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Looking for shoe recommendations to ride on flat pedals (specifically DMR V12s - large platform with pins). Need to be able to cope with rides of 10-15 miles on forest tracks - mostly dense gravel, reasonably flat, not too much hike-a-bike required. Water-resistant would be a bonus as I ride in early morning a lot and it amazes me just how soaked my feet get. Currently riding in a pair of trainers - comfortable but the pins are slowly destroying the sole. Budget under £100. They don't need to be ultra-stiff or efficient, just comfortable and hard-wearing.

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ktache [2135 posts] 1 month ago
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I used worn our skate style shoes for many years (Vans mostly) then pushed the boat out and got some Five Tens, the grip on the pedals is stunning.  I went for the Spitfire as it wasn't quite as ugly as most of them, but fabric front so lets in moisture.  They have lasted many years and are gradually falling to bits but still work.  Five Tens really work.

I could do with a new pair and am tempted by the Ion Raid Select, horrible front bumper, but full tan leather.

 

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Boatsie [469 posts] 1 month ago
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Dunlop Volleys
Heaps of grip.
Rubber is a plant.
Cotton is a plant.

Don't know about wet. I think my socks get wet in storm but I can't remember cold feet. (Keep pedaling). Where as with Shimano cleat shoes I only get a wet spot on the souls (probably cleat hole).

Dunlop Volley are cheap too enabling your budget to thicken your wallet instead or maybe not as long lasting but looks like Earths made materials. They'll grip, especially on triple traps or similar but everything else does too.

Hence my bets on Volleys

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kil0ran [1693 posts] 1 month ago
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Cold not really an issue as thermals and oversocks will handle that. The main issue in the morning is riding through grass/undergrowth that's sopping wet with dew, particularly this time of year. Feet soaked within minutes.

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Sriracha [254 posts] 1 month ago
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Waterproof socks any help here?

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Drinfinity [266 posts] 1 month ago
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I use 5 10 Impact Pro. They are more weatherproof than a standard 510. Claims of ‘quick drying’ are relative though - they have plenty of padding, so still need newspaper to dry them out. They come up in sales or eBay in your price range. Best to try some on, as the calibration on sizing is on the small side.

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Pilot Pete [230 posts] 4 weeks ago
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Have you considered goretex hill walking shoes? Loads and loads at under £100. Most have a Vibram sole, which I would think would stand up to the pedal pins reasonably well.

I use them for, well, walking in conditions like you state and my feet stay perfectly dry. Worth considering.

PP

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dobbo996 [60 posts] 4 weeks ago
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I wear Lonsdale boxing trainers (Fulham) for my 10 mile commute. Dead flat sole, plenty of grip, quite stiff, leather uppers, velcro fastening, comfy. They're waterproof for my ride but no shoe is 100% waterproof - depends on what you throw at 'em. Best bit? £25 or less.  

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CygnusX1 [1197 posts] 4 weeks ago
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ktache wrote:

I used worn our skate style shoes for many years (Vans mostly) then pushed the boat out and got some Five Tens, the grip on the pedals is stunning.  I went for the Spitfire as it wasn't quite as ugly as most of them, but fabric front so lets in moisture.  They have lasted many years and are gradually falling to bits but still work.  Five Tens really work.

I could do with a new pair and am tempted by the Ion Raid Select, horrible front bumper, but full tan leather.

+1 for Five Tens

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OldRidgeback [3225 posts] 4 weeks ago
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As a BMXer, I generally wear Vans. They're inexpensive and comfortable and the soles cope well with the abrasion from pedals. Water resistant they are not.

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steve hill [12 posts] 4 weeks ago
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Astro turf soccer shoes