I've been riding with the Shimano sandals since 2006 or 2007, I'm on my second pair. I find myself wearing these often when I am off the bike - I'll need to replace them if I keep that up. Several of the other long distance riders in my club use the sandals, they are great in preventing 'hot foot' issues. They aren't cheap, but they wear well and last a long time.
You can wear these without socks (sun screen your toes!!!) I haven't had chaffing issues., with cycling socks, wool socks, and even with neoprene socks (although my feet sweat if the temperature is much over 45).
On a long ride, if I have a drop bag I will alternate between my regular shoes (Sidi Dominators) and the Shimano sandals. Several riders I know who wear the Keen's don't like the Shimano's and vice versa.
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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The Keen cycling sandals fit are wonderful. I went a 1/2 size larger, as recommended by others. Try before you buy, if possible. I wear with socks in winter and then during the summer. I am breaking in Keen hikers on the mountain bike.
Hey folks, in anticipation of touring this summer I'm thinking I want to get some waterproof cycling sandals so that I don't have to worry about waterlogged New Balance which I've had the "pleasure" of sloshing in when caught out in the rain before.
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