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Old 01-20-06, 06:23 PM
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I went shoe shopping yesterday and today. No, not for cycling shoes (I already have 3 pairs of those), but for "runners" to wear on my job and in my physical education classes ...... and I made an interesting observation:

There were a collections of "runners" in all the stores I went to that looked very similar to roadie shoes ... except that the soles were slightly more rubbery and they didn't have a spot for cleats. I actually turned one over to check!!

Since when did the roadie shoe look become popular for everyday wear?

They were sort of along the lines of these, but more plasticky-looking, and with lots of velcro strapping, and soles that were quite narrow under the shoe (they didn't flare out):

http://www.shoes.com/product.asp?p=5...riant_id=46491

http://www.shoes.com/product.asp?p=5...riant_id=39692

http://www.shoes.com/product.asp?p=5...riant_id=46935

http://www.shoes.com/product.asp?p=5...riant_id=05695

http://www.shoes.com/product.asp?p=5...riant_id=67571

http://www.shoes.com/product.asp?p=5...id=67536&hix=1



Is it possible this trend toward the look of cycling shoes could be because of the increased popularity of a certain cycling person in the US?

A comparison:
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