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Offline walks.in2.trees

Good winter SPD shoes?
« on: January 23, 2016, 12:55:52 pm »
Ideally I'd like shoes that can also wear at work so I don't have to bring a set to change into. The ones I have for summer riding are a little constricting but now that they're broken in I'm OK wearing them for 4 hours off the bike, but they're also extremely breathable, so not good for subzero temps with breeze. I just bought a $260 pair of Shimano SPD which are very comfortable on the bike, and warmer, but walking in them is really weird in dry conditions and even treacherous because they're very slippery in wet conditions. The thought of needing to walk any serious distance in them because of a mechanical issue is prohibitive.

P.S. this was also the most I've ever spent on any pair of shoes... Ever
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Offline Mag in NH

Re: Good winter SPD shoes?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2016, 04:28:09 pm »
I keep my work shoes at my desk. Change when I get in.

Offline RussSeaton

Re: Good winter SPD shoes?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2016, 05:31:10 pm »
Agree with the other post.  Kept my dress work shoes in a desk drawer.  I did carry fresh clothes back and forth each day.  Changed into the shoes at the beginning and end of the day.  Wore SPD sandals most of the time.  In winter I had some Lake winter boot/shoes.  Also had neoprene booties over them if it was bad.  And wool socks of course.  There are several companies that make SPD winter boot/shoes.  They have a rubber lugged sole so are fine for walking.  Have a friend who is a proponent of sandals with multiple pairs of wool socks during the winter.  If going that route I'd also recommend neoprene booties on top of many wool socks and sandals.

Offline DaveB

Re: Good winter SPD shoes?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2016, 07:03:38 pm »
Another agreement.  Keep a pair of suitable shoes at work and change into them for the work day.  Some commuters carry their work clothes back and forth each day and some stockpile a week's worth and only carry them to work on Monday and home on Friday, usually by car or have a friend do the bulk transport in their car.

Offline RussSeaton

Re: Good winter SPD shoes?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2016, 07:10:46 pm »
I was a carry my clothes each day commuter.  We had a casual dress code at work.  Polo shirt, t-shirt, cotton pants, black socks.  Think I left my belt at work with my shoes.  Used a backpack like college kids use to carry books to class.

Offline davesupra

Re: Good winter SPD shoes?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2016, 12:23:29 pm »
In the winter I use the 45NRTH Wolvhammer SPD boot.  It gets cold here, and this boot is good for me down to about 10F.  When it's colder than that, I put a chemical heater in the boot.  These boots are also very good for walking, the soles aren't too terribly stiff and have pretty good traction on snow and ice.  I keep a separate set of shoes at work.