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  1. David Hoyle
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I'm currently prepared for long distance touring and to date have been wearing shimano shoes. These don't work when not cycling. Can anyone advise me on shoes which are good for cycling but can double up say in the evening or simply walking. The best of both worlds? Thanks for any tips. David.
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Hello David, we have chosen the Shimano XM9 for our long distance bike trip and so far they seem comfortable riding and wearing although they still have to wear in a bit. There is also the brother model XM7 which is a low cut shoe. The XM9 feel sturdy and are also waterproof! Check it out ;-)
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Thanks Pete and especially for the link. These look exactly what I'm looking for. I like the flip flop suggestion as those are light weight and won't add hardly anything to the overall weight. Great! David
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Hi David,

I have had similar issues myself and used to walk around in my Shimano MTB SPD shoes and didn't feel that comfortable walking around. About 18 ish months ago I switched to Quocpham touring SPD shoes. They are really nice and kind of blend in with my casual clothes. Not quite like my casual shoes, but a step in the right direction. They are quite expensive, but have to say they have lasted really well, and being leather, have molded to my feet really well. You get what you pay for. And they are not noisy like my Shimano shoes in the past! I'm happy with them. What do I always take touring (if weather good anyway!) are flip flops. Light and easy to strap to my panniers.

Here is the Quocpham site. I just took a look and found they now do a much wider collection of more casual SPD shoes (City Collection). If you are currently using something like Road SPD-SL fittings, you may need to switch to SPD pedals to accommodate more casual shoes. The Road type fittings generally mean a very rigid shoe and you walk kind of funny! :D

https://quocpham.com/

There are few other options out there too. https://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/for-the-rider/cycling-shoes/city-cycling-shoes.html

Hope this helps. Cheers Pete
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