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Old 02-16-07, 08:45 PM   #1
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Why Are Athletic Shoes So Ugly?

This link in the Road Cycling forum got me wondering about athletic shoes. I have a hard time finding a decent athletic shoe that isn't as ugly as sin. I'm not a runner, basketball player, or tennis player and I have a hard time finding a comfortable athletic shoe that has a nice, low-key appearance that I can wear to work.

Why are athletic shoes so goofy looking?
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Old 02-16-07, 09:11 PM   #2
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I think they might be a reflection on the very athletically untalented people who think that wearing $200 ugly-ass athletic shoes makes them real athletes!

Mmm. Wait. That makes non-cyclists sound almost OCP. <pensive Vega look>
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Old 02-16-07, 09:14 PM   #3
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Look at cross trainer shoes, they tend to be less ugly
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Old 02-16-07, 09:17 PM   #4
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I wear Reeboks with a toe bumper for tennis. I usually wear Decker shoes elsewhere, though I'll wear the Reeboks out occasionally. And my Reeboks are about as plain Jane as I can get them. Just plain white with minimal color on the label on the tongue.
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Old 02-16-07, 09:20 PM   #5
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I have to bring the throw up bag when I go shoe shopping. I wear Adidas Sambas right now, and they blend with pretty much anything I wear.
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what size do you wear vega....I might be able to get you a deal
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I love athletic shoes. Here's the Saucony's I'm wearing right now, very comfy:

http://www.saucony.com/product_detai...Trigon+4+Guide
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I wear Adidas Sambas right now, and they blend with pretty much anything I wear.
I like Sambas. Been regularly wearing them for 8 or so years. Comfortable, inexpensive, and they last a long time.

Pretty much any indoor soccer shoe will fit the bill.
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You gotta buy cool ones, that's why.

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What the noob is that
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what size do you wear vega....I might be able to get you a deal
You mean regarding the Reeboks? Size 8. The model I have is RB 206 TYI 6-59727.

<curious Vega look>

EJ123, these women's roadcycling shoes are da bomb. Stiff as can be. But. they have a stupid ratchet-type tightening device on them which I hate. It's always something, ya know?
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Old 02-16-07, 11:42 PM   #12
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I love athletic shoes. Here's the Saucony's I'm wearing right now, very comfy:

http://www.saucony.com/product_detai...Trigon+4+Guide
Yep, those are the type shoes I won't wear.
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Old 02-16-07, 11:50 PM   #13
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You could get the shoes that basketball (or other sports) referees wear. Usually all black and look really nice...

http://www.shoes.com/product.asp?cat...J&PartnerId=CJ

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I always refer to these horrible shoes as "space ships"!

Tennis shoes tend to look more low key, so that could be an option.
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Old 02-16-07, 11:56 PM   #15
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I like Sambas. Been regularly wearing them for 8 or so years. Comfortable, inexpensive, and they last a long time.
I love my sambas.
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Old 02-17-07, 01:08 AM   #16
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I use Nike Air Pegasus , use it for everything except for walking off road and cycling. Im using the ClimaFit version (less ventilated holes) looks cool, just it might get a bit hot on your toes, which is sort off a good thing because If im not mistaken it prevents toe cramped rite?
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Old 02-17-07, 01:28 AM   #17
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I loved these shoes, but I just killed them way to fast:


So I picked up some Lotek Delta's, we'll see how they last:
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I use BATA black shoes if my pedal have studs. Like my cuz say "BATA, you Buy And Throw Away". It has no more grips, so If I walk on a watery surface, I will fell
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Ten bucks at K Mart! They last about five months. This pair is over due for replacement. Note heel flapper & toe crack
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Thanks for all the ideas folks. I think I might take a look at a local skate shop.

One other problem I have is, even if there's a pair at the store that look nice, that they invariably don't have my size or they don't fit comfortably. I wear size 11.5. One foot is larger than the other so 11 is too small for one foot and 12 is too large for the other. I also refuse to buy shoes that I can't try on. Nothing worse than shoes that don't fit right.
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You gotta buy cool ones, that's why.

You have to be the oddest person I know for colours. I think everything you point out as "nice" or "cool" I think is just about the ugliest ****ing thing I have ever seen. And I know my taste isn't generational as I live in a town of teens and 20 somethings who would agree with me.

Now Ej...those are on par with something I would buy. But if I were a betting man (and I am) and I would be willing to put money down that they don't come anywhere near my size. I tend to get stuck by nike or generics to get the size I need.

I would love to buy for style, but at my size, you buy whats available. Especially since I like skate shoes and they are made for the midgets who need them. They rarely go above size 12.
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You have to be the oddest person I know for colours. I think everything you point out as "nice" or "cool" I think is just about the ugliest ****ing thing I have ever seen. And I know my taste isn't generational as I live in a town of teens and 20 somethings who would agree with me.

Now Ej...those are on par with something I would buy. But if I were a betting man (and I am) and I would be willing to put money down that they don't come anywhere near my size. I tend to get stuck by nike or generics to get the size I need.

I would love to buy for style, but at my size, you buy whats available. Especially since I like skate shoes and they are made for the midgets who need them. They rarely go above size 12.
what size are you?
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15 or 16 depending on the brand
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I like my Saucony's. Only problem is my pair of race Saucony's. It hurts to run in them.
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