try out a pair of the Vans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    I know he is controversial, but James recently spoke out against overly-stiff soles:



    Your comment brought to mind the article, so I thought I'd post the link.

    I know I like my Five-Ten Freeriders far more than my Five-Ten Karvers. I am very tempted now to try out a pair of the Vans.

    I personally like a stiffer sole when I ride. I feel better protected and like I'm getting everything out of each pedal. Check out the Five-Ten Sam Hill's, they're a great shoe. If you're looking for something along the same line but cheaper check out the Five-Ten Impact 2's.
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    I use Teva Verdon. They have a fairly flat sole for pedaling but work good for bike-n-hike too.

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    both my clipless shoes (obviously) and 510s are stiff, but the other day i jumped on one of my bikes that had flats, with some running sneakers, and i found the lack of support to cause my arch to ache.
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    I was tying to find this answer myself. Thanks

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    I'm liking my 5-10 Barons, and I have a pair of Tevo Pinners on the way

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    I wear a cheap pair of docker olmstead sport sandals. Basically a full foot sandal. They seem to grip good and they keep my feet cool since you don't wear socks with them.

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    I like the older Vans or similar wider in the back sole. When in the woods going through tight rough stuff I wear my Rocky boots with blue jeans to keep ankles and legs from getting scratched up.

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    I used to wear Adidas Sambas (indoor soccer shoes) but switched to some cheap canvas Vans and realized the Vans were far grippier. Riding any significant stretch of bumpy downhill kills my arches though, and I would definitely prefer something thicker than the thin canvas on my Vans between the top of my foot and rocks, roots, etc. Looking forward to getting some Teva's or 5.10's when I have extra money ie. graduate college and get a real job.

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    I use Nike skateboarding shoes, my week of clipless told me I needed stiffer shoes and the nikes fit the bill

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    I've been wearing Osiris NY83 high tops for a few months now. I love them!

    Firm sole, great grip, and I love the little bit of ankle protection. So far they have held up as well as any shoe I've owned.

    I was wearing DC's the last few seasons... but Osiris is my new favorite.

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    DC high tops for the ankle protection. They get pretty clean blasting em with a hose after rides too.

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    I have 5.10 low top impact and find them too grippy for anything but DH days. I prefer flat bottomed basketball or skate shoes for all other riding.
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    These are like $50 on sale, best purchase I've ever made. Super grippy, super comfy.

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    Asics trailrunners with forefoot and heel gel. Half the weight(11.30z) of my 5.10 Freeriders and cooler because of ventilation. Stick well with their lugged sole and the proper low heel technique. There is a short learning curve.
    These $30 pedals will be next.
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