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Offline digital_photog

Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2014, 08:08:22 pm »
I swore to myself I would never wear a pair of crocs, but they're so freakin' light, ventilated, and easy on/off, that they make the ideal off-the-bike/shower shoe
My bike on a 4 day 300 mile trip 2 weeks ago.  SPD pedals with Specialized shoes.  Crocs for off the bike.  I realize that this setup may be going lighter for loaded camping than most. Trip was about half gravel, half paved roads.

Offline DoubleD

Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2014, 10:44:45 am »
I have never worn any kind of cycling shoe other than mtb.  Can't stand the duck walk necessary with road shoes.  Also, I never wear socks with them.  When off the bike I have a pair of flip flops that are super comfy but may try crocs.  They get the award for ugly but comfort is the priority. 
As for pedals my touring bike is fitted with Shimano A530 spd/flat pedals.  Wonderful when you just want to jump on the bike and not bother with cleats. 

Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2014, 08:02:34 pm »
Personally, on my touring bike I have toe clips and on my MTB I have PowerGrip straps. I was born with a splayed foot (Something they couldn't correct 60 years ago, but do now.) so I can't use SPD. I for bikepacking I wear lightweight hiking boots, and find myself wearing them more and more on road/gravel, too. I have a pair of police-style bike patrol shoes (I'm a park ranger.) that have semi-rigid soles and work well with the PowerGrips. I also have a pair of older Bontraeger MTB Race shoes I wear for rec riding because I can throw them on and pull the Velcro shut and be on my way.

Long and short, the hiking boots are working well for me, and it gives me one set of shoes for on and off bike.

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