Spesh make good shoes, IMO. I have had trouble with shimano and Giro shoes that were too narrow at the toe, whereas the spesh mountain and road shoes seem to fit my D-width feet just fine. I just got some cliplace shoes that seem a bit low in the toe box, but a bit of use will hopefully soften them and pack down the midsole a touch. first clipless lace-up shoes. I'm more used to a ratchet strap to help lock the heel down in the shoe.For me, it’s non leather first, then the best I can find after that. My sombrio are great. Just bought some etnies, yet to try.
My old s/h Impacts are listed as ‘action leather’...which I assumed to be synthetic, but it isn’t.
Grip, with a medium stiffness sole for me.
LBS has some nice looking Spesh (shudder) flats I’m keen to try. 1/2 the weight of 5tens, so no sure of efficacy.
I have the Shimano GR701 (same as 901 but without the flap over the laces). They are GREAT for duck footed folk like myself. Very roomy and decently stiff shank so you don't get a sore foot arch.Time to get some flat pedal shoes, I've been using Vans classics, no probs throwing down a couple of hours riding but want something stiffer and more sturdy.
@Litenbror rates the 510 Impact, but I can't find them anywhere in my size. Also @teK-- reckons the Freerider Pro are narrow, I can't do narrow and @Litenbror says his foot isn't wide, so they're not looking good.
The Aftons are a good price, but maybe narrow @moorey saying comfortable as 510, and I want durable. Other reviews are also saying they are not very durable.
I have Shimano SPD shoes in the wide sizing, which doesn't exist anymore but they have the "volume tour last" which should be good for my wide foot. They have lasted so well, 4000+km and still in great condition. All my Shimano SPD shoes over the years have been very durable so they are looking good.
I think they'll be a substantial step up from Vans, I'm looking at the GR701 and GR 901. Anyone got them? I know @Haakon has the lower model ones but they don't have the shank plate and I want a bit more stiffness than Vans and the grippier Michelin sole.
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I have these ones. I am still pretty new to the flat pedal caper though and have never used anything else - i just went with these because shimano shoes always fit me best and their sizing is reliable between models for online shopping. They are as expected, comfy (for my feet) and well made.
No idea how they compare to others for pedal grip, but im still pretty careful and have so far failed to slash my shins.
And still caked with mud from my crash, should probably clean them at some point...