Personally, I prefer the SPD style cleats of mountain bike shoes/pedals. I like them because you can easily walk with them, unlike road cleats.
I've looked at going to road cleats and considered Speedplay, but I still go back to the walking issue.
As far as shoes, there are several good brands out there, including Specialized, Shimano, Giro, etc.
It's really a personal choice as everyone seems to differ in opinions as to what is best.
I use Shimano MTB shoes and Shimano M-780 pedals on a road bike. I'm looking into some stiffer MTB shoes (Specialize Pro MTB or SiDi Dominator)
Last edited by carlharsch; 01-04-2013 at 03:21 AM.