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So Im aware that you can buy (3 hole) spd pedal to (2 hole) mtb pedals so you can own one pair of shoes like this one offered by crank brothers. Has anyone ever seen a cleat adapter that could aid traction when running in a cyclo cross race (i.e. a pair of studs right at the front of the pedal)?

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I would imagine MTB shoes would be better for a cyclocross race than road shoes, having been designed for traction in mud. –  Mark W Oct 11 '13 at 9:06
    
I would not dispute this, I am merely trying to avoid having to purchase any MTB shoes. –  user95786 Oct 11 '13 at 11:39
    
Old mountain bike shoes are best as the sole has lost some stiffness letting you run better during dismounts. A stiff road style shoe (even with bolt on toe cleats) would be very difficult to run in. –  Rider_X Oct 16 '13 at 5:45

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I have never seen a three to two hole adapter that also included toe studs. Even if one existed you still have the problem of inadequate heel tread. When you come into a barrier at full running speed and dismount, unless you have an aggressive heal tread (like on most mountain bike shoes), there is a good chance you will slip and crash. Hitting barriers at speed sucks (I know this too well)!

If cost is an issue I suggest looking for used MTB shoes on a site like craigslist. Used MTB shoes are actually the best as the sole has lost some stiffness letting you run better during dismounts.

Even if you came up with a method of adding a toe spike and heal tread to a road shoe, the typically ultra stiff road style shoe would be very difficult to run in.

Half of the fun of cross is running! Well at least for me :-)

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I wouldn't buy used cycling shoes (or any sort of footwear for that matter). There are hygiene issues involved, as well as fit (which isn't the same as when the shoes were purchased and has to be gauged on a per model basis) if they've been used for a reasonable amount of time. –  Batman Nov 15 '13 at 7:37

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