I have a pair of Chrome Midway Pro SPD cycling shoes. These look like sneakers, but have a cleat mount embedded in them. Mine have worn down a bit and now the cleat crunches against the ground all the time.

What can I do to make the cleat stop grinding? Maybe build up the front of the shoe around the opening with a few layers of gorilla tape or glue strips of old bike tires to the bottom of my shoe, any suggestions?

  • I work around this grinding sound, specially when I'm indoors with a beautiful floor, by walking mostly on the side part of the foot, thus lifting the medial part of the shoe a bit. If done with skill, it avoids the grinding and people around won't even notice you're walking a bit funny. Dec 6, 2012 at 19:20
  • Either find some cleat covers or buy new shoes. Dec 6, 2012 at 22:19
  • Don't worry about it. Just kick your shoes off before walking on your friends' tile or hardwood floors ;)
    – joelmdev
    Dec 7, 2012 at 23:26

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A cobbler (i.e. a shoe repairman) can glue a new layer of sole (e.g a non-slip rubber sole that's suitable for winter) onto a pair of shoes' existing soles: so perhaps ask a cobbler.

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    This. You need a cobbler. There's really nothing you can do personally that won't be destroyed the first few times you walk on it.
    – user229044
    Dec 6, 2012 at 18:23

They sell cleat covers you can use to protect the cleats, and the floors you walk on. Most of them are for SPD-SL but (i think) the ones I linked to are for SPD.


I wear Chrome shoes as well, but only have the regular Midways.

Chrome, although their shoes are less than satisfactory (for me), have excellent customer service, and I mean EXCELLENT.

If you have some sort of defect on your shoe, take it into one of their shops, and they'll replace it for you. (Within the 1 year warranty)

Mine was splitting on the sides between the sole and the plastic band that's glued onto the shoe.

They replaced it no questions asked, and extended my warranty 1 year past the day of replacement.

That being said, this would only work if you bought your shoe less than one year ago, and still have the receipt.

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