If you are using flat pedals or pedals with toe cages, you can wear any comfortable walking / hiking / running shoe you prefer. This is a great option if you’d like to stop and explore a little along the way, or if you know you have a hard time walking in your bike shoes. With cleats on the bottom.
If you are riding with clipless pedals, a properly fit bike shoe will increase your pedaling efficiency and reduce foot fatigue. For bicycle touring, we recommend either a mountain bike or touring style shoe rather than a racing shoe. These styles have a slight amount of flex to make walking easier and, if you use clipless pedals, your cleat will be recessed for safer, quieter walking. Also, if you have custom footbeds or orthotics, try them in your bike shoes.