I thought I'd share with everyone that I've done two great rides now wearing sandals the whole way. I have a shimano pair.
You can see them at dean woods direct:
In tassie I bought both sandals and shoes, but found I only used the sandals (be it with covers one cold, wet day).
For cold days through winter 2005, I've just used some 'sockettes' made of the same quick dry material as 'longs' you can buy now. OK... socks and sandals are a fashion no-no... but hey, my whole body is a fashion no-no, so do I care????
No. Anyway, I'm generally wearing longs when I'm wearing the sockettes, so they blend in well.
I've decided to keep on taking only sandals now, since hot feet are more often a problem for me than cold feet.
Advantages of Shimano Sandals
* Cooler in warm weather.... If I lift my foot up, when the bottom of the sandal is clipped on, I can feel a lovely breeze under the sole... hmmmm
* After rainy days, the sandals dry much quicker than shoes. No putting on heavy, soggy shoes the next day!
* No need for socks. More weight to use for nice things like my mobile phone and MP3 player.
* Reasonable for walking around in, due to the SPD fittings.
* I guess it wouldn't be a good choice for people who have feet that are always cold!
* May not be as strictly fantastic as a good pair of racing shoes for transferring energy. However, the sole is rigid and for relaxed touring they're great!
* Possible ridicule from lycra lizards if wearing "sockets' with them