But ... its a Look Clipless shoe... (Hope they got the upper glued to the sole Really Well)
Great look, but unless I missed something I don't think you can use these with cleats, right?
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I had a pair of those...loved 'em.
My current stable:
1989 SLX Bottecchia (Campy Athena 11s)
1999 Cannondale F400 mountain bike
2012 Bianchi Infinito (Campy Record 11s)
2012 Colnago C59 in PR99 color scheme (Campy Record 11s)
Sweet SPD version too.
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Yellow Jersey sells a slotted cleat that uses the aft two holes of the Look pattern.
Bicycle Shoe Cleats for Toeclip Pedals $29.95 at Yellow Jersey
With apologies to the vegans, I think they should be leather.
I have these in the SPD version. I use them with no cleats (but the Vittoria flat insert in the SPD hole) on quill pedals/clips/straps.
After getting used to not pulling my foot out with the flat rubber sole, I love them for casual or even notably faster rides. Great stuff.
Much better than my ancient Diadora "Touring" shoes I used in the mid 80s for casual rides.
I find the sizing to be very consistent with Sidi.
OK add these to my Fathers Day list.
1995 Specialized Allez Sport - 1988 Eddy Merckx Corsa-Extra Team Hitachi - 1988 Pinarello Catena Lusso - 1988 Schwinn Ontare - 1987 Battaglin - 1986 Specialized “Allez SE” Jim Merz Edition - 1984 Masi Gran Criterium - 198? BMZ Biemmezeta Mod. Gimondi - 197? Libertas - 1974 Falcon Olympic Model 78 - 1974 Bottecchia Special SN:334863 - 1972 Bottecchia Professional - 1962 Legnano Roma Olimplade SN: FA9376
Gah, I just BOUGHT new shoes. Maybe they'll still be around at Christmas.
2008 Giant Cypress DX
2009 Bianchi Imola
2013 Surly Cross Check 105
Like so many European shoes, they do not make them large enough for my feet. I wear US size 13. A European 47 is not a US 13. I need at least a 48.
Doesn't matter, even the 47's are sold out.
If something offends then by all means skip it.
The shoes are made of "Lorica" which is an Italian made artificial leather. I first saw it in my late 80's (or early 90's) Sidi mountain bike shoes. It works quite well. For clips and straps it seems to wear noticeably better than leather against the buckle and toe clip. For clipless I found that it hangs in there under stress far better than leather.
I think the last pair of cycling shoes I had that were leather were my Sidi Genius from maybe 1987 or so. They were the original Genius with no ratchet action on the main strap.
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1987 D'Arienzo (Basso) SLX
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Although I'm a purist for the most part when it comes to vintage shoes, I can appreciate one very nice thing about Lorica: unlike natural weather, one doesn't need to worry if one's feet get wet during a ride. I have two pairs of Sidi touring shoes (just rode with one today) in Lorica and they've held up beautifully after a number of times getting caught in rainy weather.
My original Sidi touring shoes in leather? Different story entirely. And I like the Lorica because it's maintenance-free and it does seem to wear that bit better than natural leather.
Ask Alex Moll about the Vittoria 1976s. He's ridden a pair for the last two years at least. They sure look the business
I still miss the Avocet Touring shoes -- rubber sole w/ cleat-like transverse ribs, steel shank, walkable, bikeable.
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Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
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^John - right on. Purchased a pair when they first appeared on the market. Indeed for touring they made sense and were great. Touring with racer shoes were out of the question. Eventually the 'gum' rubber soles disintegrated.
Back to the retro Vittoria. Is there a series of these? Thought I spotted a brown pair and another with different pattern. Would have preferred full leather but at least they recognize enough market to make these.
------sole glue. My faves are vintage Vittoria mtb shoes for SPD. Top leather with a wrap flap over the laces, lugged hard sole. Anyhow, after years of use with toe-clips and SPD, the soles separated for the bottom. I used an epoxy called GOOP. Perfect!
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