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My limited* experience with Shimano SPD was that a drop of oil on the cleats can resolve the hard-to-get-out problem. (*) Only had them for a year quite a while back, didn't like the feel.


You could try grip tape on the pedals (skateboard shop). I use hiking boots.I don't like sand and dirt in shoes Still slippery when wet. Deck shoes for sailing is another option. They are supposed to grip even when wet.


You should look for shoes with as soft outsole as possible. Ones specially made for cycling are available from bike stores, labeled "downhill mtb shoes". Skateboard shoes and approach shoes from climbing department also work well, choose one that fits your style.

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