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Next year in summer I want to take part in my first triathlon. The distances will be 400m-750m swimming / 20km cycling / 2-5km running.

Are there shoes that work for cycling (with click system) and running as well?
Or is it better to have two seperate pairs that can be changed quickly?

(So far I have only done swimming and cycling so I don't have any shoes for running yet)

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Why the downvoting? Please explain so that I can enhance the question or post it somewhere more fiting. – Kaadzia Nov 14 '12 at 7:58
Now the question is back in the positives again but I still don't know what was disliked about the question. Especially in the Beta-Phase of a site this information would be very helpful. If the person who did the downvoting is reading this: Please provide this information. – Kaadzia Nov 14 '12 at 13:45
Welcome to Sports SE! I can't speak on behalf of the downvoter, but "what kind of shoes should I buy?" is borderline "shopping recommendation." However, considering what you're going for, I would slightly revise to ask what you should consider in shoes for a triathlon. – ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Nov 14 '12 at 14:42
See our FAQ for more information. – ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Nov 14 '12 at 14:49
Thanks edmastermind. I agree that shopping recommendations (which are bound to outdate quickly) aren't good content for this site. But I think the core question I have is more about suitable equipment, than a shopping recommendation. I don't want to know which brand or model to shop for, I want to know if seperate running and cycling shoes or something combined is better/faster to use for a Sprint triathlon. Maybe my first wording was misleading "What kind of shoes should I buy for..." really does sound like a shopping recommendation. I revised the question to better mirror what I had in mind. – Kaadzia Nov 15 '12 at 6:39
up vote 9 down vote accepted

For short course triathlon as you suggest it is not worth worrying this much about shoes.

Either use pedals with clips and straps (cages if you will) and ride in your running shoes, or else switch shoes in transition.

For your runners, they sell stretchy laces so you can slip the shoes on, no need to retie the laces.

This will minimize transition time.

Running shoes that are properly fit to you are way more important than anything else. You can ride a bike in sneakers or in road shoes, but you cannot run in improper shoes for very long.

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Thanks geoffc. I got myself some well fitting running shoes and will give it a try with straps/cages and stretchy laces. Sounds like a good idea. :-) – Kaadzia Nov 29 '12 at 9:02

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