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Stay on your feet.

Walking in road shoes can be awkward, but Speedplay's Zero Aero and Ultra Light Action Walkable™ Cleats have an integrated rubberized housing that stays on when riding and takes the sketchiness out of cafe entryways and slippery ground when walking. The housing also protects the metal part of the cleat from wear, and has a low profile that allows a natural, comfortable gait. The cleats also have removable rubber cover plugs called Cleat Buddies that snap into the cleat cavity to seal out dirt. Speedplay Walkable™ Cleats are compatible with all standard three- and four-hole shoes.

The manufacturer notes that the Zero Aero Walkable™ Cleats are not compatible with Speedplay Ultra Light Action and X-Series pedals.

Tech Specs

0 - 15°
Speedplay Zero pedals
Recommended Use:
road cycling, triathlon
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Does a job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ha! I had some comments but they seem to be covered pretty thoroughly in the comments section here, so I will not beat this dead horse. A major gripe I had in the past with Speedplay is how slick their cleats are on concrete. They have been the cause of numerous off bike embarrassments, so when I saw a "walkable" version I was pretty stoked. In theory they are a game changer, in reality, they are expensive and not the most durable, I will agree with Larry H below, if you put in the time to ensure the covers are installed correctly, they seem to stay put pretty well, as long as you don't find yourself running a marathon in them. The design just needs some work. As for the comments on the hardware, the four bolts securing the cleat to the adapter plate can and are often over tightened which causes issues with entry and release, so as much as I do not like Phillips screws being used, I do not feel that hex bolts are a necessity.

Great in Concept, Still Need Some Work

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 190cm, 92kg, and ride 12,000+ km/yr. I've been using Speedplay for years after trying everything else out there. These cleats are, as advertised, easier to walk in, though I don't do much of that. The plugs are useless, I bin those automatically on installation. The soft plastic cover takes a little work to get snapped on completely, otherwise it will fall off. They also don't stay on if you do much twisting or turning while walking. I've had the cover come off a few times.

Dear Speedplay, I hate you

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

A lot of us are really upset that you apparently discontinued V2 and are forcing us to buy these new "walkable" cleats. "Walkable" means you can no longer corner with confidence in a crit because your bulky soft plastic trinket may clip the ground in a most unpleasant way. "Walkable" also means you will pay the MOST ridiculous price for an item that was already overpriced. 40 bucks for cleats that wear out quickly and require much maintenance was bad. 55 bucks is now the pits. Worth taking another look at other pedal systems now.

Look Good, Work Well, Covers Need Work

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am making the switch to Speedplay after using Look Keo for years. I liked the idea of the walkable cleats (I don't walk often but thought it would be nice) but the covers are a pain to get into place and I fear they will need to be replaced often due to stretching.

Avg. ride time: 3h 54m per week
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Covers Fall Off

    Good idea if it worked. I'm on my 3rd set of walkable cleats and am going back to V2. In my experience, no matter how much care I take the walkable cleat covers just fall off. I found four along the roadway this summer that were unknowingly lost by other riders. I'm hoping that Speedplay improves their walkable design, but until they do, the regular V2 cleats are the best way to go.

    Avg. ride time: 4h 12m per week
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    Covers and plugs just don't work

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased two sets of the new walkable cleats this summer. The cleats function well but seem a bit softer than the v2 cleats and are not wearing as well. The walkable covers, unfortunately, are terrible. I think they are too soft heavy use. The left covers (my step off foot most of the time) on two sets of shoes have deformed to the point where it was difficulty to clip in to the pedal. Both sets of covers loosened up after about 150 miles and I have since lost one of them on the road as well.

    We shouldn't even talk about the plugs, which do not stay in AT ALL, I'm talking for the 5 steps out of the house. My dog has already eaten one because it fell off in the few steps out the door. A Speedplay rep I spoke with on the phone told me that, "well, they're not really supposed to stay in..." Say what? Thats why I bought them in the first place. I have some replacements on the way after complaining to Speedplay and we'll see how these hold up. Judging by the reviews for these on Amazon, however, I'm not alone with these problems.

    Covers and plugs just don't work

    maybe you should try cleaning them!

    Game changer for Speedplay lovers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I just recently purchased the aero-walkable cleats and I must say, it has been a major benefit to have the added protection for my cleat hardware and a increased longevity for the cleat overall.

