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I'm using look kéo cleats. My right one is much more worn down than the left one. Almost to the point where I don't think it will have any edge showing on the front lip.

I do walk in them a bit, but usually in grass or on smooth tile. In both conditions I would think it's the heel hitting the floor more, so the front wearing quicker is a surprise to me.

What are some causes of early wearing on cleats and how can I prevent them?

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Not really an answer, but as you walk in them, have you considered switching to something more suited to walking such as SPD or other MTB styles? –  mattnz Jun 14 '13 at 1:29
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You can get special covers for your cleats that make it easier to walk and extend their useful life.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000UDBLQO

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I can recommend these covers from personal experience. –  PeteH Jun 14 '13 at 7:45
    
While these are helpful, they wouldn't help with wear from standing on one foot during a stop. I asked these questions on B.SE to have reference points in case anyone else searches for this too, so I'll wait to accept for a bit. –  Jean-Bernard Pellerin Jun 14 '13 at 8:30
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Probably not the answer that you're looking for, but I find that Speedplay cleats covered with Keep-on Kovers wear very reasonably.

Covers which need to be removed are a hassle. I forget to take them off when I need to and forget to put them on when I need to.

I don't use Keo cleats, so I am not certain, but I believe the design is such that the wear points are impossible to protect when you're on the bike.

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