Casual Looking SPD-SL Compatible Cycling Shoes...do they exist???

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  1. Italiano3891

    Italiano3891 New Member

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    Help me out here guys. Are there any casual looling spd-sl compatible cycling shoes out there? I know there are a few brands that make SPD versions... Please let me know. Thanks!

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    Casual enough? There's tons of different styles for SPD.
     
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    Something close toed...a normal shoe. DZR makes a ton for SPD but I don't see any for SPD-SL. THe DZR Nero is a good example of what I'm looking for.
     
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    I was just pointing out that there are a variety of styles from very cycling specific looking shoes to very casual affairs that will assume the spd cleat. I would imagine dozens of different shoes in the casual category are available. I haven't done much looking around but I have seen some really cool stuff, sorry don't remember brands. Those Nero's look pretty cool btw.

    Doubtful that you wll find many casual shoes using the SPD-SL cleat (if any) though as its mainly a road cleat. You will have better luck going with the old school MTB SPD cleat. And I would personally recommend the Shimano A520 pedal which has a nice big platform if ever using cleatless shoes.

    Personally, I would look at all the popular mail order places for images/brand names of the stuff that interested me. Also would run image searches on the popular search engines with terms like spd, casual shoe, recreational, etc.

    Once I found a shoe I liked I'd nail down a local store/dealer I could preferably try the shoe on at - I would start by going to the manufactures website and seeing if they have a dealer locator tool. And if not but really wanted the shoe I found would accept that I may have to spend some extra $$ in return shipping costs if the first pair I ordered did not fit just right.

    Good luck.
     
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    I already exhausted that method, that's why I'm here as a last resort. I'm new to cycling, are there some major print/online catalogs/companies I should go to first? Although I have done a ton of internet searches.
     
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    The one's that I know of are:

    Performance
    Nashbar
    Competitive Cyclist
    Colorado Cyclist
    Excel Sports Boulder
    Ribble Cycles

    Maybe there's something that works at one of those outfits.
     
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    Thank You. Found some, but they are still very competive cyclist style. I've looked all over, oh well. I've found some that I like and they are a little more subdued then others.
     
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    These are the Nashbar ragster sandals. I have a pair and I love them, they have held up to multiple seasons of riding and I wear them to indoor cycling classes as well.
     
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