This is a thread about customized shoes. Yes, that may seem like a strange thread to some folks, but believe it or not there are some odd birds who like to “remake” shoes
I don’t have any pics loaded, so you’ll have to use your imagination until I can post pics of my “creations”…
So why remake shoes?
Well, I have found that riding shoes are specific to either freestyle biking or mountain bikes, so the choices are often soft soled and flexy (freestyle/DH shoes) or stiff soled clipless shoes with terrible tread (mtb).
I have tried simple modifications such as filling in the cleat hole on a pair of a flat/SPD shoe like the Five Ten Hellcat, which has a nylon midsole with a sticky flat “skate style” outsole. The Hellcat is a decent shoe, stiff enough for all day riding without giving arch fatigue, sticky sole with decent pedal pin penetration, but it is also hot, heavy, and has a wide fit.
The second shoe I modified was a Specialized Tahoe, it’s a recreastional clipless mtb shoe. I had the sole ground down and then resoled with a special Vibram “fishing” sole. This worked fair, the sole did not end up being that sticky because the rubber is just too hard to get any pedal pin penetration, so it felt “skittery” on the pedals.
The most recent shoe I had modified is a Pearl Izumi X Alp. Again I had the sole ground down, but this time I went with a flat Vibram hiking boot tread, This tread is a “non heel” version, so it doesn’t have a step at the heel or any flat untreaded area. I have four rides on them so far and all I can say is WOW! I have been riding them for muni and for tandem mtb, they are super grippy, great arch support, and they hike like a hiking boot
I’ll post pics later this week