Step 1: Stylish Shoes

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Let's go bottom up. SHOES. As long as you don't have those muzzle-like toe clips on your pedals (which are easily removed), you can bike in any kind of shoe you want.

Most skeptics point to the high heel-- but look at these pictures. It CAN be done. Two things are important to keep in mind while pedaling in stilettos:
1. Use your toes/balls of your feet
2. Maintain that high angle while cycling

You can always turn to the stiletto's close cousin if things aren't going so well between you two: the wedge. Still a high heel, still very much stylish, but with a flat sole that's very easy to ride in.

And consider the sole: Is it made of wood and very slippery? Hold on tight to your handle bars.

And if all else fails, put on a pair of sassy flats and show off your killer heels in your bike basket. You can throw them on once you arrive at your destination.

The only other shoe warnings that come to mind are:

-Make sure those laces are tied.

-I don't care how retro cool they are, one should only be moonwalking in moon-boots.
davidqxo5 years ago
I have full sympathy *and* empathy for mrtfor2008's story, having once fainted after giving blood and falling full length face first into the floor. The first thing I teach when helping family and friends learn to ski is how to fall safely. I learned it, in part, from Aikido training, and I recommend it highly. Not long after riding with clip-in pedals for the first time, I came to a stop sign and completely forgot about clipping out! The aikido training kicked in and I relaxed into the fall, rolling into it along thigh, hip, across the back. Came out of it with just a good laugh over my moment of absentmindedness. Be safe out there.
Eva5 years ago
I have been using this summer to learn to ride in heels. First I invested in some Wellgo pedals: http://www.wellgo.com.tw/p-image/LU-T11.jpg as to not to mar my shoes.  I wear not so high stilettos, but a well made balanced heel from Fluevogs. So far no mishaps.
lyndsayfink5 years ago
Crikey! Wearing heels whilst cycling really is not a sensible idea, neither is wearing flipflops like the gentleman in the next step, do you want to loose a toe or have a total foot mash up?! It seems to me that good grippy protective footwear is one of the most important cycling considerations, your feet are where all the action is and right next to the road. All it need is a bit of bump or something unexpected in the road an and a flimsy/heely foot could jump off the pedal or a heel could catch the ground. And what happens if you need to get stable and put you foot down pronto?

Hmmm, the number of people I see on the london streets wobbling about unable to manoeuvre the bike properly because of unsuitable footwear makes me think this suggestion is not a good one.

Definitly don't give up on style whilst cycling, NEVER!! But just get some fancy shoes that look good and do the job properly. There's nothing less stylish than seeing a lady wobbling about in heels, without proper command of her machine!
gtrachel5 years ago
 I've been grappling with this issue for some time, particularly the fact that pedals scrape up the bottoms of my beautiful shoes.  My solution has been to slip a pair of FUTI boot covers, available at www.muckbootsonline.com .  They protect my high heels and give me a better grip on the pedals, because they have a ridged rubber sole.  I just take them off when I reach my destination and stash them in my bag.  And they don't even look dorky.
Totysheep5 years ago

I'm really sorry for your wife mrtfor2008 I was very unfortunate that her heel would get caught in the pedal since the actual heel shouldn't be anywhere near the pedal. But it just shows that accidents can happen to anybody and when you'd least expect it! Thank goodness she's ok. I must say though that here in the Netherlands women have been riding bikes with heels on since...I don't know, bikes were invented and heels became fashion and that's a long time. And I'm pretty sure there's been a fair amount of accidents due to heels but there are just as many accidents on bikes due to loos laces, alcohol, drugs, ice or, like in my case, your chain just flying of your bike! That happened to me last year and I ended up with 3 severed toe tendons! So I wouldn't really blame it all on the heels, sometimes s*** just happens I guess. I wish your wife a speedy recovery and hope she never has another bike accident again!

mrtfor20085 years ago
I would strongly advise against wearing heels on a bike. My wife wears heels on a daily basis and is quite comfortable in them. A week ago, on the way to a party, she was wearing heels while riding. When she came to a stop, her heel got caught on the pedal and she couldn't put her foot down. She ended up going face first into the concrete, breaking out her front teeth, creating a hairline fracture in her femur, and scraping her knees and face up pretty badly. Fortunately she was wearing biking gloves because they are torn up from the concrete; her palms would have been hamburger without them. Her helmet didn't save her teeth, but it's scraped up on the front, so who knows what harm it saved her from.

The next day (which was a Saturday on Labor Day weekend) was spent driving an hour to the nearest dentist that wasn't out of town for emergency dentistry, having her in the chair for nearly 3 hours and an hour drive back. She still needs crowns, and we go back in two weeks for those. In all, it will be $2300 for our little accident.

Please folks, be smart and wear a helmet, gloves, and appropriate shoes as well. Bike accidents can happen to everybody. My wife looked so cute to the party we were going to, but I don't think anyone could say the same thing about her with broken teeth and blood dripping onto my favorite dress of hers.
May I point out that ballet flats are currently fashionable?
Papersatan7 years ago
The student that I tutor wears some fabulous heels to school. When I asked her how she does it she told me that she bikes on days she wears heels because it is easier than walking in them. She has a point. She doesn't have a car, but even if she did the distance from the bike stands is usually much shorter than from the parking lot