Sandals for Road Bike

I am looking for cycling sandals for my road bike. I have spd-sl pedals. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

9 Replies

matt setter, March 29, 2018 at 9:22 pm

i love wearing sandals with spds. the wind keeps your feet cool. I have the ones by nashbar. they run about $50.

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mootsman, March 30, 2018 at 7:45 am

As you know the SPD-SL pedals are true road pedals with larger cleats unlike the SPD pedals which are off-road pedals with the small recessed cleats. I’ve never seen sandals that can take an SPD-SL cleat but I’ve been surprised by what I can find on Amazon.

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Charlie S, March 30, 2018 at 8:06 am

A second for the cheapo sandals from Nashbar. They are heavy, but functional and are my footwear of choice during the summer, especially if rain is in the forecast. I have the MTB-style pedals, so use the standard two-bolt SPD cleat and am not sure other styles will fit sandals though.

Sandaltan is a mark of distinction among discerning bike cognoscenti . . .

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mootsman, March 30, 2018 at 8:25 am

Angie is looking for sandals that can take SPD-SL road cleats, not SPD MTB cleats.

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Michael Kurtinitis, March 30, 2018 at 10:40 am

Tried them myself a number of years ago but the vibration was too much to handle on a long ride. You might want to “preflight” a pair to see if you can envision a week (or whatever distance you’re riding) in them.

I agree, though, the cool air breezing through them was wonderful.

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KenH, March 30, 2018 at 10:49 am

I don’t wear sandals but I am quite honored to have those who do numbered among my friends. As far as I can tell if you are a true sandal lover it would easily be worth the expense to buy the SPD pedals that will accommodate them. Just sayin’….

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Angie Medeiros, March 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I’m finding that sandals will require a pedal/cleat change. I will definitely try to pre-flight before July!

This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Angie Medeiros.

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Tom Frederick, March 30, 2018 at 8:19 pm

Check Bike Nashbar for sandals. On sale for $29.99

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Bruce Woodrow, March 31, 2018 at 5:57 pm

I have Shimano sandals which I wear all the time. I have wide feet and like that the straps can accommodate them comfortably. In fact, when the weather gets cold I still wear the sandals because the straps have enough give to accommodate 3 pairs of socks.

However, my sandals use standard SPD cleats and I am not aware of any sandals that take SPD-SL cleats.

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