SPD Shoes

How to make any shoe SPD compatible.

We are showing how to modify any shoe to make it possible to attach an SPD (Shimano Pedal Design Cleat) to it.

Follow the steps in the Retrofitz DIY Manual to learn how this is done.

Retrofitz DIY Manual

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Would this work well, because SPD shoes have a sole that is quite stiff. Would a sneaker be stiff enough to work well with this?

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    That is such a good question. If you wear your SPD shoes strictly for racing a mountain bike.....well never mind that thought, we are not providing a race shoe, we know that Sidi and Shimano make the best engineered racing shoes (although not super cool looking), and we personally would only race in Sidi's. Unless we are talking about a Cyclocross race where you run and hammer the pedals in the same shoes, in that case the Retrofitzed Adidas XCS shoe at 180 grams has proven to be competitive, not to mention the lightest SPD shoe ever made. Anyways, people usually ask, "....is the Retrofitz plate stiff enough?".....well, consider that the XCS shoe raced to 5th place at the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships. That seems stiff enough, especially considering the Retrofitz system is only intended for fashion conscious cyclists who are getting around town.
    Hope this answers your question.