Snake wrote about shoes a while back on these storied pages. At least I think he wrote about shoes. All I can find at the moment is his back-to-riding post called change.
Anyway, it got me thinking. When I spend some serious time on the mountain bike a lot, wearing my mtb shoes, I can never get comfortable in my road shoes. The inverse is also true, lots of road miles, mtb shoes feel just awful. I’ve never really known if it was the shoe width, stiffness of sole (carbon v. non-carbon), the distance between foot and pedal axles (mtb being generally greater), or something else, like that fact that I’m 100% fucking insane about my cleat position (always fiddling about with it).
It never ends. I never get it right. Maybe I should just throw in the damn towel and start running platforms.
For a while, over the last year and a half or so, while I was in school and riding six times a year, I just rode the mtb shoes all the time. Pretty much anyway. Unless I got a wild hair up my ass or something and wanted to try something new (can the concept of “strange” as applied to shoes?).
I got a pair of slightly used, new-to-me, Diadora road shoes from Joeesph M. way back in 2007 and never really took the time to use them. (He’s one of the many fines folks associated with the Hubbard Bike Club.) I have never met the man, but he needed to sell some shoes cheap, I needed to buy some shoes cheaply, it was magic. I pulled them out about two months or so back and bolted on a set of mtb cleats. Go figure, eh? I told you I was nuts.
I’ve been running mtb pedals on everything (because I own about 7 pairs of SPDs and don’t have to switch things much that way), and it seems to work well. No sore feet, no numb toes, no complaints.
But I haven’t gone mountain biking yet…by