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  1. #1
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    Shoes for flats and maybe eventually clips for my kid?

    My teen signed up for high school MTB team. He and his friends don't wear spandex and ride in sneakers on flats in sweatpants and hoodies. As all teens should, IMHO.
    His sneakers get shredded from the pins on his pedals.
    I am looking for shoes that are flats but have the piece on the sole you can rip off if you want to go to clipless. I have the feeling he might want to go to clipless.
    Or is that as dumb as a 50/50 ski boot and just get him flat pedal shoes and then just get another pair later?
    Size 8 or 8.5 if you have anything laying around.
    LBS had nothing to try on. out of stock on everything in that size pretty much.
    five ten shoes look good. SIDI are for dads. and moms. HOT moms.
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    Iíd say go five tens or some vans skate shoes and then clueless when ready for them. These might work as well for 50-50, though canít say if they have the cover for the cleat. There are also the Pearl Izumi flat shoes for $50 on Sierra as well in that size

    https://www.sierra.com/five-ten-hell...prod-prod880NJ


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    Imo vans are terrible shoes for riding, sole is to soft.
    Stick with a proper flat pedal specific riding shoe.

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    Get him a pair of 5.10s. He'll be stoked. If he wants to try clipless, get those later, probably a 1/2 size bigger, because... kids.
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    do you think 5.10 with the recess for cleats sucks for flats and no cleat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhyatt View Post
    do you think 5.10 with the recess for cleats sucks for flats and no cleat?
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    Yep.

    I have a pair of 5.10ís that were too tight for me size 8.5. I think they are for flats, Iím not sure as I run both. Iíll pull them out and take a look. PM your address and you can have them, then just buy him some clipless shoes if you think he needs them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eluder View Post
    Yep
    x2.

    Ride Concepts also makes some excellent youth shoes. Though, I spent years buying my kid 5.10s and then one day he stopped liking them and just rides in Vans now. It makes zero sense, but it's cheaper for me, so whatever.

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    thanks mang. I sent you my address.
    I think he should start with flats and see how it goes and what other kids are running. I just want him outside having fun and getting exercise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eluder View Post
    Yep.

    I have a pair of 5.10ís that were too tight for me size 8.5. I think they are for flats, Iím not sure as I run both. Iíll pull them out and take a look. PM your address and you can have them, then just buy him some clipless shoes if you think he needs them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhyatt View Post
    thanks mang. I sent you my address.
    I think he should start with flats and see how it goes and what other kids are running. I just want him outside having fun and getting exercise.
    That's good parenting.
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    The STP link above led me to looking at what other bike shoes they had in stock, which led me to seeing this, and now you have to see it, too:


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    I knew a few shop mechanics that wore those all summer while working back in the late 90s. I could get see myself finding some uses for those for beach weeks where I only bring my CX bike for mix of solo rides in real shoes and riding to the beach/ice-cream whatever in those.

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    I can see Chaco or somebody pulling it off but these scream grandpa + white socks.

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    As long as those white socks are tall, it's fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Trucker View Post
    As long as those white socks are tall, it's fine.
    With those stirrups to keep the socks up.
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    Definitely get some flat pedal shoes. Don't get compromise shoes to do both as sole construction/feel needs are different between SPD and flats.

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