i gave up on wearing skate shoes, soccer shoes, running shoes, etc. because the soles are never rigid enough. they can fit perfectly in the clips, but when i'm climbing a 1/2 mile 10% grade hill (plenty of those in seattle), the last thing i want is bend in my shoes. i recently received a pair of these
(not off ebay; i contacted him privately). the sole is very stiff and the upper is very slim. he might have some more in stock. they're pretty effin' hip, too.
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