« Last post by bogiesan on October 12, 2014, 09:52:53 am »
SPD is usually recommended because you can get them everywhere.
I use a mtn style shoe because touring involves walking. (I don't do self-supported rides but I do not enjoy watching the roadies stumble around in their hard shoes. Looks dangerous and uncomfortable.)
I get my bike shoes at REI garage sales because they're broken in and stupid cheap.
I wear a Giro left and a Shimano right. Due to some weird physical differences between my feet, out of four pairs of shoes, those are the two happen to fit perfectly.
The particular shoe(s) you end up with is a very personal choice. Closure sytem, fit, open or closed, color, brand, flexibility of sole, adjustability of closure (can you wear extra heavy sox), cleat placement, type of insole material, and price are all factors we can't decide for you. I have, however, determined higher price does not directly relate to longer life or better fit.
Whatever you buy, you will want several hundred miles on them, in varying conditions, before you start your adventure.