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Old 06-30-07, 07:23 AM   #1
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Chrome Milo Shoes (not shiney shoes, made by the bag company)

http://chromebags.com/products/apparel/show/58/


$65 for some knock-off Vans? Also, it's kind of a bummer that
they don't appear to be American made, since that's seem to be
such a point-of-pride for their bags.
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Old 06-30-07, 08:20 AM   #2
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i think they're supposed to be more than just a pair of vans, like specially suited to riding or something

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The Chrome Milo features a vulcanized multi-directional, natural rubber sole for exceptional grip and durability; loose-lined stitching for ventilation and to reduce the amount of glue used; an injection-molded heel "slam pad" for optimal heel cushion and high impact absorption; an a-symmetrical toe wrap that protects high wear areas; and a custom-designed foot bed for heat transfer and comfort.

According to Mark Falvai, co-founder of Chrome, "Outside of the graphics, there's very little thought that goes into most slip-ons. Most brands just use off-the-shelf molds from factory show-rooms."

"There's been little innovation in the construction of slip-ons. We really wanted to do something different and build a new kind of urban shoe. One with style but more importantly one that makes your feet feel good."
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Old 06-30-07, 08:45 AM   #3
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i think they're supposed to be more than just a pair of vans, like specially suited to riding or something
Yeah, but I'm just cynical enough that anytime I read
something like that, I assume it's bull****.
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Old 06-30-07, 08:54 AM   #4
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nothing about that description sounds any different than vans slip-ons ... or other random skate oriented slip ons. The most obvious cycling friendly detail would have been a stiff(er than normal) midsole, which these obviously do not have, judging from the photo.

The only substantial difference (from vans) would appear to be the toe cap:



While not on vans, it is extremely common on nearly all skate shoes.

Doesn't seem like anything special to me. Too bad. I really do love my Chrome bag.

What they should have done is taken some of the design features of the 5.10 Impact shoes (a genuinely well thought out cycling shoe for flat pedals) and adapted into a hipster-friendly design.

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Old 06-30-07, 09:02 AM   #5
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The most obvious cycling friendly detail would have been a stiff(er than normal) midsole, which these obviously do not have, judging from the photo.
Agree
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Old 06-30-07, 11:27 AM   #6
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Them's the NACCc shoes. They janky.
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May be worth it, may be not. The whole reason I like Converse/Vans slip-ons is that they're cheap, don't have a ton of ****ty graphics on 'em, and don't have laces to get caught in your clips. I might pay a little more for a stiffer sole but that's about it.

Oh and they're vegan. Chrome's obviously aren't.
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Those shoes are almost as ugly as their bags.
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Old 06-30-07, 06:21 PM   #9
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Chrome sells canvas ones too, but for no cheaper.
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The whole reason I like Vans slip-ons is that they're cheap, don't have a ton of ****ty graphics on 'em,
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vans slipons + clips = ouch
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vans slipons + clips = ouch
Really?
Ive been running that combo for quite awhile and have no pain.
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vans slipons + clips = ouch
No hurt feet here.
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I got a pair during the naccc's, my picture is on their web site for the shoes putting the shoes in my bag for the quailfiers. They are wider then vans, they do feel better in clips then vans, I wish they had a stiff sole. they are comfortable but ugly. I almost flipped them on ebay the day I got them.
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I run beat MTB nylon clips and it gets sore where they bite my instep (which is huge and sensitive to that sort of thing), I've tried metal single gate clips and I don't like them, not as torsionally secure IME.

Nonetheless my freak-feet don't like braking with vans on.
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vans please
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i'm a little bit of a slip-on fiend, and so far i've found the etnies version to be the most comfortable, although it's certainly not the most durable. slightly wider than vans, thinner-looking but more supportive sole, better stretch design.

i haven't bought a pair of puma el reys yet, but they're comfy when i've tried them on in stores.

as posted above, one of the advantages of slides is the replaceability. it doesn't hurt the wallet to have two pairs at once if you get 'em for $30 or less.
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"Milo's shipping June 27th...
330 pair in Suede and 330 pair in Canvas go online June 27th. Available in two different color patterns. "

that's why they're $65

they're not the most innovative shoe out there, but who really cares? If you really wanted a pair of stiff, snug, low profile shoes for clips, you wouldna be rocking vans. They're a compromise, just like wearing regular pants, a cotton t shirt, carrying your gear on your back is a compromise. F@ckin everything about stylin track bikes is a compromise, from the NOS 1lb perforated Supercorsa to 120PSI 23mm tires for crappy potholed city streets.

I'm guilty, you're guilty. They're slip ons, not rocket surgery.
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considering that the same design of vans I wanted to buy were 75 dollars and these look better and potentially have a stronger sole, they sound good to me.
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Yeah, but I'm just cynical enough that anytime I read
something like that, I assume it's bull****.
That was my first thought as well.
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chrome ftl
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for the lose?

really?

their bags are still good.

useless rip-off shoes ftl.
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Old 07-01-07, 09:28 PM   #24
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Hey, I've no complaints about my free pair...
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Hey, I've no complaints about my free pair...

i do.

if and when you ride these in the rain, they take like 2 days to dry out. at least with the canvas ones.

aside from that, they seem to do what theyre supposed to.

and somehow my legs ended up on the chrome site as well.
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