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  1. #1
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    Inexpensive Mountain Bike Shoes for Cross

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    The only shoes I have that go with SPD cleats are flexible-soled commuter shoes. Not going to work! I do still like the idea of Five-tens with the cool pedals, but I already have the SPD's, and I should be able to get a pair of MB shoes for less than the 5-10's.

    I need stiff-soled shoes. I wear size men's 43.5 in Sidi's; in Mavic, I can wear a women's 10 since they run quite large, but their mountain bike shoes for women are white. (Are they kidding? White is bad enough with my road bike. Ha! See Avatar). I think I'd be a size 9 in mens Mavics. Most of which are black.

    Requirements are under $100.00--closer to $50.00 would be better, stiff soles so they don't hurt my feet when I hammer, (which I tend to do). I've looked at a few on Performance and Nashbar, but can't tell how stiff they will be.

    Suggestions?
    Last edited by Muirenn; 06-09-2013 at 08:58 AM.
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    Yeah, there's a reason I didn't buy women's Mavics, beyond not being able to try them on.

    I just got the Rush (in white, but there's a lot of black on them) in an 8. They're stiffer than my Tahoes, it seems, but I haven't had a chance to ride with them yet.
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    Maybe I will go with the Mavics, at least I understand the sizing. Well, in the women's version. Did you try the women's Mavics for size? I wear a 10 in women's, would it be a 9 in mens?
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    I went by the European sizing. It helps that I have access to the boxes at work and can try them on. Mine are a men's 8, 41 1/3 in European sizing. I wear anything from a women's 8.5 to 9.5 in regular shoes.
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    I think I'd need the nine, the women's 10 are size 42 2/3, and they fit with room to 'swell.'
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    Owlie, are the Rush shoes easy to walk around in, but still stiff while peddling? That's what I want.
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    They're definitely easy to walk in. I haven't had a chance to ride with them yet, though.
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    What I did was to try on different makes when I was at REI because the sizing varies. I bought a pair of Specialized MTB shoes off ebay for under $60 in the box and they fit great. I ordered Northwave .. at a huge discount from REI, and they were too small. REI sent me two more of dif sizes to pick the right ones, and I returned two pairs back to the store (They were available from online only)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    They're definitely easy to walk in. I haven't had a chance to ride with them yet, though.
    For anyone else interested in a pair of Mavic Rush: They're not road-shoe stiff, but they're plenty stiff for what I'm doing. No hot spots that had been a problem with my old shoes!
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