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Old 07-02-05, 02:22 PM   #1
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shoes

I'm looking for a good pair of shoes/sneakers/what have you to wear casually but also use for riding. i was wondering if you guys had any suggestions, right now i wear converse and nike dunk's, which are certainly not cutting it.

i was thinking something like puma speedcats



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Old 07-02-05, 03:22 PM   #2
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Those Pumas certainly look cool, but I have my doubts as to their usefulness as a cycling shoe. Looks like a pretty flimsy sole. (Completely random aside: "Fillet of sole baby, it's my favorite dish. Fillet of sole baby, when the dish is fish...")

I wear 661 Launch shoes. http://www.sixsixone.com/gear/shoe_launch.html

I love my clipless pedals, and I'm not willing to revert to toe-clips just 'cause I wanna wear fashionable shoes. These are functional on the bike and casual looking enough to pass as "normal" shoes.

Lake also makes some casual-looking cycling shoes (http://www.lakecycling.com/trail.html). Even if you don't run clipless, the stiffer sole on a cycling-specific shoe will allow for much more comfortable and efficient pedaling...

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Old 07-02-05, 04:16 PM   #3
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i wear Van Vegan Old Schools and they work nicely... pretty firm sole.
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Old 07-02-05, 04:38 PM   #4
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re casual cycling shoes, others on this board have recommended the Adidas Minnret. I like my Pearl Izumi Groove shoes. Mine are black and yellow, though the newer models look more like hiking shoes due to the earthtone colour scheme.

I think companies like Puma should make cool-looking SPD compatible shoes. At least one model. I mean come on. John Fluevog made a big clunky leather shoe with SPD holes a few years ago. Way cool. They don't anymore. But they should.

edit: trevor, those 661 shoes are nice!
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Old 07-02-05, 04:40 PM   #5
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i got those cause my frame's black with white decals..
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the old school vans work really well because they are stiff. plus they don't set you back 80 bucks.
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Old 07-02-05, 05:36 PM   #7
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Hipoppotamus Bowling

i just got these last week, stiff sole, leather, slides into clips really nicely. unfortunately i can't kick up the petal quite as easy as with my old addias sambas. but all and all much better for cycling. i recremend them highly
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I think there was a thread on this not too long ago... and yes, there was. A lot of people like Adidas Sambas. I like Converse Jack Purcells.

Does anyone know if Adidas is still making the Eddy Merckx reissues? Those were cool looking shoes.

Hey, evanyc: is 99x still the only place that has those vegan old skools?

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I just got these pumas this week. They are dreamy for riding so far.
"This low profile narrow silhouette is inspired from a vintage 1970's PUMA cycling shoe."

They are slender - but they fit my feet fine.
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Old 07-02-05, 07:23 PM   #10
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I was also considering the Puma Bolts - but couldn't find the them in my size or this color.
"cycling inspired" Anyways - just as long as your shoes match your color scheme. Heh heh!
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Everyone should just wear SIDI Dominators all the time.

Period.
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(Completely random aside: "Fillet of sole baby, it's my favorite dish. Fillet of sole baby, when the dish is fish...")
that has been one of my all-time favorite albums since i was in 6th grade.
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re casual cycling shoes, others on this board have recommended the Adidas Minnret. I like my Pearl Izumi Groove shoes. Mine are black and yellow, though the newer models look more like hiking shoes due to the earthtone colour scheme.

I think companies like Puma should make cool-looking SPD compatible shoes. At least one model. I mean come on. John Fluevog made a big clunky leather shoe with SPD holes a few years ago. Way cool. They don't anymore. But they should.

edit: trevor, those 661 shoes are nice!
Was talking about this with a friend and we decided that *all* shoes should have an SPD+stiff-sole option. How cool would it be to have Docs up to your knees that would clip into your pedals?

As for the 661s, got a voucher for wholesale price as part of a race-packet. Got 'em for about $40. I like 'em a lot, but I'm not sure I'd have been willing to pay the retail price..

Prior to that I had some Lake Vans knock-offs that were gettin' old and faded.

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Skateboard shoes work for me, I have some "etnies" (sp?) ones, you can get many different varients of the same basic thing at your local skate shop.
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I have those speedcats and they have zero cushioning in the sole. My feet hurt like a bastard after wearing them for a day. I really like my adidas rio grande. They are comfy and have a great sole for flipping my pedal.

bonus:I noticed Team T-mobile was wearing them in their Tour press photo.
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Old 07-03-05, 01:59 AM   #16
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Does anyone know if Adidas is still making the Eddy Merckx reissues? Those were cool looking shoes.



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I have those. They are the worst for riding. They have a completely smooth bottom and therefore are a bastard to flip your pedal. But they do look great. I have them in red.
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Where did you find those? Are they all synthetic?
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www.zappos.com , they're called "limber up moscow"s

suede around the laces and heel though =/

but its only a little bit!
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i have been riding with converse lo-tops for a while now, and they are flat (though not so rigid) and a little cushy. good for riding and some walking. PLUS, you can now make your own color scheme - www.converse.com - for $60
so once i finish putting my new bike together, i'll order a pair of purcell's to match!
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I think that other thread was similar to this but that dude was asking about streetish shoes for a bike tour from Sf - Van(!).
If I had my druthers I would have gone with some sidi or othersuch mtb show for mess work. But I spent the money on race shoes with spd-r. (when i probably should have gone clips and straps for velo work. anyway)

I rock adidas shell-toes, sambas, or onitzuka tigers for mess work. I also swap pedals to shimano m-524s (i think) they have a platform with teeth on one side and spd on the other.
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