DIY SPD Shoes

Step 1. Find some sweet pumps.
Step 1. Find some sweet pumps.

I bought these sweet kicks at Buffalo Exchange a few weeks ago and immediately knew that they were destined to be SPD shoes. I had been waiting for springtime to make the switch over to clipless pedals on my polo bike and my spacehorse, and then this weekend temperatures rose above 30, and I decided to fully commit to the project. So Saturday morning I anxiously hung around the apartment waiting for my roommate who has all the good tools to wake up so that I could bother him to lend me what I needed. I might have overwhelmed him a bit because he was hungover and I was overly enthusiastic about this project, but that’s besides the point…

Step 2. Rip out insole of old SPD shoes.
Step 2. Rip out insole of old SPD shoes.

I read a few tutorials online and the basic process is pretty simple – find an old pair of SPD shoes, rip out the insole, cut a hole in the bottom of the shoes that you want to turn into SPD shoes, put in insole from the old shoes, and thats about it.

After reading these tutorials I thought it wouldn’t be a problem – but then I stared into my old shoes, and I’m looking at the insole trying to figure out how the hell I’m going to get it out of there. That information was missing from most of the articles I read – how to rip out the insole.

First steps of ripping out the insole.
First steps of ripping out the insole.

Luckily I had an array of flathead screwdrivers to choose from, and I started with the smaller ones for the first steps – just wedging it under the insole and loosening up the glue/detaching the insole. Then I moved up to the larger ones when I needed more leverage, and then the larger ones plus a hammer to detach the hardest parts.

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Once I got the insoles out the rest is pretty easy. I used a dremel to cut out the bottom of shoes, put in the old insoles, and then put on the cleats. And filled my living room with the smell of burning rubber in the process.

Tools are fun!
Tools are fun!

 

And now I have some sweet SPD shoes! Overall I’m really happy with the shoes. Unfortunately the cleats are not quite as recessed as I’d like – I can still feel the cleats when I’m walking around – but that is a reasonable price to pay for some cool shoes.

Final product.
Final product.

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