If you ride either unicycles or BMX bikes, what shoes?

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    I'd like to try unicycling (road-riding, not muni) and am not sure if minimalist shoes will work for it. Before my realization of minimalist footwear, I would've chosen among the classic models of Vans for this. Not now, though, as I can no-longer accept such a badly-shaped compartment over my foot. Will super-flexible minimalist shoes be too uncomfortable pedaling? If so, would one of Altra's non-minimalist shoes work and, if so, are there some models that are more recommended than others? Do these Altras have ridiculous arch-support that can't easily be removed? I should probably take out my old bicycle and test it with minimalist shoes before even posting this but, it's too rainy at the moment so, I might as well go ahead and get your opinions on it.

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    I've tried my minimalist shoes on a BMX bike with DX-type pedals. I no longer have any concerns about riding with them. There might be a different issue to be concerned about though, such as damage to the sole when using metal pedals. I'll probably try some pedals made out of rubber.
     
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    Hello, Nyah. It's been a while. Good to hear from you.
     
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    SweetT J, it's always nice to see you up on my screen.
     
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    After only four days of learning to ride a unicycle, the sole of one of my Feelmax Osma original model shoes is breaking up. I refurbished it with Shoegoo. The damage didn't really show up until I was starting to get forward movement down, via consistent pedaling. This tells me that plastic bear-trap style pedals are too aggressive for minimalist shoes. I'm going to switch them for pedals intended for beach-cruiser bikes. They're supposed to be comfortable enough to be ridden bare-footed so, hopefully, a viable solution to the problem.

    If only I could get classic-style Vans with extra width in the big toe area (and maybe less width at the back - essentially the shape of Altras). The design would be incredibly easy for the maker to implement. On classic Vans, the sole is essentially just a sheet of patterned gum rubber approx 3/8" or 1/2" thick. This is stacked with an insole and then wrapped with rubber tape that makes up the side-wall. So the only real difference would be a sole piece that's cut to the different shape. In addition to using this shoe for unicycling, I'd also use it for skateboarding. I wish I'd included that in the name of this thread. BMX riders would also be able to use this shoe. There seems to be a complete dearth of shoe options for minimalist footwear fans who miss these sports.
     
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    #4 Nyah, Aug 12, 2018 at 8:19 PM
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