I agree with the others. Go clipless. If you're scared of using clipless initially on the road, you can practise clipping and unclipping on the spin bikes over the winter.
I definitely think the "dangers" of clipless pedals are overblown. It's not difficult once you get the hang of it. You'll have the embarrassing first clipless fall but after that and a bit more practise you'll figure it out. I still have my pedals set at a pretty low tension for ease of release, particularly during cyclocross season but (touch wood) I've never botched a release for ages now.
Your best bet for shoes are the MTB style with the recessed cleat. Good for walking around in off the bike which is great for commuting. Another advantage of these style cleats is that spin bikes generally come with the matching pedals too.
EDITED to add: The last time I messed up a release was because my cleats were worn and I was trying to make it to the end of the season before changing them. Not a good idea.
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 9/14/2009 (12:24)
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