Hmmm...have to get to some store that might have them to check out in greater detail.
Here's some thoughts shared at: www.rivbike.com/Articles.asp?ID=253
One of our bike club members likes the Teva sandals and says that they are much less expensive than others:
"Every sport has its own footwear, and the message here isn't to turn your nose up at cycling-specific shoes, but to point out that when you don't have them, you needn't stop riding.
One of the issues is sole stiffness. There's a misconception (lie) that cycling shoes need to have super stiff soles. They do if the pedals are tiny, like some clipless pedals, because the pedaling force is so concentrated. But if you use a wider pedal, it's not that important that your shoe be super stiff. Actually, I (Grant) much prefer a sole that lets me feel the pedal, not painfully, but enough to know where it is under my foot. That's an important thing to know when you're not connected to the pedal.
There are lots of good cycling shoes that are made for cycling. Teva Hurricane sandals are excellent. They're light, stiff enough, and cost just $39. You can wear them sockless in the summer, or with double-thick socks in the winter. I'm sure there's somebody out there who knows somebody who knows somebody who heard from somebody about a guy who crashed while wearing sandals and hurt his foot because of it; but that's pretty hard to do, and if you're afraid of that but like the sandals idea, look at the Keen sandals, with toe-guards. Shimano makes sandals, too. The Adidas Samba Millenium indoor soccer shoe is a favorite shoe for many riders. It has a stiff-enough, grippy but smoothish sole, and is fairly light. The Puma Kugel is especially good, too. Sandal note: Chaco is sorta-kinda-mebbe considering (as of December 2006) making a cycling sandal. The Chaco rubber grips super well, but the current models tend to be on the heavy and thick side for cycling. The folks at Chaco are cyclists, too, but they're into the clickers like everybody else is, and can't quite bring themselves to making a cycling sandal that works with double-sided pedals."
I appreciate hearing from everybody! I want to travel as lightly as possible when I tour this summer and these sandals look like they'll do the trick! I'll let you know what I get when I get 'em!
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