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Old 12-15-06, 11:10 AM   #1
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Narrow shoes (besides Gazelles)

I should probably just bite the bullet and go clipless, but for now the strap rub between shoes and crank arms is driving me nuts. Couldn't really find much in a search about good, stiff, narrow shoes, and the ol' Gazelle standbys just don't fit my feets so well...
What else have you had luck with? Something one could technically skate in as well (I only own/wear one pair of shoes at a time, usually)? Or, conversely, what's a pedal with a bit more axle length?
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Old 12-15-06, 11:35 AM   #2
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These are way expensive for what they are but cheaper than going clipless.

http://www.bikemania.biz/KNEESAVER_P...kescorknee.htm
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Old 12-15-06, 11:40 AM   #3
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Nike Torinos FTW.

Just ask juvi!
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Old 12-15-06, 11:58 AM   #4
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I wear Puma Future Cats, the sole is pretty stiff and they're really comfy off the bike. They also look pretty decent and have held up just fine the two months or so since I got them. They are generally expensive but I scored some new ones on ebay for $40.
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Old 12-15-06, 12:30 PM   #5
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What are your current pedals?

And yeah, never noticed how much kneesavers cost, that's just out of line
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Old 12-15-06, 01:40 PM   #6
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I just got a pair of adidas steeples. there pretty awesome. really, narrow, really comfortable. http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/18394558/c/64629.html
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Old 12-15-06, 01:44 PM   #7
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Adidas tuscany's
or check out Diesel's i ride in diesels and I love them super light and narrow.
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Old 12-15-06, 02:00 PM   #8
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I can also vouch for the diesels. They are super slim, but the leather is thick enough on the sides so they won't immediately be devoured by the clips. Although I doubt you could skate in them.
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could skate in deisels id think, they just dont have a lot of padding.
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pumas!!!!!!!.... & vision street wear.
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Old 12-15-06, 02:59 PM   #13
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work well for me. they look better dirty
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snap! i forgot the shoes i'm wearing right now!
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Old 12-15-06, 03:52 PM   #15
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What are your current pedals?

And yeah, never noticed how much kneesavers cost, that's just out of line
Current pedals on road bike are some old Malliard CxC platforms, kinda similar to those MKS RX9s or whatever. I don't have such a problem with the Specialized track pedals on my fixed gear, as I think they have longer spindles. Yes, I'd rather just get some new pedals rather than the Kneesavers, but that is a good idea.
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Old 12-15-06, 04:09 PM   #16
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these bad boys were actually what juvi recommended:

i remember because i wrote that **** down... they are some nice-looking shoes.
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Old 12-15-06, 05:02 PM   #17
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i love chucks but damn they make the top of my foot hurt when skidding
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Puma Speedcats are definately narrow
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work well for me. they look better dirty
How can you buy these when you know they'll get ****ed up in clips? Don't those run, like, $90+ or something?

Mono black Chucks all the way.
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eurosport (soccer.com) > indoor shoes

I have a pair of copa indoors and love them. The Nikes posted above are pretty bangin too.
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shoes will always get screwed up. i love chucks, but sometimes it's nice to switch it up with something that has some padding. besides, just because you're always on your bike doesn't mean you can't wear nice stuff that's kinda pricey (if you enjoy wearing it). i mean i cater what i wear to being conducive to not being uncomfortable on my bike, but i wouldn't not wear a nice pair of shoes that i like wearing just cause they'd get beat up with straps/clips.

but as my roomie pointed out, men generally tend to be rougher on their shoes than the ladies. and wear them out much faster
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Old 12-15-06, 08:49 PM   #22
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Sambas all the way.

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Old 12-15-06, 08:53 PM   #23
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Sambas all the way.

I love the feel of Sambas, but damn do I hate that tongue.

I wear black and silver Pumas. I don't know what they are called, but I got them for 25 bucks at a Puma outlet. They are normally around 90. Nice.
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I posted a thread called "dope shoes for clips" 3 weeks ago.

I just picked up a pair of these 2 weeks ago.


The hard sole is good for pedaling.
Narrow enough for clips.

I wouldn't think these would be ideal for skate boarding, but they're doable.

Low key. I like.
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I love the feel of Sambas, but damn do I hate that tongue.
Yeah, I was fortunate to get a pair with a "normal"
tongue on closeout at Dick's Sporting Goods for $20,
after a half-off coupon. I haven't seen them anywhere
since then.
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