Let’s talk about shoes

fullsizeoutput_672dThere’s not too much to talk about for this post. But, if you’re going to be doing your outandabouting via walking and pedaling you’re probably going to need a couple pair of good, sturdy, comfortable, walkable, shoes. For the kind of commuting and errand running via bike we’re talking about here you’ll probably want platform or flat pedals on your bike as well. There’s lots of resources about pedals and shoes on the web, so we won’t obsess over the details here.

You can bike in most shoes that are also designed to walk in (why they design shoes for reason other than to walk well in is beyond me). As long as they don’t have a built up sole and offer your feet some injury and weather protection you’re solid. We’re getting to the end of the snow season here and starting into the mud and muck season, so I thought I’d post a pic of the shoes I’m doing most of my outandabouting in these days. High tops help keep your feet stable on unsure footing and help keep the muck out. The ones on the left have some sort of waterproof membrane and a gusseted tongue that make them 100% waterproof. The shoes on the right are just thick full grain leather with a good coating of clear shoe polish on them. The shoes on the right can wet through, but you’ve really got to work to do it. Being made of thick leather if you wear wool socks underneath them your feet should stay warm even if your feet get wet. My feet have staid warm the couple times I’ve gotten them soaked in the 3 or so years I’ve owned those shoes. And, of course, neither of theses shoes look like you’re off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, race in The Tour, or are a member of the local swat team, which is nice.

With a few tweaks you can do all your around the neighborhood type tasks, going to the library, the grocery store, the coffee shop, via bike and foot while wearing normal looking clothes, shoes included.

About Michael

A middle aged guy from a bit north of the middle of the country.
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