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Old 04-17-11, 11:52 PM   #1
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best street shoe for track-pedals?

i don't mean to sound like an infomercial or anything, but i'm using chrome midways with my neuvos and they're holding up pretty well. they're a bit flaky around the edges of the sole though, the rubber started peeling back almost straight away, but they don't seem to be getting progressively worse.

i understand one shouldn't be wearing street shoes with track pedals, but i still want to ask.

so me hearties: what do you reckon is the best street shoe for track pedals and why?

photos of how they're holding up to the thrashing too please.
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Old 04-18-11, 12:41 AM   #2
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not track pedals?
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Old 04-18-11, 12:59 AM   #3
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Vans (classics), asics onitsuka tigers, and adidas (narrower and slimmer ones such as the samba).

Chrome should stick to making bags IMO and step off the shoe scene for the big boys above.
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Old 04-18-11, 01:17 AM   #4
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I use the original vans (classics) and some high top addidas .
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I ride in Asics Ultimate 81s, Puma Benecios, or DC Villains when I'm on the street. When I'm off-road, I wear an old pair of Etnies Arto. Don't know what I'm gonna do when those wear out.

I look for a nice, stiff sole when I buy shoes. I also try to find something low-profile so they slide into straps easily.
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Old 04-18-11, 02:05 AM   #6
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I agree with vans. The sole pattern catches the "pedal flipper" steezily.
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Old 04-18-11, 12:33 PM   #7
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Chrome should stick to making bags IMO and step off the shoe scene for the big boys above.

What an odd thing to say.

I have a pair of Chrome shoes that I got for free during last year's promotion, they're incredibly well made, particularly compared to modern vans.

I ride in either Van's Authentics or Sambas, I never wear the chrome shoes because they are ugly, but they're great performance and durability-wise.

I also ride with Gr-9s + double straps. I don't understand track pedals.
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Old 04-18-11, 03:20 PM   #8
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out of suggestion from one of the earlier posts, went to go get some new shoes and decided to get a pair of tigers. needed new shoes anyways

they are a lot more comfortable than my vans classics, i have to say. they have a nice little arch support bubble, and i slid into my cages just as easily as my vans classics

i got the mexico 66 ones, if that makes any kind of difference...
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out of suggestion from one of the earlier posts, went to go get some new shoes and decided to get a pair of tigers. needed new shoes anyways

they are a lot more comfortable than my vans classics, i have to say. they have a nice little arch support bubble, and i slid into my cages just as easily as my vans classics

i got the mexico 66 ones, if that makes any kind of difference...
I have a pair of those. They're ok. I stopped wearing them because I felt like I was pulling through them when on the upstroke.
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I've found that Adidas Gazelles are really nice for riding on my Sylvans because the sole is pretty stiff and I don't feel the usual "hot spots".
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Nike Sweet Classics (high or low) are amazing.
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with your mileage, go clipless.
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dvs cadence
made for fixed i'm pretty sure
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I had those Cadence shoes. They were really narrow.
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I like my Vans Authentics. I'd like to try Sambas. Asics Onitsukas are nice, too. Pretty much anything that has a relatively thin sole but isn't like a piece of soggy cardboard.
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Adidas Samba.
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I ride in a pair of scuffed up Bass Weejuns, for those days when I am too lazy to tie laces, the rest of the time I have my Vans Classics, Topsiders have a very grippy sole as well for biking. I have had shoes in the past that haven't been in heavy rotation because they just don't fit in to the footprint of my bike pedal well enough. I try to stay away from very thin soled shoes though. My doc martins were really good in the winter, I have a bigger pair of clips for wintertime/bulkier shoe time.
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Vans Chukkas, Sk8 Hi's, or Half Cabs. I only own Vans though...
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I had those Cadence shoes. They were really narrow.
I had a pair too. Way too narrow for my feet so I sold them. To me, they felt no better than Sambas. All hype.
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adidas sambas fit into tight clips well.
i was having a small problem of the metal clips digging into the tops of my feet, and wearing adidas shelltoes solved that since they have a rubber toe.
to get more specific, there is a skate shoe called the adidas eldridge which is basically a shelltoe exactly, but its slightly narrower, which ive found to be my all time favorite shoe for track pedals and metal clips.
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I used track pedals for awhile, but they were kind of a pain with commuting (feet hurt with my shoe selection) so I opted for platform style pedals with the retrogression straps, that way I don't have to worry about the stiffness of my shoe as much. If I'm doing any serious riding I use clipless.
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I've worn vans (Chukka Low's) with my campy pedals and I've found that vans have too flexible of a sole. I prefer Nike Cortez. They're very smooth on the outside so nothing snags on clips or straps and they have more rigid soles. They're leather too so they are durable.

The vans I didn't like

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with your mileage, go clipless.
i've never ridden clipless before. the thought freaks me out a bit, but hey i'd never ridden fixed until about a year ago. it was all bmx's and hardtails for me up until then. heck, i need to head over to the confessions thread
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yeah, the midways are a solid shoe, no doubt.

but there's that stupid bit of rubber around the toe area of the sole. the rubber with the vertical grooves. the end of it sits right where the top edge of the pedal and the strap destroys it.

i dunno if it's fair for me to say it's poor design on behalf of the shoe makers. i'm using street shoes with clips/straps after all.

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adidas sambas fit into tight clips well.
i was having a small problem of the metal clips digging into the tops of my feet, and wearing adidas shelltoes solved that since they have a rubber toe.
to get more specific, there is a skate shoe called the adidas eldridge which is basically a shelltoe exactly, but its slightly narrower, which ive found to be my all time favorite shoe for track pedals and metal clips.
i'll check those out. that makes sense to me, cheers.

anyone tried these? apparently they're good.

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