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bikebreak 10-16-13 07:05 PM

looking for black leather SPD shoe in USA
 
Yes, I searched the archives and the major online retailers and REI.

Basically, I am looking for the Exustar Stelvio, which is only available in UK
http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/SHEXESTE...ather_spd_shoe
or an equivalent, under $100

They make a US version, but it isn't nearly as nice looking with all the white trim, and they don't have my size anyway
http://www.amazon.com/Exustar-Mens-S.../dp/B005EVTDTE
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...02_-1___202524

I also liked the looks of the Shimano MT-21 in black, which is discontinued of course

And no, I am not going to drill my regular dress shoes :D

martianone 10-16-13 07:35 PM

Consider a Chrome Krush pro, black color with spd, not leather however.
They are very rugged & not pretty.

chaadster 10-16-13 08:30 PM

For good looks, it's hard to beat the Dromarti Sportivo:

http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/userfiles/dromarti.jpg

ben4345 10-16-13 08:58 PM

In the US, we have 5 year olds with highlighters designing our running and walking shoes. Do you actually think we'll have any decent bicycle shoes? HAHAahahahaha!

wapiti 10-16-13 10:48 PM

Why not just order the shoes from On One and get the ones you want?

Erwin8r 10-17-13 12:00 AM

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Originally Posted by wapiti (Post 16167441)
Why not just order the shoes from On One and get the ones you want?

Yup. And it looks like they're $70 + $20 shipping to the US....

fietsbob 10-17-13 12:24 AM

top tier Pleathers are better than leather, if your feet get wet more than occasionally..

and SiDi does a lot of 'micro-sizes' in the middle range sizes.. in case fit matters..

chaadster 10-17-13 06:58 AM

I'd run across the Quoc Pham brand recently, and just browsing the site last night I ran across these:

http://www.quocpham.com/products/img...r_black_01.jpg

http://www.quocpham.com/products/tourer_black.html

chaadster 10-17-13 07:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wapiti (Post 16167441)
Why not just order the shoes from On One and get the ones you want?

That should be no problem, but if there are other concerns, perhaps On One's USA branch, http://www.planet-x-usa.com, could help.

chaadster 10-17-13 07:33 AM

There are still some old Bontrager Streets floating around; synthetic though, not leather:

http://djcatnap.com/wp-content/uploa...ger_street.jpg

Size 46 for $45! http://penncycle.com/product/11bontr...FfBaMgodnE4AIQ

noglider 10-17-13 07:33 AM

If you don't like the white trim (and I don't blame you), you could dye it or blacken it with magic marker. Seriously, this works.

bikebreak 10-17-13 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Erwin8r (Post 16167517)
Yup. And it looks like they're $70 + $20 shipping to the US....

Thanks, 3 cheers for the global marketplace!

Anyone have the Exustars and can comment on sizing?
In length I typically fit a 44 but have wide toes so I need a 45 if the last is narrow.

I emailed Exustar to ask also.

bikebreak 10-17-13 12:09 PM

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Originally Posted by noglider (Post 16167941)
If you don't like the white trim (and I don't blame you), you could dye it or blacken it with magic marker. Seriously, this works.

great idea. what kind of dye would work? would the color wash out in rain?

bikebreak 10-17-13 01:35 PM

Meanwhile, anyone tried the new Shimano SH-UT70 ? It's synthetic leather.
http://cambridgebicycle.com/2013/04/...-clickr-pedal/
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...n-cycling-shoe

noglider 10-17-13 02:33 PM

I don't know what kind of dye, but I've had good luck with magic marker.

bikebreak, that's a pretty handsome shoe for a bike shoe. I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear that in a dress-up office. I've found Shimano shoes to fit my duck feet remarkably well, too.

Hey, Cambridge Bicycle! I worked there way back in 1981, when it was Bicycle Workshop.

Medic Zero 10-17-13 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by bikebreak (Post 16168764)
great idea. what kind of dye would work? would the color wash out in rain?

Most drug stores sell black leather shoe dye. Pretty sure Kiwi is the brand, it comes with an applicator in the cap. In my experience permanent marker is only permanent when you don't want it to be and ends up wearing off the surfaces you actually want it on...

