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Old 08-08-14, 08:50 AM   #26
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Check out Quoc Pham cycling shoes. GORGEOUS! I want.

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Oh my goodness. I think my search for the perfect shoe may have just ended. But they don't seem to have a bricks and mortar retailer on the US east coast. I see Mission Workshop in San Francisco sells them online here, but I need to try them on.
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Old 08-08-14, 09:17 AM   #27
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Did you mention size? I have a box full of vintage shoes, both clip less and clip style.
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Old 08-08-14, 09:40 AM   #28
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[MENTION=152773]noglider[/MENTION] - all the more reason for you to come visit Portland! West End Bikes in downtown Portland sells them. Then you could come to our next (hopefully) C & V ride. Glad you like them. They're a little out of my range for biking, but they're stunning, nonetheless.
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Old 08-08-14, 10:30 AM   #29
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@noglider - all the more reason for you to come visit Portland! West End Bikes in downtown Portland sells them. Then you could come to our next (hopefully) C & V ride. Glad you like them. They're a little out of my range for biking, but they're stunning, nonetheless.
We visited Portland in June of 2013 for our first time. The only problem we had there was that our visit was much too short.

My daughter lives in Oakland, so this is a new reason to add to the list of reasons I should visit her. Since leaving the nest, she got into cycling and has a Cannondale Synapse. Wow, fancy. Of course, she wants me to come and ride with her, which sounds great.
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Old 08-08-14, 11:05 AM   #30
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They are nice looking shoes. Order two pairs, Noglider. And return the one that fits least well.
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Old 08-08-14, 01:38 PM   #31
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Adidas samba is what I use and I sometimes find them on sale for $40.00 so I always pick up an extra pair.

My AE shoes are awesome but quite expensive so I use them only when I cycle when dressed up.
During the winter I wear my Engineer boots, I have quite a collection and they are all expensive also.

The Adidas samba are the best and I find them to be quite water proof, leather with a plastic tongue really keep my feet very dry.
They are very comfortable to walk all day in and they have a "classic look".
They do run a bit narrow so you may want to try them on, I buy 1 size larger for my wide foot and they are perfect.
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Old 08-14-14, 01:03 PM   #32
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How about Giro Republic Shoes? The look retro with the option for SPD cleats. Not sure walking one would want to do, but it does have a rubberized sole for walking. Google them and they can be had for ~$100

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Old 08-14-14, 01:31 PM   #33
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Go old school like they did many moons ago. I recall years ago (1980's?), some fellow showed me a crusty pair of bike shoes. I recall how we both laughed as all they were just leather dress shoes with the heel removed. However between the insole was a patterned wood piece with the grain running heel to toe. The cleat's were partially gone but was a cobbled piece of wood attached by screws from the inside (head facing the inner sole). Simply a dress shoe with stiffened sole.
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Old 08-14-14, 01:45 PM   #34
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the soles used to be leather with a piece of steel between the leather layers for stiffness ..

Now I's suggest buying a stiff arch support Insole and then shopping for a relatively smooth sole shoe to slide into that toe-strap and clip pedal..
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Old 08-14-14, 02:06 PM   #35
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How about Giro Republic Shoes? The look retro with the option for SPD cleats. Not sure walking one would want to do, but it does have a rubberized sole for walking. Google them and they can be had for ~$100

I really wanted these to fit, but they are just too narrow.
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Old 08-15-14, 04:36 PM   #36
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After looking at many options, I went with the Chrome Truk in gray and white, Truk Grey White Urban Bike Sneaker | Bike Sneaker | Chrome Industries
A week of commuting and recreational riding has shown them to be an excellent choice for both the rubber block pedals on my Robin Hood, and the Loytard quill/toeclip pedals on my Raleigh.
The soles have excellent traction on both, they slip into the strapped clips smoothly, the soles are stiff enough for riding but are barely noticeable when walking. Quality of craftsmanship is very high, on par with shoes costing much more.

I highly recommend them.
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Old 08-15-14, 05:49 PM   #37
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A word of caution for those who want to get by using tennis shoes: they may not be up to the task. This is what a pair of Lyotard rattrap touring pedals did to my Addidas Rod Lavers after about a month of commuting. Admittedly, they were already worn in, but the pedals dramatically sped up their demise.

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