    Game changer for Speedplay lovers

    Better than the V2's

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The covers are a good improvement from a walk ability standpoint and work as advertised. The biggest benefit however is protecting screw heads so you don't have to drill them out to replace the cleats if you walk a lot on pavement. As indicated by others the covers do have a tendency to not stay on as well as I'd like. The plugs are a nice idea but I never use them. I'm a high mileage rider so I go through at least a couple sets of cleats a year, if I loose a cover I just pop one from an old pair on. Speedplay need to do some work on a more secure mounting of the cover but even with that they are worth it vs. the V2's

    Speedplay Walkable cleats

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    An idea whose time had come! I love my Speedplays but after a season, the bolt heads on the cleats are ground down from walking here and there on pavement in the old style. Now, these have a rubber "overshoe" that lets you walk like a normal person (as normal as can be with cleats on the shoes). No clickety-clack and no sliding across a tile floor anymore. Best of all - no worn bolts :)

    Great product

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Zero cleat covers are a great innovation, easy to install, make off-the bike walking much more comfortable and my first set is wearing well 18 months in.

    Good not great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Awesome way to prevent stripped screw heads and general slippage, as other reviewers have mentioned the covers will eventually fall off, also, if you're prone to pedal strikes during crit races etc. remove the covers as they offer zero margin for error if you accidentally clip a pedal (rubber bites and grips the road instead of sliding)

    Good point David, I hadn't considered the issue of them protruding and clipping the ground when cornering. I got a pair of these when I was in Austin last weekend and had no other choice (this was the only cleat they had in stock). Also, 40 bucks was my limit for disposable cleats; 55 dollars is unconscionable. I'm not inspired by all the reviews about them deforming and falling off, either -- for this much money I would expect perfection.

    Good idea, but covers suck

      In 10 mths of light use the cleat covers become soft and fall off easily. I lost once and the cost of replacement at Competitive Cyclist is $20. That is not right.

      Avg. ride time: 5h 41m per week
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      Speedplay walkables

        All the great aspects of the zero cleats without the slipping on hard surfaces. Will only use walkables from now on.

        Avg. ride time: 50m per week
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        Makes a great pedal better

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Didn't think I could like my speedplay pedals more than I do, but these cleats do it. LOVE to able to walk around in them without worrying about ruining the cleat screws etc. If you have SP Zero pedals and don't have these cleats you should do yourself a favor. Get them.

        Green is the new yellow

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        A nice upgrade if you are used to the old cleats.

        And now available in green for those who want more options than yellow.

        Unanswered Question

        Are the walkable cleats V2?

        Avg. ride time: 6h 45m per week
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        Aero cover makes all the difference

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Great pedal system, but I switched out for commuting; can't walk up stairs in the old cleats and I'm not going barefoot through the building. The new cleats eliminate that worry and I haven't fallen headfirst down the stairs yet. Oh and I'm sure they shave some time off that commute as well being all aero and such....

        Speedplay Zero Aero Cleats...

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I original used Look cleats but moved to Speedplay cleats about 3 yrs. ago. Of course, getting used to the cleat took some time, but I am so glad I did. The cleats themselves our an easy install once I realized I couldn't over-tighten the cleat screws. Over tightening the screws makes it impossible for the cleat mechanism to work with the pedal. In addition, I have specifically bought Speedplay ready shoes to take advantage of the very low stack height compared to the Looks I used to use. I really enjoy the fact that because the pedal itself is two sided, it's a very easy on and off. The cleat is low maintenance. They require a special lube every couple thousand miles. And because the cleat is covered with an aero cover at all times, they are easy to walk on and don't damage the cleat. The Zero cleat simply means that the cleat can be adjusted from 0 to 15 degrees of movement. The cleats I bought are actually my 3rd pair, as I bought an additional two pair of Speedplay ready shoes. Wearing Speedplay ready shoes require a protective shim. It protects the carbon of the shoe as the pedal is inserted into the cleat. They are a separate buy. When attaching the cleats to a non-Speedplay ready shoe, you must install a baseplate and additional shims, depending on the shoe. Those items are included in the cleat purchase. As a tip...when I went with the idea of switching to Speedplay cleats, I got on YouTube and found a lot of great information that helped me with the learning curve.

        Don't work without mods on NW shoes

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Speedplay says they fit all 3- and 4-hole shoes. Not true. NW shoes use the Speedplay adapter. The bolts that come with the cleats to mount the cleats to the shoes are too long. And the lip around the base plate of the NW Speedplay adapter prevents the cleat cover from mounting securely. Unless you do mods to remove the lip from the base of the adapter, the covers WILL fall off. For NW shoes without mods, I give the Speedplay Zero Aero Walkable Cleatset a 1 rating. After the mods (which no one should have to be doing Speedplay!!!) I love them.

        nice integrated cover, hard to customize

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I used zeros with shims and Varus wedge. It's a customized setup. Had a very hard time finding special oval screws that works with these that's long enough for my shim and wedges. Finally found one from Speedplay for these cleats that are longer at $6 for 8. The cleats themselves were nice to walk on. If you have customized setups such as mine, recommend you stick to the standard cleats. You can buy a different branded integrated cover that can work with them.