Eric S. 10-17-13 07:13 PM

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I've had the Exustar SRT707 shoes for about a year and a half. I took a big ol' stinky Sanford marker to get rid of the white features. I think I've only done one touch-up over time.

My only complaint about the shoes is the vulnerability of the toes to get chewed up. I have to be mindful of curbs, etc. when locking up. They're due for a polishing in this photo.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=346516

bikebreak 10-17-13 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by bikebreak (Post 16168760)
Thanks, 3 cheers for the global marketplace!

Anyone have the Exustars and can comment on sizing?
In length I typically fit a 44 but have wide toes so I need a 45 if the last is narrow.

I emailed Exustar to ask also.

reply from Exustar re sizing, for the curious:

Quote:

"Unfortunately we are out of all E-ST707 touring shoes except size 37 (10 pair)& 42 ( 1 pair) and we will not be restocking them.

If you can find them on line I would recommend size 45 as they are built on a narrow last. I know that Nashbar did have some but I am not sure about the sizes the have left.Unfortunately we are out of all E-ST707 touring shoes except size 37 (10 pair)& 42 ( 1 pair) and we will not be restocking them.

If you can find them on line I would recommend size 45 as they are built on a narrow last. I know that Nashbar did have some but I am not sure about the sizes the have left."
I also asked if they will sell the 705 Stelvio in USA

Quote:

We are in the process of converting Exustar USA to a distributor based business and will be closing this warehouse. We will only be selling the existing stock that we got from the previous distributor on line until it is gone.

Then there will be a USA network of bicycle parts distributors selling Exustar to bike shops in the USA

We will be announcing the new USA Exustar Distributors in early November. So far no USA distributor has added the 705.

You will need to see if you can buy from the UK.

Sorry for the news.
If I was selling bike shoes I would offer to carry the 705 :thumb:

urbanescapee 10-18-13 02:02 AM

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Originally Posted by bikebreak (Post 16168998)
Meanwhile, anyone tried the new Shimano SH-UT70 ? It's synthetic leather.
http://cambridgebicycle.com/2013/04/...-clickr-pedal/
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...n-cycling-shoe

I've been wanting these for a while. I hate basically all the other "commuter" bike shoes that are currently available and in my size (US 13, EU 47?). Unfortunately there aren't nearly as many offerings for cycling shoes in my size. I think these shoes look great, don't have a big clunky sole, but probably still walk well. I just haven't seen them in any store to get a chance to try them on...

BiketoFeel 10-18-13 05:40 AM

I have a pair of these. After some initial break in, they're quite comfortable and fairly easy to walk in -- for short distances.

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Originally Posted by chaadster (Post 16167875)
I'd run across the Quoc Pham brand recently, and just browsing the site last night I ran across these:

http://www.quocpham.com/products/img...r_black_01.jpg

http://www.quocpham.com/products/tourer_black.html


urbanescapee 10-20-13 12:27 AM

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Just found these beauties...I will have to buy them as soon as they are available. This is basically exactly what I have been hoping would come down the pipeline that I never thought actually would. So excited. Giro Terraduro.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=346799http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=346800

ratell 10-20-13 12:19 PM

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Giro's shoes have a similar look. Saw them in a lbs and they look pretty sharp.

http://www.giro.com/us_en/products/m.../republic.html

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=346875

bikebreak 10-24-13 01:19 PM

those do look awesome, but are $180.

I ordered the Exustars for $70

Quote:

Originally Posted by urbanescapee (Post 16175426)
Just found these beauties...I will have to buy them as soon as they are available. This is basically exactly what I have been hoping would come down the pipeline that I never thought actually would. So excited. Giro Terraduro.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=346799http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=346800


bikebreak 11-18-13 09:17 PM

Just a quick note that I got my Exustar 705 from England, have about 80 miles in them and very impressed. When I get the chance I'll take some pictures and try to write a write up.

Erwin8r 11-19-13 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by bikebreak (Post 16258005)
Just a quick note that I got my Exustar 705 from England, have about 80 miles in them and very impressed. When I get the chance I'll take some pictures and try to write a write up.

Awesome! Thanks! I'm commuting on Shimano MT22's, and while awesomely comfy and a great shoe, they're brown--I'd like a similar type of shoe in black.


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