All week I'd thinking about my "using old running shoes in Spin classes is causing my feet problems" theory and asked everyone for their opinion on it. The general consensus was shock that I don't wear them already. I got the message and did some online research. The local bike shop that a friend recommended seemed to carry the same inventory as REI but at much cheaper prices. So I made the field trip to the shop, walked in and announced to the salesgirl that I knew nothing about buying cycling shoes. She was understanding and walked me through the differences between road bike shoes vs. mountain bike shoes, etc., although it wasn't really a factor for me since I can't ride a real bike.
Once I told her that I was only looking for something to wear in Spin classes, she said any shoe would work. I showed her a photo of the Spin bike pedals from my gym...
...but she already knew would ones I needed.
I picked out a few pairs to try on, and then had to have the sales girl shoe me how to put them on. The buckle thing was foreign to me. Even more foreign was how to get the shoe off. I found a pair that I liked that was on sale, but of course, they didn't have it in my size. In fact, there was only one pair of shoes in the entire store that was my size - Size 37. How Size 37 translates to a regular Size 6 is beyond me, but apparently, that's my size.
Given no other options, I went with what was available to me.
This morning I got to the gym a little before 6 am. There wasn't a class scheduled so I had the whole Spin studio to myself:
It took a while to figure out how to clip into the pedals. Eventually I did and was pretty surprised by how it felt. I've always made fun of the people who wear Spin shoes in class, mostly because there are a few people who make such a production out of it, but they really did make a huge difference.
For one thing, the ride felt smoother and easier. I could feel my legs working more, at first in my quads, then later in my hamstrings. Dare I say that I had a much more efficient workout?!?
My only regret is that I never tried this sooner. So I'm telling everyone I know (including you), if you don't already use Spin shoes to Spin, you must convert!