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    Veni, Vidi, Vomiti SteveE's Avatar
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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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    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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    Look at cross trainer shoes, they tend to be less ugly

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by roughrider504
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dauphin
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by sizzam
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by explody pup
    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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    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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    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:

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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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
    Last edited by Stacey; 02-03-08 at 11:59 AM.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheard
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    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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