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Old 01-10-19, 08:12 PM
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Avocet Shoes

Looking for info on these shoes.

Original 1976-Tan/Blue-all leather & Tan/Tan-all leather- (The tan/blue looks like bowling shoes)



Model II-1979 Blue Nylon/Blue & Grey Nylon/Black above



M20 & M30 originally had a red midsole.
M20 1985- Blue/Blue with red stripe & red mid sole, Grey/Grey w/blue stripe or white stripe

M30 1985- stiffer version of M20- Grey Nylon/Grey w/white stripe & Grey Nylon mesh/Black w/ Red stripe & Black Nylon mesh/Black w/ red stripe.



The M40 & M50 models have higher tops and more leather coverage than the touring models.
M40 (Mountain/Cross) Purple/Grey w/ Black stripe or Blue/Grey



M50 (Mountain/Cross) Aqua/Grey w/Black stripe

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Old 01-10-19, 09:00 PM
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Toured in '79 and recall purchasing Avocet shoes - blue leather / grey nylon uppers. All rubber thin sole with molded in cleats. Slight amount of flex but stiffened reinforced sole.

Why do we remember such things? Lol
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Old 01-11-19, 09:35 AM
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I had, from your description the 1985 M30 grey and red. Stiff sole with a slot molded just after the ball of the foot. Those were great for city riding, lets your feet have more a natural flexibility. Very small heals. They weren't around very long. The flexibility was not liked by the cleat users, and was not in fashion with the causal users. They fell even further back in popularity when Look came out with the clip less pedals.

I liked them a lot, I would buy them again if they were reproduced.

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Old 01-11-19, 11:22 AM
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1980's era Japan
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I had some in '85 - I liked them because they fit on my racing quill pedals better than other shoes (all too wide) - so when I rode without my slotted cleats and wanted to walk around they worked well. (like after RAGBRAI stage, then going to town for pizza and beer)

My memory was that they were all gray, but that was a long time ago.
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Still using my Model 20s that I bought in the late 80s


About the only shoes I have that work with Quill pedals and toe clips


Like having cleats, but not having to walk like a duck off the bike
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I bought a pair off eBay and used them all last year.
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Still Holding Up!

I bought these new way back when and I am still using them. I don't know why nobody is making similar shoes now with the built-in "cleats". Or does someone make them?
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Those were my favorite cycling shoes ever. I sure wish someone would make something comparable today.
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I have a set of Cannondale shoes- they look like regular 1980s tennis shoes, but they're outrageously stiff.

I've worn them once.

Anybody need them?
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I still have a pair of Model 20's but they don't get a lot of use since I switched to SPD pedals. They do look nicer after throwing them in the wash to clean up some old grease and sweat stains.
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I have a set of Cannondale shoes- they look like regular 1980s tennis shoes, but they're outrageously stiff.

I've worn them once.

Anybody need them?
Compared to what? The field of comparison would be:
Bata Biker
Avocet
Nike Velo
Puma Touring S

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I have a set of Cannondale shoes- they look like regular 1980s tennis shoes, but they're outrageously stiff.

I've worn them once.

Anybody need them?
What size, Golden? Ive been on the hunt for something along these lines.
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What size, Golden? Ive been on the hunt for something along these lines.
8, but theyre a small 8.

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Compared to what? The field of comparison would be:
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Avocet
Nike Velo
Puma Touring S
Theres no play in the sole whatsoever.

Its a a little shocking because they look like 80s Addidas tennis shoes.

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What size, Golden? Ive been on the hunt for something along these lines.
Forum member hazetguy is selling eroica style riding shoes over in the sales forum. There are 3 pairs left I think. I scored a pair of Diadora's in my size. Yay! Not easy to find!
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Theres no play in the sole whatsoever.

Its a a little shocking because they look like 80s Addidas tennis shoes.

Do you have the original 1984 version or the improved 1987.
I wish someone would put a improved version of the Cannondales on the market.
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Do you have the original 1984 version or the improved 1987.
I wish someone would put a improved version of the Cannondales on the market.
I know nothing of the versions of the shoes-

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Those are the 1984 ones.1987 ones are stiffer.
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What was the name and/or model of the Cannondale shoes? Was the 1987 named differently than the 1984 shoe?
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